Trester Festival for Latin American Music
March 17-19, 2022
Festival co-directors: Daniel Linder, Fanya Lin, Meily Mendez
Co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Center for Latin American Studies
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Dr. Andrés Jaramillo serves as faculty at the Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University where he teaches Applied Piano, Chamber Music, Music Theory, Senior Recital Class, Musicianship, and Music in Global Cultures. Aside from teaching, Dr. Jaramillo keeps an exciting and active career as a solo and collaborative pianist, clinician and conductor. He has performed internationally in such countries as South America, South Africa, Spain, and China as well as throughout the United States. His programs typically feature standard classical piano repertory combined with Contemporary and Latin-American music. They would often premiere international and local composers’ works. Last fall, he was invited to give a series of masterclasses and concerts in China. Dr. Jaramillo earned his DMA degree in Piano Performance with minor fields in Theory, Instrumental Conducting, and Keyboard Collaborative Arts from USC Thornton School of Music under the mentorship of prestigious pianist and teachers, Daniel Pollack, Dr. Alan Smith and Prof. Larry Livingston.
Jorge Alejandro Salazar, conductor and composer holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the National University of Colombia mentored by Guerassim Voronkov. Recently, he earned the Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting at Lamont School of music in Denver University mentored by Lawrence Golan. Salazar is Music Director at Queen of Peace Catholic Church at Aurora Colorado and headmaster of conducting studies at Corpas University in Bogotá Colombia since 2003. As composer, arranger, pianist and conductor, he was selected artistic director of the Orchestral and Choral Corporation of Colombia since 2004 to 2013. He was the artistic coordinator for the “America Cantat” International Choral Festival 2013 conducting its opening concert with the premiere of the “Cantata America” by José Buenagu, and “Canción por la Esperanza” a piece for mixed and children choir, large orchestra, and soloists of its own authorship.
As a guest conductor he has worked with the Samara State Philarmonic Orchestra (Russia), Togliatti Philarmonic Orchestra (Russia) Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Opera, and Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others.
He studied music theory with Jorge Zorro, piano with Pilar Leyva and orchestral conducting with Luis Eduardo Vargas, Guerassim Voronkov, and Markand Thakar; He has attended workshops and master classes with Gustavo Dudamel, Helmuth Rilling, María Guinand, Alberto Grau, Simon Carrington, Luis Gorelik, Andrés Orozco, among others.
As a composer, he won First prize in Alberto Grau International Choral Composition Contest CICCAG, First Prize in Choral Composition OFB contest for two consecutive years (2014-2015) and the honorific mention in the Ministry of Culture national contest composition for choir and chamber ensemble 2016 with “El Renacuajo Paseador” for choir and chamber ensemble. His works have been performed by the most important choirs in Colombia and he regularly writes for several vocal ensembles around the country. His piece “Rhapsody for clarinet and piano” was recorded by the renowned duo Debussy in 2013 in the music album “Contrastes” that collects representative musical works of modern Colombian composers. Maestro Salazar has a special interest in the popular music of his region and combines in his compositions Colombian and Latin-American rhythms with the academic language.