Venezuelan musician who has pursued orchestral conducting studies under the guidance of Maestro José Antonio Abreu and served as assistant conductor of Eduardo Marturet, Christian Vásquez, and Sung Kwak.

 

Uzcátegui has prepared the Youth Orchestra of Caracas (YOC) for some of its tours, including a concert conducted by Leon Botstein on 2013 Asian Tour. As a guest conductor, he has worked with the Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony and Caracas Symphony Orchestra.

 

In 2015, he was the only Latin-American musician selected to participate in the Malko Conducting Competition and conducted performances of the YOC at Teatro alla Scala, as part of El Sistema residency in Milan. Later that year, Uzcátegui attended the Gstaad Academy, where he studied under the guidance of Ulrich Windfuhr and Neeme Jarvi. Subsequently, he was invited to attend a conducting master class led by Bernard Haitink that in summer 2017. In November 2016, Uzcátegui was assistant conductor of Diego Matheuz on the production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville with the Simón Bolivar Symphony.

 

More recently, he was invited by El Sistema Greece to work in the training of the staff of teachers and creation of their first orchestra, and by El Sistema England to participate as an orchestral conductor and trainer for the 5th Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra residency in Birmingham, England with concerts at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall (London) and at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

 

In summer 2018 he was appointed Los Angeles Philharmonic Dudamel Fellow during the 2018-2019 season.

 

Currently, he works as Music Director of the Juan José Landaeta Symphony Orchestra and the Carabobo Youth Orchestra.

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JESUS UZCATEGUI