We’ve got “new kids on the block”! A new artistic leadership team is happening this fall at New Phil! In these unusual and uncertain times when no live indoor music is possible, New Phil has gotten creative!
Jorge Soto, our Principal Conductor, has been working with our strings throughout the summer and continues this fall. In addition, this fall Jorge has been joined by three wonderful instrumentalists as New Phil’s first Artistic Partners who are leading our wind, brass, and percussion sections in small ensembles, providing our players the opportunity to make music in COVID times. The winds are led by Amanda Hardy, a Newton resident and oboist with deep ties to New England; Jason Snider, a Boston Symphony horn player leads the brass, and Richard Flanagan, a highly experienced free lance percussionist is leading the percussion section.
All our sections, except percussion, have been so excited to meet outdoors and to have the opportunity to play live music! Soon the weather will force us indoors where we will continue to do as much as we can within the Governor’s safety guidelines for ventilation and gathering numbers. Over the next months we will share interviews and videos of our Artistic Partners, our sections, and our musicians along with an assortment of virtual projects that some sections will undertake. AND, with luck before too long we will be back to live performances with family and friends in the audience once more.
JORGE SOTO was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He is a product of El Sistema, an innovative program that uses classical music as a vehicle for social change. He began his musical studies in Venezuela at the Vicente Emilio Sojo State Conservatory, and later studied violin at the Latin American Academy of Violin under Rhio Sanchez and José Francisco Del Castillo. In the United States, he has studied with Sophie Vilker, Janne Malmivaara, Peter Sulski, and Timothy Schwarz.
Mr. Soto is a founding member of the Simón Bolívar National Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has also performed with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Mr. Soto remains very active in El Sistema in Venezuela, where he teaches violin, coaches chamber music, and conducts orchestras around the country, including serving as a guest conductor with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has guest conducted the Arkansas Youth Symphony and collaborated with the orchestras at Assumption College and Clark University.
Mr. Soto’s conducting mentors include Harold Farberman, Gustavo Dudamel, Eduardo Marturet, Stephen Tucker, Jani Telaranta, and Charles Peltz. He holds a Master of Music in conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a Bachelor of Music in violin performance.
In December of 2015, Mr. Soto assisted Maestro Gustavo Dudamel in the preparation of Puccini’s Turandot with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.