Peninsula Symphony

Jorge Luis Uzcátegui

Since his debut as a piano soloist with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and the Venezuelan National Philharmonic at age 13, Jorge Luis Uzcátegui has performed concerts in North, Central, South America, Asia, and Europe, with orchestras such as the Valencia Symphony, where his concerts at the Palau de la Música have been broadcast live on Spanish National Television and Radio. His interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is the soundtrack in El Cerrito, an award-winning documentary for the History Channel.

Uzcátegui won top prizes at the Wise Conducting Competition in Los Ángeles, the Debut Hamburg International Conducting Competition, and at the Paraná Symphony International Conducting Competition, obtaining the unanimous vote from the jury and all orchestra members. He also received the Accademia Musicale Chigiana Conducting Prize, being selected to conduct the final concert of the festival. Other conductors that have received such an honor include Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Metha, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Carlo Maria Giulini.

Uzcátegui has conducted members from distinguished orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Frankfurt Opera, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, São Paolo Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the LA Philharmonic. Jorge’s 2018-19 season include engagements in Finland, Hungary, Serbia, Paraguay and Germany, conducting orchestras such as the LA Chamber Orchestra and the German National Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonie.

Uzcátegui is assistant conductor of the Spokane Symphony, conducting over 30 concerts per season. These include collaborations with Grammy Award-winning artists Judy Collins, Patti Austin, Indigo Girls, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet with Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet, Labor Day concerts for audiences of over 8 thousand people, conducting the original score live to movies like Psycho, City Lights, The Phantom of the Opera partnerships with local theater and breweries, indie-rock bands, the Spokane Tribe of Indians, and all education concerts including 4th and 5th Grade, Carnegie Hall’s Link-Up, Music Fest Northwest Young Artist and Music Innovates performances.

In the LA area, Jorge has been music director of multiple orchestras, leading his ensembles in concert tours to France, Austria, Germany and Taiwan. He is currently conductor of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, music director of the Pacific Academy Foundation Orchestra and has also served as preparatory conductor for the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra. Jorge is also artistic director of Music to Save Humanity, a non-profit organization that brings world-renowned musicians to tangibly transform communities in all corners of the world.

Uzcátegui’s teachers and mentors include conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Kurt Masur, Neal Stulberg, Donald Neuen, Daisuke Soga, Gianluigi Gelmetti; also pianists Alejandro Slobodianik, MarinaLomazov, György Sandor, Angela Hewitt, Benedetto Lupo, Ralph Votapek, Georges Pludermacher.

Gustavo Dudamel said, “Maestro Uzcátegui is a young Venezuelan conductor with the highest academic education and artistic ability.” Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder and director of El Sistema said, “Jorge Luis Uzcátegui is one of the most outstanding figures of the new musical generation in our country.” The President of Venezuela bestowed Uzcátegui with the José FelixRibas Order and the General Juan Manuel Valdez Order for his achievements as an artist.

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