Niurka González Núñez
- September 9th, 2016
- in Cuba Week Speakers
Niurka González Núñez is an adjunct professor and for more than ten years has been giving flute lessons at Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA); she is a soloist for the National Center for Concert Music and invited soloist for the National Symphonic Orchestra. Since 1997 she, along with the pianist María del Henar Navarro, is a member of the Duo Ondina and since 2005 is part of a musical group accompanying troubadour Silvio Rodríguez.
In 1997 she obtained first prize at the Conservatorio Superior in Paris (CNR). A 1999 high honors graduate of the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, she also has a diploma in Musical Hispano from the University of San Gerónimo.
She has taken classes from top teachers such as Alain Marion, Sophie Cherrier, Andras Adorjan, Claudi Arimany, Halina Kusiak Luis Bayard, and Luisa Mercedes Hernández among others. She is well known for her solo performances as a flutist with the National Symphonic Orchestra directed by the maestro Leo Brouwer (Cuba), Sebrina Alfonso (USA), Jean Paul Penin (France) among others; with the National Concert Band, the orchestra from Cámara Música Eterna, with the Soloists of La Habana, with Conjunto de Maderas de Opera from Rouen, France, with the orchestra from Cámara de la Comunidad Europea under the direction of Fiyind Aadland from Norway, with the Symphonic Orchestra of the University of Chile, with National Symphonic Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, the Latin American Quartet, and with the Lyceum Mozarteum orchestra in Havana.
In 2001, her first record, “Flute Virtuoso,” was released and won the prize for best first work in the Cubadisco contest. She has participated in recordings of works by Leo Brouwer that are included in the phonograms “Homo Ludens” and “Landscapes, Portraits and Women.” “Essential Brouwer,” and “Mythology of the Waters.”
She has given numerous recitals in diverse concert halls in Cuba, China, Chile, USA, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Spain, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, England, Ecuador, and Brasil. She has done recordings for radio and television shows in various countries.
She has represented her country in numerous flute festivals around the world where she has offered recitals and taught master classes. Her work as an instrumentalist has led her to share with various groups and well known soloists in various parts of the world.