- October 19th, 2016
- in Cuba Week Speakers
Vicente Monterrey is a clarinet soloist of the National Center of Concert Music (CNMC), Master of Music, Professor of clarinet at the Superior Institute of Art (ISA) and the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory. He’s first clarinet for the Orchestra of Opera and Ballet for the Gran Teatro de la Habana. His current work as a performer focuses on chamber work accompanied by the pianist Marita Rodriguez in the Dúo D’accord and guitarist Luis Manuel Molina of the Dúo Cáliz.
He studied at Havana’s National School of Art and the Superior Institute of Art and later specialized in advanced clarinet and chamber music at the National Conservatory of Music (NCM) in Paris, France, with professors: Richard Vieille, soloist of the Orchestra Ensemble of Paris and Professor of clarinet, and Serge Blanc, instrumentalist of the Paris Opera and Professor of the NCM in Paris; earning the silver medal in clarinet and chamber music in a competition at the end of the course.
He has played as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of different directors. He has vast experience in Chamber Music that highlighted his work in different stages and groups, such as Dúo D’accord, Dúo Cáliz, Dúo Valmont, Trío Chalomon, as well as his participation in the Wind Quintet of La Habana and the CNMC Quartet of Clarinets.
As a professor he carries a long history of graduate students with high artistic achievement, obtaining several awards in various international and national competitions. He obtained first prize for Winds in Cuba’s Writers’ and Artists’ Union Competition in 1982, the Diploma of Merit for Teaching awarded by the ISA, the Medal for National Education and the Gold Diploma from the Gran Teatro de la Habana.
He completed a notably successful national tour with the Dúo D’accord in 2012 and has been touring other countries: Venezuela, in the 2010 for the Clarinet Festival and Competition; three tours in Italy, including one tour with the Bellini Theater Orchestra in Naples; Nicaragua, Korea, Mexico, and Grand Cayman Island.
Discography: (among others) Later in Havana, Abdala Studios, 2008, Cuban Chamber Music of the 20th and 21st Century
The Chamber Music of Maestro J. López Marin, Ojalá Studios, 2004 Cuba and Puerto Rico, Frank Fernández Studios, 2000. On the chamber music of these two countries. Expedition, Abdala Studios, 2001. On the music of Silvio Rodríguez.