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Artists – in – Residence
Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Composer
Through some one hundred and fifty works composed for a wide range of performance genres, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations” – qualities he developed from his work with Morton Feldman among others. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, Garcia migrated to the United States in 1961 and received his DMA in Music Composition from the University of Miami in 1984. A long list of distinguished soloists, ensembles, and orchestras have presented his music at festivals and recitals in most of the major capitols of the world. Recent important performances of his music include those in Poland, England, Spain, Serbia, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Venezuela, and other parts of Europe, Latin America, the US, and Canada.
Garcia’s solo and chamber works have been nominated for Latin Grammys in 2009, 2010, and 2011 in the best contemporary classical composition category. A dedicated teacher, his students have gone on to win prestigious composition awards and prizes and have made positive contributions to the music world. The founder and director of the Miami Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), the New Music Miami Festival, the NODUS Ensemble, and the FIU New Music Ensemble, Garcia is Professor of Music Composer at the FIU School of Music and is also Composer-in-Residence for FIU’s CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios.
Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today’s most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike. His daring approach to tone and form, marked him as a maverick in the musical world, a distinction he welcomes: the very strength of his artistry challenges, provokes, intrigues.
Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Gekic presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations, always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm.
As a recording artist, Kemal Gekic has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original views of the music. His outstanding Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won “The Rosette” of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be the best recording of a set in history.
Born is Split, Croatia, Kemal Gekic got his early training from Professor Lorenza Baturina. He graduated from the Art Academy of Novi Sad and was immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually directed until 1999.
Since 1999, he has been Artist in Residence at the Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
Amernet String Quartet
The Amernet String Quartet members – Misha Vitenson and Franz Felkl, violins, Michael Klotz, viola, and Jason Calloway, cello- have come together from the top rank of young musicians who are actively engaged in major performing careers.
The quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.” The Amernet was founded in 1992 at The Juilliard School and was the First prize winner of the Banff, Tokyo, and Fischoff chamber music competitions.
The members of the Amernet trained individually under some of the most distinguished performers and pedagogues in the history of string playing, including Zvi Zeitlin, Elmar Oliveira, Chaim Taub, Toby Appel, Orlando Cole and Ronald Leonard at leading US institutions such as The Juilliard School, Lynn University Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, and USC Thornton School of Music.
At the 2015 Soluna Festival, under the auspices of the Dallas Symphony, the following was said of the group: [Misha] “Vitenson is an aggressive violinist who generates a full sound and plays with laser focus, nearly perfect intonation and amazing accuracy. A natural born leader, he probably would chaff in the second violin chair. Klotz is probably the best violist you will ever hear. He has a huge sound that can match the cello or the violin, depending on the texture of the music. His solo passages are stunning. Calloway has his work cut out for him, playing in such an assertive quartet, but he always rises to the occasion. He offers a firm grounding, and is the underpinning for the remarkable intonation of the group. However, he can soar above the fray when the music requires it.”
The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time, and now under the moniker AmerneXt, the Amernet is adopting some of the great works of the late 20th and 21st centuries in the context of earlier and traditional music.