FYAO Artistic Director Alvaro Gomez completed his duties as Artistic Director of the prestigious XXXVIII International Competition of Musical Performance "Dr.
Luis Sigall ", which was held between November 5 and 12 in Viña del Mar, Chile.
This year's competition was for cellists, and there were a total of 16 celliists representing thirteen countries.
In addition to Dr. Gomez' duties as Artistic Director, he also conducted the orchestra which accompanied each of the competitors in a variety of concertos from the standard cello repertoire.
Several of the sixteen competing soloists had already won other international concerto competitions.
said that the level of competition was incredibly high, and several cellists performed as well as some of the best professional artists he
has ever heard.
also said that there was an unusual camaraderie among the entrants, with each competitor encouraging the others to do their best.
was also impressed by performances of the youngest participant, 18 year old Oleskey Shardrin from Ukraine.
Immediately upon his
return to the United States, Dr. Gomez
began preparing for the Giving Thanks With Music Concert, which we all know was a huge success.
also had to prepare for a concert performance by two other of his
ensembles, the Strings V class at Trinity Preparatory School and the Winter Park Chamber Music Academy
to Conduct Competition in Chile
Following Sunday's FYAO rehearsals, Dr. Gomez
and wife Routa left for Chile for the next two weeks.
Dr. Gomez will again act as Artistic Director of the prestigious XXXVIII International Competition of Musical Performance "Dr.
Luis Sigall ", to be held between November 5 and 12 in Viña del Mar, Chile.
This year's competition is for cellists, and there are a total of 16 celliists representing thirteen countries.
Routa will act as Concertmaster of the orchestra, which will be conducted by Dr. Gomez
For the second year, the Artistic Director of Competition will be Alvaro Gomez, a prominent Chilean-American violinist and conductor of wide international experience.
This appointment for Dr. Gomez
is a visible recognition of his
international stature and abilities as a musician and conductor.
While Dr. Gomez
is away at this event, rehearsals will continue!
asks that everyone continue to prepare their parts well for the upcoming concert, so that all will be ready when he
The evening's program included performances by Michelee Puppets
, Power Chords (a student vocal ensemble of the Orlando Repertory Theatre), Voci Dance, a local dance troupe, and ended with a rousing violin duo performance by our own Dr. Alvaro Gomez
wife, Routa on behalf of the Bach Festival Society
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