Orchestra “UNIDOS”

The Latin American Music Festival, under the auspices of the Eliot Fisk Fisk Guitar Academy  (EFGA), announces a unique concert highlighting the classical guitar with Orchestra. Soloists include legendary guitarist Eliot Fisk and Jorge Caballero, with Venezuelan-born  conductor Jorge Soto directing the newly formed orchestra, “UNIDOS”. 

DRESS CODE: Dress to impress! 

7:30 pm Concert Debut Brindis
8:00 pm Concert
9:30 pm CD Signing 

PROGRAM 

La Calaca ………………………….Gabriela Ortiz (1937) 10 mins
Concerto Rapsódico …………. Jorge Morel (1931-2021) 20mins
Jorge Caballero, Soloist 

PAUSA 

Adios Nonino ……………………..Astor Piazzolla (1987) 7mins
Concerto E Major For Guitar & Orchestra
Luigi Boccherini (1743- 1805) Eliot Fisk, soloist 

Danzas Latinoamericanas …………José Elizando (1972) 14 mins

ABOUT 

Jorge Soto, Conductor 

is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist with an active and diverse career both in North and  South America. Currently, he is the Principal Conductor of the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the  Principal Guest Conductor of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, and the Music Director of the Sistema Side-by-Side Orchestra at Longy School of Music.

In addition to his regular posts, Mr. Soto has collaborated with several orchestras, most  recently the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted the Boston Symphony Chamber  Players on three occasions: in October 2019 for a performance of Stravinsky’s Octet at Jordan  Hall, at Symphony Hall in December 2020, leading the ensemble in Elena Langer’s Five  Reflections on Water (filmed and released as part of a January 2021 BSO streaming concert),  and in March 2023, conducting Jessie Montgomery’s Sgt. McCauley at Symphony Hall. Since  2020-21, Mr. Soto also served as assistant or cover conductor for the BSO on several  occasions, including for performances with John Williams and Andris Nelsons. In addition, he  assisted Gustavo Dudamel in preparing to create Puccini’s Turandot with the Simón Bolívar  Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in December 2015. Also a passionate educator, he has  worked with orchestras at Assumption University and Clark University.

Born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Mr. Soto is a product of El Sistema, an innovative program  that uses classical music social change. He began his musical studies in Venezuela at the  Vicente Emilio Sojo State Conservatory, later studying violin at the Latin American Academy of  Violin under Rhio Sanchez and José Francisco Del Castillo. A founding member of the Simón  Bolívar National Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, he has also performed with the Youth  Orchestra of the Americas and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. He remains very  active in El Sistema in Venezuela, where he teaches violin, coaches chamber music, and  conducts orchestras around the country, including serving as a guest conductor with the  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. 

Mr. Soto graduated with a Master of Music degree in conducting from the New England  Conservatory. His conducting teachers and mentors include Harold Farberman, Stephen  Tucker, Jani Telaranta, and Charles Peltz. On violin, he has studied with Sophie Vilker, Janne Malmivaara, and Peter In the span of a decades-long career, Peruvian-born guitarist and  composer Jorge Caballero has accrued wide recognition as one of the most influential  guitarists in history, being the recipient of several international awards, and performing in  recitals, chamber music and as a soloist around the world. 

Jorge Caballero, guitar 

Critics from international newspapers and guitar publications have praised Mr. Caballero’s  depth of musicality, as well as his technical mastery when tackling the unique difficulties of his  concert repertoire. Aside from the standard guitar literature he performs –which spans  centuries of music from the Renaissance until the present, Mr. Caballero is notorious for  adapting and performing masterworks originally written for piano or orchestra, among which  we find Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Debussy’s  Children’s Corner Suite and Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata Op. 1 to name a few. One critic in Italy  referred to Mr. Caballero as “standing on top of the repertoire’s Mount Everest,” while the New  York Times called him “a masterly guitarist” with “chameleonic timbres.”  Since his first solo recital at age thirteen, Mr. Caballero has given numerous concerts  throughout the world, including performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Library  of Congress, and as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New 

York’s Chamber Ensemble and Turkey’s Presidential Symphony. He has also collaborated with  the Mendelssohn and the Miró String Quartets, with Soprano Theresa Santiago and flautists  Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson and Carol Wincenc.

Born into a musical family, Mr. Caballero began his guitar studies at the age of ten at the  Preparatory Division of the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru with Eleodoro Mori,  and years later, with Oscar Zamora. At age 12, he tied for First Prize at the Conservatory Guitar  Competition, which included participants at the college-level division more than twice his age.  The following year, he earned Second Prize at the Peruvian National Guitar Competition  sponsored by Jeunesse Musicale, competing in the adult category. His first international award  occurred in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the First Latin American Guitar Competition. He was 15.  Additional awards include top prizes at the Luis Sigall International Competition, as well as the  Tokyo and Alhambra guitar competitions.

In 1996, at the age of 19, he earned First Prize at the Walter W. Naumburg International Competition in New York City, a unique award for musicians often compared to the Pulitzer  Prize. To this day, he is the youngest musician and only guitarist to have ever received this  award.  

As of 2021, Mr. Caballero has been appointed to the Guitar Faculty at the University of Toronto  in Canada. He is also part-time faculty at Kean State University in the United States, and  Honorary Professor at the National University of Music in Lima, Peru. Sulski, and Timothy  Schwarz.

Eliot Fisk, Guitar

American guitarist, Eliot Fisk, was the last direct pupil of Andrés Segovia and is the holder of all reproduction rights to A. Segovia’s music, given to him by A. Segovia’s wife, Emilia. After attending Jamesville-Dewitt High School in Dewitt, New York, Fisk also studied interpretation under harpsichordists Ralph Kirkpatrick and Albert Fuller at Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1976.

After graduation, he was asked to form the Guitar Department at the Yale School of Music. He was the winner of the International Guitar Competition in 1980. Eliot Fisk has performed to dazzling critical and public acclaim in recital, as well as in most of the great concert halls of the world including in the Palacio de los Cordova in Granada, Spain, for then U.S. President Bill Clinton and King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Called by one New York Times headline ”Fiery Missionary to the Unconverted,” Eliot Fisk devotes considerable energy to teaching. He is a professor at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria, where he teaches in five different languages, and in Boston at the New England Conservatory.

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