Juan Diego Flórez

Juan Diego Flórez and the Harmonia Symphony Orchestra at the United Nations in Geneva

Concert on Friday, December 10, 2014

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez is not only one of the most celebrated tenors of our times, but also the founder of a social project in Peru, trying to improve the life of children and youngsters through music. Following the philosophy of the Venezuelan “El Sistema”, Flórez has founded “Sinfonia por el Peru”, a project, that currently reaches out to 9 of the most difficult regions of Peru and to about 2000 children, who attend music schools and, by learning together in the orchestras and choirs, learn about societal values like respect, consequence and diligence, they experience growing self-esteem and are able to develop their skills as musicians and singers.

To create awareness for his own as well as for other projects of the same kind, Juan Diego Flórez not only speaks about this project on the occasion of his performances, but has now decided to put together an orchestra – The Harmonia Symphony - consisting of young musicians from different music projects, which share the philosophy of „Changing lives through music“. This orchestra will accompany Flórez and his singer colleagues Fatma Said (Egypt), Pretty Yende (South Africa) and Sergey Artamonov (Russia) on the occasion of a concert held on the “Human Rights Day” in Geneva on December 10, 2014.

Youngsters from South America, South Africa, Asia and Europe will play together, conducted by Spanish conductor Pablo Mielgo (follow Pablo on HELLO STAGE) who recently became the new Music/Artistic Director of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra in Mallorca. In addition to this position, Pablo i is Co.Artistic/ Music Director of the Medellin Philharmonic Academy in Colombia, Principal guest conductor of the Baluarte Opera Season in Pamplona and Artistic/Music Director of the SaludArte Foundation which works close with the Venezuelan Orchestral "Sistema" and the New World Symphony of Michael Tilson Thomas.

For many of the musicians it is the first international concert and for all of them it means appreciation of their hard work and consequent dedication.

Projects involved:
· Academia Filarmonica de Medellin (AFMED, Colombia)
· The National System of Youth and Children Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela
· Superar (Austria, Switzerland)
· MusicEnsemble (Geneva, Switzerland)
· The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (USA)
· The Mangaung String Program (Bloemfontein, South Africa)
· Bravura Musical Foundation (Cochabamba, Bolivia)
· Sinfonía por el Perú (Peru)
· Verbier Festival Orchestras (Switzerland)
· The “Sistema Orchestre e Cori Giovanili e Infantili in Italia” (Italy)

The concert will broadcasted live to over 63 countries.

This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Hilti Foundation, Clariant, Nestlé SA, and Saludarte Foundation as well as other foundations and private donors.
Author: Nina (c) HELLO STAGE
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