Q&A with Jorge Chi – Front Desk Manager

Houston Bridal Network will interview staff from Airlines and Hotels from around the world, so you can get a up close look at the people that will serve you, during your travels around the world!

First stop, The Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort & Spa, we love Jorge Chi! His story was so unique, because the hotel allows him to work as a front desk manager and play the violin for the brides at the hotel…We had the pleasure to meet Jorge in person and hear him play! What a delightful and talented person…

Question: How long have you worked at Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa?

14 years

Question: Why did you choose to learn the violin over another instrument?

I was already playing guitar, and my uncle suggested I try the violin since many people do not play it. The sounds of the violin are pleasant.  I’m in awe that such a powerful, magnificent sound comes from such a small instrument.

Question:: When did you start playing?

I started playing when I was 18 so for 15 years now.

Question: Are you professionally taught?

I am self-taught.  I used my base knowledge of the guitar and began to practice on the violin.  Some friends of mine who play guitar taught me scales.

Question: How did it come about that you began to play the violin for brides and grooms?

Olga, the resort’s wedding specialist, asked if I would like to surprise honeymooners and brides and grooms with private serenades.  I jumped at the chance.  Typically, the family of the bride or groom makes arrangements to surprise the couple as a special welcome to the resort.  We sprinkle roses petals and hibiscus flowers around the room, have chilled champagne and perhaps chocolate covered strawberries waiting.  When the couple enters the room, there I am playing the violin.  It is very romantic and special.

Question: What is your favorite song to play?

“Yesterday” by the Beatles.  It sounds lovely on the violin.  I also like to play bolero Spanish music.  It has a slow tempo, which is also very romantic.

Question: What is the typical reaction you get from couples?

If they recognize the song, they will sing along.  Sometimes they dance.

Question: How long do you play for?

20 minutes – about four or five songs

Great interview with you Jorge, See you again soon in Cozumel