Blanca Cecilia González
Colombian violinist Blanca Cecilia González has been making music for over 25 years, sharing her love and passion with audiences on stages across North America, South America and Europe. An avid and active collaborator and diversified player, her projects range from traditional classical to jazz, contemporary, rock, folk and world music. Blanca began traditional conservatory training at age four and made her debut as a young performer on Colombian National Television at the early age of 6. Her classical training began with Maestro Luis Maria Diaz with the Suzuki Method alongside Colombian traditional folkloric songs. Since making her homebase in New York City, Blanca has embarked on a musical journey exploring different styles of music and expression. She has won several competitions and awards and as a result has performed as a soloist with orchestras in New York and Philadelphia, including the Ambler Symphony, Queens College Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra Society, Jeunes Virtuoses de New York amongst others. Blanca holds a B.M. from the Aaron Copland School of Music where she focused her violin studies -for nearly a decade- with the violinist and pedagogue Arik Braude. She completed her M.M. in violin performance at the Juilliard School studying with Lewis Kaplan, and exploring contemporary music under the direction of Joel Sachs, orchestral performance under the baton of Alan Gilbert amongst others. As an active freelancer in New York City, Blanca has led several orchestras as concertmaster, participated in recordings of different genres, performed intimate chamber music, joined stages with pop and rock musicians, performed off-broadway productions. Her love for different genres and styles of music, her love for cultural exploration, her love for people and the world’s rich diversity has taken Blanca to collaborate with many others like the all female mariachi band Mariachi flor de Toloache, the heavy metal string quartet seven)suns and beat boxer Chesney Snow amongst others. Always finding her own way, from busking in the streets and nyc subways when she was a teenager, to becoming a mother of two and maintaining an active freelance lifestyle, Blanca continues to grow and explore new ways of making sound and bringing entertainment and love to audiences across our world.