Roberto González-Monjas

Violin

Highly sought-after as a conductor and violinist, Roberto González-Monjas is rapidly making a mark on the international scene. A natural musical leader with strong vision and clarity, Roberto possess a unique mixture of remarkable personal charisma, an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and fierce intelligence. Roberto is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Dalasinfoniettan where his tenure commences in the 19/20 season. Roberto is also Artist in residence with Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon in his hometown Valladolid commencing in the 19/20 season. In this capacity, Roberto will conduct the orchestra in their subscription series in Valladolid, performs as a soloist, leads chamber music projects and takes part in educational activities. Significant future guest conducting debuts include collaborations with Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Camerata Salzburg, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre national d'Île de France, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and RTVE Symphony Orchestra among many others. Recent debuts which led to immediate re-invitations include collaborations with Malaysian Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and Orquesta Joven de la Sinfónica de Galicia. Passionate about chamber music collaborations, Roberto is a regular guest at Verbier and Lockenhaus Festivals. He frequently collaborates with singers and instrumentalists including Ian Bostridge, Yuja Wang, Janine Jansen, Alexander Lonquich, Lisa Batiashvili, Fazil Say, Reinhard Goebel, Thomas Quasthoff, András Schiff and Kit Armstrong. Most recently Roberto undertook a variety of conducting, play-direct and chamber music projects with the Musikkollegium Winterthur including a tour of Asia with the clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer. As a passionate champion of the music of living composers, Roberto’s close association with composer Richard Dubugnon has resulted in a new Violin Concerto, which Roberto premiered in May 2018 with the Musikkollegium Winterthur. Passionate and dedicated to education and nurturing potential of emerging musicians, Roberto co-founded Iberacademy (Ibero-American Orchestral Academy) together with conductor Alejandro Posada.

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This institution aims at creating an efficient and sustainable model of musical education in Latin America, focusing on vulnerable segments of the population and supporting highly talented young musicians; while based in Medellín (Colombia), it also operates in Bolivia, Perú, Chile and Cuba, providing its students with life-changing opportunities. Most recently Roberto embarked on a European tour with the Iberacademy Orchestra and star tenor Rolando Villazón, with concerts at the Lucerne Easter Festival and the Mozarteum Stiftung in Salzburg. Roberto also serves as a violin professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and undertakes a number of conducting projects with the Guildhall School Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. He plays a 1710 Giuseppe Guarnieri ‘filius Andreae’ violin kindly loaned to him by five Winterthur families and the Rychenberg Stiftung.

Roberto has gracefully accepted an invitation to The Exhale during a time when so many musicians and audience members are not in a position to engage with him in the concert hall or the classroom. He is donating his income from The Exhale to musicians without regular income during this pandemic.

Spoken languages: English

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