El Sistema comes to Northern Ireland

Rafael Payare – photo credit Luis CobeloThe Ulster Orchestra has announced that the young Venezuelan conductor, Rafael Payare, will be its next chief conductor from 2014-15 initially on a 3-year contract. Payare is a former member of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and began his formal conducting studies in 2004 with Jose Antonio Abreu, the founder of the Venezuelan El Sistema. Abreu remains Payare’s principal conducting mentor. …

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