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Israel Torres Araiza


He graduated with honors from the Higher School of Music of the INBA at the National Center for the Arts, in Mexico City where he studied violin under the guidance of the teachers Savarthasiddh Uribe and Cuauhtémoc Rivera. Within this institution he was the concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra.

He began his violin studies with Saúl Guerrero and later with Maestro Fernando Montes de Oca at the Municipal Arts Center in Mazatlán, Sinaloa.

He has attended various advanced courses and Master Class with important violinists such as Pinchas Zukerman (Mannhatan School of Music), Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Zoria Shijmurzaeva (Tschaikowsky Conservatory of Moscow), Jorge Risi, Lucie Robert (Mannes Colege of Music), Jorge Sutil ( Münchener Philarmoniker), Elisa Fukuda, Dmitry Berlinsky (Michigan State University), Arón Bitrán, Kenneth Goldsmith (Rice University), Teo Arias (Bamberger Symphoniker) David Kim (concertmaster Philadelphia Orchestra), Fernando Hasaj, Franco Mezzena, Melise Mellinger, among others , as well as the string quartets San Petesburgo, Fine Arts, Casals, Ying, Corigliano, Turtle Island String Quartet, Latin American and Amazonia as well as the Recherche Ensemble, the ACJW Ensemble of Carnegie Hall and the Camerata Bariloche.

Participates in important festivals and academies in Mexico and abroad such as Festival de México in the Historic Center, Viva Vivaldi Festival, New Manuel Enríquez Music Forum, International Festival of Saint Lucia in Monterrey, San Marcos Fair, Camaríssima Festival, Mexico Puerta of the Americas, Instrumenta and International Chamber Music Festival of San Miguel Allende. He has also received a scholarship in Germany, the United States and Brazil for the Internationale Sommer-Akademie Collegium Musicum Schloss Weissenstein-Pommersfelden in 2006, the Texas Music Festival, held at the University of Houston in 2005 and in that same year he participated in the most important in Latin America, the International Winter Festival of Campos do Jordao in Brazil, where the Academic Orchestra under the direction of Kurt Masur (New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, National Orchestra of France) made the recording of a CD and was recognized by critics as the best orchestra of the year in this country.

He has played with different groups within and outside Mexico such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the UNAM, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, the Carlos Chávez Symphony Orchestra (2001-2003), the Camerata de Coahuila, the IPN Symphony, Sinfonieta Puebla , Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Instrumenta, National Symphonic Orchestra of Ecuador, with which he toured the South American country, Orquestra Acadêmica of Campos do Jordao Festival, Houston TMF Symphony Orchestra, and Collegium Musicum Pommersfeldener Simphoniker, where he has worked with different musicians and directors such as Kurt Masur, Carl St. Clair, Leon Spierer (former Berlin Philharmonic), Wolfram Christ (first Berlin Philharmonic viola), Klaus Stoll, Sergio Cárdenas, Enrique Diemecke, Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Zuohuang Chen, Ronald Zollman, Marek Pijarowsky and Zoltân Kocsis.

It has been presented in venues such as the Blas Galindo Auditorium of the National Arts Center, Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Palace of Fine Arts, National Auditorium, Mexico City Theater, Lunario, Carlos Chávez Room, Xochipilli Room, Angélica Morales Room, Radio UNAM , Zinco Jazz Club, IFAL, studio A and B of IMER and internationally in Central Park, Sala Sao Paulo, Claudio Santoro Auditorium, Rudher Auditorium, Dudley Recital Hall, Cynthia Woods Michell Pavillion, Moores Opera House, Guayaquil Auditorium, Theater Sucre de Quito, Schloss-Weissenstein Maarmorsaal, Phillipsaal Eindhoven, Amsterdam Teater meer in vaart, Culturcentruum Brugge, Den Haag Teater, Sala Talia Sibiu, among others.

As a participant in other artistic disciplines, she performs several choreographic activities, where she has worked in contemporary dance with Beatriz Madrid and Marco Antonio Silva; and in flamenco with the companies Viva Flamenco directed by Leticia Cosío and Miura Expresión Flamenca, with the latter group winning the FONCA 2010 co-investment grant.

He was a scholarship holder of the Banquels Foundation, sponsored by Silvia Pinal and of the 2007 call for Artistic and Cultural Projects of the Mexican Institute of Youth with the The Sconek-T project. With this group he has been awarded the scholarship Mexico en Escena awarded by FONCA and CENART with which they made the recording of their second album “Corriente Alterna” at the 5A Studios in London England and is available on iTunes. As a member of the ensemble, he has participated in important alternative forums such as the Vive Latino festival and in the National Film Theaters Soundtracks series, as well as in international festivals such as Sibiu International Theater Festival, Transylvania, Romania in 2012