Director - Compositor - Musicólogo - Productor / Conductor - Composer - Musicologist - Producer
Abraham Padilla Benavides, Lima 1968
Conductor, Composer, Musicologist and Producer Abraham Padilla Benavides started to study piano at the age of 4. Then he studied piano with the best teachers of Lima, Carlota Bravo, Yaco Chertman, Teresa Quezada (Perú), with Graciela Yazigi (Chile) and Inge Handojo (USA). He also studied music at the National School of Music of Perú. Since he conducted his first self created choir at the school, at the age of 13, and the band of the school he has never stopped to conduct, even while he was studying architecture at the Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima. He studied Choral Conducting with Oswaldo Kuan in Perú at the Asociación de Directores de Coros del Perú and was conductor of the choir of the Universidad Ricardo Palma, the Choir of The Holy Trinity School, participated as singer in the Coral Gaudeamus and taught music at the Scholla Cantorum of Lima among other musical activities.
Then he moved to Santiago de Chile to continue his musical studies. There he studied Choral Conducting with Oswaldo Kuan and at the Interamerican Institute of Music Education, OEA, with maestro Guido Minoletti. He also studied composition at the University of Chile while he travelled frequently to Lima to Study Orchestral Conducting with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and be Assistant Conductor of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Lima. He went to the Domaine Forget Music Festival in Quebec, Canada to study Orchestral Conducting with Otto Werner Mueller, Director of Orchestral Studies of The Juilliard School, and since then has frequently been to New York to attend some of those classes, take master classes and piano lessons.
In 1996 he created with a friend, the Summer Orchestral Program at the National School of Music of Perú, and began a career as professional conductor working very hard to raise the level of the orchestras in Perú. Travelling between Santiago and Lima, Abraham Padilla continued studying both, orchestral conducting and composition. He took the leadership of the Camerata de Estudiantes de la Facultad de Artes de la Universidad de Chile, with whom he gave some very appreciated concerts. He also took classes with Wolfgang Scheidt, former Assistant Conductor of Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan and Contemporary Conducting with Peter Brunwick, former student of Hans Swarovsky and Bruno Maderna.
Since the beginning of his career as a Conductor in most of his concerts he has conducted local or World Premiers of Contemporary Latin American Music. The programs also include local music, academic or traditional in versions adapted to the symphonic instrumental means, besides, of course, the usual occidental repertoire. Several composers have dedicated their pieces of music to him and he have made the first recordings (in various cases the only one available) of contemporary Latin American works.
His production as composer includes works for different formats, ranging from theatre music, dance, movies, electronic, to symphonic, chamber, choral and multimedia music. He has received the FONDART recognition from the Chilean Ministry of Education for his work as a music composer for dance and theatre by the pieces: “Las Bacantes” and “Opera prima”; and as orchestral conductor by the recording of the "GARCIA-PADILLA" compact disc.
Abraham Padilla has created the Orquesta Inter-cultural Americana (American Intercultural Orchestra) and is its Artistic and Music Director. The orchestra is integrated by musicians from Perú and from other countries but who have developed their musical activities in Perú and they are the very best ones of the city of Lima. Recent engagements included invitations to conduct the Gala concert of the III International Festival of Contemporary Music organized by the Centro Cultural de España in Lima, Perú, conduct the final concert of the same Festival, where took place the presentation of the disc "GARCIA-PADILLA" with the Orquesta Inter-cultural Americana and conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perú in a concert where were premiered de First Symphony of peruvian composer Celso Garrido-Lecca and the "Obertura Festiva" from Rodolfo Holzmann, among other pieces of the repertoire, all of them in november 2005.
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