With the National Orchestra of Costa Rica reviving "Benjamin Gutierrez" Concerto for viola
Violist Edmundo Ramirez’s performances take him throughout the world, to major concert halls such as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, 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. His concert appearances, as soloist and chamber musician, include performances 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 (in a performance of “Le Marteau Sans Mâitre” at Carnegie Hall, with the composer as conductor). His 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.

image descriptionA champion of new music, Mr. Ramirez has premiered several concertos for viola dedicated to him. Among these are El Concierto de la Luna, by Grammy-Award-winning Costa Rican composer Carlos Castro, Albeniz Phantasy for viola and orchestra by David Robert Coleman (performed at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and broadcast live by the Deutsche Welle in Germany), 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 composers Benjamín Gutiérrez, (played the Russian premiere), Carlos Castro (world and New York premiere), Alejandro Cardona, Susan Campos Fonseca and Mexican Composers Armando La Valle and Julian Carrillo.

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Viola d'amore 2In addition to his achievements as a classical violist, Mr. Ramirez’s artistic process and capability include an exploration of a broad range of musical activities and styles. He plays 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 Rockwood 1Juilliard 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.

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