Cellist Wraps Up Six Weeks in London at City Music Foundation Summer Program

By: Rose RavasioAbner Jairo Ortiz Garcia standing in front of the Eiffel Tower

Cellist Abner Jairo Ortiz Garcia, a graduate student in the Mary Pappert School of Music, recently returned from six weeks of recitals and workshops with the City Music Foundation (CMF) Summer Program in London.

Garcia was selected in April as the CMF Mexican International Scholar in partnership with Anglo Arts, a member of the Anglo Mexican Foundation.

While in London, Garcia gave public recitals at the Day of Music at St. Bart's Hospital; the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) in connection with the Frida Kahlo exhibition there; the CMF's Summer Residency at The Wallace Collection; and All Saints Tooting church.

In addition, Garcia participated in professional development workshops, met with artistic and business mentors, received lessons from renowned cellist Mats Lidström and attended various concerts featuring distinguished artists. He also had the opportunity to participate in a side-by-side workshop with Les Siècles, a leading period-instrument ensemble.

Garcia also received funding from the Duquesne Musical Associates program to support his travel expenses in London.

CMF posted some photos and other content regarding Garcia's time in London, available here and here.


Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

It's time for bigger goals
. Follow Duquesne University on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.