Vance Koenig and Don V. Lax met on the island of Maui, Hawaii, where they perform as a duo at the world-famous resort The Four Seasons, Wailea. Their diverse backgrounds and unique talents blend to form the alchemical magic of Apassionata-a musical union of eclectic variety, focused mastery and perfectly harmonized expression. This is the music of passion, moving the listeners in their deepest core.
During their nightly performances at Four Seasons, Koenig and Lax have often been requested to play the music of Andrea Bocelli.
Don V. Lax began playing violin at age five, while living in Karachi, Pakistan. His Rumanian father gave him his first lessons, until the family moved to Bombay, India, where a classically trained teacher was found. Continuing his studies, Lax attended music conservatories in Paris and Rome, culminating in 1975, when he decided to explore music beyond the classical realm.
Throughout Europe and Greece, he played in many settings-solo, and with various groups-performing every kind of music-from classical and gypsy to jazz, rock and popular folk melodies. Lax has also composed many original tunes, blending his Rumanian heritage, world influences and classical background.
Since moving to America, he has performed and recorded with numerous jazz, folk and rock musicians, and also with symphony, opera, ballet, and chamber groups. His credits include playing in orchestras for such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald and Pavarotti, opening for Rickie Lee Jones, recording on CD's with Airto, Paul McCandless and Michael Manring, and many others.
A versatile musician, Vance performs a wide variety of music on the classical/Spanish guitar. He has studied at The Aspen School of Music, The Berklee College of Music and has participated in master classes with Pepe Romero, Oscar Ghigila, Eliot Fisk and Abel Carlevaro.
While growing up in Tuscon, Arizona, Vance studied privately with Philip Swartz and played in various rock bands. Since that time, he has performed extensively in New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. He has also appeared on television and was featured on a PBS special.
In 1986, Vance moved to Maui and has performed long term engagements at Gerard's French Restaurant, The Ritz Carlton, The Kealani Hotel and since 1995, at the Four Seasons Resort Wailea.
Vance has also recorded several albums (Rosewood and Silver, Reflective Moods for Classical Guitar, Incaico) and has released 2 duo albums with violinist, Don V Lax. Their first CD release is entitled "Apassionata-Kiss Of Fire", available at http://www.mauiviolin.com. The second CD, entiltled "Apassionata-Romantic Dreams" is available from this website.