|Symphonic Orchestra of Guanajuato, Enrique Batiz, Mexico, 2006|
Tour Dates: 2006
Enrique Batiz - Chief Conductor
Ahmed Abou-Zahra - Piano Soloist The Symphonic Orchestra of Guanajuato
Located in the geographical heartland of the
The enthusiasm of the inhabitants of Guanajuato for music gave rise to the founding of several musical organizations in the mid 19th century and in fact, formal music education has existed in Guanajuato for almost 130 years, when in 1877 Antonio Zuñiga incorporated music classes into the State College. In the bosom of the
Previous to the function of the above-named Conservatory, a Guanajuato Philharmonic Society had existed, albeit only for two years, 1915-1917. In about 1943, the city of
Almost simultaneously to the creation of the
After 34 years as the conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Guanajuato (OSUG), Maestro Rodríguez Fraustro was succeeded by the maestros Mario Rodríguez Taboada (1986-1992), Héctor Quintanar (1992-1996) and finally José Luis Castillo (1997-2005), who were the artificers and persons responsible for the prestige and artistic development of the Orchestra.
Since its founding such important conductors and soloists as Eduardo Mata, Enrique Bátiz, Enrique Diemecke, Kurt Pahlen, Kurt Redel, Leif Segerstam, Neeme Jarvi, Pascal Verrot, Guido Maria Guida, John DeMain, Jorge Federico Osorio, Claude Helffer, Homero Franesch, Cyprien Katsaris, Katia and Marielle Labéque, Bernard Flavigny, the Altenberg Trio, Christian Lindberg, Gerhart Muench, Jorge Risi, Phillipe Pelletier, Fernando de la Mora, Encarnación Vazquez, Ramón Vargas, Verónica Villaroel and Dimitri Hvorostovsky have collaborated with the OSUG in its concert seasons.
The suppleness and mastery with which the OSUG approaches the most diverse types of repertoire and musical challenges along with its commitment to the diffusion of the Mexican repertoire have led to a constant demand for the Orchestra in the principal concert halls and festivals of the country, as well as its function as the resident orchestra of the International Cervantino Festival.
As in all important orchestras, within the OSUG such groups as the Woodwind Quintet, the Brass Quintet, the Percussion Ensemble, a Classical Quartet, and the Camerata have flourished, thus contributing to the diffusion of music for these types of ensembles, as well as making a contribution to the excellence of the musicians in them and not lastly, to the creation of public for this type of performance.
With a view to consolidating an ensemble capable of recreating the fundamental works of the symphonic repertoire with irreproachable stylistic surety, the orchestra embarked, with renewed vigor, into a new phase with the naming in August of 2005 of Enrique Bátiz Campbell as Invited Music Director and Musical Assessor of the OSUG. This artist, recognized internationally for his unbreakable discipline and professional excellence, has incalculated these same virtues in the OSUG in record time, making a tangible and effective impact on the development of the Orchestra.
Enrique Batiz, Chief Conductor
Conducting Filarminia Veneta tonight is Enrique Batiz, one of the most famous orchestra conductors in
His work is represented with a collection of 145 recordings of which 4l are with the Royal Philharmonic, 9 with the London Symphony, 3 with the Philharmonia, 12 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, 2 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, 19 with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra 58 with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra and 1 with the Toscana Orchestra in Florence, Italy, for the British record companies EMI Records International, Academy of Sound and Vision, Musical Heritage (USA), NAXOS, IMG International Management Group, Pickwick, RPO Records and Arts (German company).
Throughout his career, he has received important distinctions and awards: La primera Presea Bienal in Art from the State of Mexico Confederation of Professionals: “The International Gold Mercury” award of Rome, given for the first time to a Latin American artist; The Jose Marti and the Tlatelolco’s Eagle Medal. In 1984 he won First Prize at the British Music Trades Association for his interpretation of French Music with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (Debussy “Prelude of the afternoon of a Faun”); the 1986 “Rio Branco” medal, an official grade given by the Brazilian government for the worldwide digital recording of the nine “Bachianas Brasileiras” by Heitor Villa-Lobos; in four occasions (1971, 1981, 1983, and 1996) the annual prize as the most distinguished artist of the year from the Mexican Union of Teatrical and Musical broadcasters; his recording of the 3rd Symphony of Saint-Saens made in 1984 which was considered by the magazines “Gramophone” and the “Pengüin Stereo Records Guide” as the best recorded version of this piece. In 1986 The London Sunday Times considered his recording of Petrushka by Stravinsky as the recording of the year.
In 1991 he received the Mexican “Mozart” medal given by the Domecq Cultural Institute in December of 1992, the London CD review magazine designated the recordinghe made with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of the “Symphonic Dances” and “The Isle of Death” by Rachmaninoff as one of the best recordings made in 1992. In March of 1995, he won the “Estado de Mexico” Prize, in 1994 in the area of arts “Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz”, for his contribution to the musical culture of the State of
The repertory of Enrique Batiz as a conductor ranges from classical to contemporary works. He has been described as an artist who conducts with behemence and enthusiasm, manifesting a deep understanding, unusual even among the finest conductors.
Ahmed Abou-Zahra, Pianist
Egyptian Pianist Ahmed Abou-Zahra was born in Cairo .He took up the piano relatively late, at the age of 18 he studied with Marcelle Matta at the Cairo Conservatory.His main teachers were James Avery at the Freiburg School of Music, Ferenc Rados and András Schiff . He worked with the later two in numerous master classes and privately.
In 1996 Ahmed was granted a DAAD Scholarship to study for his Konzertexam at the
Since 1993 Ahmed has been regularly invited to play with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and he also played with many different European, Asian and American orchestras like the Vienna Symphony, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, The New World Symphony, the European Mozart Academy Symphony Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Magdeburg Philharmonic, Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra China and the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester
His concert activity as a soloist and chamber music partner took him to many European, Asian and North American countries (Musikhalle-Hamburg, Congress Hall-Budapest, Congress Hall-Davos Switzerland, National Gallery-Ottawa, Casals Hall- Tokyo, Lincoln Theatre-Miami and The main Hall Cairo Opera House).
In 1997 Mr.Abou-Zahra was invited to the Banff Centre for The Arts (Canada) as an artist in residence, in Banff he found (THE HORUS PIANO DUO) with the Hungarian pianist Nóra Emödy They won together many international competitions such as The Murray Dranoff International two piano competition (USA-1999), Palermo international fourhands competition, Pavia international chamber music competition (Italy-2000), The Ibla Grand Prize, Caltanissetta International Two Piano Competition - Dec
The duo has toured in
1999 the Horus Duo released their first CD which called Variations for Two, many of their concerts were live broadcasted on the south German Radio (SWR), Bavarian Radio (BR), BBC, Canadian Radio (CBC) and the Egyptian Radio and Television.
Ahmed is regulary invited to perform at The Banff Summer Piano Festival (