The First Latin American Gala is presenting, for the first time in Australia, a program of cultural songs from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and Spain.
The program has been curated by Irma Enriquez, a Mexican pianist living in Australia since 2000, with the aim to contribute to the multicultural society and enrich everyone's life. This event is proudly sponsored by ANCLAS, the ANU School of Music, and the embassies of Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Venezuela.
About the performers:
Colombian soprano Paola Monroy started her musical training at Der Deutsche Schule in Cali, Colombia. She started Bachelor and Diploma studies at University of los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, from 2003 to 2010 with teachers Danaila Hristova, Ximena Bernal and Andrés Silva.
She participated at Interpretation Workshops and master classes with teachers Angelique Zuloaga, soprano in USA, Cesar Gutierrez, tenor in Vienna, Camila Toro and Alejandro Roca in Barcelona. In 2009 she attended workshops with Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Andreas Scholl and María Cristina Kiehr, and with musicologist Patricia Caicedo in Colombia and Barcelona. She was invited to the Barcelona festival of song 2018 with maestro Lenine Santos from Brazil. Recently, she was a participant at the Bel Canto in Tuscany under G. Reggioli and Dona Vaughn.
She has been an active performer at “the Cushion Concerts” series at Chime, with “Divas on Demand”, “Operasphere” and Nella Luce Studios with whom she regularly performs since 2015.
Irma Enriquez, born in Mexico City. She obtained her piano degree in 1993 with Aurelio Leon P. She received an Honourable Mention when obtaining her piano degree and for the recording of unpublished Mexican Contemporary Music. In 1994 she obtained the Diploma in Art at the National University of Mexico. In 1996 she completed her Masters of Art-Music at the University of Navarre, Spain. She participated in the international project “Musical Iconography of the Visual Arts in Mexico” as a researcher in the National Institute of Arts (INBA) at the CENIDIM from 1997 to 2000.
She has also participated in concerts of chamber music, piano and vocal music in Mexico, USA, Spain, Italy and Australia. She is the founder of MIA, Music from Ibero America in Australia and Duo Deconet.
Irma received the Australian Hispanic Women Business Network´s Annual Award (2010) in recognition of her Outstanding Achievement in the promotion of her Hispanic heritage in Australia.
In 2011 she was nominated in Mexico for the National Prize in Arts, for her initiative and intensive promotion of Latin American Contemporary Concert Music in Australia. In 2015 Irma was finalist at the Vivid Sydney – Creative Achievement Award, as a pioneer musician of Latin American chamber music. Participate in a documentaries series by SBS Spanish –‘Woman you inspire me’, sharing the passion and promotion of the Latin American repertoire in Asia- Pacific.
Enriquez is a member of the Music Teachers Association of NSW, and was previously an Associate professor of ANU-ANCLAS.
Irma has been collaborating with ANCLAS and the Latin American and Spanish embassies since 2010, with original, innovative and multidisciplinary concerts for contemporary music.
Henry Avila, Venezuelan violinist at Duo Deconet, began his musical studies at the Juan Manuel Olivares Music School in Caracas, Venezuela. From 1983-1987 Henry attended courses at the Julliard School of Music in New York, where he took classes with Lewis Kaplan, Glenn Dicterow and Margaret Pardee. In 1988 Henry won a scholarship to continue his studies in the former USSR, with Aram Shamshian (Emeritus Artist). Henry completed his Degree as a Violin Concert Performer, Teacher & Master of Arts. He was a member of the “Simon Bolivar” Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and also played with the Caracas Philharmonic Orchestra and was First Violin with the chamber orchestra Soloists of Venezuela.
He appeared as soloist and in violin and piano recitals across Venezuela as well as in the USA, Colombia, Spain, Japan, Mongolia, Russia and most of the former Soviet Republics. Henry has also worked with eminent conductors including Eduardo Mata, Jaime Laredo, Akira Endo, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Inocente Carreño, Jose Antonio Abreu and Alfredo Rugeles.
Henry has also taught at the Australian Institute of Music, Newington College, Santa Sabina College, lecturer in the Post Graduate courses at the University of Western Sydney, Director of Strings of Burwood Girls High School and is in charge of the string programs conducted in various Schools in the Inner West of Sydney.