Lola Astanova's name may be new to you, but it is very familiar to her countless fans around the world, many of them of an age and demographic that classical music has spent decades trying to reach. With a direct pianistic lineage back to Liszt and a distinct visual flair, the dazzling young pianist has perfected a riveting, deeply emotional style that hearkens back to the old masters.
Born in the former Soviet Union, Lola's journey in music began at the age of six when her mother, a music teacher, gave Lola her first lesson. Her natural gift was instantly obvious, and it did not take long before Lola was walking into the studio of a renowned piano professor Tamara Popovich. For the next several years, Lola developed her superb piano technique under the guidance of professor Popovich, learned harmony and counterpoint with professor Mark Rusak, and studied piano performance with Lev Naumov of the Moscow Conservatory. By the age of eight Astanova began appearing as a performer, and her effortless power, speed and precision, combined with emotional depth and lyricism have earned Lola quick acclaim.
Since her first days in the United States, Astanova has forged an exhilarating career offering classical music lovers an invigorating alternative to artistically stifling and boring classical music scene. Using new media to communicate with her fans, Astanova has singlehandedly redefined what it means to be a modern-day virtuoso. Through her videos many have discovered the music of Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff for the first time, and Lola's own original virtuoso transcriptions have become a YouTube sensation.
Her first American break came in 2007, when Lola starred in a $1.6 million Neiman Marcus Classical Superstars Fantasy Concert, which also featured the Kirov Orchestra and was hosted by ABC's Regis Philbin. The concert garnered unprecedented attention of the media and became a testament to Lola’s ability to attract a wider and younger audience with classical repertoire. The connection to Neiman Marcus was logical one for Astanova, who takes a fashion-forward approach to her personal style, and can often be seen gracing the society and fashion pages in exclusive designer creations.
But it is her passion for performing, reminiscent of the Romantic age virtuosi, that remains Lola's greatest love. It is fitting, therefore, that her Carnegie Hall debut paid a rich and profound debt to her Romantic roots with a special Tribute to Horowitz concert that took place on January 19, 2012. The concert, chaired by Donald Trump and hosted by Dame Julie Andrews, became a historic occasion as Astanova delivered a triumphant performance in front of a sold out crowd.
Since her Carnegie debut, Lola has given countless concerts across country with the leading American ensembles, including her notable collaboration with the All-Star Orchestra. Their Visions of New York documentary, featuring Lola's performance of Gershwin's famed Rhapsody in Blue received the 2016 EMMY Award.
Since achieving acclaim, Lola has used her talent, time, and influence to support and bring attention to various charitable causes helping to raise funds for cancer research, New York's 9/11 memorial, and constantly encouraging her fans to support local art and education initiatives.
Born in Camaguey, Cuba in 1960 Mauricio J. Rodriguez is one of the most influential bass players of his generation in Cuba. He started his studies at the age of 13 in the Provincial School of Art de Camaguey and graduated in the Center of Professional and Artistic Development in Camaguey. His professors include Silvio Vergara, Orstes Urfé, Rafael Lay, and Armando Romeo, who were important figures in the historic development of Cuban music.
Influenced by the musical movements of the 70s and 80s he had the opportunity to play different styles of music, from classical to jazz. This has given him knowledge of different styles that allow him to adapt to any artistic demand.
In 1989 he moved back to his hometown to work as Assistant Principal Bass in the Camaguey Symphony Orchestra, where participates in II, IV y V National Festivals of Symphonies Orchestras; I y II National Chamber Music Festivals; I Festival of Contemporary Music, performing for the first time as a soloist Pedro Martinez Acosta's Double Bass master piece; recording of the first music production of the Camaguey Symphony Orchestra. At the same time, he starts as a teacher of double bass and electric bass for the Center of Professional and Artistic Development in Camaguey.
After three years of playing with the symphony he joins Miguel Escalona’s quartet, who was co-founder of the Nueva Trova movement in Cuba along with Pablo Milanes and Silvio Rodríguez. With this band, he was involved in many tours around the country, including TV and radio shows.
Stimulated by the jazz movement of the 80s he joined Fervet Opus as bass player; this was one of the most important Latin-jazz quartets in Cuba. With this band he made many national and international tours, including presentations in the I and II Camaguey’s popular music festivals; VII, VIII, IX, XI and XII Festivals Jazz Latino Plaza in Havana, Cuba.; International Festival of Popular Music Varadero ’88, Jazz Jamboree, Bratislava and Belgrade, where also performed great artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Irakere, Gonzalo Ruvalcaba, Dizzie Guillespie, Herbie Hancock, Michael Camilo, Miles Davis, Itchy Fingers, Steve Coleman, Phil Woods and many more internationally renowned jazz musicians. They were members of the Cuban Artistic Delegation, which offered concerts in the Columbus Center of Madrid, Spain, in tribute to the 500-years anniversary of the discovery of America. Other important events of this period are the First International Guitar Festival in Cuba, and the First National Saxophone Festival.
With Fervet Opus he intervened in the music co-production of the ballet Altazor of choreographer Lazaro Martinez, with the first dancer of Ballet National of Cuba of Alicia Alonso, Jorge Esquivel, and actor Adolfo Llauradó. He has also recorded music composed for Julian Blanco for Ballet and Theater.
Due to his professional achievement he was assigned to the following activities: teacher and national supervisor for the Center of Professional and Artistic Development in Camaguey and the eastern region of Cuba, member of the National Evaluation Commission for professional musicians in Cuba, technical supervisor for the Cuban Music Institute, and member of jury in music colleges.
Once he finished with the quartet Fervet Opus he joined as a double bassist the classical string quintet "Union" of Cuba for over 3 years, and moves to Venezuela under a contract as a Master of bass section of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra. During this period, he directed workshops and seminars of double bass, composition, orchestration and arranging techniques. His compositions and arranges were performed by the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in regular concert and festivals, and in recording as well. He taught harmony at the UPEL Institute; electric bass and double bass, composition, and orchestration seminars at the Opera Theater in Maracay, Edo. Aragua, Venezuela.
In 2001 he moved to USA where his performance was well received in the music community inviting him to perform with different bands and ensembles, among them are Guisando Caliente, Trylogy Latin Jazz Trio, and Adrianna Foster’s band, to name a few. Currently he is at Saint Leo University as an Adjunct professor of music. His degrees include two Master of Music Performance, one from Cuba and the another from University of South Florida and studies at the University of Miami in Jazz Studio Writing. As a composer, his music has been performed around the world, from Symphony orchestras to soloists. He is the composer of Love and Betrayal, a fantasy about themes from Carmen by Bizet for two Double Basses and symphony orchestra, work commissioned by the Miami Symphony Orchestra for the 2016-2017 season.
Andre Mehmari is considered one of Brazil's most talented young musicians. His activities as pianist, composer, and arranger are highly regarded in both popular and classical music. As his compositions have been performed by leading orchestras such as Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo and chamber ensembles such as the Sao Paulo String Quartet, his career in jazz and Brazilian popular music has attained wide attention with performances in all of Brazil's major jazz festivals and abroad at Umbria Jazz in Italy and Juan Les-Pins in France. Born in 1977 in Niteroi (RJ), he began to study music with his mother at the age of fve, and completed an organ course in the Conservatory of Ribeirao Preto (SP). At age ten, having taught himself jazz improvisation, he wrote his frst compositions; and, at 15, while teaching organ in the Conservatory, he was invited to compose a method for keyboard beginners. The result was a 20-piece collection, a work greatly appreciated by young musicians and their teachers. Mehmari's precociousness as a composer and multi-instrumentalist was well documented by the media. He began study at Sao Paulo State University (USP) in 1995 and, in the same year, won the University's competition for original Brazilian popular music (MPB). Two years later,the same honor was awarded to him for classical music. Both his performing schedule and composing activity grew busier as he began touring and writing orchestral arrangements for major musical events in Sao Paulo. In 1998, he won the first national Prêmio VISA de MPB competition, the most important award for popular music in Brazil. The competition's prize is the recording of a new CD, which became Mehmari's first release and brought him concert opportunities throughout Brazil. Twenty albums have followed, including Lachrimae (2004), featuring two diferent piano trios and singer Monica Salmaso; Piano e Voz (2006) with singer Na Ozzetti; De Arvores e Valsas (2008), devoted entirely to Andre's compositions; Miramari (2009), a collaboration with clarinet master Gabriele Mirabassi; Gismontipascoal (2010), with mandolin virtuoso Hamilton de Holanda and winner of the 2011 Premio da Musica Brasileira; Afetuoso (2011), a return to his dynamic piano trio music; Canteiro (2011), a two-CD set with performances by thirteen of his favorite Brazilian singers; Triz (2012), with Chico Pinheiro and Sergio Santos; Andre Mehmari e Mario Laginha ao vivo no Auditorio Ibirapuera (2012), a concert recording with Portuguese pianist Mario Laginha; Angelus (2013), a collection of Mehmari's chamber music works for several Brazilian ensembles; Tokyo Solo (2014), a solo piano concert recording; Miramari (2014), a DVD of performances by Mehmari's duo with clarinetist Gabriele Mirabassi; and the just released Ouro sobre azul (2014), a largely solo piano recording devoted entirely to the music of Ernesto Nazareth, known as the inventor of modern Brazilian piano. In 2015, he will release a new album for piano trio named As Estaciones (the seasons). While each of these works ofers musicians distinct from the others, they share Mehmari's blend of lyricism, dynamism, and elegance. In 2006, he won the Carlos Gomes award for classical music revelation of the year, and was appointed resident composer for the Sao Paulo State Wind Band. The Pan American Games commissioned him in 2007 to compose music based on themes by Villa-Lobos, Jobim, and Chico Buarque for ceremonies at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium; and for her Spanish Schubertiade, pianist Maria Joao Pires commissioned him to write Viagem de Verão. In 2008, he premiered his Jazz Concerto for piano trio and strings with Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo as well his double concerto for jazz piano, clarinet, and winds with clarinetist Gabriele Mirabassi and the Sao Paulo State Wind Band. The following year brought forth more premieres including Ballo, a full scale ballet commissioned and performed by Sao Paulo Companhia de Danza with choreography by Ricardo Scheir. The German network Deutsche Welle commissioned him in 2010 to create a new work for the Sinfonica Heliopolis, an orchestra organized in one of Sao Paulo's poorest slums and now one of the world's fnest youth orchestras. Mehmari composed Cidade do Sol (City of Sun), a portrait of the orchestra itself, which it premiered at Beethovenfest in Bonn and Berlin. He recently completed the soundtrack for the flm Encantados and the Miami Symphony Orchestra has commissioned him to compose a new concerto for two pianos and orchestra, to be premiered in 2015. His active performing calendar includes his trio, duos with singers Monica Salmaso, Na Ozzetti, mandolinist Hamilton de Holanda, clarinetist Gabriele Mirabassi, and pianist Mario Laginha, as well as solo piano concerts. He continues to be one of the most sought- after composers in Brazil.
During his career, he has belonged to the most representative groups of "El Sistema" with which he has made numerous concert tours countries of America, Europe and Asia, obtaining several awards as condecorations, sponsorships and handling of international arts agencies as ASKONAS HOLT, KAJIMOTO, SONY MUSIC FOUNDATION, and recordings with record labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics and EUROARTS.
As a conductor, Castro has participated with many orchestras and chamber music groups such as: Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, Paris Symphonic Orchestra (France), the Jazz Band Walking Manizales ( Colombia) Lara Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Conservatory Big Band Jazz Orchestra, Barquisimeto Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chacao Youth Symphony Orchestra, , among others.
Influenced by Latin American music, jazz, electronic and film music, and under the tutelage of the colombian Maestro Blas Emilio Atehortua, Castro conceive his first works being the most important: Trombone Quartet No. 1 (Released in Argentina in 2005) Brass Quintet No. 1, Swing Sonata (Released in Spain as part of the Festival Spanish Brass Alzira in 2006 by Francisco "Pacho" Flores) and the Concert for Clarinet and Big Band (written and dedicated to the Latin American Clarinet Festival 2006), a work that has been highly praised in various national and international stages.
His most important work, "Grand Fanfare", was completed in 2004 and has been recorded in musical productions like "We Got Rhythm" under the label EMI CLASSICS, "Grand Fanfare" and "Mambo! Live From Caracas ", both under the label of EURO ARTS.
This work has been televised by Film and Arts channel and received rave reviews from the virtuoso trumpet Wynton Marsalis in Caracas (Venezuela) in 2006 and the film composer John Williams in Los Angeles (Usa) in 2007. In 2012 the work was recorded by the Simon Bolivar Symphonic Band of Venezuela under GENUIN label in Germany. That same year along with his works "LLegada de un noble Maestro" and "Walking Faster", were interpreted by the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble in the Bergen International Festival in Norway and the Canergie Hall in New York where were lavishly praised by the international review.
By covering concerts for solo, one of the most important commissions was the Concert for Violin and Strings Orchestra entitled "Concierto Sureno" requested by the Maestro Larentius Dinca (1st Violin player of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), which was released in Finland in 2010. Castro's versatility not only reaches the orchestral field, the quality of his work is setting the trend in many facets of the music. An example is the creation of the soundtrack of "Maleficio" Series, First Web Streaming Venezuela, when the promotional theme includes Latin Caribbean. In 2011 he received training in this branch through Sound Engineer Jose Leonardo Pupo, skilled in the application of new technologies in various genres and musical styles; and finally the training and accreditation for execution in the LOGIC PRO Software for recording, editing and music production with Maestro Pedro Eustache, who participated like the wind instrumentalist on the soundtrack of "The Passion Of Christ" and " Munich " movies.
In 2013 Castro composed "Rhapsody for Talents" work commissioned by the French consortium Buffet Crampon in commemoration of the manufacturer history in the construction, production and sale of winds instruments. The world premiere performance was in charge of the Simon Bolivar Youth Band of Venezuela in the Theatre du Chatelet (Paris, France) on 7 July 2013. In 2015, he composed the soundtrack of the Venezuelan film "Redencion" when he also participated as music producer and mixing supervising. In November of that same year he was invited by the consortium Buffet Group to conduct his work "Rhapsody for Talents" with the Paris Symphonic Orchestra at the Radio France Theatre (Paris, France) on the celebration of the 190th anniversary of the consortium becoming the first Venezuelan composer to conduct his own work in this theater of international relevance. Today Castro is part of the BIM publisher Swiss company whom currently edits and publishes his most important works. SUISA company established in Zurich (Switzerland) is responsible for protecting the copyright of works of the composer. In the same way, Castro is part of the family of the brass instruments STOMVI factory in Spain
Alejandro Campos Music Producer with over 18 years of experience in Usa has produced music for different artists such as: Chayanne, Franco de Vita, Leda Batisti, Axel, Juan David, (Sony Music), Olga Tanon, Rogelio Martinez, Martes 8 y 30, etc. Alejandro has also written the music score for 18 Soap Operas being broadcasted all around the word through several Tv Stations and Online channels. He has written Symphony Arrangements for several vocalists and instrumentalists such as: Ruben Studdard (American Idol Winner), Paloma San Basilio, Luis Enrique, Ilan Chester, Maria Rivas, Ed Calle, Huascar Barradas, Haven Star, Miami Symphony Orchestra, etc. Winner of an ASCAP Prize for the song: Asi es la Vida, performed and recorded by Olga Tanon, also received an award for the comercial of Blank and White, broadcasted all through english speaker territories on the Caribbean Sea. Jazz, Pop, Rock Pianist, keyboard player and programmer, whose performances can be listened on recorded productions of several artists such as: Franco de Vita, Olga Tanon, Axel, Leda Batisti, Martes 8 y 30, Maria Rivas, Aldemaro Romero, Chayanne, etc. Sound designer and Foley Artist, whose works can be found on Tv series such as: Arranque de Pasiones, being produced and broadcasted by Univision and tv commercials such as Round Up, Pemex, Tyson, etc. Alejandro masters and own music softwares such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Digital Performer, Stylus, Omnisphere, Trillian, Tassman, Real Guitar, Reaktor, Absynth, Kontakt, Antares Fx, Addictive Drums, BPM, Ethno, etc.
Paul DesenneSteeped in the counterpoint of Bach, music of the 16th century and contemporary techniques, and influenced always by the rich forms of popular and ethnic Latin American music, 2009 Guggenheim Fellow Paul Desenne was born in Caracas, Venezuela on December 7, 1959 to a French father and American mother. He began composition studies at the age of 14 under Greek composer Iannis Ioannidis, and as a cellist, he became a founding member of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra in 1977. He moved to Paris to study cello with Michel Strauss and Philippe Muller; composition with Marc-Olivier Dupin (later director of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris) and Luc Ferrari; mediaeval music with Marc Robert; chamber music with Gérard Caussé, Alain Meunier, Jean Mouillère, and Maurice Bourgue; and baroque music with William Christie. He won first prize in cello performance at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne Billancourt, and first prize in cello performance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris – the dean of the jury was the great Pierre Fournier. In Paris, he began to compose his first concert works, and performed classical and tango music as well as adapting the elaborate musical figures and ideas of popular South American music to chamber formats with musicians from Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and the Caribbean. Returning to Caracas in 1986, he performed with the Simón Bolívar Symphonic Orchestra for four years and taught cello performance and chamber music studies at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory, where he was head of the strings department. He performed classical works and contemporary Latin American music, including his own compositions, throughout the Americas and in Europe, with appearances at the Barbican Centre in London, Weill Recital Hall in New York, Festival de Montpellier in France, Festival Cervantino in Mexico, and others. His works are performed around the world, with venues and festivals including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Juilliard, MoMA's Summergarden series in New York, the Sonic Boom Festival, Focus! Festival, Caramoor, Faneuil Hall in Boston, International Clarinet and Flute Conventions in the United States, Place des Arts/Théâtre Maisonneuve in Montréal, the Concertgebouw and the Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Doelen in Rotterdam, the Paris Conservatory, Festival de Montpellier and the Cello Festival of Beauvais in France, Theater Lübeck in Germany, London’s Royal Academy of Music, the Contemporary Music Festival in Mongolia, Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas, Aula Magna de la Universidad Central de Venezuela, the International Contemporary Music Festival of Caracas, Festival Cervantino in Mexico, the Cartagena International Music Festival in Colombia, and Sala Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango and Auditorio León de Greiff in Bogotá. Performers of his works include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphonic Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Boston Classical Orchestra, the Bogotá Philharmonic, I Musici de Montréal, the Miami Symphony, Nederlands Blasers Ensemble, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Ensemble Continuum, Camerata Criolla de Caracas, Camerata de las Américas, members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Society, Mallarmé Chamber Players, Ensamble Gurrufío, Ensamble Onix, the Fodor Quintet, the Verdehr Trio, pianist Gabriela Montero, clarinetists Paquito d’Rivera and Jorge Montilla, flutists Luis Julio Toro, Marco Granados, Javier Montilla, and Jacques Zoon, violinists Alexis Cárdenas, Virginie Robilliard, and Jennifer Curtis, violinist/violist Nicholas Mann, and cellist Iseut Chuat, with conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Tania Léon, Olivier Grangean, Joel Sachs, Carmen Téllez, Raphael Jiménez, Alondra de la Parra, Yuli Turovsky, Eduardo Marturet, Manuel Hernandez, Alfredo Rugeles, Michael Christie, and George Stelluto. His compositions appear on recordings with artists including Ensemble Maroa, Camerata de las Américas conducted by Joel Sachs, Ensamble Gurrufío, Orquesta Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, Alonso Toro, Camerata Criolla, Luis Julio Toro, and the Caracas Clarinet Quartet. 2010 sees the release of his La Revoltosa and his Sonata for Clarinet and Piano featuring Jorge Montilla, clarinet (Clarinet Classics, London: La Revoltosa), and Jaguar Songs, a collection of his cello works featuring Nancy Green, cello (Cello Classics, London). Upcoming recordings include the Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela conducted by Carlos Izcaray. Desenne has received composition grants from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University (2010), the Guggenheim Foundation (2009), Fundacion Cisneros (2006, 2001, 2000), Civitella Ranieri (2006), El Sistema, Caracas (2004, 2000), CONAC/Venezuelan Ministry of Culture (2002, 1993), Fundacion Banco Mercantil, Caracas (1998), Fundacion Beracasa, Caracas (1998), Meet the Composer, New York (1995), and INCIBA/Venezuelan Institute for Culture and the Arts (1974-76). He is a music columnist for Venezuela’s national newspaper El Nacional. He has published satirical essays in Colombia's renowned arts magazine Revista Número, and in 2002-04, he created a weekly political satire for radio that aired in Caracas for 25 weeks. In 2009, he was named Best Actor by San Francisco's Golden Gate Fiction and Documentary Festival for his role in the short film Andante ma non troppo.
Orlando GarciaThrough some one hundred and fifty works composed for a wide range of performance genres, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as "time suspended- haunting sonic explorations" - qualities he developed from his work with Morton Feldman among others. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, Garcia migrated to the United States in 1961 and received his DMA in Music Composition from the University of Miami in 1984. A long list of distinguished soloists, ensembles, and orchestras have presented his music at festivals and recitals in most of the major capitols of the world. Recent important performances of his music include those in Poland, England, Spain, Serbia, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Venezuela, and other parts of Europe, Latin America, the US, and Canada. In demand as a guest composer and lecturer at national and international festivals, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations and cultural institutions. These include two Fulbright artist/lectureships, the first in Caracas, Venezuela during 1991-92 where Garcia presented master classes, assisted with the set up and development of the Center for Electro-Acoustic Music and Research at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, completed several new works, and conducted and presented premieres of his music. The second a Senior Lectureship in Salamanca, Spain during 1996-97 at the Universidad de Salamanca where he taught graduate analysis/composition courses, created works, and conducted his music. Additional recognition for his work has come from the Rockefeller Foundation in the form of a summer residency at their Center in Bellagio, Italy during 1999 where he completed a new work for the Caracas based Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar. The orchestra premiered the work as part of the Festival Latinoamericano de Musica held in Venezuela in the fall of 2002. A recording of the premiere was released on New Albion Records in 2004 as part of his solo CD. Further support from the Rockefeller Foundation includes a visiting artist residency at the American Academy in Rome during the summer of 2000 where he completed a new piece for the Juilliard based Continuum Ensemble. The new work premiered in the fall of 2000 as part of Continuum’s tour of Latin America and as part of the Sonic Boom Festival in the fall of 2001. Garcia is also a two-time Cintas Foundation Fellowship winner (1994-95 and 1999-2000) supporting the creation of new works for distinguished soloists and ensembles here and abroad. Other awards include a 2001 State of Florida composer’s fellowship, first prize in Mexico's Nuevas Resonancias competition, and a first prize in the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation (JDAF) 2001 competition. As part of the prize Garcia completed a solo cello work for Maya Beiser who premiered it at the JDAF awards ceremony held in NYC 5/01. The work was subsequently recorded and released on Innova Recordings. In the summer of 2001 his imagenes sonidos congelados for violin and fixed media was selected as part of the Sonic Circuits competition and was later performed at the 2003 ICMC in Singapore. In 2003 his work for piano/disklavier and electronics, written for Kathleen Supove was premiered at New York University and at various concerts in the US. Another work for fixed media, temporal was presented at the 2006 ICMC in New Orleans and at the 2006 International Electro-acoustic Music Festival in Santiago de Chile. Other performances of note include his work Auschwitz (nunca se olvidaran) for orchestra and choir, given its NYC premiere October 2003 by the Brooklyn Philharmonic with the Trinity Church Choir and again in 2010 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the NYU Singers with Arkady Leytush conducting, as well as 2004 and 2005 portrait concerts of his music realized in New York City and Amsterdam, Holland by the Electronic Music Foundation and the Barton Workshop respectively. Portrait concerts of his work are being presented in Mexico, Uruguay, and Spain in 2014-15. Important recent premieres of his electroacoustic works include those at the ICMC in New Orleans 2004, FEAMF 2005, and SEAMUS Festivals 2007, 2008, and 2011 and his collaborations with video artists Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart, Daniel Viñoly, and Eric Goldemberg, which have resulted in new works premiered at the International Music Festival in Lima Peru, the Cervantino Festival in Mexico, the Spring in Havana Festival in Cuba, and the Ear to the Earth Festival in NYC during 2007, 2008, and 2010. Garcia’s experimental video opera, transcending time, premiered in April 2009 at the Biennale in Zagreb, Croatia with the Cantus Ensemble. The work for chamber orchestra and 5 singers includes videos by Stuart and Kolasinski as well as text by MacArthur Foundation winning poet Campbell McGrath. More recently Garcia’s orchestra work In Memoriam Earle Brown, was premiered in February 2011 by the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) with conductor Eduardo Marturet and el viento distante (the distant wind) for clarinet and orchestra was premiered in May 2012 by the Lviv Philharmonic in Katowice, Poland with soloist Wojciech Mrozek and Krzesimir Debski conducting. Garcia recently conducted a string orchestra version of the work with the Lviv Philharmonic August 2013 and the full orchestra version with the Philharmonic from Szczecin, Poland April 2014. Also in April a new version of his work for two contrabasses and orchestra was premiered by the MISO with Luis Gomez Imbert and Jeff Bradetich soloists and by the National Orchestra in Medellin, Colombia in September. He spent May and June 2013 at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Center in Perugia, Italy working on a new work for orchestra and string quartet for premiere in 2016. This spring he was in residence at the MacDowell Colony where he completed new works for the Suono Sacro Ensemble in Assisi, Italy and the Nuevo Ensemble de Segovia in Madrid, Spain each for premieres during 2014. In July he was at the Casa Zia Lina in Italy working on a new piece for the Bugallo Williams piano duo. He spent August in residence at the Millay Colony completing new works for the Chicago based Fonema Consort chamber ensemble and a collaborative work with visual artist Jacek Kolasinski for electronics and video both for premiere in the fall. Upcoming premieres include new works for violinists Jennifer Choi (violin and string orchestra) and Mari Kimura (violin and electronics) both for premiere in the spring of 2015. Garcia’s music is recorded on O.O. Discs, CRI (Emergency Music, eXchange Series), Albany, North/South, CRS, Capstone, Rugginenti, New Albion, Innova, VDM, CNMAS, New World, and Opus One Records. A CD of his orchestra music was released in September 2014 by the Toccata Classics label. The album features the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra with Jose Serebrier conducting. Garcia’s solo and chamber works have been nominated for Latin Grammys in 2009, 2010, and 2011 in the best contemporary classical composition category. A dedicated teacher, his students have gone on to win prestigious composition awards and prizes and have made positive contributions to the music world. The founder and director of the Miami Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), the New Music Miami Festival, the NODUS Ensemble, and the FIU New Music Ensemble, Garcia is Composer in Residence for the FIU CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios and Professor of Music in the School of Music at Florida International University in Miami.
Tulio CremisiniMulti award winning Film & TV composer, recording artist, songwriter and record producer. Composer in residence and principal timpanist with The Miami Symphony Orchestra. Founding member of "El Sistema" of youth orchestras and choirs of Venezuela. Founding member of the "Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra" and "The Simón Bolivar Percussion Group" (1975-1983 Various performances as Percussion Soloist and Conductor) Recording artist, composer and guitar soloist for his debut album "Momentum". (worldwide release-Nov. 2014).
Winner of 4 ASCAP Awards (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) for his original soundtracks and theme songs for 4 NBC/Telemundo national television spanish TV series. Winner of "Best Original Soundtrack" at the 2012 Trieste Film Festival for his score for the feature film "Cenizas Eternas" Latin Grammy winner as recording engineer and arranger for Ilan Chester's "Tesoros de la Música Venezolana". Participated as songwriter or producer in 6 Latin Grammy winning or nominated records for artist: Ana Barbara, Nestor Torres, Grupo Manía, Jennifer Peña, Monchy & Alexandra and Claudio Corsi. Music director, co-producer, arranger and orchestrator for Ilan Chester's album "Symphony of the Soul". Winner of 1 Gold, 2 Silver ADDY’s and 1 Silver AAA Award for best advertising music (U.S.A.) Winner of 4 ANDA, 2 RONDA, 3 P&C AWARDS and 38 International nominations for best advertising music. (Venezuela)
Arranger/engineer for Ilan Chester's Latin Grammy Winner album "Tesoros de la musica venezolana" Songwriter /arranger for Ana Barbara's Latin Grammy winner album "Loca de amar" Songwiter and /or producer for Latin Grammy nominated artists: Nestor Torres, Grupo Mania, Jennifer Peña, Monchi & Alexandra, Claudio Corsi. Songwriter and/or producer for recording artists: Ilan Chester, Ricardo Montaner, Luis Fonsi(MCA/Universal),Jennifer Peña (Univision), Ednita Nazario (Sony), Patty Manterola (BMG), David Bustamante (Universal, Spain), Conjunto Primavera, Jaime Camil, Edgardo Monserrat, Anais, Carolina Lao(EMI), Natalia Oreiro(BMG), Raul (Muxxic/Spain), Pop Stars(Sony), Alih Jey (Universal), Danny Daniel (Universal / Lideres). "Grupo Mania", Gisselle (Universal), Ursula Sol (DISA), Gisela(Spain), Priscilla y sus balas de plata, (Univision/Fonovisa)
Feature films credits:
Cenizas Eternas.(Margarita Cadenas. screenwriter, director, producer) Lenny the wonder dog (Scott Rosenfelt. producer) Los Pájaros se van con la muerte (Thaelman Urgelles. director) La hora del tigre (Alfredo Lugo. director)
TV Series credits:
NBC/Telemundo: "Santa Diabla" (2013/14), "El Rostro de la Venganza" (2012/13), "La Casa de al lado" (2012), "Alguien te mira" (2011)
TV credits as songwriter:
Nickelodeon/Nick Jr. "Go, Diego, Go" Canal 9, Argentina. "Romeo y Julieta" (main titles theme)
Fellow graduate. 1999 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop Juror for the 1999/2000/2001 International EMMI Awards. Guest Panelist at the conference: The Spice of Latino Music in Hollywood. President of "Tulio Cremisini Musical Productions Inc. and "Note by Note LLC"
Active member as composer and publisher with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Active voting Member with The Recording Academy(NARAS) and The Latin Recording Academy (LARAS) Active Member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Exclusive Songwriter and Publisher with Universal Music Publishing.
Florencia Di ConcilioUruguayan born and Italian national, pianist and composer Florencia Di Concilio resides in Paris and has become an established figure in film music. Among several new film soundtracks, she signed the score for River Phoenix last film Dark Blood, posthumously completed and premiered in the Official Selection of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. An active composer of concert music, Florencia Di Concilio's piano concerto, commissioned and premiered by the Montevideo Philharmonic received raving reviews from the national press and was described as “a memorable evening, in which Florencia Di Concilio’s extraordinary talent met the audience’s full recognition and standing ovation” (El Pais). The piano concerto received its USA premiere in March 2013. Over the past few years Florencia Di Concilio has composed the original soundtrack for more than 30 award winning feature films and documentaries for cinema and television (ARTE, BBC, HBO, Sundance, Canal +, etc), working with a wide range of directors such as George Sluizer, Heddy Honigmann, Peter Wintonick, Angus MacQueen, Tanaz Eshaghian, Marc and Nick Francis, or Gonzalo Arijon, with whom she frequently collaborates. Florencia Di Concilio’s versatile film scoring work has received critical praise from the New York Times, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, the L.A. Times, and has been released by Universal Records. About her score for multi award winner film Stranded, Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times wrote, “In addition to doing the interviews, Stranded’s director had other ways of making his narrative especially effective, starting with utilizing the film’s delicate, otherworldly score by composer Florencia Di Concilio to add a disturbing air to the proceedings. - About Dark Blood, Variety writes, "Florencia Di Concilio's guitar-heavy score enhances the film's moods". Comfortable in both instrumental and electronic composition and performance, Florencia Di Concilio frequently receives commissions from dance companies, soloists, music ensembles, and visual artists, such as Dutch artist Ilse, Frech, Brazilian countertenor José Lemos, Argentinean bandoneonist Victor Villena, pianists Enrique Graf, Ciro Foderé, and Javier Bezzato, guitarist Marco Sartor, the acclaimed CobosMika contemporary dance company in a piece premiered at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, or celebrated French artist Camille Henrot in a piece commissioned by the French national museum Jeu de Paume. Florencia Di Concilio holds piano, composition, and orchestration degrees from the New England conservatory in Boston, the College of Charleston, and the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris. As a classical pianist, Florencia has won top prizes at national and international competitions as well as extensively performing as a soloist and chamber musician. Florencia Di Concilio has served as guest lecturer, panelist, and has conducted music workshops at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, the Sundance Festival, the Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal, and the Brighton Film Festival. Invited by the French Embassy, along with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, Florencia conducted a workshop in Lima in fall 2013. Florencia has just finished the scores for CHAMELEON, directed by Ryan Mullins (Canada), and BIKES vs CARS directed by Fredrik Gertten (Sweden). She is currently working on the soundtracks for BILLIONAIRE directed by Edgar Honetschlaeger (Austria), and ROCIO, directed by Laura Bari (Argentina / Canada). In June 2015, Enrique Graf will premiere Florencia Di Concilio's Piano Etudes at the DiMenna Center in New York City, and Gustavo Nuñez, principal bassoonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, will premiere Florencia's bassoon concerto, commissioned by the Miami Symphony Orchestra for their 2016 season. Florencia Di Concilio recently signed a long term publishing agreement with Bosworth Music / the Music Sales Group and has been announced Composer in Residence of the Miami Symphony Orchestra. Florencia is represented by Annette Gentz Music & Film Arts in Berlin.
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