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Orlando Cela

Arlington, MA         

Documentary on Orlando Cela by Experience Magazine: https://expmag.com/2018/09/a-mirror-made-out-of-sound/

Orlando Cela is committed to engaging audiences with lively performances that open new worlds of experience. The Venezuelan-born conductor has received the American Prize for conducting, and the Vytautas Marijosius Prize for orchestral programming. He also received second place in the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for excellence in the performance of American music. He also won second place in the London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition for his performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies 7 and 8, in 2017. Guest appearances include performances with the London Classical Soloists (London, UK), Marquette Symphony Orchestra (MI), the Randolph College Chamber Orchestra and Chorus (VA), UMass-Dartmouth Choruses (MA), and others. He has been invited to conduct and lecture at Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival (UK), the Central Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Normal University (China). Being an advocate of new music, Mr. Cela regularly offers short lively introductions to selected works, providing  audiences with entry points into unfamiliar works. He has conducted world premieres by Bernhard Lang, Renée Baker, and national and regional premieres by Kaija Saariaho, Armando Bayolo, Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Andy Akiho, Alwynne Pritchard, and many others. Orlando is the founder and Music Director of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra, serves as the Music Director of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the North Carolina Governor’s School. Besides teaching a number of music related courses at Middlesex Community College, he also teaches conducting at Berklee College of Music.

“In Orlando Cela’s able hands and imagination, a flute becomes a world orchestra,” says the Oregon ArtsWatch about Orlando’s lively performances that open new worlds of experience. Known for his compelling renditions, using imaginative programming, Orlando has premiered over 300 works, both as a flutist and as a conductor, to rave reviews from the national media. As a flutist, Mr. Cela has performed around the US in venues such as at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian (Washington DC), Carnegie Hall (New York), the Center for New Music and Technologies at UC Berkeley, to name a few. His credits abroad include concerts at the Zentrum Danziger (Berlin), the Espace des Femmes (Paris), the Central Conservatory of China (Beijing), the Musikverein (Vienna), and others. As a collaborative artist, Mr. Cela has concertized with flutist Paula Robison, tabla player Samir Chatterjee, harpsichordist John Gibbons, and with shen (mouth organ) virtuoso Hu Jianbing. He recently became a finalist in the American Prize in the professional instrumentalist division. Orlando is known for his dynamic workshops and lecture demonstrations. Popular and effective as a guest lecturer and clinician, he has presented sessions at Tulane University, UC Berkeley, and Brandeis University, as well as at the Central Conservatory of Music in China, the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (Germany), and the Charlotte New Music Festival (NC). He recently released his third solo CD, “Shadow Etchings” with rave reviews from Grammophone, Naxos Music, and Avant Music News.

Rautavaara – Cantus Arcticus – Orlando Cela, conductor

Live performance of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s “Cantus Arcticus,” by the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra. Orlando Cela, conductor



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Clyne – Rewind – Orlando Cela, conductor

Live performance of Anna Clyne’s “Rewind” by the 2016 North Carolina Governor’s School Orchestra. Violin solo: Adrian Demian.


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Negrón – Me he perdido


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