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Jorge Saade-Scaff, Ecuador’s most outstanding violinist, and Julio Almeida to appear a Sydney’s Opera House for special one night only VIP concert.
Jorge Saade-Scaff, Ecuador’s most outstanding violinist, has captivated audiences all over the world with his enormous sound, compelling virtuoso performances and charismatic personality. Mark Holston, music critic for the “AMERICAS“ magazine in Washington DC wrote about him: “…one of the best young classical musicians of the Americas…his reputation as Ecuador’s violin virtuoso is reinforced by this haunting, richly rewarding selection”.
Mr. Saade has been featured as soloist with the Czech Virtuosi Orchestra, the Washington Symphony Orchestra, the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hellenic Camerata from Greece, the Honduras National Symphony Orchestra, the “Simon Bolivar” Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Santa Ana Symphony Orchestra from Costa Rica, the Bach Camerata from Nicaragua, the Arlington Symphony Orchestra, Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Glacier Symphony Orchestra, the Pan-American Symphony Orchestra, the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, the Loja Symphony Orchestra, the “Antonio Vivaldi” Chamber Orchestra, the Cuenca Chamber Orchestra, the “Antonio Neumane” Chamber orchestra, and has performed concerts and recitals in London, Paris, Beirut, New York, Washington, Vienna, Berlin, Bonn, Moscow, Budapest, Warsaw, Stockholm, The Hage Geneva, Brussels, Rome, the Vatican City, Mexico City, Lima, Montevideo, Havana, San Salvador, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paolo, Bogotá, Quito, Tegucigalpa, Caracas, San José and Puerto Rico.
Jorge Saade is currently the Guayaquil Cultural Director from the Ministry of Culture, Honorary Consul of Belgium in Guayaquil, Professor of Violin at the UEES University and Honorary Professor at the Ricardo Palma University in Lima Peru
Julio Almeida is a critically acclaimed and internationally respected guitar soloist and chamber musician. The German newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger described the Ecuadorian musician, a long-time resident of Cologne, as “a first-class guitarist”. His recitals throughout Europe, North America and South America have been enthusiastically received by the public and the international press alike.
His frequent performances as a soloist and in chamber music collaborations have taken place in prestigious concert halls such as the Beethoven Hall of Bonn, the Chiesa della Pontificia di Sant’ Anna in the Vatican, the Basilica de Lourdes in France, the Marble Hall of the Hungarian National Radio in Budapest, the Concert Hall of V. V. Mayakovskiy National Museum in Moscow, the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, the Sala Figari, Palacio Santos in Montevideo, the Teatro Prometeo in Quito, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Hepburn Hall in New Jersey, among others.
Almeida has won prizes in several national and international competitions, First prize in the 1982 National Competition for Classical Guitar in Quito, Ecuador, Third prize in the 1996 Competition for the Scholarship for Cultural Promotion, given by the Association of Business and Industry of Münster, Germany, Second prize in the 1998 Chamber Music Competition of Wuppertal, Germany, “Diploma al Mèrito” in the 1999 Torneo Internazionale di Música in Rome, Italy. Most recently Mr. Almeida was honored by the Ecuadorian National Congress with their highest cultural decoration, the “Dr. Vicente Rocafuerte” Medal for Cultural Merit.
The Embassy of Ecuador in Australia and the Consulate General of Ecuador in Sydney wishes to acknowledge the support of the Sydney Opera House in this event.
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