F. Delius – In a Summer Garden
M. Bruch – Romanze, Op. 85 with soloist Edmundo Tomas Ramirez
N. Rimsky Korsakov – Scheherazade
For our spring concert, we are honoring the memory of our longtime principal violist and great supporter of the orchestra, Lory Diez. Learn more here about our upcoming soloist, violist Edmundo Ramirez:
Originally from Costa Rica, Edmundo Tomas Ramirez is a New York musician who studied the viola, but also plays violin, viola d’amore, baroque violin and viola, Sitar and Electronic Music including iPad, iPhone and computer. He says he loves all kinds of music, and is continuously exploring and learning about different genres. Among other things, he writes blogs in music topics. Mr. Ramirez’s performances have taken him around the world, to Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, Bellas Artes Hall in México, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Parco de la Musica in Italy, The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The National Theater of Costa Rica, and Suntory Hall in Japan. He has played with the Absolute Ensemble, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Fine Arts String Quartet, the Bremen Kammerphilharmonie, the Menninger Hofkapelle Orchestra, Voronezh Philharmonie in Russia, the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the National Symphony of Costa Rica.
Mr. Ramirez’s collaborations include projects with pianists Saleem Adbud-Askar and Mikhail Muntyan, conductors Kent Nagano and Kristjan Järvi, violinist Sarah Chang and composer Pierre Boulez ; festival appearances include the Aix-en Provence and Menton Festival in France; Bolzano, Torino, and Siena in Italy; the Bremen, Hamburg, Dresdner Musikfestspiele and Young Euro-Classics Berlin Festivals in Germany; the Rebecco Summer Series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; The International festival of Chihuahua in Mexico; and the International Festival of Costa Rica.
A champion of new music, Mr. Ramirez has premiered several concertos for viola dedicated to him, a concerto for viola and orchestra and a multi-instrumental concerto for one player on sitar, viola d’amore and jazz violin by composer and a concerto for viola and orchestra by New York composer Gene Pristker. Edmundo is also interested in the revival and premieres of viola compositions by Costa Rican and Mexican composers.
His exploration of musical activities and styles has led to playing the Baroque viola, viola d’amore, and violin with both The Rebel and Dorian Baroque Orchestras and at the Bach Festival in Philadelphia. On viola d’amore, his premieres include the New York Premiere of a Concerto for Viola d’amore and String Orchestra and a piece for viola d’amore sola by the Latvian Composer Anne Viesmane. As former Artistic Administrator of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Washington D.C. Edmundo produced their first European tour and a DVD with Placido Domingo at the Gasteig in Munich Germany. He is also founder and artistic director of Ensamble America in New York City and created a Baroque Orchestra, “Veracruz Chanterelle” in México.Mr. Ramirez studied viola at various schools, including the Municipal School of Music in Santo Domingo de Heredia, the University of Costa Rica and Programa Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil in Costa Rica with Miguel Arango, William Schuck and Jose Aurelio Castillo. In the United States he studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and in Europe at the Academia Chigiana in Italy and France. Here his teachers include Yuri Bashmet, Heidi Castleman,Victoria Chiang, Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle. Recordings are available on the Sony, Arco, Composer Concordance and Enya labels