Blanca Cecilia GonzálezBrooklyn, NY
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia,Violinist Blanca Cecilia González is a widely diverse musician. She is an active performer, creator and collaborator. Her love and dedication to music have taken her to different concert halls and venues in the world. Blanca’s own sound and artistic identity have been influenced by the vivid New York community around her. She is happy finding new musical approaches and incorporating them into her own sound and language. Her current projects vary from traditional classical rep, to new jazz, contemporary, rock and folk music. She is the concert master of the Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra. Together with conductor Mr. Ito, Blanca led his orchestra in their debut at Carnegie Hall. She is co-concertmaster of the Jeunes Virtuoses de New York, where she has been a member since it was founded in 2007. In 2013, Blanca ventured to the French Alps with JVNY as a leader and soloist. She has collaborated with beatboxer Chesney Snow, folk band The Rob Crowe Situation, contemporary ensemble with mixed instrumentation InnoVox sextet, original music sextet ElderChild Ensemble, progressive rock band Foldersnacks, and original music duo 1in2. Together with pianist and composer Jesse Elder, she created the project 1in2 where visual arts and sound mesh in live performance. With the release of their debut album Creature Ventures the duo had a concert tour around the Great Lakes region in Michigan and the great city of Chicago. They held masterclasses and workshops for children from elementary schools up to college students. 1in2 performs in schools and community venues in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island. Blanca’s active free-lancing and her distinctive collaborations have brought her musical ideas to stages from France to Colombia and the Midwest to the East Coast in The U.S. She has performed in many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Bargemusic and the Blue Note.
Blanca began traditional conservatory training at age four. Her classical training began with the Suzuki Method and at age six she was interviewed on a Colombian national television show. Blanca grew up in a home where music and art were loved. Her parents and teachers encouraged her performance of Latin-American music and she performed alongside her first teacher, Luis Maria Díaz. At age 11, Blanca and her family moved to NYC. Her musical landscape opened up to new adventures and territories for her to explore.She graduated from LaGuardia High School and Mannes College The New School for Music preparatory division. While attending Mannes prep and LaGuardia, Blanca was instructed and mentored by violinist Arik Braude and continued with him until she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School studying with Lewis Kaplan.
She has won several competitions and as a result has performed as a soloist with orchestras in New York and Philadelphia, including the Ambler Symphony, Queens College Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra Society, Jeunes Virtuoses de New York amongst others. She has attended Music@Menlo, the Killington Music Festival and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Blanca has participated in masterclasses with Charles Castleman, David Finckel, Wu Han and Donald Weilerstein amongst others.