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PHD, Fermin Toro University, Education MM, Simon Bolivar University, Violin Performance BM, Libertador Pedagogical University, Music Education BM, Simon Bolivar Conservatory, Violin Performance
2013- Jury in Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition 1994- Reina Sofia Spain Scholarship
1- I am interested in the program because I have dedicated all my life to the social action through music, because I very much value the transformative power of music for the development and strengthening of the community. I have always organized activities such as festivals, workshops and performances to bring the message of music to any sector of the society. I have been trained in EL Sistema in Venezuela, which as given me the opportunity to be in direct contact with thousands of children and youth coming from underserved communities, who though music have seen their inclusion in the society with pride, bravery, hope and strife. Who studies music raises one’s selfesteem, feeds the spirit, grows and develops multiple intelligences. This is why when a relative of a child goes to his or her concert, recognizes the effort through the applause, and therefore, contributes to the choosing of a destiny. To choose to play an instrument is the power of “to play and to fight” to build one’s own ethical project of life, which in many cases it is associated with choosing to be a musician. This is why I feel in complete understanding with the philosophy of this program, and with the mission that I have as a violin teacher immersed in the community. I would feel very honored and proud to be able to help develop your program. 2- My experience as an educator has been to be able to build a system of values through the musical practice such as will, discipline, responsibility, self-criticism, and team work, which are the benefits of ensemble playing, orchestral practice, or being part of a musical project. I am able to mention several examples of community development because I have been a member for more than thirty years of El Sistema in Venezuela. It has shown to the world to be one of the most important educational projects that utilizes music for social, familiar and community development. It is also important to mention notable projects in Colombia to which I have participated as a guest teacher and speaker, these are: Fundación Batuta, Tocar y Luchar, Red the Orquestas de Medellín, in Brazil, in USA- El Sistema USA in Boston, Puerto Rico 100*35 Program, Argentina. Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, among others. They have used the orchestral practice to rescue the childhood, abandoned youth, poverty, and to build and peace zone. At the same time, I can mention cases such as that of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, who was my student in Venezuela, who was raised in a precarious social and economic context. Today he is one of the most outstanding musicians and orchestral conductors at an international level. 3- My philosophy is “To Play and To Fight”, tight to the wish of “to be” through music. My philosophy and wish go along with the idea of massification, in other words, to be able to increase progressively the programs’ coverage. And for the beneficiaries to be able to live the music, feel it and express it through smiles, ovations, hope, dialogue, and the making of a commitment to be better and to change their own world. And even, to be able to generate a social change through music, to change the community, to generate a substantial and progressive impact through music. 4- To be able to generate a significative learning through effective strategies and actions that keep up the excitement and desire to learn from students and adults. That the beneficiaries could attract other interested candidates to the program. To be able to visualize in the future that the students are able to become great musicians, that appreciate music as a social action, and the values of education through music; and that the grown up individual could appreciate the aesthetic potentials of music so that he or she could progressively help improve his or her mood, health and quality of life. That this person could help generate actions and become a messenger for the children and youth, so that they can have access to a better world through music.
Born in Barquisimeto, Lara State - Venezuela, he is a musician trained in the Youth and Children Orchestral movement, widely known as “El Sistema” under the ideals of maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, “To PLay and To Fight”. He studied violin with the renowned pedagogue, Jose Francisco del Castillo who follows the philosophy of the “Galamian School” in the Simón Bolívar Conservatory, in the Latin-American Violin Academy, and the “Reina Sofía” School of Music of Spain, with a scholarship from the Mozarteum Foundation of Venezuela. He has received direct guidance from famous international musicians such as Margaret Pardee, Albert Markov, Oliver Charlier, Agustin Dumay, Agustín León Ara, Yossi Zivonni, José Luis García Asensio, Rubén González, among others. He has a doctorate in Science of Education from the Fermín Toro University of Barquisimeto, with a research focus on the Social Action through Music. He also hold a Masters of Music in Violin from the Simón Bolívar University, as well as degree in Music Education and Masters in Higher Education from the Universidad Experimental Libertador - Pedagogical Institute of Barquisimeto. He has performed as a soloist with the most prominent orchestras in Venezuela, including the Simón Bolívar Orchestra, Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra, Lara Symphony Orchestra, Falcón Symphony Orchestra, Los Llanos Symphony Orchestra, Zulia, Symphony Orchestra, Merida Symphony Orchestra, among others. Internationally, He have participated in musical events in Canada, Portugal, Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Italy, France, United States, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Austria, among others. He has been the recipient of awards at the Fifth National Violin Competition “Juan Bautista Plaza” in 1987 in Caracas, and also at the National Violin Festival of Los Andes in 1997. He has developed a wide pedagogical expertise in his role as Director and Teacher of the Latin-American Violin Academy of Barquisimeto, part of “El Sistema”. Through this organization. He has launched important Violin Festivals, Professional Development workshops, Master-classes, Violin Workshops, seminars and Conferences in Venezuela and in many Latin-American countries. In USA he has performed with Florida Lakes Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Greg Turley Orchestra, in several programs and performances. He has also been invited to teach at the National Conservatory of Puerto Rico, Universidad San Martín in Argentina, as well as guest artist at “El Sistema USA” in Boston, supporting the development of orchestra programs with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the New England Conservatory. Among my students there are professors, section leaders, concertmasters of Orchestras in Venezuela, and renowned musicians like Gustavo Dudamel, Diego Matehuz, Angelica Olivo, and Marielisa and Mariesther Alvarez. In the seventeen years he has been immersed in this field, he has been a coach of the violin section of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, and the National Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela in preparation for international tours and concerts with renowned conductors such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Claudio Abaddo, Sir Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel. In 2013 he was the violin coach for the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela in its tour to the Salzburg Festival in Austria, and also in 2015 he he was the violin coach for the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela in its tour to the Expo-Milan Festival in Italy (Milan Scale). He has also been invited as jury member to the prestigious Violin Competition Maestro “Rodolfo Lipizer” (Lipizer Prize) in Italy, along with important musicians such as Anna Kandinskaya (Menuhin Award) and Hae-Sun Kang (Flesch Award). He has been awarded the Order “Jose Felix Ribas” by the Venezuelan National Government, Order of the Youth Day by the Iribarren Mayoralty, Order Jacinto Lara by the Lara State Government, and the Order Juan Crisóstomo Falcón by the Falcón State Government. In the same way, He have also been awarded several other recognitions by the Senate and by different foundations and universities. He currently hold the following positions: faculty member of the Lisandro Alvarado Centro-occidental University; Concertmaster of the Lara Symphony Orchestra; faculty member of the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory; faculty of “El Sistema”; and Director of the Latin-American Violin Academy of Barquisimeto and Director of the Latin-American Violin Academy Gran Colombia. Since 2018 Francisco is a member of American String Teachers Association and Violin Society of America.
Violin player with a great experience performance and teaching from beginner to Masters level with individual methodology adapted to each student. He has wide acknowledgments in the use of strategies such as Suzuky, Paul Roland, Simon Fisher, kato Havas, Galamian, Del Castillo and he is a specialist in the construction of daily routine for violinists and violists. I use also Mazas, Dont,kreutzer, Fiorillo,Sitt,Laoureux,Dancla, Sevcik, Markov, Hrimaly and Flesch scales, kayser, Wolfhart, among others.
I believe in the Transforming Power of Music and The Social Action Through Music. I think that somebody that study music will be an excellent person. All people should study music. The music improve the multiple intelligences. My theaching style is always an intensity work, with excellence and looking for the much better foe the student. The student must bulid a daily routine in several areas like left hand, right hand, thinking as well as velocity of mechanisms. I think that the student can build a ethical life project through music
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