|Vito DiSalvo began playing the accordion when he was only four years old and hasn’t stopped since. Vito has come a long way from those days when his parents had to tie a handkerchief on the straps of his accordion, so he could play. He is now an accomplished accordionist, pianist and originator of WE THREE. Vito even has been privileged to play accordion for world renowned tenor LUCIANO PAVAROTTI at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in October 1994.
Vito is a composer and has been composing for bands since his junior year at Duquesne University where he composed his first piece Concerto for Band. Proudly, that piece was premiered at the Mid-East Music Conference to an audience of thousands of music educators. He went on composing numerous pieces, under commission, for high school, college and community bands. Often, he would serve as the guest conductor for those pieces or attend those concerts to hear his music performed.
Vito earned a Master’s Degree in Theory/Composition from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. While there, Vito enrolled in several courses in copyright laws, music publishing and the recording industry. Vito was introduced to a new side of music the business side. This inspired him to start Mifflin Hills Music Company in 1977, first as a music publishing company specifically to publish educational music and then 10 years later as a record company to produce, distribute and sell recordings of WE THREE.
During the 50 th Anniversary of the Duquesne University School of Music in 1977, the university honored Vito with the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the fields of music and music education.
Vito’s background also includes involvement in symphonic orchestras, jazz bands, electronic music and commercial music.
When Vito is not performing with WE THREE, he can be found in the classroom teaching music technology at West Mifflin Area High School, where he also serves as the district’s Music Department Chair.