Visiting Assistant Professor
Cecilia Espinosa is the conductor and artistic director of EAFIT Symphony Orchestra and the Choirs Tonos Humanos and Arcadia Chamber Choir in Medellín, Colombia. After graduating in Theory Teaching at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, she was awarded a grant from the British Council to attend a graduate program at King’s College, London where she studied Orchestral Conducting with Collin Meters. In 1996 she obtained her master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Hartt School at Hartford University where she worked with Harold Farbeman.
Well known in Columbia for her mastery of orchestral and choral technique and interpretation, Cecilia Espinosa has been a lecturer, clinician and master teacher. She founded the Music Department of EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia, and has been guest conductor with several orchestras across the country and abroad. She has premiered orchestral works by contemporary Colombian composers. A recording of “Cuatro Compositores Antioqueños” was made in 1992 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellín. She also recorded choral music of the Bogotá Cathedral, a project sponsored by the V Centenary Commission in 1993 by the Coral Tomás Luis de Victoria. She recorded a collection of Christmas carols from different countries with the choir Tonos Humanos and more recently she recorded six CDs with Colombian contemporary music as part of a collection called “La Nueva música Sinfónica Colombiana”. She also recorded six new CDs of the New Choral Colombian music released by the EAFIT’s Music Department, including music from the well-known composer and conductor Jaime León.
Cecilia Espinosa has conducted eighteen seasons with EAFIT Symphony Orchestra, where she works as its Artistic Director, and has been Guest Conductor of The Colombian Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá, Orquesta Sinfónica de Cali, Orquesta Nacional de la Habana, Orquesta Municipal de Caracas (Venezuela); Latina Philharmonia of Sabaudia (Italy), and the Orchestra of Antalya, Turkey, among others.