Composers

Javier Montilla

Javier Montilla

Composer / Arranger

 Javier Montilla (Caracas 1973) has obtained his music education in flute performance from the System of Child and Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, the University Institute of Music Studies of Caracas (IUDEM, now UNEARTE), the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He has been an active arranger with diverse groups with which he has been a member, and he has also written pieces for various chamber formats.

Photo: Jorge Luis Santos

Jorge Montilla

Jorge Montilla

Composer / Arranger

Jorge Montilla (b. 1970) is considered one of the finest clarinettists in Latin-America and one of the world’s best Eb clarinet players. He is also well known as a composer and arranger for clarinet ensemble. Montilla holds a master’s degree and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. He has taught at Arizona State University and was chairman of the Clarinet Department at the Conservatory of Music Simón Bolívar and clarinet professor at the Latin American Academy of Venezuela. He currently serves as clarinet professor at Longy School of Music of Bard College and as visiting assistant professor of clarinet at University of Iowa School of Music. Montilla represents Rossi Clarinets, D’Addario Reeds, Clarinet Classics, Gao’s accessories, Lefreque Sound Bridges, and BG ligatures and keeps a hectic international career as a soloist and clinician

Nicolas Real

Nicolas Real

Composer

Nicolas Real (b. 1969) is a flutist, teacher, composer, and a former member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He holds a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Temple University. His works have been commissioned and premiered by flute ensembles in the USA and Venezuela, such as the Massachusetts Flute Choir, the Brannen-Cooper Fund at Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc., and the National Flute Orchestra from Venezuela, among others.

Amable Torres

Amable Torres

Composer

Amable Torres (1860-1908) was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He was known as both a composer and a performer of traditional music. He played the 12-string bandurria and was famous for his ability to hear any new piece and repeat it with amazing accuracy. He founded and conducted a string ensemble called Estudiantina Venezolana. He also was a member of the group Los tres bemoles (the three flats) that performed traditional pieces from Zulia state as well as popular music of the time.

Orlando Cardozo

Orlando Cardozo

Composer / Arranger

Orlando Cardozo (b. 1970) is a Venezuelan multi-instrumentalist who plays the clarinet, mandolin, and Venezuelan cuatro. HIs performances as a soloist or member of ensembles have been praised in reviews in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Martinica, U.S.A., and Venezuela. He is well known in Venezuela as a composer, receiving important awards such as second prize at the “Primer Salón Nacional de Jóvenes Compositores, 2001” (Venezuela) and honorific mention in the “Premio Municipal de Música, 2003” (Caracas, Venezuela). His output includes works for chamber, symphonic, choral, soloist, and electro-acoustic settings. Cardozo received a bachelor’s degree in composition (Cum Laude) from the IUDEM (Caracas) and a master’s degree in composition from the Simón Bolívar University (Caracas).

Luis Fernando Ruiz

Luis Fernando Ruiz

Composer / Arranger

Luis Fernando Ruiz (1960) obtained his music education from the System of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela under José Antonio Abreu’s guidance. He was principal of the horn section of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years. His international music career has been active throughout several decades, as a performer, horn teacher, and brass section coach, in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has conducted ensembles, bands, and symphonic orchestras in Venezuela and the Americas. He has also composed and arranged music for diverse ensembles. Currently, he is the director of the National School of Horn of the “Sistema” in Venezuela.

Heráclio Fernández

Heráclio Fernández

Composer

Heraclio Fernández (1851-1886) was a pianist, composer, journalist, and juggler. His father, Manuel Maria, gave him his first piano lessons, but he was mostly self taught. Critics considered him a fine pianist. He also taught a great deal, and in 1876 wrote a method for the piano entitled “Metodo para aprender a acompañar piezas de baile”. He followed his father’s footsteps in journalism, founding two newspapers on literature and music: “El zancudo” (The Mosquito) and “El museo” (The Museum), which published musical pieces.

Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns

Composer

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) is mostly known as a composer, but he was also an organist, conductor, and pianist. He was a supporter of the modern music of his time, although he later criticized Debussy’s music and the modern musical tendencies. His style is representative of the French Romantic music period. Saint-Saëns was a child prodigy pianist, attended the “Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Paris”, and held important positions as an organist and teacher in Paris.

Raimundo Pineda

Raimundo Pineda

Composer

Raimundo Pineda (Maracay 1967) is a Venezuelan flutist, flute teacher, woodwind instructor, composer, and orchestral conductor. He has been a member of the National System of Youth and Children Orchestra of Venezuela since 1976 and a member of the “Simón Bolívar” Symphony Orchestra since 1986, of which he is currently a soloist. He is a flute teacher with the Simón Bolívar Music Conservatory, The National Flute School, and the National University for the Arts (UNEARTE). His catalog as composer includes works for mixed ensembles, 8 concertos for diverse solo instruments and orchestra, flute quartet and flute ensembles, and symphony orchestra. He specializes inx repertory and technique with the woodwind section of the orchestra. He is an artist with the management agency Quatreklammer.

Paul Dukas

Paul Dukas

Composer

Paul Dukas (1865-1935) was a French composer. He started learning music at the age of 14 and studied in the Paris Conservatory in the class of Théodore Dubois. His body of work is not too large. He wrote a few pieces for piano, chamber and vocal music, a ballet entitled “La Peri,” the Cantata “Velléda,” and the opera “Ariana and Bluebeard,” among a few others, but definitely, his best-known piece is “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” He became a professor of orchestration at the Paris Conservatory from 1910 to 1912 and from 1927 to his death he taught composition.