Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic), created in 2010 by the Fundación Bolívar Davivienda, is a social project that provides young promising musicians from all over the country with a unique opportunity to develop their potential musical skills in large-scale symphonic productions.
With a well-planned artistic framework, and the solid support of a pedagogical team of international stature, these young musicians are given access to the best resources for their musical training, strengthening their commitment to their own life projects in the field of music, with a focus on high-quality standards.
The hallmark of this project centers around intense orchestral practice under the leadership of world-renown conductors, such as Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Matthew Hazelwood (RIP), Salvatore Accardo, Dante Anzolini and Alejandro Posada, and a faculty of world-class musicians from the Houston Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, among other prominent institutions. Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) permanent quest for excellence and international recognition, has provided unique artistic and human experiences to all of its members in many cities in Colombia and around the world.
Every year, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) offers musical training to 100 talented young Colombians between the ages of 16 and 24, who may renew their membership every year. Since 2010, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) has implemented a careful selection process in order to identify the best young talented musicians in the country.
Free and open auditions are held annually via YouTube, in order to ensure that any well deserving and eligible musician can apply. Auditions are evaluated by a jury of the highest international stature. All musicians in the new orchestra participate on full-scholarships, which consist of a training process that ensues with artistic internships and high performance sessions taught by international professionals for each instrument.
- To establish ourselves throughout the country as an orchestral music model known for its sound quality, technical development, approach to the authentic style of the symphonic repertoire, and cultivation and recognition of Colombian symphonic music.
- To generate opportunities that strengthen the development and the unique personal and artistic qualities of young musicians who represent the country globally and contribute to the growth of the Colombian orchestral movement.
- To establish a network of teachers, soloists and directors who will contribute to strengthening the artistic identity of the orchestra.
Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) aims to become one of the most important national symbols of Colombia, demonstrating the capabilities of our young talented musicians to be innovative. This time, the innovation stands on the stage. Why?
Lights, camera… action! After recording a DVD at the Miami New World Center in 2013, 2016 is the year to get back on camera. With the helping hand of great audiovisual producers, highly experienced in recording orchestras such as the HR Radio Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra, it is now time to show to the world the innovative performance of Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic).
High definition cameras, 20,000 lumens video projectors, color light design aligned with the artistic concept of the music, artistic choreography of the musicians and, as always, an extraordinary musical preparation, are only some of the many special elements that were involved in this new recording. The location of this production took place in the Teatro de la Universidad de Medellín in Colombia.
This audiovisual project is the key promotional piece for our 2017 Germany Tour and our 2018 International Tour.
Alberto Ginastera. Estancia
The staging design explores and exalts the most significant folkloric aspects of this piece, what is seen throughout the second movement as the whole orchestra becomes an immense wheatfield, while allowing a romance to emerge between the flute and the violin; In the third movement, the so frequently used handkerchief in Latin American folk dances takes over the “boleadoras” of the malambo; This traditional argentinian dance will then be evoked through an adaptation of its “zapateado” (tap-dancing) during the fourth movement.
Jimmy López. América Salvaje
Thorugh out simple interventions, the staging setting highlights the great Miscegenation of the Latin American people and its cultures. The disposition of the musicians and their minimalist movements underline the diversity that constitutes this race.
2017 German Tour
The internationally renowned principal guest conductor is the colombian maestro, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. He is well known for being the Music Director of the Houston Symphony, the Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the first Colombian to be invited to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic (2017), and first and foremost, the role model for musicians throughout Colombia. He represents passion for music, hard work, discipline and success. He will be the Principal Conductor during the 2017 Germany Tour.
Additionally, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) is working hand in hand with yet another promising Colombian conductor, maestro Carlos Andres Botero, who is the Music Ambassador in the Houston Symphony and has been involved with Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) as the Residence Conductor for several years. He will be the Conductor in Residence during the 2017 Germany Tour.
During this tour, the world-reknown cellist Daniel Müller-Schott will be joining Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic). He ranks among the world’s best cellists of his generation and can be heard on all of the foremost international concert stages. He has made his mark by delighting audiences for two decades “a fearless player with technique to burn” (New York Times).
Faculty in Residence Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
The artists that have collaborated with Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) have always been world class conductors, soloists and teachers, not only inspiring our young musicians, but also offering the Colombian and international public incredible artistic performances.
Great conductors have been part of Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) such as Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Matthew Hazelwood (RIP), Salvatore Accardo and Alejandro Posada, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Adrián Chamorro, just to name a few.
Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) created long-lasting relationships with international guest soloists, such as Sarah Chang (USA), Joshua Bell (USA), Johannes Moser (Germany), Vahid Khadem-Missagh (Austria), Benjamin Schimd (Austria), Javier Camarena (Mexico) among others.
Our music teachers, who accompanied our young musicians in every artistic residency, came from great institutions such as the Houston Symphony (USA) and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (EU), Vienna Philharmonic (Austria), Orchestre des Champs Élysees (France), Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (USA), London Symphony Orchestra (England), Berlin Philharmonic (Germany) and more.
“I am very happy to present Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) in Europe for the first time. Talent, discipline and hard work are the hallmarks of this Colombian youth orchestra. The production of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring will be unusual and exciting, as it works with additional visual elements and integrates the musicians into the choreography. I hope that their passion and warmth will delight their audiences.”
Andrés Orozco-Estrada – Conductor
“This organization, under the athletic direction of Houston Symphony’s new music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, ranks in the top tier of a lifetime of concert-going.”
Gregory Sullivan – Music Critic, TheaterJones
“They play every note as if their lives depend on it.”
Howard Herring, CEO New World Symphony
“We’re going to change the world with every note.”
Matthew Hazelwood, Former Artistic Director, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia ( Colombian Youth Philharmonic) 2010-2012
“This South American group could challenge the best of Juilliard, Eastman and SMU.”
Scott Cantrell – Music Critic, Dallas Morning News
“It may be one of the best youth orchestras in the West.”
Albert Milano, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas, Executive Vice-President
“Thanks to these talented musicians, the future of Colombian classical music is in the right hands.”
Mark Pullinger, Music Critic, Bachtrack London
Our foundation is the manifestation of the philanthropic commitment of the Bolivar Corporate Group, with more than 75 years of experience in building trust and a solid reputation in various market sectors in Colombia, Central America and Miami. The Fundación Bolívar Davivienda promotes activities that contribute to the social development of the communities where the Bolivar Group is present, and is aligned with the group’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategies. The foundation fosters the well-being of young individuals in Colombia, with a vision geared toward helping future generations in the development of their unique capacities, which is the main agent for strengthening social projects.
Juan Felipe joined the Colombian Youth Philharmonic in 2013 and aims to play the trumpet in an famous worldwide orchestra, such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. He also aspires to play the trumpet in order to help his family and his community.
In 2012 , Juan Felipe received a full scholarship to the ”Conservatori del Liceu” in Barcelona – Spain , where he took part in a music studies postgraduate program and enrolled in a course focused on musical perfection. After two years in the the Colombian Youth Philharmonic , he won the Latin American “Eric Aubier” competition in the master’s category. In the year 2015, he auditioned for the Mahler Chamber Academy and acquired a position in the Dortmund – Germany concert, which will be held in 2016. He enjoys sharing all that he learns every day, especially the knowledge he gains from the faculty that judiciously works with the the Colombian Youth Philharmonic in each residency. Today, Juan Felipe is playing in the Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil de Bogotá and is accumulating all of the knowledge he can through this experience in order to receive a scholarship and enroll in his dream masters music program.
Juan Felipe LinceColombia Trumpet
Nicolás studies music in the Universidad de los Andes, one of the best universities in Colombia, with a scholarship that funds 95% of his enrollment. He has been sharing his knowledge in music with more than 500 young individuals involved in the world of music. Winning the Colombian Youth Philharmonic scholarship has been one of his biggest goals, it also gave him the opportunity to receive classes from recognized music instructors, such as Richard Young, Scoot -lee (Miami String Quartet), Sheldon Person, Juliet Jopling (Engegård Quartet) Jorge Espinoza (Catrina Quartet) and Sandra Arango (Cuarteto Q-Arte) .
Nicolás is thankful to the Colombian Youth Philharmonic teaching him how to work in a team and how to persevere in order to achieve his goals. He also learned to value the small things in life and to work with love and respect alongside his colleagues.
Nicolás David Torres RojasViola
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