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Ana Belen is a classically trained professional flutist with a Bachelor of Music obtained under the tutelage of Suzanne Kirton (Naples Philharmonic principal flute), Lillian Santiago (Miami Symphony second flute) and Elissa Lakovsky (Florida Grand Opera second flute). Ana Belen has also had the privilege to receive master classes from Tadeo Cohelo (Professor of flute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts) and William Bennett (Flute Soloist and recording artist, former principal flute of London Symphony). She has participated in important Music Festivals, such as Sewanee Music Festival in Tennessee under the tutelage of Patricia George and in the Caracas 1st Latin-American Festival. She was also awarded with the first price at the Young Artist Competition of the Florida Flute Association in 2002.
Besides playing in symphony orchestras and classical music ensembles, such as FIU symphony orchestra (1st flute), FIU Wind Ensamble(1st flute), Swanee Young Symphony Orchestra (1st and 2nd flute) among others, Ana has also developed a career in the modern music field.
At the age of 22, she became curious about the voice. She then begun to receive vocal training from different important pop music vocal coaches such as Luis Serrano, Jackie Arredondo, Beth Cohen and Katie Viqueira. Her talent as a singer grew and gaining vocal abilities allowed her to get hired as an instrumentalist and vocalist for a 2 year tour with renown Puerto Rican artist Chayanne. This venture then opened doors for Ana Belen to be part of the “Gigantes” Tour, which hosted three mayor artists of the music industry: Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solis.
Ana has also collaborated with Raul Di Blassio (famous piano soloist) Alberto Plaza (acclaimed Chilean songwriter), Jorge Villamizar (Colombian songwriter and artist, former lead singer of group “Bacilos”).
As an educator, Ana Belen concentrates in private voice, flute and piano instruction, working individually with the student. She has also developed group programs such as music theory group classes, choirs, vocal ensembles and chamber music as well as seminars and workshops for voice and instruments. To watch videos of performances and learn more about her experience and career, please visit www.anabelenmusic.com.
Michael Gonzalez (Born in Venezuela and raised in Spain) is a guitar player, composer arranger and educator. He studied classical guitar at Mayeusis Conservatory and Santiago de Compostela Music School in Spain. He was awarded a scholarship from AIE (Society of Artist and Performances of Spain) to attend Berklee College of Music, where he graduated Magna Cumlaude with a degree in Professional Music. In addition, he took master classes with Pat Metheny, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Charlie Banacos, Jorge Pardo and Barry Harris. In 2013, he was nominated by Latin Grammy Academy for his participation as arranger, producer and guitarist in “Para ser un Sol” by Jesus Hidalgo.
Violinist with experience performing in numerous master classes conducted by artists such as Eric Grossman, Ilmar Lopez-Gavilan, Joseph Silverstein and Stephen Rose.
• Experience teaching students for over 15 years, including at the University of Miami, Conservatorio de Musica Amadeo Roldan, Miami Bethany Church, St. Philips Episcopal Church and School, Allegro School of Music and through private lessons.
• Master of Violin Performance, University of Miami – Coral Gables, FL; earned in 2012.
• Native of Cuba, chosen to travel abroad and represent the country in numerous international events.
• Toured with the “Camerata Romeu” and flamenco guitarist, Serranito, as well as pianist, Polly Ferman.
• Recorded with the “Camerata Romeu” under the direction of Brazilian Egberto Gismonti.
• Fluent in English and Spanish.
• Shared stage as part of the Henry Mancini Institute with artists such as David Grusin, Jon Secada, Mark O’Connor
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