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Jorge Luis Uzcátegui

Assistant Conductor

Jorge Luis Uzcátegui

After his debut as a pianist with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and the Venezuelan National Philharmonic at age 13, Jorge Luis Uzcátegui has performed concerts in North, Central, South America, and Europe with orchestras such as the Valencia Symphony, where his concerts at the "Palau de la Música" have been transmitted live in the National Television and Radio of Spain. He has performed in festivals alongside artists such as Paul Badura-Skoda and Chick Corea. His interpretation of Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition can be heard as soundtrack in El Cerrito, an award-winning documentary for the History Channel.

Uzcátegui conducted members from distinguished orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic.  Uzcátegui won First Prize at the International Conducting Competition organized by the Paraná Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, obtaining the unanimous vote from the jury and all orchestra members. He also won First Prize at the Wise Conducting Competition in Los Angeles.

Uzcátegui's engagements during the 2015-2016 season included performances in Poland, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Brazil, Belarus, Germany, Austria, and Venezuela, where he was invited to conduct the Simón Bolívar Symphony, the Caracas Youth Symphony, and the Teresa Carreño Youth Symphony.

Among Uzcátegui's teachers and mentors we can find conductors Neal Stulberg, Gustavo Dudamel, Kurt Masur, Donald Neuen, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Daisuke Soga, Osvaldo Ferreira, Manuel Galduf, and Donald Portnoy, also the pianists Alejandro Slobodianik, Marina Lomazov, György Sándor, Angela Hewitt, Georges Pludermacher, Gabriela Montero, Ralph Votapek, Benedetto Lupo, Jekaterina Kargina, and Adriana Moraga. Currently, he is in the last year of a doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he served as conductor of the UCLA Symphony Orchestra.

Uzcátegui is assistant conductor of the Spokane Symphony, chief conductor of the Seraphim Symphony, and music director of the Buddha's Light Youth Symphony Orchestras (BLYSO). He led the Seraphim Symphony during their 2014 France concert tour, performing the last concert at Le Madeleine in Paris. He will also lead them during their 2016 concert tour in Austria and Germany. Jorge will also lead BLYSO's 2015 concert tour in Asia. Uzcátegui is the founder of the Backyard Academy Symphony Orchestra, an organization dedicated to teach music to children from low-income families in Los Ángeles. He is also director of the Music Innovates program, a unique collaboration between the Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Public Schools, designed to change kids’ lives through music.

Among the compliments that the Venezuelan conductor has received, we can hear the words of Maestro José Antonio Abreu: "Jorge Luis Uzcátegui is one of the most outstanding figures of the new musical generation in our country." Maestro Gustavo Dudamel has also said of him: "Maestro Uzcátegui is a young Venezuelan conductor with the highest academic education and artistic ability." For his merits as an artist, Uzcátegui was bestowed with the José Felix Ribas Order and the General Juan Manuel Valdez Order.

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