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2018 VIPA Festival Staff
Carlos Amat, Artistic Director
Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, Head of Composition

Carlos Amat – Artistic Director
carlos amat 2Born 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.
www.carlosamat.com // carlosamat74@gmail.com

Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann – Head of Composition
InpHLcm-k2QJorge Villavicencio Grossmann’s music has been performed throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe by ensembles such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Orquesta Filamónica de Bogotá, Peruvian National Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia, Kiev Camerata, Orquesta de la Universidad del Norte (Paraguay), Boston Musica Viva, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien, Da Capo Chamber Players, Seattle Chamber Players, Jack Quartet and Amernet Quartet. His works find inspiration in a wide range of subjects, from medieval music to Latin American modern art.
His awards include a Fromm Music Foundation Commission, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the Aaron Copland Award, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, Vitae-Associação de Apoio à Cultura (Brazil) and the Nevada Arts Council; the Jacob Druckman Award from the Aspen Music Festival, Copland House Borromeo String Quartet Award, first prize in the New England Philharmonic Call for Scores, and grants from the American Music Center, St. Botolph Club Foundation, and Meet the Composer.  His residencies include the Copland House, MacDowell Colony, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. He has been commissioned by organizations such as the Society for New Music, American Liszt Society, Nevada Music Teachers Association, ALEA III and the Henderson Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 he was featured as composer-in-residence at SLAM, Seattle Latin American Music Festival. He has appeared as guest composer in the Festival Internacional de Chihuahua (Mexico), Festival Internacional de Música Clásica Contemporánea (Lima, Peru), New Music Symposium at Colorado College and International Society of Contemporary Music festival, in Miami. In addition, his works have been performed at contemporary music festivals in Asunción (Paraguay), Monterrey (Mexico), Musical Premieres of the Season (Ukraine), Proyecto Puentes (Spain) and Archipel Music Festival (Switzerland), along with festivals and conferences in the U.S. He has participated in the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, June in Buffalo, Aspen Music Festival and Domaine Forget.
Having studied violin and composition in his native Lima and subsequently in São Paulo, Brazil, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann moved to the U.S. in 1998. He holds a B.M. in violin performance from Faculdade Santa Marcelina (Brazil), a M.M. from Florida International University and a D.M.A. in composition from Boston University. He has studied composition with Paulo Maron, Orlando García, Fredrick Kaufman, John Harbison and Lukas Foss. Before his appointment at Ithaca College, he served on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was also director of NEXTET, UNLV’s new music ensemble, and founder and co-director of N.E.O.N., Nevada Encounters of New Music festival. He is currently director of áltaVoz, a Latin American composers collective.
For further information, please visit his website: www.shadowofthevoices.com.