INFANT AND YOUTH
Julián Enciso (Colombia)
He was born in the city of Ibagué and graduated from the Ibague Conservatory. He studied at the University of Southern Mississippi with Dr. Hsiaopei Lee from 2010 to 2013. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Maastricht Conservatorium with Julia Dinerstein and in 2019 he completed his Master’s with Michael Kugel, renowned viola virtuoso. He has also studied under Alexander Zemtsov.
He has received master classes with renowned violists including Alexander Zemtsov, Ettore Causa, Mikhail Zemtsov, John Largess, Lauren Burns, Kathryn Plummer.
In 2015 he participated in the 14 Concorso Internazionale Di Esecuzione «Don Vincenzo Vitti» in Italy and Concours Europeen pour Jeunes Solistes in Luxembourg where he won silver medals. In 2016 he participated in the Johannes Brahms International Competition. In 2017 he won first prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition ‘Salzburg’ where he performed a concert in the Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum. He participated in the Mississippi International Competition in 2017 where he won second prize and received a bow made by luthier Alessandro Alberi.
Julián has played with orchestras under the baton of renowned conductors such as Susanna Mälkki, Ivan del Prado, Jay Dean, Antony Hermus, Bas Wiegers, Etienne Siebens, Gregory Ahss and Lev Markiz.
Diana Bedoya (Colombia)
Violist. He was born in the city of Manizales. Graduated in Music from the University of Caldas, Specialist in Music Theory, Magister in Music from the Technological University of Pereira and teacher with certification in Suzuki Methodology in violin and viola. He began his musical training at the Batuta Caldas Foundation, with maestro Octavio Carmona and studied his undergraduate degree under the tutelage of maestro Fabio Fuentes.
He has been a student of teachers José Luis Camisón and Anibal Dos Santos and has participated in master classes with teachers Carlos Rocha, Raúl García, Verónica Sharipova, Angela Deán. Participant of the Festival and Academy of the New World in the city of Maracaibo (Venezuela), with teachers Santiago Garmendia and Adriana Linares. She served as first viola and first row of the Caldas Symphony Orchestra and assistant viola of the Caldas Chamber Orchestra, where she has performed as a soloist on several occasions. At a pedagogical level, she has been a teacher and coordinator of the viola area at the Fundación Batuta Caldas and at the Fundación Nacional Batuta (Bogotá).
She is currently a member of the «Archetti» String Quartet and since 2018 she has been linked as a viola teacher in the Suzuki Musical Training Program of the National University of Colombia and in the Musical Training Project of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra.
Miguel Pinzón (Colombia)
Pianist and composer graduated from the Music Department of the Juan N. Corpas University Foundation. He has participated as an accompanist and co-repetitor pianist in some of the most important universities in the country, and in various national and international festivals, covering a wide variety of musical styles and genres.
As a composer, he was the winner of the composition contest organized by the M4nolov quartet with his work «Quartet for Strings No. I», which was later performed at the Teatro Colón in Bogotá by the same group. As a performer and composer, he has performed on different stages such as the Fabio Lozano auditorium, the Cafam de Bellas Artes Theater, the Colsubsidio Theater, the León de Greiff auditorium, the Luis Ángel Arango hall, the Ensueño Theater, the Julio Mario Santo Domingo auditorium, among other important spaces.
In 2022 he was the winner of the Ciudad Lírica Singing Award in the «Accompanying Pianist» category, an award granted by the District Program of Incentives for Culture of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra.
Currently, he is a co-repetition pianist of the Master’s Degree in Musical Interpretation and Pedagogy of the National University of Colombia, a collaborating pianist in the music program of the Central University and a pianist of the Youth Philharmonic Choir of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra.
Omar Ortiz (Colombia)
Born in Bucaramanga, Santander, the pianist is a graduate of the National University of Colombia, where he was tutored by the pianist Ángela Rodríguez. In 2018, he completed his master’s studies in pedagogy and piano performance with Mac Mclure at the same institution. Currently, he works as a piano teacher at the National Pedagogical University and co-repetition pianist at the National University of Colombia.
He has performed as a soloist in various auditoriums, including the «León de Greiff» of the National University of Colombia, the «Olav Roots» of the Conservatory of Music of the National University of Colombia, the Alberto Castilla room of the Tolima music conservatory, the «Luis A. Calvo» auditorium of the Industrial University of Santander and the Teresita Gómez blue room of the house of music in the city of Medellín, among others.
He participated as a scholarship pianist in the IX Cartagena International Music Festival and in the VII UNAC University Piano Festival, where he won the call to be part of the series of university concerts in the Fabio Lozano hall of the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University. In August 2016, he was selected as one of the young performers in the soloist category of the Banco de la República Competition, which gave him the opportunity to perform a series of concerts throughout the year 2017. In addition, he participated in the extension concerts of the Bucaramanga UIS 2018 international piano festival and obtained an honorable mention at the Ono Zone piano festival in the city of Quito, Ecuador, in 2019.
On several occasions he has taken master classes with outstanding teachers such as Janusz Olejniczak, Blanca Uribe, Ching Yun-Hu, Enrico Pieranuzi, Kaestner D. Robertson, Harold Martina, Katia Michel and Lori Sims. In addition, he has served as a repeat pianist in the choir of the National University of Colombia, the choir of the Universidad de los Andes, the Colombia Choir, the Schola Cántorum Choir and in the Corpacoros seminar under the direction of maestro Néstor Enrique Adrenacchi.
As an accompanist pianist, he has participated in the III and V editions of the Arc Instruments Festival of the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga (UNAB). From 2009 to date, he has frequently collaborated with different instrumental chairs at various universities, highlighting the Clarinet chairs of maestro Robert Deggenaro, the Tuba chair of maestro Erney Sepúlveda and the Trumpet chair of maestro Juan Fernando Avendaño.
Mari Kagehira (Japan)
He was born in Osaka, Japan.
He began his piano studies at the age of 3 with Reiko Yamagishi, and later with Hiroko Nagasaki and Yoko Iwabuchi.
He obtained his degree «Master of Music – Piano» at Osaka University of Music, where he studied piano with Nobuko Yasuda, Tsuya Toyama, Takashi Yamazaki, and later studied with teachers Arthur Green, Halina Czerny-Stefanska and Harold Martina.
In 1987 he won first prize in the national piano competition “Pitina Young Pianist Competition”.
He obtained a Master’s degree in Instrumental Interpretation and Pedagogy at the National University of Colombia.
He was a member of the Chopin Association.
He has offered recitals in various cities in Japan, France, Spain and Colombia.
He made recordings for radio and television programs.
He performed as a soloist with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Antioquia Symphony Orchestra,
the Valle del Cauca Philharmonic Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, the Tolima Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the EAFIT Symphony Orchestra, the Cundinamarca Youth Symphony Band, the Symphony Band of the Conservatory of Music of the National University of Colombia, the Symphonic Band of the National Police and the Symphonic Band of Pereira.
He served as an official accompanist in national and international competitions.
She was a professor of piano, organ, and music theory at the Teikoku Women’s University, the Kawai Music Academy, the National Pedagogical University, the El Bosque University, and the Los Andes University.
Since 1992 she has been working as a repetitive pianist for Opera and Zarzuela.
Since 1999 she has been a guest pianist at the Tunja International Culture Festival.
In July 2006, he offered a recital at the Compensar Auditorium to release a grand piano donated by the Japanese government and received good comments in El Tiempo.
In September 2006 she was invited to the International Piano Festival by U.I.S. to be a jury of the National Piano Competition, give Master Classes and perform two recitals in Bucaramanga and Barrancabermeja.
In August 2007 Chipiana Music Festival (Spain) invited her to play two concerts.
In October 2009, the FISS World Congress of Young Scientists invited her to participate as a speaker on the theme «Union of Science and Art» and performed a recital in Mexico.
She is currently an accompanist pianist at the Javeriana University, tenured piano professor at the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and a teacher at the Conservatory of Music of the National University of Colombia.
Andrea Carolina del Pilar Sánchez (Guest concertina)
Ibaguereña graduated from the Conservatory of Tolima in the Master of Music program under the chair of maestro Aníbal Dos Santos and, from the University of Northern Iowa where she obtained a Master’s degree in Music with an emphasis on interpretation in Viola under the chair of Dr. Julia Bullard.
During her musical career she has been awarded a scholarship selected by contest in different modalities to represent the two institutions such as the International Music Festival (CartagenaColombia), III meeting of string quartets (Javeriana University), National Meeting of Violists «Noche de Violas» 2012 (Bogotá-Colombia), UNI Viola Festival (Iowa-USA), Wintergeen Summer Music Academy (Virginia-USA), Teatro el Lago Festival (Frutillar-Chile), among others.
He has received master classes as a soloist and within the chamber music format with Basil Vendryes (Principal Viola at Colorado Symphony), Victoria Chiang (founding member of The Aspen String Trio), Hsin-Yun Huang (Julliard School and Curtis Institute of Music), Roberto Díaz (Curtis Institute of Music), Nicole Diva (Australian Chamber Orchestra), Rebecca Jones (Callino Quartet), Daphne Gerling (University of North Texas), Steve Larson (Adaskin String Trio), Ann Marie among others.
Similarly, he has given recitals at the Alberto Castilla Hall, the Central Auditorium of the University of Ibagué, the Greater Music Auditorium at the University of Tolima, the Fabio Lozano Auditorium (Jorge Tadeo Lozano University), Graham Hall, and Davis Hall and, He has performed as a soloist with the Tolima Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the Tolima University Chamber Orchestra and the Bogotá Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. His work as a chamber musician has been carried out in the classical quartet and trio format, performing recitals in different venues in the country such as the Guillermo Valencia Municipal Theater in the city of Popayán, in the Cartagena Convention Center, Alberto Castilla de Ibagué room and around the cultural centers of the city of Bogotá, among others.
Andrea Carolina was a section assistant at the Bogotá Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014 and is currently part of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra as a guest musician.
Complementing his education as an instrumentalist, he has combined research. She has been part of several research groups inside and outside the country, knowing in this way the wide performance of researchers within instrumental music; one of her greatest achievements has been the publication of her article «The Genesis of Benjamin Yusupov’s Viola Tango Rock» (2017) in the Journal of The American Viola Society, being the first Colombian violist to win the Dalton Competition. He is currently carrying out several investigations with the purpose of creating an awareness in instrumental research. In addition, he works as a teacher at the School of Arts and Music of the Sergio Arboleda University, and as head of violas of the Women’s Orchestra of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra.
Aníbal Dos Santos (Venezuela-Portugal)
Born in Caracas to Portuguese parents, Aníbal began his viola studies with Gianfranco Farina and Mario Méscoli. In 1982 he traveled to Philadelphia, USA. to study with violist Joseph de Pasquale, culminating in his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in 1988. That same year he received a special award from the American Bartok Society for his performance of the Bartok Concerto with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, he has performed with important orchestras such as Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in the USA, Orquesta do Norte (Portugal), National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, Caracas Philharmonic Orchestra, Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra, Municipal Orchestra of Caracas, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá, Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Symphony Orchestra of the Valley, Symphony Orchestra of Antioquia and Chamber Orchestra of Colombia.
In 1995 he played a recital in the historic «Boesendofer Saul» in Vienna (Austria) with harpsichordist Sergio Posada and later recorded an album in the same city with the three sonatas for Viola da Gamba by J. S. Bach.
In 2007, Aníbal Dos Santos made the premiere for the Americas of Benjamin Yusupov’s Viola, Tango and Rock Concert with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, Ricardo Jaramillo, conductor and Gina Medina, dancer. This concert became one of the most important musical events in the region and was recorded on DVD under the Codiscos label for Colombia, the Navona Recordings label for the United States and the rest of the world, and online through Naxos.
Aníbal has been invited to participate in the Cartagena International Music Festival and has been regularly invited as resident professor at the «Northern Iowa University»
where he has performed recitals with pianist Sean Baltkin, has performed chamber music concertos with the residence quartet, and has given master classes.
Since 1988 he has been principal viola of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has premiered a large number of concerts for viola and orchestra in Colombia, and carries out extensive pedagogical work at the National University of Colombia.
Dos Santos plays on the legendary viola made by Sergio Peresson for Joseph de Pasquale in 1967 and played on it for over thirty years.
Raúl García (Colombia)
Julián Linares (Colombia)
Born in the city of Pereira in 1980, he began his Viola studies with teachers Olga Chamorro, Argemiro Parra and Fredy Muñoz at the Technological University of Pereira. He completed his university studies with maestro Anibal Dos Santos at the Conservatory of the National University of Colombia and a master’s degree in interpretation with the renowned maestro Richard Young at the Javeriana University. He has received master classes with Joseph De Pascuale (first viola Filadefia), Craig Moon (first viola MET New York), Paul Cortese (Liceu de Barcelona), Emerson Di Biaggi (Sao Paulo, U. campinas), Randolph Kelly (first viola Pittsburgh ), among others. Since 2008 he has been the professor of the Viola chair at the Universidad de los Andes and in 2018-2019 he was in charge of the Viola chair at the Universidad el Bosque.
In 1994 he was part of the Batuta Colombia selection touring Colombia and Ecuador (dir, Manuel Cubides), in 2000 he was first viola at the Youth Symphony Orchestra of America festival in Puerto Rico (FOSJA, dir, Luis Biava ) and is part of the Symphony Orchestra of the Bolivarian Countries (dir, Gustavo Dudamel), in 2002 he joined the Youth Orchestra of America on its inaugural tour (YOA, dir, Carlos Prieto and Benjamín Zander). Since 2001 he is a member of the viola line of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has been a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Technological University of Pereira, Symphony Orchestra of the Universidad de los Andes, International Violin and Viola Festival organized by maestro Miguel Casas, Interviolas Festival organized by maestra Sandra Arango, Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Bogota Philharmonic and the Valley Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has had a varied activity in chamber music, belonging to the Santafé quartet, Ensemble trio (harp, flute, viola), Tempo Quintet (Colombian music), contemporary music ensembles, Chamber Music society, festivals such as Femusc, Aruba festival, Cartagena festival and all editions of the Interviolas Bogotá festival. He has also participated in multiple symphonic recordings, music for audiovisual media, popular music and university projects.
He completed his master’s degree in orchestra conducting at the Javeriana University under the instruction of the
teachers Luis Guillermo Vicaria and Ricardo Jaramillo. He has conducted the orchestra of the Interviolas festival, symphony orchestra of the Technological University of Pereira, symphony orchestra of the University of Cauca, symphony orchestra of the Andes and the symphony orchestra of the Javeriana University.
David Merchán (Colombia)
Winner for six consecutive years of the Banco de la República National Young Performers Contest, winner of the National Call for Chamber Music of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, Young Talent at the Cartagena International Music Festival and invited by The Youth Orchestra of Americas (USA) as first viola.
He has gained experience in the Bogotá Philharmonic and National Symphony orchestras; and has been principal viola of the orchestras Nueva Filarmonía, Sinfónica de Bogotá, Filarmónica Juvenil de Cámara de Bogotá, Filarmónica Juvenil de Bogotá, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Symphony of the Festival of Santa Catarina (Brazil), Youth Orchestra of Americas (USA) and He has had concerts with Arianna Quartet (USA) and The Aviv Quartet (Israel).
He has participated in national and international festivals such as the Cartagena International Music Festival, Santa Catarina Music Festival in Brazil. The Via del Concerti in Italy. Young Euro Classic in Germany and has received classes with Tabea Zimmermann, Kim Kashkashian, Belcea Quartet, Shanghai Quartet among others.
He studied at Universidad de los Andes under the guidance of Julián Linares, and chamber music under the guidance of the St. Lawrence String Quartet at Stanford University. He is currently a workshop leader at the Iberoamerican Philharmonic Academy (Iberacademy) and principal violist of the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra.
Johanna Pino (Colombia)
Graduated from «The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford», with a master’s degree in -Viola performance and Suzuki violin Pedagogy-, under the mentorship of violist Rita Porfiris and the pedagogue specialized in the Suzuki method, Terry Eninfeldt.
She has participated as a guest teacher of viola and violin at the Suzuki International Festival of Colombia in its XV, XIX, XX and XXI version; in the Suzuki workshop 2019 in San Juan-Puerto Rico and in the 5th version of the Verarte Festival, in Arequipa-Peru.
Previously linked to the Basic Program of Musical Studies of the National University of Colombia, and to the Children and Youth Program of the Universidad de los Andes. Johanna is currently linked to the «Bermuda School of Music» music school as a Suzuki teacher of violin, viola and chamber music and works as a violist in the orchestra of the «Bermuda Philharmonic Society» in the city of Hamilton-Bermuda.
Youth Philharmonic Orchestra