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Armando's Bio

Armando Torres Chibrás is currently providing essential consulting that lead and direct the efforts to create the South Lower California Philharmonic Orchestra in Baja California Sur, Mexico.


On March 21, 2015, under the baton of Music and Artistic Director Armando Torres Chibrás, the South Lower California Philharmonic debuted to glowing reviews. 


Passionate about music-making as orchestra conductor, Armando Torres Chibrás has appeared with mayor orchestras of his country, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Querétaro Philharmonic, the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra, the State of Michoacan Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo, the Camerata of Querétaro Philharmonic, the Toluca Chamber Orchestra, or the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra.


Most recently, Chibrás was featured with the State of Puebla Symphony Orchestra, the Toluca Philharmonic, the IPN Symphony Orchestra, the University of Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra and the celebrated Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony Orchestra, the flagship ensemble from El Sistema of México.


On May 2012 Armando Torres Chibrás made his debut conducting the Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony (CCYS), the flagship orchestra of El Sistema Mexico (Sistema Nacional de Fomento Musical) with a full house theater at the Blas Galindo Hall of the National Arts Center of Mexico.


Later on July he went on a successful tour with this orchestra to Baja California Sur, conducting acclaimed performances and standing ovations in Los Cabos and La Paz. In September he made another successful debut again with a full house at the Modelo Museum of Science and Industry conducting this time the Toluca Philharmonic Orchestra at the State of Mexico.


Afterward in November we find Torres Chibrás conducting an applauded production called Magical Movements, a collaboration between DanceWorks Chicago and the CCYSO at the end of a three week residency in Mexico City with support from the MacArthur Foundation's International Connections Fund. This production featured originally DWC and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Towards of end of November 2012 he conducted again the CCYSO at the re-inauguration of the National Film Conservatory (Cineteca Nacional) by the Mexican President Calderon at the world premiere of "Devotion," an orchestral piece written specially for the CCYSO by multi-award British composer Michael Nyman to accompany a silent film made of a collage from well-known Mexican films from the Twentieth Century by Emilio Maillé.


In December 2012, he made a successful debut with the State of Puebla Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Chibrás returned to conduct full house performances with the Carlos Chávez Symphony Orchestra at the National Center for the Arts of Mexico, had a reappearance to conduct the Toluca Philharmonic and also was coming back twice with the IPN Symphony, being featured by ONCE TV MÉXICO (now CANAL ONCE), the national educational broadcast television network owned by Instituto Politécnico Nacional.


Armando Torres Chibrás is intensely passionate about sharing the joy of music; furthermore, he is a dynamic musician who can move with ease from the conductor’s podium to backstage organizing activities, to the conference hall, to the broadcasting studio, to the classroom, to a library for research or into a non-profit boardroom. Second to his conducting career, Chibrás’ personal mission is help to expand the opportunity to experience music for as many children and communities as possible in the world.


Armando Torres Chibrás is a Fulbright and a Rotary Foundation alumnus. He received a DMA degree in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he studied with Dr. Robert Olson. During his studies at the UMKC Chibrás was assistant conductor of the State Ballet of Missouri and manager of the UMKC Conservatory orchestras.


He holds previous degrees from the prestigious HEC Montreal in Canada and the Maastricht Music Academy - University Zuyd in Holland. In Maastricht he studied with the late Anton Kersjes, music director of the Amsterdam Philharmonic, now Netherlands Philharmonic. Chibrás has attended different international conducting courses with recognized conductors such as Sergiu Celibidache, Michel Tabachnik, Petre Sbârcea, Gustav Meier and David Loebel, Panula & Pinchas Zuckerman.



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