Omar Chen Guey, violin
Brazilian violinist Omar Guey has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Brazil as well as the United States, Europe, Taiwan, Kenya, and the Seychelles. He has been a featured soloist with the Brazilian, Campinas, Goiania, Minas Gerais, Claudio Santoro National Theater, Sao Paulo University, Sao Paulo Municipal, and the State of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Amazonas Philharmonic, Petrobras Pro-Musica, Experimental Repertoire, Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University Symphony, Maidstone Symphony and the Seychelles International Music Festival Orchestras. Following a recital in Oslo, Norway, he had the honor of performing for the King of Norway, Harald V. He is a prize winner at both Tibor Varga and Lipizer International Violin Competitions in Switzerland and Italy, respectively.
Mr. Guey released the Bach Concerto for Two Violins on the Paulinas Label with the Brazilian soloist Elisa Fukuda and the Camerata Fukuda, of which he was also concertmaster. He premiered and released a work for solo violin of renowned French Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife on Nagan records. As an avid chamber musician, Mr. Guey has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Semaine Musical in Portes du Solei in France, and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. He participated in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop in 1999. He has collaborated with such renowned chamber musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Ani Kavafian, David Finckel, Lawrence Dutton, and Colin Carr.
Mr. Guey received a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where he studied with Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian and Pamela Frank. He also holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Robert Mann and a Bachelor’s from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Sylvia Rosenberg. He was awarded a full scholarship for graduate studies from the Brazilian government as well as a scholarship from the Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival Fellowship.
He was assistant concertmaster of the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, in Valencia, Spain, under the direction of Lorin Maazel. He has served as concertmaster of the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra in Israel, and guest assistant concertmaster with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.
He has taught at several music festivals in Brasil, among them, the International Winter Music Festival of Campos do Jordão, the largest in South America, and the Juiz de Fora International Music Festival. He has also taught at the Buñol Music Festival, in Spain.
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