Igor Lanz

Valeria Atela, presidente de la Fundación Soijar
Choral and orchestral conductor. Starting at the “Escuela Superior de Música de Caracas” at the age of 12, he studied trumpet with Maestro Rafael Puche and
received his musical training from Maestros Evencio Castellanos and José Antonio Abreu.
From the early 70s he was dedicated intensively to choir conducting, presenting concerts with the “CANTV choir” and in 1971, founding the “Coral Filarmónica de Aragua”. It is in this year that he begins to accompany Maestro Abreu in the creation process of what is known today as El Sistema, opening a space for social rescue to Venezuelan youth and children
through music.
After graduating from the “Guildhall School of Music and Drama” in London, obtaining a degree in choral conducting and composition, he returned to Venezuela to dedicate the next 32 years to the consolidation of El Sistema. Between 1988 and 2013 he was the first Executive Director of the State Foundation for Children's and Youth Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela. Many projects were achieved during these decades: the multiplication of “Núcleos” throughout the nation; the artistic projection of the Simón Bolivar orchestra in international tours and discographic productions; the selection of the national children orchestra since the '90s, which today has reached an outstanding level; the creation of the University Institute of Musical Studies; the international agreements and the construction of the Social Action Center for Music in Caracas.


El Sistema in the world


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