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José Antonio Abreu

He was born in Valera, Venezuela on May 7, 1939. He holds the titles of Performing Professor, Composer and Orchestra Director. He studied music with Doralisa Jimenez de Medina in Barquisimeto. Later, he attended the Musical Academy in Caracas, where he studied piano with Moisés Moleiro, the organ and harpsichord with Evencio Castellanos and composition with Vicente Emilio Sojo. Besides being a composer, pianist, harpsichordist, and organist, Dr. Abreu has a degree in Economics (Summa Cum Laude) and an Honorary Doctorate in Economics. HIS LEGACY Founded and directed the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Symphony Orchestra and the State Foundation for the National System of Children and Youth Orchestras, a network of...