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Classic music: a photo journal: in a world that is obsessed with technology, the concept of music often translates to rather mundane words such as pop, rock, rap, mp3s, downloads, iPods, iPhones, music videos and, unfortunately, not much more.

Lost in that sea of convolution is a genre that has been around for centuries and that although largely ignored continues to prevail because it remains the most pristine, most excellent expression of the form itself. That genre is classical music.

In the following pages, we introduce you to some of the most prolific, most renowned Latinos that are making that beautiful noise resonate not only locally, but worldwide as well. Their reputations are only a reflection of their distinguished careers, and together they represent but a small sample of the greatness that characterize Latino musicians, classical or otherwise.


Vanessa Perez

My Passion: The Piano

I'm From: Venezuela

I'm known for: having received the Jose Felix Ribas Prize. the highest honor given by the president of Venezuela to a young performer who has contributed to the artistic enhancement of the country.

My Music: is endowed extraordinary interpretative that captivates audiences has been heard in tries of the world, including France, Germany; The U.S., and various South American and European nations.


Paul Desenne

My Passion: The Cello

I'm From: Venezuela

I'm known for: being a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow.

My music: is steeped in the counterpoint of Bach, music of the 16th century, and contemporary techniques, and influenced always by the rich forms of popular and ethnic Latin American music. My music is also played by some of the most important music ensembles around the world.


Alondra de la Parra

My Passion: Music Conducting

I'm From: Mexico

I'm known for: being a big champion of new music and founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas

My Music: is spellbinding and vibrant. Because of that, many music connoisseurs consider me one of the most compelling conductors of my generation.


Carmen Helena Tellez

My Passion: Choral Conducting

I'm From: Venezuela

I'm known for: being the director of Graduate Choral Studies and the director of the Latin American Music Center at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

My music: is very contemporary I have conducted the canonic symphonic-choral repertoire and became the first woman on record to conduct the monumental by Hector Berlioz, in 2000.

Gonzalo Grau

My Passion: Various instruments

I'm From: Venezuela

I'm known for: having made my way into flamenco as a multi-instrumentalist on percussion, cello and piano. I have worked with renowned artists from Spain and the U.S., such as Antonio Granjero, La Tania, La Conja, Pedro Cortes, Jesus Montoya, Edwin Aparicio, Chuscales, Omayra and many others.

My Music: is rooted in traditional and contemporary Latin styles. I collaborated with Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov in the writing of "La Pasion Segun San Marcos" (2001 Grammy Award nominee), the "Ainadamar" opera (2007 Grammy Award winner), and I have also composed music for film.



Gabriela Lena Frank

My Passion: The Piano I'm From: California, but my mother is from Peru

I'm known for: being the composer-in-residence for the Modesto Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Indianapolis Symphony.

My music: often draws on my multicultural heritage, especially drawing on Latin American idioms. My music has also been commissioned and performed by the Kronos Quartet, Wu Man the San Francisco Symphony, Houston

Photos by: Jennifer MacFarlane
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Title Annotation:Portfolio
Author:Pedrero, Wendy
Publication:Latino Leaders
Article Type:Personal account
Geographic Code:3VENE
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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