About UsValencia International Performance Academy & Festival, July 10–20, 2018
Born in Spain, conductor, pianist and composer Carlos Amat has performed in Spain, the United States, Russia, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and France, and his music has been performed in Spain, Germany, Greece and the USA.
He holds a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Baltimore. He launched his conducting career at the age of 30, having studied with Frederick Prausnitz, Lior Shambadal, Enrique García Asensio, George Pehlivanian, Antoni Ros-Marbá, Manel Valdivieso and Colin Metters. Most of his practical formation comes from his job, from its foundation in 2006 until 2009, as repetiteur at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, where he also served as assistant conductor for Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel, having the opportunity to work with some of the best singers of the moment, like Plácido Domingo, Matti Salminen or Waltraud Meier, to name just a few.
His awards include the First Prize of the Conservatory after his Diploma in Piano Performance, the “Pauline Favin Memorial Award” in Baltimore, a Fellowship from the University of Maryland (Washington D.C.), First Prize of the 1995 “Jeneusses Musicales” National Chamber Music Competition in Spain and Third Prize at the International Competition for Composers ot the Mediterranean Music Centre of Lamia (Greece).
He has conducted the Academic Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta de Cámara de Minería (México DF), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Perú, Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, “Joaquín Rodrigo” Chamber Orchestra, New Music Ensemble of Miami, Orquesta Filarmónica Cervantes and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castellón. He has collaborated with soloists like violonist Vicente Huerta, pianists Brenno Ambrossini, Soyeon Lee and Ran Dank, trumpet players Otto Sauter and Vicente Campos and oboist Vicente Llimerá, as well as singers like Javier Agulló, Silvia Vázquez and Vicenç Esteve.
He conducted operas like Leoncavallo´s Pagliacci or Verdi´s La Traviata, as well as the nationally acclaimed lyric production “La Ópera de los Tres Cerditos”, based on the tale The Three Little Pigs, with music selected from Mozart´s operas, of which he was arranger, co-author and musical director.
He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orquestra of Guatemala, where he created first Diploma in Orchestral Conducting, promoted by the Ministry of Culture in order to provide the next generation of conductors in Guatemala. He was also music consultant and principal Conductor of the program ¡Todos Listos, Ya!, a new system of youth orchestras promoted by the Presidency that supports integration of all communities of Guatemala in a regulated system of orchestras, music schools and workshops. Under this framework, he founded the National Youth Orchestra of Guatemala.
As musical director of the Nomos Ensemble, an instrumental group devoted to the interpretation of new music, he is carrying out an intense work of difussion of the music of young composers, having premiered dozens of works in the last five years. The next project with the ensemble includes the first performance of Pierrot Lunaire sung in Spanish. He works as a teacher at the Conservatorio Superior in Castellón.
Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann
VIPA Composition Program Director
Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann’s music has been performed throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe by orchestras and ensembles such as the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Peruvian National Symphony, Kiev Camerata, Boston Musica Viva, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Da Capo Chamber Players, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien®, Seattle Chamber Players, Talea Ensemble, ALEA III and the Borromeo, Arden, Amernet, Mivos and JACK quartets. His awards include a Fulbright Scholar grant, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Fromm Music Foundation Commission, the Aaron Copland Award, Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellowship from Vitae (Brazil).
He has been in residence at the Copland House, MacDowell Colony and Atlantic Center for the Arts. His orchestral work Pasiphaë received the Jacob Druckman Award from the Aspen Music Festival and was the winner of the New England Philharmonic Call for Scores. He has also received grants from the American Music Center, St. Botolph Club Foundation, Meet the Composer, Nevada Arts Council and New York State Council for the Arts. Recent commissions include the Society for New Music, Projeto GreCo of Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Symphony Orchestra of Peru for his Piano Concerto and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann was born in Peru in 1973. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Faculdade Santa Marcelina, a master’s degree in composition at Florida International University, and a DMA in composition at Boston University. His studied composition with Fredrick Kaufman, John Harbison and Lukas Foss. He currently teaches composition at Ithaca College where he also the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble.
VIPA Piano Program Director
Since the beginning of his career, Spanish-born pianist Juan Lago has attained numerous prizes in the foremost piano competitions in Spain. Most recently, he has been awarded at the XXIII Concorso Internazionale “Valsesia-Musica” in Varallo, Italy; the XX “Cidade de Ferrol” Piano Competition; the IX Premio Internazionale Pianistico “A. Scriabin” in Grosseto, Italy; and the VI “Compositores de España” International Competition of Las Rozas de Madrid. As a consequence of these successes, Juan Lago performed his first European tour and his first recording of an album for “Radio Clásica,” Spanish National Radio, featuring works by Beethoven, Scriabin, and Bartók.
He has performed in Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Russia, Turkey, U.S.A., China, South Korea, and in the largest Spanish cities. In these stages, he has appeared in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, or as a soloist. He has worked with conductors Ovidiu Balan, Emin Güven Yasliçam, José Ramón Encinar, Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, Joachim Jousse, Juan Luis Martínez, and Francisco de Gálvez, amongst others. He has appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Italy), the “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau (Romania), Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra (Turquía), Istambul Chamber Orchestra (Turquía), Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta de Córdoba, Orquesta de Valencia o Sinfónica de Málaga.
Lago has appeared as a master artist at the Washington International Piano Festival (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.); the Festival del Mediterráneo at the Palau de les Arts de Valencia, directed by Zubin Mehta; Talent Music Summer Courses de Brescia (Italy); Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany); Musical Krasnogorsk (Moscow, Russia); Schubertiaden Schnackenburg (Germany); Festival de Vila-seca, directed by Paul Badura-Skoda; and International Piano Festival in Italy (Pescara, Italy).
Chamber Music plays a fundamental role in Lago’s musical life – he has collaborated with violinists at the calliber of Vasco Vassilev, Alissa Margulis o Santiago Juan; violist Santiago Cantó; cellists Alexander Buzlov and Iván Balaguer; and pianist Belén Navarro.
Juan has appeared as a master artist at Universidad de Aveiro (Portugal), the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany), Hochschule für Musik in Aquisgrán (Germany), and Conservatorio José Iturbi in Valencia (Spain).
Lago is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Concurso Internacional de Piano de Campillos since 2007; the Premio Internacional Pianístico de Paterna since 2011; and the Director of the VIPA Piano Performance Academy. In addition to these endeavors, he also serves as the Artistic Director of the “Amadeus” concert cycle, which is organized by Fundación “Eutherpe” in Valencia, and the Festival de Música de Cámara de Campillos.
Since 1999, Juan Lago serves at professor of piano at the “José Iturbi” Conservatory in Valencia, where he became the director of the piano department in 2010. His students have been awarded numerous times in international and Spanish competitions.
Lago holds a Master’s degree in Performance and Musical Research from the Valencian International University; an Artist Diploma from the Amsterdam Conservatorium, where he studied under the tutelage of Professor Jan Wijn; a Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, where he studied with Professor Ana Guijarro, and a degree from the Conservatorio Superior de Málaga (Professional Degree), where he studied with Professor Juan J. Peralta. He has also been influenced by pianists Gyorgy Sebok, Eugen Indjic, Stanislav Pochekin, Imre Rohmann, Claudio Martínez Mehner, and Leonel Morales.
VIPA Festival Coordinator
Emmanuel Berrido is a Dominican-American composer and pianist with a passion for telling stories through sound, having composed music for the concert hall, the radio, or even the dance floor. His work has been performed by a variety of groups and performers including the Amernet String Quartet, cellists Jason Calloway, Megan Chartier, and Craig Mehler, violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, and the FIU Wind Ensemble. Recent experiences have included performances at the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, the New Music Miami Festival, the SCI Student National Conference, the Ann Arbor Society of Musical Arts, and the Kendal Sound Arts Series. In May 2017, he was awarded the Louis Smadbeck Composition Prize in Ithaca, NY, for his work Bend the Knee for brass quintet.
Emmanuel has a degree in Music Business (Creative Production) from Miami Dade College, and a B.M. in Music Composition from Florida International University where he studied with composer Orlando Jacinto García. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree under the mentorship of composers Evis Sammoutis and Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann at Ithaca College, in Upstate New York. Berrido is also part of the Ithaca College Gamer Symphony Orchestra, where he serves as Editor-in-Chief and orchestral pianist. Other educational experiences have included mentorship by composers Bernard Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, and Chinary Ung, violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, and clarinetist Lori Freedman.
Alongside Lindsey Eastham, Dallas Joseph Howard, and Sergio Cote, he co-founded the Un/Pitched concert series, a project devoted to promoting contemporary music in the greater New York area, to enrich collaboration and educating communities about twenty-first-century art – the first Un/Pitched concert series, in the Fall of 2017, marked the first official collaboration between Ithaca College and Cornell University composers and performers.
When he is not composing, performing, or practicing, Emmanuel Berrido creates websites for other musicians and small businesses, draws, and reads non-fiction books about any topic, from history to communication and language.