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Several venues will host the concerts, lectures, recitals, master classes and workshops during this 27th festival: Basílica Menor del Convento de San Francisco de Asís, Ignacio Cervantes and Ernesto Lecuona concert halls of the National Lyrical Theater, Casa de las Américas, UNEAC’s Villena concert hall and the Covarrubias concert hall at Nacional.
The organizing committee, chaired by maestro Guido López-Gavilán, has already confirmed the participation of the Swiss flutist Antipe da Stella; the Danish guitarist Mikkel Andersen; the Spanish chamber ensemble Cosmos 21, a pioneer in Europe in the design of concerts as shows that increase the value of stage lighting, costumes and movement for the sake of better communication with the audiences; the Mexican composer Isaac de la Concha, who is interested in improvisation with several instruments; the Puerto Rican pianist Kimberly Davis; the Russian-Cuban cellist living in Belgium Makcim Fernández Samodaiev, prize-winner at several international competitions; the Romanian pianist Monica Florescu, who also has a history of important awards and who according to the Dutch media, she “touches the stars in the sky” with her music; and the Cuban composer, who now lives in Denmark, Louis Aguirre, who has had a successful international career since 2002.
In addition, the most outstanding soloists, chamber orchestras and instrumental ensembles will play works of renowned Cuban composers, such as Leo Brouwer, Harold Gramatges, Juan Blanco, Carlos Fariñas, Roberto Valera, Héctor Angulo, Juan Piñera, Alfredo Diez Nieto, Guido López-Gavilán, Jorge Garciaporrúa, Jorge López Marín, José María Vitier, Magalys Ruiz, Louis Aguirre and Eduardo Martín. Pieces by young Cuban composers, such as Teresa Núñez, Elvira Peña, Yanier Hechavarría, Siegrid Macías, Maureen Reyes, Jeysi León Molina, Waldo Lavaut and Víctor Gavilondo.