Happiness of Arturo Villela (Mexico). Villela’s compositional style is immediately understandable, characterized by its great strength, abrupt and drastic contrasts and psychological sensitivity; many times his compositions refer to extreme human situations. Like few others, Villela is able to show the current situation in Mexico in his works, the social contrasts, the private and public violence, but also the tenderness and sensitivity of the people.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonín Dvořák (Czech Republic). It is the perfect synthesis of all aspects of a great romantic concert: the symphonic dimensions and the virtuous and expressive demands of the soloist, always organically integrated into the musical fabric.
Symphony No. 5 in E flat Major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius (Finland). An indisputable masterpiece, the significance of which has been recognized by both locals and strangers to the world of the Nordic composer. Some critics call it a masterpiece: “true musical magic.” The symphony is unusually divided into just three movements.
Francisco Vila (Ecuador) – Cellist. Originally from Esmeraldas, Ecuador, this musician has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Orchester Philarmonique de Liege, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Orchester Royale de Chambre de Wallonie, Santander Festival Orchestra, the Indiana University Philharmonic, and all the main orchestras of Ecuador. In addition, he was a soloist in residence at the prestigious Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth where he graduated with the Artist Diploma.
In addition to his facet as a soloist, Vila is a great promoter of music learning in the classroom and is Artistic Director of the Esmeraldas International Music Festival, a project that invites 40 of the most talented young Latin American musicians to take classes, work chamber music and orchestra with guest teachers in the cities of Esmeraldas and Quito.
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