At 5, Jesse studied the violin with this father at the Philadelphia Music Academy. At 7, he performed on the weekly Italian Children’s Hour on WRAX. His official debut at the YM& YWHA at Broad & Pine Sts came shortly after. At 8 he earned a scholarship to the Curtis Institute. Under the conductor Gugliermo Sabatini, he played with the PA W.P.A. Symphony Orchestra and Old York Road Symphony. He graduated SPHS in 1941 with honors at age 16 . He was concert master under Conductor Jay Speck in which two operas, La Traviata and Carmen which were performed in 39 & 40 . After 3 years in the South Pacific, Jesse Ceci attended the Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music in New York. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees before receiving a 2 year Fulbright Scholarship studying at the Conservatoire de Musique and L’Ecole Normale de Musique where he won the ‘Grand Prix”. Jesse was taught by well known violinists Alexander Hilsberg, Efrim Zimblist, Ruvin Heifetz, and Mischa Mischakoff.