2015 Season - Artist in Residence

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Sensitivity, effortless technique and intensity of sound characterize the playing of Ecuadorian cellist Francisco Vila. He began playing the cello at age 8 and had his solo debut with orchestra at 14. Having concertized throughout Europe, North and South America, Vila has been described as “…an exceptionally talented young cellist and musician. He is heading for an important place in the world of music.” (Janos Starker, cellist) The Bloomington Herald-Times said of his performance of Lalo’s Cello Concerto that Vila “...displayed absolute command on stage...perfectly executed technical passages and induced the orchestra with his energy… tenderly revealed to us the romanticism of this concerto.”

Chamber music forms an important part of Mr. Vila's activities as a cellist.  This is a platform that has allowed him wonderful opportunities to collaborate with many of the world's great artists such as Nobuko Imai, Zakhar Bron, Gary Hoffman, Wolfram Christ, Lynn Chang, Martin Charlifour, Michel Arrignon, and others.

As soloist he has appeared with the Liège Royal Philharmonic, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Bolivia Clásica Youth Orchestra, Santander Festival Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, and the Central Florida Orchestra. He has been a guest artist at the Beaumaris International Music Festival, Santander Music Festival, Stavelot Music Festival among others, and in such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in a radio broadcasted recital celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of F. Chopin; Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra directed by Jaime Laredo; Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Disney Hall and Japan's Phoenix Hall in chamber music collaborations; Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall with Apostolos Paraskevas in a performance of the composer/guitarist’s modern works.

As the Second-Prize laureate of the Sphinx 15th Annual Competition, prize-winner of the 22nd Concours FLAME (2011) in Paris, Vila has been the recipient of several honors including the Presidential Scholarship at The Boston Conservatory, a National Society of Arts and Letters Award for Performance the Olimpia Barbera and the Eva Heinitz Fund Scholarships at Indiana University.

Aside from performance Vila views teaching as an important aspect in music-making and is regularly invited to give classes at The Boston Conservatory and Indiana University as well as Bolivia Clásica in La Paz, Bolivia, an educational music program founded by pianist Ana-Maria Vera.

Mr. Vila´s principal teachers include Janos Starker, Sharon Robinson and Gary Hoffman, and chamber music with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University, where he was also the first-prize winner of the ’09-’10 concerto competition. Upcoming appearances include concerts as soloist and in the chamber music setting in Los Angeles, Brussels, Boston, chamber music tour with Macondo Chamber Players and recitals with pianist Maria João Pires. Vila performs on a fine 1790 Vincenzo Panormo cello on generous loan from the Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation as well as the “ex-Janos Starker” E. Tubbs bow.