Cesar Chicco, viola: began his violin studies in Lima Peru at the National Peruvian Conservatory of Music. He played with several ensembles including the Camerata de Lima, Orquesta Armonia, the Peruvian National Symphony Orchestra and his own ensemble called, La Orquesta de Camara Branderburgo. Mr. Chicco received an honorable mention in several national soloist competitions winning second place in the Concurso Nacional de Musica de Camara. In 1984 he received a scholarship to play as a guest musician with the Simon Bolivar National Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela. In that same year he was invited to play with a metropolitan ensemble in Bogota, Colombia. During his musical career in Peru, Mr. Chicco toured the country several times under the auspices of the Orquesta Nacional de Musica. He arrived in the US in 1987 and he has since that time worked with several orchestras including the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Pasadena Lyric Opera, Mesto, and as a guest violist with the New American Quartet. Mr. Chicco coordinates his own chamber orchestra called the Buena Ventura Chamber Ensemble and he also is a music teacher in his private studio. He believes it is important and necessary for him to be a preserver of the Peruvian Criollo music tradition. His long musical career has provided him various opportunities to perform alongside the talents of Richard Clayderman, Jorge Bolet, Astor Piazzola and Barry White.
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