Lucas Antonio Roemer-Cominos
Lucas Antonio Roemer-Cominos is a violinist, mandolinist and percussionist born in Martinez, California in 1998. His musical education and training began at the age of five. He received classical instruction from violinists Sharon Wood and Leningrad Conservatory trained Mark Neysschlos. Intrigued with folkloric and improvisational origins of Baroque and classical styles, he expanded his repertoire of styles and improvisation through intensives at the Lafayette Summer Music Jazz workshops, playing under the instruction of Victoria Theodore, Rick Conditt and Melecio Magdaluyo. Lucas discovered that folk music throughout the world influenced and adapted by Jazz and Classical Music was his passion. In the Summer of 2014, he toured Spain with a youth orchestra and served as the assistant concertmaster, playing in public and private concerts in Barcelona, Peniscola and Valencia. Upon his return to the United States Lucas played in the Balkan and Romani ensemble at the California Jazz Conservatory, directed by Bulgarian multi-instrumentalist and music educator Rumen Sali Shopov. Subsequently Lucas was invited to join the band “Rumen Sali Shopov and Friends” (later Ensemble Meraklii) which played a wide variety of musical genres including; Romani, Sephardic, Jewish, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian and North Macedonian musical styles. While performing in Ensemble Meraklii he frequently performed at restaurants, cultural centers, weddings and other venues. In 2019 Lucas was introduced to Mirko Pressler and began to incorporate his unique style and approach to playing in congruence with Mirko Pressler’s varied and complex repertoire.