May 3, 1915|
Cúa, Miranda state, Venezuela
|Died||March 16, 1984
|Genres||Classical music, Venezuelan popular music|
|Occupation(s)||musician, pianist, composer, director|
|Associated acts||Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Orfeón Lamas, Collegium Musicum de Caracas|
EVENCIO CASTELLANOS YUMAR (May 3, 1915 - March 16, 1984), was a venezuelan pianist, organist, composer, conductor & music teacher. Son of musician Pablo Castellanos, from young age starts his musical formation along with his father who was church organist and Kapellmeister. On July 4, 1944 he graduated at the Superior School of Music of Caracas as teacher-composer, and was part of the first generation of Vicente Emilio Sojo's students, whose compositions were oriented by the nationalist tendency.
Between August 1947 and September 1949, he continues his formation in New York City, with Carlos Buhler at Dalcroze Music School. On his return to Venezuela, he became member of the Caracas Cathedral choir, executing the organ, and being Chapel Teacher. He was also a member of the Orfeón Lamas, director of the University Choir of the Central University of Venezuela, instrumentalist & conductor of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Vice-president of the Board of directors of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, member of the Consultative Superior Council of the orchestra, president of the Venezuela Association de Authors and Composers, director-founder of the Collegium Musicum de Caracas, director of the Student Orchestra of the Central University of Venezuela (1969) and director of the first venezuelan youth orchestra, the "Experimental" of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra (1970).
From 1979 to 1984, served as adviser of the Latin American Institute of Musical Studies. Throughout his musical career, Castellanos obtained several awards and recognitions, such as the Teresa Carreño Prize in 1952, and three times the National Prize of Music, among others
- Venezuela Symphony orchestra Magazine, 25th anniversary, 1955.
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