The two violin concertos, Ínsula and Concertino Tropical, are inspired by the diversified cultural aspects of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. The inspirational forces forging these two works are found in landscapes, trees, birds and the vast cultural synergy existing among Hispanic, African and Native influences within the island. Ínsula is dedicated to violinist conductor Guillermo Figueroa who premièred the work in Croatia with the legendary I Solisti di Zagreb.
Guillermo Figueroa is Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival, and formerly Music Director of the Puerto Rico Symphony. He was Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet and a Founding Member and Concert Master of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Composer and guitarist Ernesto Cordero has garnered several international awards for his music. To date, there are more than fifty recordings of Cordero’s works. He taught composition and guitar at the University of Puerto Rico and is in demand throughout the world as a distinguished guest at numerous festivals and competitions.
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