About Cesar

Bio

Puerto Rican violinist and composer César Avilés discovered his passion for music at an early age and has been studying music since the age of 14.

He holds a Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico (USA) as well as a bachelor’s degree from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in Violin Performance.

As a violinist, he has performed with every major ensemble in Puerto Rico and the state of New Mexico, USA. As a member of the World Orchestra and YOA, he has been fortunate to tour the world.

César also studied instrumental composition and film music at Berklee. His concert compositions have been performed in Europe as well as in North and South America.
He is working on a quest to visit 50 countries and experience the world’s top 20 orchestras live.

With his wife and son, César now lives near Cologne, Germany, where he serves as violin and string orchestra teacher at the Musikschule Düren.

 

 

Resume

Education 

M.M. Violin Performance at University of New Mexico

B.M. Violin Performance at Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

Minor in Composition and Music Education

Music Composition for Film and TV at Berklee

 

 

Major Composition Teachers

Manuel Ceide

Alfonso Fuentes

David Bashwiner

Scott Smalley

Ben Newhouse

 

 

 Orchestration Seminars and Conferences

Scott Smalley, Nashville, TN

Philip Glass, Ecuador

Soundtrack Cologne 11, Germany

Soundtrack Cologne 12, Germany

 

 

Scoring Assignments

Fatty (Short Movie) Full Symphony Orchestra

Various Scenes for the Movie Haley (UNM)

Hey Mozart, New Mexico- Owlet’s Lullaby (Orchestration)

10 Cues for Berklee's Film Music Course

 

 

 Conducting Workshop

Irish Association of Youth Orchestras at the Royal Academy of Music, Ireland

 

 

Orchestral Experience (Violin)

World Orchestra (summer)

YOA (summer) Youth Orchestra of the Americas

Puerto Rico Symphony

Puerto Rico Philharmonic

Bayamon Symphony

New Mexico Symphony

Santa Fe Symphony

San Juan Symphony (Colorado)

Las Cruces Symphony (New Mexico)

Santa Fe Pro Musica

 

 

Music Festivals

FOSJA (Puerto Rico)

Stony Brook Music Festival

Eastern Music Festival

Killington Music Festival

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

 

 

Honors and Awards 

First Place Winner of the Puerto Rico Conservatory Concerto Competition

Second Place Winner University of New Mexico Concerto Competition

UNM Abraham Franck String Quartet Assistantship

Publication of Viejos Tiempos in “Conceptions Southwest”

 

 

Violin Teachers

Henry Hutchinson

Omar Velazquez

Carmelo de los Santos

 

 

Master Classes

Jennifer Koh

Leon Spierer

Lynn Chang

Otto Derolez

Jorja Fleezanis

Markus Daunert

 

 

Chamber Music Master Classes  

Julliard String Quartet

Orion String Quartet

American String Quartet

 

 

Conductors

Gerard Schwarz (EMF)

Josep Vicent (World Orchestra)

Valerie Gergiev, Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Carnegie Hall

Guillermo Figueroa, Puerto Rico Symphony and New Mexico Symphony

Carlos Prieto, (YOA summer)

Dante Anzolini (YOA summer)

Benjamin Zander (YOA Summer)

 

 

Tours (Orchestra of the Americas and World Orchestra)

United States and Canada

Spain

China

Carnegie Hall (Special Performance)

Colombia, Peru Ecuador and Brazil

Dominican Republic

Mexico

Chile

Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, El Salvador

 

Teaching Experience

Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico Preparatory Division

Cayey School of Fine Arts (Puerto Rico)

Public Schools (Puerto Rico)

Musikschuele in Dueren, Germany

 

Recordings

Orange Mountain B0055UBGCQ, Glass: Cello Concerto No.1

First violin section, Orchestra of the Americas

 

 

Languages

Spanish

English

German

 

 

Hobbies

Travel Hacking

Astronomy

Hiking