- Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:06
HPSD Strings instructor Jorge Gonzalez is the featured violinist for the Gulf Coast Symphony at their April 25 concert. Congratulations to Mr. Gonzalez on this outstanding honor and achievement!
Violinist and conductor Jorge Iván González, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, holds a master and bachelor degrees in music performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. González was the recipient of the “George and Hilda Magee” award, finalist of the “Canadian Music Competition Incorporated”; winner of the 1999 Collegiate Artist Strings State Competition in Mississippi; finalist of the 2000 Divisional Competition in Richmond, Virginia; winner of the 2001 “William T. Gower Concerto Competition” at USM; and awarded 2001 “New Young Artist” of the Victoria Bach Festival. With the Austin,TX based Conspirare Ensemble, Jorge González has toured and recorded a CD, “Threshold of Night”, nominated for two 2009 GRAMMY Awards.
Mr. González has given solo and chamber music performances in Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, Austria and in the U.S. and has had the opportunity to work with great artists such as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Sir James Galway, Glenn Dicterow, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Midori, Keith Lockhart and Leonard Slatkin. As a conductor, Gonzalez is the founder and conductor of the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra; artistic director and conductor of the Festival South Academy Orchestra and conductor of the HPSD orchestras.
He has guest conducted the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and was the guest conductor for the 2012 Mississippi All-State Orchestra. Jorge Iván González is currently serving as concertmaster of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra; assistant-concertmaster of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and principal second violin of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.