For the past eighteen years, Andrés Cárdenes has enriched Strings Music Festival with his expertise. As a Music Director for the festival, Cárdenes assembles seasons of music that tie a summer together with a cohesive theme, as well as presents distinct musical works that separate one season from the next.

Before arriving in Steamboat Springs for the summer, Cárdenes served as a judge for the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow, Russia. Cárdenes is no stranger to the competition, winning Second Prize in 1982, and was handpicked as a judge for his qualifications as a musician and conductor and for his unbiased nature.

Cárdenes is recognized as a violinist, violist and conductor. To showcase all of his talents in one setting, the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra was created, and Cárdenes spent 11 seasons conducting and playing. During his time there, he premiered 15 works and programmed pieces by well-known composers that hadn’t been performed in over 50 years.

Cárdenes will start off the season with Strings this week at the Donors Prelude and the Opening Night Orchestra. Utilizing his talents as both a violinist and a conductor, he will perform on violin on Wednesday night and conduct Saturday night’s concert. Wednesday night Cárdenes will perform “Ferdinand the Bull,” as well as stirring pieces by Prokofiev and Brahms. Saturday night opens with Rossini’s famous Overture to Barber of Seville, features French masters Fauré and Ravel and concludes with Brahms’ rousing Hungarian Dances.

The rest of the classical season presents a variety of concerts from featured soloists, to World Premieres, to dance, to a multimedia show. Cardenes’ diverse and engaging performances will keep you coming back all summer long.

Posted on July 5, 2011
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