Virginia Luque, Music Director of New York Women's Philharmonic, presents the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in a recording of the Mozart Concerto in C major K.467 with GRAMMY® award winning pianist Sonia Rubinsky and the Mozart Symphony in G minor K.550.
World-renowned guitar virtuoso Virginia Luque, has turned her talents toward humanitarian relief as founder of Music for Life NYC and Music Director and Conductor of the New York Women Philharmonic, former New York Women's Ensemble.
Music for Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to humanitarian concerns and cultural outreach through the musical arts. Ms. Luque conducted their debut concert on November 29, 2011 at Carnegie Hall, Stern /Perelman Auditorium.
This performance was a great success, receiving a glowing review in the NY Times. This performance was also featured in Timeout magazine's "Ten things to do" and an in an article in String magazine.
A native of Algecíras (Cádiz), Spain, Ms. Luque began playing guitar when she was four, started formal training when she was six, and gave her first concert at the age of seven.
Her training as a Conductor came along at a very early age as well, receiving private instruction from orchestra as choral conductors.
After hearing her play, Ms. Luque was invited by the legendary Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia to study privately with him.
She received her Master's degree in Spain and at Segovia's suggestion came to America where she also received a Master's degree from the Juilliard School in New York City.
She has been awarded First Prize at several international competitions, including the "Manuel de Falla" Competition for Classical Guitar in Granada, Spain, and has received the Lincoln Center Scholarship among other awards.
Concerto performances have included the Concierto de Aranjuez with the New York Virtuosi Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Antalya Symphony Orchestra and she has premiered her own concerto with the Alexandria Symphony.
Recitals have included Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, The Frick Collection in New York City, and numerous concert halls throughout the United States. She was also invited by Christopher Parkening to do a special guest recital at the Christopher Parkening International Master Class at Montana State University.
Coming up soon the guitar releases of:
"The heart of Spain", featuring Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.
"All about Bach", a guitar solo Bach recording as part of " Live from the National Opera Center " series.
"Agustín Barrios", a guitar solo cd as part of " Live from the National Opera Center " series, dedicated to this prolific paraguayan composer / guitarist.
" Granados y Albéniz ", a guitar solo cd that will be released as part of " Live from the National Opera Center " series. A program of these masters composers from Spain.
She is recording in Munich this summer with the international violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova, as " Duo Virtuosi ".
Ms. Luque's other pursuits have garnered her a First Prize in the International Competition of Poetry based in Puerto Rico and she has also graduated as “Chef” from the French Culinary Institute of New York.