Jorge joined Violinist.com on Jan 15, 2010
Personal website: www.jorgesaade.com
Jorge Saade-Scaff, Ecuador’s most outstanding violinist, has captivated audiences all over the world with his enormous sound, compelling virtuoso performances and charismatic personality. Mark Holston, music critic for the “AMERICAS“ magazine in Washington DC wrote about him: “…one of the best young classical musicians of the Americas…his reputation as Ecuador’s violin virtuoso is reinforced by this haunting, richly rewarding selection”.
Mr. Saade has been featured as soloist with the Washington Symphony Orchestra, the Czech-Moravian Virtuosi Orchestra, the Czech Virtuosi Orchestra, the Hellenic Camerata from Greece, the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra in Uruguay, El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra, the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, the Panama Chamber Orchestra, the Honduras National Symphony Orchestra, the “Simon Bolivar” Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Arlington Symphony Orchestra, Thayer Symphony Orchestra, the Glacier Symphony Orchestra, the Pan-American Symphony Orchestra, the Kutztown Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Ana Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Bach Camerata of Nicaragua, the Nicaraguan Festival Symphony Orchestra, the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, the Loja Symphony Orchestra, the National Conservatory Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, the Ecuadorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Cuenca Chamber Orchestra, the “Antonio Neumane” Chamber orchestra, the "Antonio Vivaldi" Chamber Orchestra, and has performed concerts and recitals in Germany, Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, The Vatican, Spain, the United States, France, Holland, Honduras, Hungary, England, Italy, Lebanon, Turkey, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Venezuela.
Mr. Saade is the first Ecuadorian violinist to perform 3 times at the famous CARNEGIE HALL in New York. He has appeared in such prestigious halls as the ”Manuel M. Ponce” at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in México City, the “Beethoven-Haus” and Troisdorf Castle in Bonn, the “Franz Schubert Haus” and the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, the ROYAL PALACE in Warsaw, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, MUSEO DE AMERICA in Madrid, the Italo-Latinamerican Institute and the Spanish Palace in Rome, the International Diplomatic Academy and the UNESCO in Paris, the UNITED NATIONS in Geneva, the Bolivar Hall and the Purcell Room at the ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL in London, the Albert Long Hall in Istanbul, the Assembly Hall in Beirut, the Cervantes Institute in Brussels, the Marble Room at ”Bartok” National Radio and the Duna Palace in Budapest, the “Teresa Carreño” Theater in Caracas, the National Auditorium in San José, Costa Rica, the "Ruben Dario" National Theater in Managua, the "Manuel Bonilla" National Theater in Tegucigalpa, the KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, the “Francis and Armand Hammer” Auditorium at The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department in Washington DC. Mr. Saade performed at the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS “Coolidge” Auditorium invited by the Hispanic Cultural Society at the L.of C. using the Library’s Collection “Fritz Kreisler” Guarnerius violin and bow, becoming the only Ecuadorian to perform in this famous concert hall and one of the few violinists in the world to have the honor to play on this violin. He has also made recordings for Radio Bartok in Budapest, Radio Filarmonia in Lima, Radio Vision in Quito, Radio Nacional de Argentina in Buenos Aires, Radio Netherlands in Holland and Radio Bremen in Germany
Currently Mr. Saade is the Honorary Consul of Belgium in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Professor of violin, viola, chamber music and Middle Eastern Studies at the Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo in Guayaquil, Honorary Professor at the "Ricardo Palma" University in Lima, Peru, Honorary Professor at the National Conservatory of Music in Guayaquil, member of the Board of Directors of the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra and Cultural Advisor of the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.
Mr. Saade served as the Cultural and Press Attaché of the Ecuadorian Embassy and Cultural Representative of Ecuador to the Organization of the American States in Washington DC from June 1997 to February 2003.
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