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César Secundino Méndez, Segundo Premio de Tierra _ Concurso
El mexicano César Secundino Méndez gana el Segundo Premio de Tierra 47_Concurso, el l Concurso Internacional de Improvisación con Arpa de Pedales, con una improvisación sobre la obra “Caribe”, de Michel Camilo (República Dominicana) Tierra 47_Concurso ha sido patrocinado por Clase AzulArpistas de todo el mundo han participado en Tierra 47_Concurso enviando un vídeo con una improvisación con arpa sobre un tema de origen iberoamericano.El Comité Artístico de Tierra 47 —integrado por los arpistas Maryen Gonzalez, Marcela Méndez y Susana Cermeño Arpista — han visionado todos los videos recibidos y preseleccionado diez obras.De entre los 10 vídeos preseleccionados, un jurado internacional integrado por cuatro maestros especialistas en arpa y en improvisación, seleccionaron tres obras como Primero, Segundo y Tercer premio.JuradoKarol Beffa / FranciaCelso Duarte / México / ParaguayBaltazar Juárez / MéxicoPark Stickney's Harplab / Estados Unidos / SuizaTierra 47 _ Concurso otorga a los arpistas la libertad de expresarse e indagar en su propio lenguaje.Publicada por Tierra47 en Martes, 14 de noviembre de 2017
César Secundino Méndez
César was born in 1985 in Torreón Coahuila, México. At the age of 19, he started to play the harp, is at this point that he entered the Faculty of Music at the State University of Nuevo León (“UANL”) in Monterrey, Mexico. He studied under the teachings of José Enrique Guzman Marín and got his bachelor degree in Harp 5 years later. Co-Working with his teacher Guzman in 2004 they got to open the first harp department in the UANL, César is the first student graduated from UANL with a Harp Major.
After finishing his studies at the UANL, he was accepted at the Superior Conservatory of Aragon in Spain (CSMA), where he specialized his classic performance, and also he started to develop his jazz harp technic.
Thanks to his talent he was chosen as one of the soloist of the Conservatory. As a soloist he played several concerts, including the premiere of the Concert for symphonic band and Harp by Serge Lance at the Zaragoza’s Auditorium, where he was acclaimed for his improvised cadenzas. In 2015 he finished his studies at the CSMA with Gloria Maria Martínez as his harp teacher.
He has played at important venues around the world, in countries like Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, USA, Mexico, Germany, France, Italy, Wales, Portugal, Brazil and Spain. He has also won international Harp competitions in Mexico, France, Wales and Germany.
César’s passion for jazz and world music has made him write different arrangements and compositions using techniques from different instruments.
Recognized harpists in several countries —such as Italy, England, Australia, Singapore, USA and China— have played these arrangements and compositions. Furthermore, César has created a new technique where he combines the virtuosity of the Latin-American harp with the refined European pedal harp technique.
In July 2017 he finished his master degree at Berklee College of Music, where as a thesis he has created a new methodology to teach the improvisation process over the pedal harp.