Boston and New York based, Honduran American violinist, Marissa Licata, is a star powerhouse soloist. Her electrifying passion and vibrant presence have been featured on international and world-renowned stages. With over 15 years of classical violin training, and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory, Marissa proved her natural versatility on her very first audition for Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull – winning the lead violin spot on his 2006 US tour. She would go on to join Jethro Tull for 5 more international tours.
Marissa quickly became high in demand as both a featured soloist and recording artist. In the years from 2007 – 2011, Ms. Licata collaborated on projects and performed on national and international tours with Alicia Keys, Ben Harper, Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Gloria Estefan, Pras of the Fugees, Jermaine Paul, Elle Varner, Gaby Wilson, and many more.
After appearances on ‘Good Morning America’, ‘The View’, ‘The Latin Grammys’, and ‘Live From The Artist’s Den’, returning from a European tour with the East-West Klezmer Company – now with a resume of global accomplishment – Licata stepped into the spotlight as premiere soloist in early 2012. Balancing solo engagements with various guest appearances and projects, Marissa has recently joined Greek crossover tenor, Mario Frangoulis for his 2014 US National Tour, filling a very much featured role. 2014 has also brought the completion and release of the violinist’s ‘Game of Thrones’ music video – a first, for her, and a project that has been much anticipated. Her dazzling intensity both on stage and on camera have been mesmerizing audiences and fans everywhere, since her sold out headlining debut at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. Drawing on World music from Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, Marissa’s unique Gypsy fusion highlights universally familiar melodies with contagious rhythmic energy – a relentless energy presented with tremendous passion, heart, joy, and a stylish flair all her own.