Luis Cuevas – Violin Teacher

Specializing in Violin and Viola
Temple University

apy-arconet-portrait-20170805-00048-exportFlat-1I am a Venezuelan violinist who began to study violin with his father at age of seven. I continued my studies with Virginie Robilliard at the Mozarteum Caracas School of music. I have won awards at the National Violin competition Maurice Hasson, the Nuevo Mundo Festival and Academy competition, The Young Virtuosos of Tomorrow, Temple University concerto competition and keeping with my Venezuelan roots, have won first place on tree editions at The Violin Festival of Los Andes, playing Venezuelan folk popular music.

I have participated in master classes with musicians such as Takashi Shimizu, Augustin Hadelich, Donald Weilerstein, Dmitri Berlinsky, Kristoff Barati, Paul Kantor, Maurice Hasson among others. I have performed with major orchestras such as the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Merida State Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho and ArCoNet Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the most important social project in Venezuela, “El Sistema”, I joined the regional Youth Orchestra of Merida as concertmaster and have joined the Merida State Symphony Orchestra. I was also a member of the first violin section of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. I have performed with the world-renowned pianist Monique Duphil, Dalí Quartet, and Gurrufío Ensemble (one of the most influential groups in Venezuelan and Latin American music) and have attended many important festivals such as Market Square concerts, (2013), Colón Music Festival as soloist and Faculty, Dalí Quartet International Music Festival, Techne music festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the two editions of COSA Music Institute in San Antonio, Texas.

When did you begin playing violin, and why?
I started at age of 7 with my father.

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I play a Venezuelan instrument that is named Cuatro, is like a big Ukulele.

What are your personal goals as a musician?
My personal goal is being a complete musician, what that means? Someone able to play in any ensemble, orchestra, chamber music, solo. Even different kind of music, personally I believe that a complete musician might rises with an open mind in a word of diversity.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?
I had an incredible professor who treated me as her own son. Once, in a festival we were working on sound projection and she asked me: Luis, could you tell me how you can project the best sound you can give? I said all what I know about and for a moment, very nicely, she interrupts me and said: “You are right, BUT is not enough, the best sound comes from your soul, let your spirit be!” With goosebumps after those words, I tried and there, I achieved the most beautiful sound.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
Trust in yourself, we can get the best formation from the greatest maestros but, if we do not trust in or potential (we all have different talents for everything, discipline is one of those, not just the physical ability), we will never reach the final product.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
Keep the concentration during my practice time. When I discovered the results of concentration during the practicing the results were amazing, sometimes I could not believe the progress in a short period of time.

What is your biggest musical achievement?
Get a position in any of the greatest world-renowned Orchestras, and be a professor in any amazing Conservatory or University.

Favorite thing about teaching?
Seen that every single student is a different world, I love to discover and try many ways to get in one point and make the student achieve it. 

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
99.9% of people love music. This is a field where anyone can vent the day a day. Does not matter if is singing, playing guitar or violin. Just let yourself be and enjoy the moment!

Personal music projects
I am working on my own ensemble of Venezuelan music, I want to share my roots with all people.