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Vicente Chavarría

Music Director

Conductor, composer and scholar Vicente Chavarría currently serves as the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, Artistic Director of Lilium Convallium Early Music Ensemble, Principal Conductor of the Manchester Chamber Choir and Musical Director of The Handful Chamber Choir and now Bowes Park Community Choir. He has worked with the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra, Croydon Youth Orchestra, Oxford University Orchestra, Colne Philharmonic, Lavenham Sinfonia, Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, and Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra, and participated in masterclasses with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera and the Salomon Orchestra.

A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, he has worked with all the RCM orchestras, New Perspectives, New Ensemble, and Opera. He has also assisted such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Andrew Gourlay, Maxim Vengerov and Holly Mathieson. He was Assistant Conductor for six productions of the RCM Opera Studio (including conducting the closing night of the Summer 2019 season) and assisted conductor Michael Rosewell at English Touring Opera.

A versatile musician, Vicente performs with Dowland Works (with Dame Emma Kirkby), St Martin’s Voices, Mosaic Voices and the BBC Symphony Chorus.  Other previous performances include: LASchola, Bach-Collegium San Diego, the Boston Camerata, and Park Collegium (Belgium), among many others. He has performed in masterclasses with Martyn Brabbins, Jac van Steen, Andreas Scholl, Anne Azéma, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, and the Hilliard Ensemble; also under the batons of Sir Andrew Davis, Sakari Oramo, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Donald Runnicles and Martyn Brabbins. He has also performed at the Berkeley, Boston and Rye Early Music Festivals. A pupil of Morten Lauridsen and Haris Kittos, his compositions and arrangements have been performed around the world.

Vicente holds previous degrees from the Universities of Miami and Southern California (USA) and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Leuven (Belgium). At the RCM, he studied conducting with Peter Stark, Howard Williams, and Martyn Brabbins. He was previously the Artistic Director and Founder of the early music ensembles Flos Campi and La Monarca as well as the Fra Angelico Chamber Choir and the Sibelius Camerata, and Director of the Gloria Dei Choir. In his spare time (?!), he is the host of the podcast ‘Singing For Your Supper’ and enjoys relaxing hobbies such as plane spotting and cooking.

Vicente Chavarría
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