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Encounter of Santander
Born in Yaritagua, Venezuela, in 1994. Since 2021, he studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Fundación BBVA Viola Chair with professor Nobuko Imai. He has been granted scholarships by Manuel Camelo Hernández and Fundación Albéniz. He plays a Vladimir Pilař Hradec Králové Op. 349 viola, 1986, loaned as an instrument scholarship by Fabián Panisello.
He started his music studies at the age of 11 in the Youth and Children Orchestras System of Venezuela in his hometown. He has also attended masterclasses by Tabea Zimmermann and Timothy Ridout, among others. He was a member of the Yaraucanan Youth Symphony Orchestra and that of Venezuela’s National Children Orchestra (2007-2010) under the baton of Sir Simón Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel. In 2011 he became a member of the Teresa Carreño Youth Symphony Orchestra, with whom he toured Europe and Asia, and in the 2017-2018 academic year he was also a member of Caracas’ Municipal Symphony.
Since 2018, he is a viola teacher at the Sinfonía por el Perú programme, founded by tenor Juan Diego Flores, and was also part of the Orchestra of the Americas in its 2016 Nordic-Baltic and its 2019 Mexico tours. He has also participated in the Santa Catarina Music Festival.
As a student of the School, he has performed with the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Juanjo Mena) and the Freixenet Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Sir András Schiff and Andrés Salado). In 2021 he participated in the 30th anniversary tour of the School with the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, with whom he performed at Madrid's Teatro Real, at Bratislava's Reduta Hall, at Budapest's Liszt Ferenc Academy and at Vienna's Musikverein. He has also been a member of the Banco de España Arriaga and the Fundación Mutua Madrileña ensembles. He is currently part of the Cosan Quintet.