Letter from the Directors
Dear Friends of New Docta,
Welcome to the V New Docta International Music Festival! As Co-Executive Directors, we are thrilled to have you join us in celebration of the festival’s fifth anniversary. For this special occasion, we reflect on all the supportive friends, laughing children, hard-working students, and applauding audiences that have helped shape New Docta into what it is today. We also take this moment to reaffirm our never-ending commitment to bringing you the world-class artists who inspire us all through concerts, master classes, and educational performances.
To celebrate this grand occasion, the festival will host the New Docta Strings Competition, open to violinists, violists, and cellists ages 16-26 residing in South America. Featuring cash prizes and scholarship opportunities to study abroad in the US, the competition will attract the continent’s best young talent and present them live in semifinal and final rounds open to the public. The competition’s jury will feature world-renowned Russian-American violin pedagogue Eduard Schmieder and celebrated Argentinean violin professor Rafael Gintoli, who will also offer master classes to select competitors.
Following the success of last year’s collaboration, Maestro Hadrian Avila Arzuza has invited New Docta Artists to perform Beethoven’s majestic Triple Concerto with the Córdoba Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro del Libertador on September 1st. Be sure to reserve your tickets for what will surely be a tremendous event bringing together two of the city’s most important cultural institutions.
This year’s special guest artists include the genre-defying Bohemian Trio. With roots in Cuba, France, Trinidad, and the US, the piano-saxophone-cello trio shifts intuitively between classical, jazz, Latin and Afro-Cuban styles to bring to life the music of Cuba and the Americas.
Acclaimed British pianist Philip Edward Fisher also returns as special guest artist after becoming an instant favorite at last year’s festival. He will join the New Docta Artists in concerts throughout Córdoba, master classes at the National and Provincial Universities of Córdoba, in addition to special interactive performances for hundreds of school children ages 6-18 at the Teatro del Libertador, giving many kids a chance to experience live music at the famous concert hall for the first time. The Festival will also expand on last year's "Music & Sports" event, bringing together 500 soccer, basketball, rugby and hockey players from the most prominent youth clubs of Córdoba, for a special interactive concert which will juxtapose both disciplines. The New Docta Artists are excited to return for a third year to work with the Escuela Orquesta Mediterranea, who continue to show progress on their instruments while laughing, smiling, and having fun together.
New Docta also makes a second visit to the Santisima Trinidad Children’s Hospital to help comfort children in need of care with the healing sounds of classical music, and will close the Córdoba portion of the festival with a special benefit concert on September 3, with all proceeds being donated to the hospital.
From September 4 to 6, New Docta continues its programming in Buenos Aires featuring interactive performances in municipal schools, a collaboration with the Museo del Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires(MACBA), master classes at the National University of the Arts, and thrilling chamber music concerts across the capital.
Thank you for your interest and support of New Docta. This fifth edition of the festival promises to make the most impact yet. As always, we look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at all of our events. It is our sincere hope that together, through music, we can continue to break down existing barriers and contribute to a universal humanity and better tomorrow. Let us help you DISCOVER THE MUSICIAN IN YOU!
Sami, Solange, and Yves