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Colombia at the Ibero American Guitar Festival, celebrating 45 years of culture

Colombia Classical Guitar Player will represent Colombia at the Ibero-American Guitar Festival, an event that since 2006 has show case important musicians from 12 countries and more. This time, the Festival will celebrate the Ibero American Cultural Attache Association 45th anniversary

It is a one month festival that includes concerts, master classes and an academic conference. In 2009 the event was presented at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), in Washington, D.C. Colombia will be present:

Colombian/American Classical Guitarist and Composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible” Backstage New York. Since his Carnegie hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and three continents as a soloist, Composer and chamber musician performing on such prestigious stages as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Wildthurn Castle in Germany, The Strathmore Hall In Bethesda, Jay Priztker Pavilion in Chicago, Adolfo Mejia Theater in Cartagena, Museum of fine arts in Houston TX, Gandhi Hall in Geneve, Switzerland Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Palacio Foz in Portugal, Unesco Concert Hall in Paris, Surabaya concert Hall In Indonesia, Shenzhen Symphony Hall in China , Museo Belber Gimenez in Oaxaca, Mexico, among others. Recipient of many international awards including the “Recognition award” by the city of New York for his contributions to the Arts.

Mr.Guarin has appeared as soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzhen Symphonic orchestra of China, , Surabaya Symphony orchestra in Indonesia, the “Mariuccia Iacovino” orchestra and Barra Mansa orchestra from Brazil, The Baja California Orchestra in Mexico, The Azlo Orchestra, Tactus contemporary ensemble, The New York Chamber Ensemble The rebow ensemble of NY, The metro Orchestra in NY, the WHCO among others.

He has participated in renowned international festivals as Cooperstown Music festival, Vale do Café and Festival do Inverno do Petropolis in Brazil, The Mannes Guitar seminar and Long Island Guitar Festival in NY, “Wildthurn” in Munich, Germany, “Moment Musicaux” in Normandie, France, Festival EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia.

He has worked with prominent composers including Alba Potes, “Prix de Rome” winner Juan Pablo Carreno, Kevin Purcell, Juan Pablo Contreras, Ricardo Calderoni, Reinaldo Moya, Francisco Zumaque, Juan Calderon and Ricardo Llorca, Francisco Zumaque. and with conductors such as Bartholomeus Van de Velde, Solomon Tong, David Gilbert, Vince Lee, Michel Adelson, Laurine Fox, Alondra de la Parra, Chris Whittaker and Eduardo Garcia Barrios, Nilko Andreas has appeared with Time Warner TV, RCN TV, Univision 41, Fox News, Cuny TV, HJUT, “W” Radio in Colombia and WQXR in New York. He has recorded with Multiplatinum Artists.

Born in Colombia Nilko Andreas has great interest for the composers of Latin America, constantly commissioning and premiering new works. He premiered at Carnegie Hall “Tukanos” Concerto for guitar and orchestra by Alba Potes and Ricardo Calderoni’s “Concerto Chamaleon” as part as the “Amazonas Series” a concert series that promotes Music from Latin-America.

He began playing Cello at the age of five at the National Conservatory of Music in Bogota, he holds a BM and a Master of Music degree from The Manhattan school of Music in NY where he graduated on Classical Guitar, Composition and orchestral conducting.

An accomplished educator, Nilko Andreas has given master classes and conferences on Classical Music at distinguished universities such as Columbia University, the Mannes College of Music in New York, NYU, The Berkley School of Music, the French Alliance in Cartagena Universidad del Norte and Bellas Artes in Barranquilla, the Eafit University In Colombia. Campos dos Goytacases in Brazil, And Redes 2025 in Tijuana , Mexico. Among others.

As a composer, Nilko Andreas has written music for independent films, theatre, Dance and solo artists. His score for silent film “Pancho Villa’s Revenge” was celebrated at the world-renowned Flaherty Film Seminar. His collaboration with award-winning theatre group Artificio, in Federico García Lorca’s “The Butterfly’s Evil Spell”, won him several honors, awards and rave reviews. Recently he was comissioned by Mordance to write a piece for chamber ensemble that was premiered in NY at the Sheen Center to great reviews.

Other Artists at the Ibero American Guitar Festival includes

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