Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernández will perform with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater on December 15 at 8:00pm as part of the PPO’s 35th Concert Season for 2017-2018 under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, with the theme “Romancing the Classics”.
Program of the concert includes C. Debussy’s La Mer, J. Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, M. Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales andBolero.
Eduardo Fernández is recognized as one of today’s leading guitarists. Born in Uruguay, he began his guitar studies at age 7. His principal teachers were Abel Carlevaro, Guido Santórsola and Héctor Tosar. After winning prizes in several international competitions, the most notable being the 1972 Porto Alegre (Brazil) and 1975 Radio France (Paris) competitions, he won the first prize of the 1975 Andrés Segovia Competition in Mallorca (Spain). His New York debut in 1977 won critical accolades, being described as “A top guitarist…Rarely has this reviewer heard a more impressive debut recital on any instrument” (Donal Henahan, The New York Times).
A multi-awarded guitarist, Eduardo Fernández has played all over the world and with prestigious orchestras such as the London Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has made recordings for labels like Decca, Erato and Denon and is currently an exclusive recording artist of the label Oehms Classics. He also teaches at the School of Music of the University of Montevideo. He has a vivid interest in historical instruments, and he plays often the repertoire of the XIXth century on a period guitar.
Maestro Fukumura has conducted notable orchestras in Japan, many parts of Asia and Latin America, where he spent more than 25 years of his career, becoming fluent in the Spanish language. Since 1995, he has been honorary conductor of the Cuba National Symphony. The Tokyo-born conductor has for some years devoted himself to helping create new orchestras in Asia and as music director of the PPO seeks to make this symphony orchestra one of the top five in the region.
For inquiries and reservations, call the CCP Box Office (832-3704), TicketWorld (891-9999) or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.