Violist and Conductor

Dr. Mauricio Cespedes Rivero

 

Dr. Cespedes has been a winner of the New World School of the Arts Concerto Competition, Ibero American Symphony Competition, Aspen Music Festival fellowship, and finalist in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, sponsored by the Japan Chamber Music Foundation.

 

As soloist, he has appeared with the New World School of the Arts Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Maitland Symphony, Bolivian National Symphony Orchestra, La Paz Symphony Orchestra, COFES International Festival Orchestra, Festival del Sol Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Concertante of Cochabamba, National Conservatory of Bolivia Symphony Orchestra, and El Alto Symphony Orchestra.  As a chamber musician, Dr. Cespedes has been featured at the Aspen, Mimir, Sewanee music festivals, and at the Michigan Chamber Music Society.  


Currently, Dr. Cespedes is honored and proud to be an orchestra teacher in Orange County Public Schools. He also serves as principal violist of the Orlando Philharmonic. In the past he served as principal violist for the, Lansing, Miami, New Word  School of the Arts, and Bolivian National Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Ash Lawn Opera Company. Assistant principal with members of the New York Philharmonic at the Millenium Concert at Lincoln Center in New York. In 2011 Dr. Cespedes won an international competition to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra to perform at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.


As a frequent guest conductor with the Orlando Philharmonic, Dr. Cespedes has conducted the orchestra in Young Peoples Concert, Pops concerts, and had the privilege to conduct excerpts of Brahms Double Concerto with Collins and Eric Jacobsen as soloists. Other orchestras he conducted include, Stetson University Orchestra, the New Score Chamber orchestra, a Gift for Music, Florida Symphony Youth Symphony and Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony. 

 

He holds music degrees from New World School of the Arts, Michigan State University, and Florida State University where he obtained his Doctorate degree.  Besides music, Mauricio holds a degree in Environmental Engineering and teachers Environmental Science at Interlochen Center for the Arts.  


Member of YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011


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Rochberg: Sonata for Viola and Piano
Pasatieri: Viola Sonata
Penderecki: Cadenza for Viola solo
Shulman: Theme and Variations for Viola and Orchestra


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