Ecuadorian-Spanish cellist FRANCISCO VILA began playing the cello at age 8 and had his solo debut with orchestra at 14. Described as “…an exceptionally talented young cellist and musician. He is heading for an important place in the world of music.” (Janos Starker, cellist), he performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The Bloomington Herald-Times said that Vila “…displayed absolute command on stage…perfectly executed technical passages and induced the orchestra with his energy… tenderly revealed to us the romanticism of [this] concerto.” Vila’s interest in new music has paired him in collaboration with Grammy-Award winning composer Osvaldo Golijov and Grammy-nominated composer/classical guitarist Apostolos Paraskevas at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Recent appearances included Los Angeles County Museum of Art in a radio broadcast recital with pianist Luiza Borac; Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra directed by Jaime Laredo; Carnegie Zankel Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Israel’s Eilat International Music Festival with iPalpiti orchestra of international laureates. Upcoming performances include a recital at the Beaumaris Music Festival in Wales, and iPalpiti Festival in Los Angeles.
Prizewinner of the 22nd FLAME International Competition in Paris (2011) and a winner of the 2nd place in the Sphinx Competition 2012, Vila has been the recipient of several honors including the Presidential Scholarship at The Boston Conservatory, a National Society of Arts and Letters Award for Performance, the Olimpia Barbera and the Eva Heinitz Fund Scholarships at Indiana University, and a prize winner in the Indiana University Latin American Music Competition. Vila has studied under Janos Starker and Sharon Robinson, and chamber music with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University, where he was the first-prize winner of the ’09-’10 concerto competition as well as the Kuttner String Quartet in Residence Competition of 2010. Prior to Indiana, he studied at The Boston Conservatory with Andrew Mark and was a cellist of the Boston Conservatory Piano Trio in residence. He also participated in master courses of Aldo Parisot at the Banff Centre and Gary Hoffman at Mozarteum Sommerakademie. Vila views teaching as an important aspect in music-making and has been teaching on occasions at The Boston Conservatory and at Indiana University at the request of his cello teachers. Mr. Vila is in the Artist Dimploma Program at the Chapelle Queen Elisabeth in Brussels continuing his mentorship with international soloist Gary Hoffman. Upcoming projects include recording of the second Saint-Saëns concerto with the Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and a series of concert appearances, including Schumann concerto this summer at a festival in Belgium. He plays a 1790 Vincenzo Panormo cello on generous loan from the Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation.