Concert: Luis Zea & Friends

February 23, 2021
7:30 pm EST

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Germán Marcano is a Venezuelan cellist, teacher and conductor with one of the most versatile career in Latin American scene. He was principal cello with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (1985-97), performing in numerous tours and recordings with them. He has been a regular guest soloist and conductor with Venezuela’s main orchestras. As a teacher Marcano held an important posts at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory (El Sistema), the Emil Friedman School, the Simón Bolívar University, and the Mozarteum Center’s Music School, and has been guest professor and lecturer in Grand Valley State University and Andrews University in Michigan, the San Diego Youth Orchestra, the University of Iowa, Louisiana State University and the Madison Cello Institute in Wisconsin. He has premiered works from renowned Latin American composers among them a Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Puerto Rican composer Carlos Vázques, piece composed specially for him. Marcano was founder member of the Rios Reyna String Quartet, one of the most important chamber groups in Latin America, with eleven years of professional career worldwide, and 2 commercial recordings, one of them devoted to Latin-American works. Among his publications we can count “A catalog of Latin American works for cello” (2004) an edition of the Suite for cello and piano by Venezuelan composer Modesta Bor 2006), and the cello works of Juan Bautista Plaza (2015). Last October the catalog was launched on the internet with a partnership with the Sphinx Organization and Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras and since May 2020 is part of the resource section of the CelloBello website. Three commercial recordings complete his profile as a cellist: the first one including works by “Schumann, Beethoven, Debussy” (2005), “Rochela” (2011) and “Aquí y allá” (2018) both devoted to folk Venezuelan music.

German Marcano holds a BMus degree from the University of Surrey, England, the Premier Prix diploma from the Guildhall School of Music in London, and Masters and DMA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently teaches at Kalos Music Academy (Aventura), Vivace Academy (West Palm Beach), and plays regularly cello solo and chamber music with The Music in Miami series, FIU Concert Series, and also with the Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Symphony and Atlantic Classical Orchestra among others.