JOSÉ ROMERO

Colombia
2015 Season - Artist in Residence

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Born in Colombia, José Romero began playing the violin at the age of 5 with Liliana Arboleda. Already at a young age he performed with the Cali Philharmonic under Francesco Belli and appeared in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and the Preludio Program in Ithaca, New York. Other festival appearances include the Pablo Casals International Festival in France and the Mozaeteum Summer Academy in Austria.

José’s performances have taken him throughout South-America , United States and Europe in venues such as the Frederick Loewe Theatre in New York, Sala Beethoven, Teatro Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Teatro Guillermo Valencia and Teatro Municipal de Buga in Colombia, Casa de La Música in Quito, Ecuador,  David Josefowitz hall in London, Sanders Theatre in Boston and Wiener Saal in Salzburg.

José holds a Bachelor of Music from the Boston Conservatory, studying with Rictor Noren and Lynn Chang, and further studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Nicholas Miller guidance. Additional mentors include Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Thomas Brandis, Jack Liebeck and Weigang Li. He currently studies with world-renowned violin professor Mauricio Fuks.

José is a founding member and Artistic Director of Macondo Chamber Players (MCP), a chamber music society that brings together established, and emerging artists to perform, teach, and encourage international understanding in Latin America. MCP has appeared in Cali, Bogotá, Buga, Popayán and Medellín in Colombia, as well as Esmeraldas and Quito in Ecuador, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and La Havana in Cuba, presenting several concerts for hundreds of people, and developing educational projects for local music students. Future engagements include concerts in Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic, as well as appearances in the U.S. and a collaboration with the renowned Paquito D'Rivera.

In addition to his musical studies, José has pursued the study of literature and philosophy at Harvard Extension School, Kings College London and is currently completing further studies at the University of Chicago.

José performs on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1865 and a Louis Bazin bow.