Felipe Hidalgo stops by Classical 91.5 studios

Mon, 02/22/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Chilean conductor Felipe Hidalgo

The Chilean conductor talks with mid-day host Julia Figueras about why he's in Rochester and what he's been working on.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel came to the attention of the world through his work with young musicians in Venezuela. In Chile, Felipe Hidalgo is doing very similar work with young musicians in there. Tune in to Classical 91.5 on Monday, February 22 at 1 p.m. to meet this extraordinary man who, at the invitation of University of Rochester conductor David Harman, is in town to work with the U of R Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

More about Felipe Hidalgo
Felipe Hidalgo, conductor, began his violin studies in Chile in 1980. Subsequently (1993 to 1996) he studied at University of Houston and at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh) with Fredell Lack (Queen Elizabeth Bronze Medal 1951) and Daniel Heifetz, (6 place Tchaikovsky Competition 1971) respectively and viola with Lawrence Wheeler (Former Viola Pittsburgh Symphony). In 1998 Hidalgo traveled to Venezuela at the invitation of Dr. José Antonio Abreu, studying conducting with Alfredo Rugeles and Sung Kwak. He has also attended seminars Collin Meters (Royal Academy of Music of London) and Helmuth Rilling (Bach Academy of Stuttgart) and the Academy of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg (Russia) with the Masters and Alexander Polyianichko Ennio Nicotra.

As a violinist was the first concertmaster of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra since its inception, concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of the Teatro Municipal, Principal Second Violin Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Melon (Pittsburgh). Hidalgo has performed as soloist with various orchestras and groups in troughout Chile (Concepción Symphony, Orchestra USACH, UC Chamber Orchestra among others). He was also one of the founders of the Ensemble Maupoint Quidrivium, and has conducted and performed numerous premieres of contemporary Chilean and Latin American works, such as the South American premiere of George Crumb Black Angels. He has recorded 5 CDs of Chilean contemporary music.

His career as a conductor began with the founding of the Youth Orchestra of Santiago (1996). In 1998 he conducted the Symphonic Bows and Youth Orchestras of Falcon in Venezuela. In 2000 he was appointed resident conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Fifth Regional Region. He has created numerous children's orchestras in various parts of the country. He is director of the Metropolitan Student Orchestra (OSEM) which is a major orchestra of the Foundation for Youth and Children Orchestras of Chile. He has led in the national youth orchestra since 2002.

He has conducted the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, Orquesta Sinfonica de Concepcion Orchesrta State Hermitage of St. Petersburg (Russia), Falcón Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Future engagements include an invitation from Maestro Abreu playing concerts with the Orchestra Simón Bolívar. He directed soloists such as Joji Hatori (Violin, Emi artist)) Takeshi Takhehashi (Piano), Jacques Amonn (Piano) Gustavo Nunez (bassoon soloist Concertgebouw Orchester). In 2006 he was elected National Director of the National Council for Culture and the Arts.