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Tch. Andrés Gómez Guzmán

GENERAL DIRECTOR

Singing (lyrical and popular) - Piano (Classical and Popular)

Director ESMCR

He started his musical studies at 4 years old, starting his classical piano studies until he was 22 years old with Tch. Serafín Zapata Junnior, continuing his vocal and instrumental process (classical piano) at the Diocesan Superior School of Sacred Music in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (2002 - 2003). He has led the musical chair with renowned teachers both in music pedagogy, as well as in the specialty of lyrical singing and classical piano; The Superior School of Music Costa Rica, from its foundation to the present day, is the only institution in the country with international agreements with schools of high standards, which allows the Master. Gómez Guzmán let his students experience music outside the classroom in the reality that music demands. With postgraduate studies in Mexico and Italy (Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma), he has led musical chairs, being a student with renowned international artists such as Tch. Domingo Lobato, Tch. Víctor Manuel Amaral, Tch. Íride Martínez Conde (acclaimed worldwide for being the only Costa Rican lyrical soprano on the best stages), Tch. Montserrat Caballé (where he debuted and held the International Lyrical Singing Contest in 2012) and the baritone Tch. Romano Franceschetto, with whom he had the opportunity to carry out postgraduate studies in lyrical singing, among others. As a Baritone, he has performed roles in operas such as "La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Barbero de Sevilla, Carmen, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, Nabucco, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, among others", he has toured Spain, Italy, England, Switzerland , Germany, United States, Mexico, Panama. As ESMCR's general director, his main goal is that the students of the institution achieve on a large scale with "freedom, study and passion" the musical discipline, he continues implementing methodological and pedagogical investigations, in addition to virtuosic techniques, which are incorporated in the administration of the school under his charge. He is currently active as a musician outside of Costa Rica, which also allows all of his students to obtain direct and indirect benefits with producers, teachers and schools of great prestige worldwide recognized. In April 2020, he will be a guest speaker at the Latin American Congress of Music Schools in the Dominican Republic (CLAEM XI)

Licdo. J. Ismael Mendoza Serrano

Specialist in Harmony, Counterpoint and Harmonic Analysis

Maestro Ismael

Mexican Musician (Guadalajara, Jal.) Began his studies at the Sacred Music School of Ocotlán; under the tutelage of Mtro. WILFRIDO IÑIGUEZ. He graduated and graduated from the Higher Diocesan School of Sacred Music of Guadalajara, where he studied Harmony, Counterpoint and Composition with the Mtros. JESUS ​​GARCIA VIRGEN and DOMINGO LOBATO, among others. I study Composition at the University of Guadalajara under the tutelage of Mtro. MANUEL CERDA. His compositional work is varied, for solo instrument music (Piano, Violin, etc.), chamber music (Duets, String Quartets, etc.) as well as Choral and Orchestral music. Said Works have been performed in various countries such as: Argentina, Venezuela, Spain, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico. Be performed as Arranger of different artists, bands, groups and orchestras such as: Duet XALCUL (Cello and Piano), Municipal Choir of Zapopan (Mexico), Symphonic Band of the City Council of Tonala (Mexico) Orquesta Municipal de Santa Barbara (Heredia, Costa Rica), Independent Orchestra of the ESMCR (Costa Rica), Orquesta Danubio Azul (Guadalajara, Mex.), Orchestra and Choir of CREM (Ajijic, Jal.), Orchestra and Choir Esperanza Azteca de Puebla (Mexico), among other groups . He is Director / Founder of MAYERS MUSIC PRODUCTION, a musical company where he has worked as a producer and musical director for emerging artists such as: DANN BARBIER, PERI SALGADO, JASSYBE, FERNANDO JOSE, JUNIOR RAMIREZ, XIA, FERNANDO DE LINA, CESAR TAFOYA, ALBA , JUAN PABLO PALAFOX, CECILIA LEDESMA, among others.

Tch. Gabriel Morera Córdoba

Composition and Classic Piano

Maestro Gabriel

He began his musical studies at the Mercedes Norte Municipal School of Music with Alisa Gorodensky. In 2008, he entered UNA, where he studied music and piano teaching with Rosa Quesada, Gerardo Meza, Ludmila Melzer and Alexandr Sklioutovski. In 2011, he entered the UCR where he studied composition with Professor MM Carlos Castro, and direction with Professor Dr. Alejandro Gutiérrez. In 2013 he was recognized by the University of Costa Rica as "first average" in composition and directing careers.

He has also participated in musical projects coordinated by the maestro MM Leonardo Gell; the “Reading of Costa Rican works” carried out in 2014 by the National Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 he graduated with honors from the Bachelor of Music program with an emphasis in composition and in 2018 from the Bachelor of Music career with an emphasis in direction, at the University of Costa Rica. His music has been selected twice in the international piano competition / festival "The Music of the Century", in its 2016 and 2018 editions. In 2019, his work "Venus" was winner of the national contest "young composers" and performed by the national symphony orchestra.

 

Tch. Stefanie Morera Cordoba

Children´s Piano and General Courses

Maestra Stephanie

Stephanie Morera Córdoba is a Herediana music director and educator, born in 1992. In 2004 she began her musical studies on violin at the Mercedes Norte Music School under the tutelage of violinist Juan Carlos Martínez. In 2011, he began his career in Music Education at the National University, where he is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in the same area.

During her career as conductor, she has received conducting master classes with teachers Carl St. Clair, Lawrence Dale Harper, Sam McClure, Gary Lewis, Hans Peter Schulz, Lizzi Ceniceros, enriching the baggage gained in her Orchestral Conducting career started in 2016 with the teacher Alejandro Gutiérrez.

Tch. Roberto Antillón Freer

Guitar Specialist (Acoustic, Electric and Classical)

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Licenciada (nivel de Posgrado) en Ciencias en Educación Musical, con énfasis en Docencia Musical, de la Universidad Libre de Costa Rica. Inició sus estudios en la Universidad de Costa Rica, en las áreas de guitarra clásica con el maestro Mario Solera, y composición con el Maestro Bernal Flores. Después de eso, en España, estudió en el Conservatorio Tomás Luis de Victoria de Madrid y con el maestro Giovanni Rodríguez.

 

Actualmente, además de la eléctrica y acústica guitarra, y también el laúd renacentista, Roberto se ha dedicado a la interpretación de la música Jazz en guitarra. Inicialmente, como alumno de la El guitarrista brasileño Bruno Wagner, y más tarde, con el estadounidense guitarristas Ralph Pritikin, Lindsay Blair, Jeff Caldwell, Tom Dempsey y Rodney Jones. El Sr. Antillón también estudió música jazz en la Florida International University, así como en el National Guitar. Workshop en Los Ángeles en el año 2010, en el Festival internacional de música de Santa Catarina en Brasil en 2011 y el Julliard Jazz Camp celebrado en Utah en Snow College en 2011. Al mismo tiempo obtuvo el Licenciada en Ingeniería Industrial por la Universidad Internacional de las Américas. Roberto se ha presentado muchas veces en las más importantes salas de conciertos nacionales: Teatro Nacional, Teatro Melico Salazar, Auditorio Nacional y sala de conciertos Eugene O ́neil, con grupos costarricenses, como la Big Band de Costa Rica, Sasha Campbell y también acompañantes de músicos internacionales como: Maggie Carles y Oscar Stagnaro. En 1998 formó parte de la Orquesta Internacional del Festival OTI de la Canción, realizado en Costa Rica en 1998.

 

El Sr. Antillón actualmente enseña guitarra y música de Jazz de forma privada, así como en la Universidad de Costa Rica, siendo el creador y docente del curso de Guitarra Jazz en el programa: "Programa de Música Abierta", así como en el Casa de la Cultura de Ciudad Colón, y también han impartido docencia en diferentes programas musicales de Ministerios de Cultura y Educación como: Santa Ana (Escuela Municipal de Artes Integradas), Escuelas Municipales de Música de Desamparados, y Santa Bárbara de Heredia, desde 2003 hasta 2013. Actualmente es miembro de los grupos: Salaberry Tango Quartet y el Dúo A Grosso modo.

Tch. Andrés Mateus Anzola

Drums Specialist

Maestro Andrés

Dozens of concerts in various stages of Colombia, the United States and Costa Rica, and various collaborations with artists from son, salsa, Latin jazz, hip-hop, Colombian music, rock and fusion, frame the life and artistic career of the young Colombian musician Andrés Orlando Mateus Anzola; His training as a Bachelor of Music Training with an Emphasis on the Execution of Latin Percussion from the El Bosque University of Colombia, his creativity and the excellence present in each of his projects and participations, have made him stand out in his work as a performer, pedagogue , ensemble director and researcher of Latin American music.

During his career he has shared on stage and in the studio with groups such as the Latin Grammy nominees Los Petit Fellas, Distrito Pacífico, The Woods Ensemble - Aguajé, La Kumba Sónica, Mr. Guatak, Big Band UnBosque, Banda Fiestera UnBosque and Grupo La Nuit, an ensemble that he directed for more than 4 years; in turn, he has been a speaker, special guest and performing instrumentalist at renowned festivals such as the XXV Jazz Fest at the University of Louisville in the United States, the II Berklee Latino Program in Colombia, the XLIV National Contest of Musical Bands of Colombia, and the 1st Mesoamerican and Caribbean Regional Meeting of FLADEM held in Costa Rica.

Tch. Héctor Manuel Salcedo Becerra

Organ, Improvisation and Musical Forms Specialist

Maestro Héctor

Héctor Salcedo (born 1980 in Jalisco, MEXICO), began his musical studies at the age of eight at the School of Mercy in Ocotlán, Jalisco. In 1998 he obtained a degree in Gregorian Singing and Composition. He continued his studies at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, Italy, where he obtained a degree in Composition. He was appointed Musical Director of the “Oratorio de S. Francesco Saverio al Caravita”, he was an assistant organist in the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, as well as a member of the choir "Cappella Giulia" and "Choir of the Vicariate" both in San Pedro.

He has been awarded the First Prize in the International Composition Competition “Associazione Musicale Amici Della Musica Castellana Grotte” (Ba) Third Prize for Improvisation for Organ Competition at the University of Michigan. He was Musical Director and Organist of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico. Currently he is the musical director and organist of St. Malachy Catholic Church in Brownsburg, IN.

Tch. Paulina Torres Álvarez

Audio Engineering and Production Specialist

Maestra Paulina

Born in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Paulina began her musical studies at the early age of 4, with piano lessons. Upon finishing his Baccalaureate studies, he chose to study the Bachelor of Engineering and Production and Audio in Contemporary Popular Music, at the Fermatta Music Academy, having as teachers Luis Zepeda, Juan Carlos Paz y Puente, Mario Santos, Hugo Warholtz, Eliud Hernández , ClauS Mayer and saxophonist Nathalie Braux.
When he finished studying his degree, he went to live in Los Angeles, meeting and living in the musical area with great producers and human beings of the stature of Humberto Gatica among others.

Today he is working and putting all his knowledge in favor of people eager to create their dreams and studying his master's degree in Music business.

Tch. Daniel Crespo

Trumpet Specialist

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Daniel Crespo is Trumpet Soloist of the Colón Theater Philharmonic, Buenos Aires Argentina, member of the World-Brass-Association and Buffet artist. He began his studies at an early age, thanks to the family musical environment, which took him first to the piano and then to the guitar, deciding on the trumpet, which he would never abandon, at the age of 17. He trained at the Universities of Graz, Austria and Hamburg, Germany with Prof. Uwe Köller and Matthias Höfs, where he made his first orchestral experiences in the famous Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, under the conduct of Claudio Abbado and in other youth orchestras (Young Philharmonic from Austria, Austrian Brass Band, Wiener Jeunesse from Vienna) Take 1 year of improvement with the outstanding Prof. Rudi Korp at the Brass Academy Alicante in Spain.

He began his professional career as a guest by great orchestras, such as the SWR Symphonie Orchester Freiburg, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hamburger Staatsoper, Boston Philharmonic, Bilbao Sinfoniae Orkesta and Qatar Philharmonic among others. As a fellow he was part of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra as a Soloist Substitute. He participates as a permanent member of Crespo Brass (www.crespo- brass.de), Pampa Brass (www.pampabrass.com) and of various other ensembles, such as German Brass in their old line-up. For those ensembles he is arranger and composer. His works and those of his father Enrique Crespo can be found on the Lydke website (www.lydke.de). Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, China, Italy, Spain, Colombia, USA and Germany have received him as a soloist with great critical and public success.

Since 2017 he has been part of the Eric Auber Latin American Contest Staff based in Bogota, Colombia where he is a member of the jury. He is regularly invited as a teacher to the Summer Brass Alicantes festivals in Spain and Isla Verde Bronces in Argentina. He also participates as a teacher at the Crespo Brass Academy in Schwäbisch Hall, and Montevideo Uruguay. In 2019 he will be invited to the largest Trumpet festival, the ITG (International-Trumpet-Guild) as an artist performing at a recital in Miami, USA. He complements this activity as a teacher at the ArgenBrass- Academia de Bronces based at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has students playing in the most important Orchestras and Bands throughout Latin America.

Tch. Alejandro Zeledón Masís

Piano Specialist

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He began his piano studies at the age of 14 with Rudy Moreno, then the following year with the Master Katarzyna Bartoszek in the pre-university program of the National University, the following year he entered the UCR pre-university with Dr. Edwinn Marín Rodríguez, then with Dr Diego Badilla and Lic. Rosa Quesada, in 2008 he entered the intensive piano plan of the National University with Dr Gerardo Meza, Dr Luis Monge and Dr Alexandr Skliutovski, he toured with students from the National University to El Salvador, in 2009 he continued his studies with Lic. William Gómez and in 2010 with the Master Josué Ramírez Palmer, and lately in 2021 with the Master Josué González who has been the winner of numerous international competitions, these two teachers consider them essential in their training.

 

The works he performs are usually virtuoso works at the master's level, such as Chopin Studies, works by Rachmaninov and Liszt, since the technique of speed and resistance is one of the things that he is most passionate about, as a teacher he has managed to get several students of piano are admitted in the career of piano interpretation at the National University, and also that a student has won a quota with the repertoire seen in her classes  to play at the prestigious Garnegie Hall New York theater, which was successful.

 

He has worked for 16 years as a piano teacher, complementary piano teacher at the UCR and has also worked as an accompanying pianist at the national dance workshop, teacher and accompanying pianist at the municipal music school of Mercedes Norte de Heredia, he is currently an accompanying pianist of the Conservatory of Castella where he also works as a teacher and in the municipal music school of Santa Bárbara de Heredia.

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