Edward Pulgar
Status: Member
Member Since: The 20th Century
Last Visit:November 24, 2015

Edward Pulgar

Born in Caracas, he is a violinist and conductor from the National Youth Orchestra System of Venezuela. He began his musical studies at age eight in solfege, percussion and violin at the Youth Orchestra’s Academy and the Escuela de Música “Elias David Curiel” in Coro. He continued his studies in violin and orchestral conducting at the Conservatorio “José Luis Paz” of Maracaibo, the Conservatorio “Simón Bolívar” and the Academia Latinoamericana de Violín under the guidance of the eminent Venezuelan pedagogue Mr. José Francisco del Castillo in Caracas, Venezuela. He earned an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and a Masters in Music Performance from Michigan State University.

Mr. Pulgar has appeared as a soloist and concertmaster with several Symphonic Orchestras in Venezuela, and in important concert halls of South America, the United States and Europe, such as Complejo Cultural Teresa Carreño of Caracas, Centro de Arte “Lía Bermúdez” of Maracaibo, Panama’s National Theatre, Beethovensaal of Stuttgart and Bonn, Teatro Colón of Bogota, the PNC Recital Hall and Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, among others. When he was twenty years old, he made his debut as a conductor with Zulia Symphony Orchestra. Three years later he became a member of Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Also, he has been a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and Associate Principal of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in West Virginia, in the United States.

Mr. Pulgar eagerly continues pursuing solo and chamber music in the U.S. and Latin America, along with guest appearances as conductor. He is the Associate Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee.


“Large and beautiful sonority, with impeccable intonation...”

“...The concerto was superbly executed by Edward Pulgar…”

“In the Saint-Saëns, Pulgar exploited with great freedom the possibilities of the violin...”

“The audience gave back [to Mr. Pulgar] the same stamp he sealed in both pieces of very high levels of technique, with much applause and a well-deserved ovation...”

“A soloist of admirable pedagogy...”

“Edward Pulgar draws music when he conducts.”