Violin I

Fritz Valenches, named after the famed violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler, was born into an exceptionally talented musical family. His father, local artist, Leon Valenches, started Fritz on the violin at age two and by age ten, he began studying in New York with Inez Lauritano. He later studied with William Kroll of the Mannes School of Music and Ivan Galamian, head of the string departments at both the Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music.

He began his professional orchestral career as a member of both the Scranton and Wilkes Barre Philharmonics at the young age of eleven. Fritz Valenches is both a Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Member and director of the Valenches Music Company. He currently teaches violin and viola in Scranton, Stroudsburg, and at the Baptist Bible College.

He founded the Valenches Music Company ( as a nurturing and innovative string-instrument school and professional musician group with his wife Leah Valenches. Together they have a quartet of little Valenches’: Juliet, Gisele, Cruz and Giada.

Fritz and Leah regularly perform throughout Northeastern PA with the Valenches Music Company. Together they also create young music enthusiasts through the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra and its sub group “Virtuoso.”