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Colombian Conducts Opera and Orchestra in Europe representing Latin-America: III International Condu

Maestro Barbosa-Vásquez will be the unique Colombian representing LatinAmerica at the important European competition. The event will be at early October 2018, where the "Talented Pride of Colombia" will be side by side with the more relevant Opera and Orchestra Conductors in the globe.

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From October 2nd to 8th, Matera Italy will have the more important promises of the opera and orchestra conducting world together. The III International Conducting Competition Nino Rota will be performed in the Auditorium R. Gervasio and the public can see the competition. The selected orchestra for the event is the Orchestra of Magna Grecia.

After a very competitive selection based in videos of previous performances and the professional experiences of each conductor, the competition selected 70 amazing competitors. Mostly form Europe and USA, just one Colombian was invited to participate: Maestro Barbosa-Vásquez who will represent in addition LatinAmerica in the competition.

The maestro participation in this competition is possible by: and Alvarez Gonzalez Family donations. For become and official sponsor please visit:

"The career of maestro Barbosa-Vásquez fills with pride all Colombians" as was described by the Colombian chancellery. His interpretations are consider around the globe as energetic, full of emotion and very precise, not only in terms of following the composer and style, but also leading the orchestra to obtain their best possible interpretation.

About his Tchaikovsky 5th with APU Symphony Orchestra:

"I think the performance today really speaks for itself, but we all pour ourselves into the music, and the best thing you can have is a conductor who is dedicated and creates a passionate environment for his orchestra and audience”

Micaela Ricaforte (ZU NEWS)

His experiences allow him to perform side by side with important musicians. Here we can see Maestro Barbosa-Vásquez sharing the stage with Nathan Cole, the Associate Concertino of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The recording is of his Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with Jesus Toro as Soloist. A concerto full of emotion and great music.

But, now the next goal for maestro is in Matera Italy. Focused totally to this competition, the Colombian maestro is spending 10 hours per day in the preparation, he wants to have the best possible preparation. Based in Bloomington Indiana, where he is study with maestros Arthur Fagen and David Neely (professors of DMA in the most important university in USA to study music Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University), the young Colombian Maestro spend his days between scores and the gym. "This is a very important challenge, 9 works must be ready to the whole competition, is not only study a lot, is also workout and eat well to prepare your body and mind [...] in addition is very important to have a life balance where my wife is my best allied to get it" says maestro Barbosa-Vásquez. "Many people is involved and I really want to thank the sponsors that are helping me with this"

Always pride of be a Colombian, in addition to his opera and orchestra conducting career with European, USA and contemporary repertoire, his interpretations of Colombian and Latin American music are praised. Here is possible to see his Colombia Tierra Querida in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

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