The Miami Symphony Orchestra and Eduardo Marturet, music director and conductor, have announced the appointment of Luis David Aguilar to the position of assistant conductor.
Aguilar began the assistantship on Apr. 28 for the MISO Season Finale Concert: The Great 3 B’s. He has been a member of the viola section from The Miami Symphony Orchestra for the past season, were he has shown professionalism and enthusiasm
“When Maestro Marturet and the production team told me that they have chosen me as the next assistant conductor, I got extremely excited. Miami Symphony is a place full of talent, great ideas, new projects, and unstoppable energy to bring the music into the future. Being part of this family is no doubt one of the biggest honors I ever had,” Aguilar said.
“Luis David has the talent and maturity to take full advantage of this opportunity with MISO as the new assistant conductor. I strongly believe this position will give him all the tools he needs to develop the beginning of a wonderful career as a conductor,” Marturet added.
In his assistant conductor role with the MISO, Aguilar will work directly with Marturet, observing rehearsals, acting as potential cover conductors, and conducting the MISO’s Educational and Outreach activities.
Luis David Aguilar is a conductor and violist from the Venezuelan music project called “El Sistema” with a music degree from the Arts National Experimental University in Caracas.
In 2001 he joined the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and was the principal violist from 2005 to 2011.
During his membership in this orchestra, he participated in international tours, concerts, and recordings with conductors and soloists like Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Juan Diego Florez, Luciano Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gustavo Dudamel.
He has performed chamber music recitals with Jonathan Cohler, Kalman Berkes, Adalbert Skocic, and Klaus Thunemann. With the Caracas String Quartet, in 2009 he attended a chamber music course with Rainer Schmidt, violinist of the Hagen String Quartet.
José Antonio Abreu and Teresa Hernández were his firsts mentors in orchestral conducting, besides the participation in two conducting masterclasses with Dick van Gasteren.
In recent years, he conducted prestigious groups like the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Choir, Children’s Choir of Venezuela, and Teresa Carreño Ballet Company.
Besides his musical achievements, the past two years he undertook the coordination of string sections of the Venezuelan Orchestral Program were he developed different strategies aimed to improve the growth of young and children orchestras of all the country.
Currently, Luis studies for an MM in Orchestral Conducting at FIU under the guidance of Dr. Javier Mendoza and holds the position of assistant conductor of the FIU Symphony Orchestra.