North Dakota

Carlos Breña Gastañadui 

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Violinist Carlos Breña Gastañadui started his studies at the age of twelve. In his hometown of Lima, Peru, Carlos rapidly completed the Suzuki Violin School under the guidance of Professor Percy Dávila. As a student, he performed as concertmaster with the National Children’s Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Peru. In 2008, Carlos began his undergraduate studies at the National Conservatory with MM Elmira Pouroundjan, majoring in Violin Performance. There he obtained a Bachelor’s degree and a Licenciate Title in Violin Performance. Outside of his academic studies, Carlos has experience in teaching through Peru’s National System of Children and Youth Choirs and Symphonic Orchestras of the Ministry of Education, where he was hired as String Instructor and Conductor Assistant. He played as a soloist two times with the National Symphonic Orchestra in 2005 and 2007, and also has performed with them as an auxiliary violinist in 2013. He has also performed in several opera orchestras and has had the opportunity to play with Juan Diego Florez twice. Carlos has participated in several international music festivals, including the Ancient Music Festival in France in 2009 and the Flanders Festival in Ghent, Belgium, in 2010. He also traveled in 2009 to join the Iberian American Youth Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel in Spain and Portugal; additional festival performances and summer courses include the Fontainebleau American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, in 2011. Carlos has also performed in masterclasses with renowned concert violinists Midori Goto and Gerard Poulet, winner of the acclaimed Paganini Contest. Carlos has additionally studied piano with Elba Jimenez and orchestral conducting with Wilfredo Tarazona, Marnix Willhem Steffen, and Parcival Módolo, among others. As a pianist, Carlos achieved the first place in the National Concert Contest in 2006, in the under-17 division. Currently, Carlos is pursuing a Master’s degree in Violin Performance at the University Of North Dakota under Dr. Alejandro Drago. He is first violinist in the UND Student String Quartet.