• Aguirre, Louis Franz

    Louis Franz Aguirre (b. 1968, Camagüey): A composer and conductor that has achieved international recognition, Aguirre studied musical composition with Harold Gramatges, Roberto Valera and Tulio Perabo, as well as violin and conducting at the Havana Instituto Superior de Arte. He received a BA in musical composition in 1991. He also underwent postgraduate composition studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in The Netherlands from 2002 to 2004, studying the composition postgraduate program: "Contemporary music through non-Western Techniques" with professor R. Reina, and at the Århus Royal Conservatory in Denmark from 2004 to 2005 with Karl Aage Rasmussen, Rolf Wallin and Hans Abrahamsen. He works as a full-time composer since having moved to Europe in 2002, where he has received numerous commissions. Aguirre has written works for numerous prestigious performers and ensembles such as Ere Lievonen, Enric Monfort, Adam Ørvad, Carlos Gálvez, Juanjo Guillem, Mikkel Andersen, Barbara Lueneburg, Karolina Leedo, Axyz Ensemble, Arbós Trío, Snow Mask Ensemble, Kimbala Percussion Group, DuoMetrie, Verso Duo, Havana Symphony Orchestra, Santiago Symphony Orchestra, Camagüey Symphony Orchestra, the Arditti Quartet, TANA String Quartet, Residencias Ensemble, Neopercusión and Colectivo Neo.

    His music has been performed at numerous festivals and venues in Europe, China, the USA and Latin America, such as the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany; SUSÅ Contemporary Music Festival, Denmark; Granada Festival Internacional de Música y Danza, Spain; Liubliana Festival, Slovenia; Summartónar, Faroe Islands and Amsterdam Gaudeamus Week, Netherlands. Aguirre’s music has also been broadcast by Spanish, German, Danish, Cuban and Dutch radio and TV stations. His ample catalog includes opera, orchestral and chamber music, solo pieces, as well as choral, and vocal music. (CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition, 2019-2020)

  • Estévez, Carlos

    Carlos Estévez (b. 1969, Havana): A recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant and the Grand Prize in the First Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art in Havana, Estévez was born and raised in Cuba and moved to Miami in 2004, where he lives and works. He graduated from the University of Arts (ISA) in Havana in 1992. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana; The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami; Center of Contemporary Art, New Orleans; and Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona. Estévez has participated in group exhibitions presented at the 6th and 7th Havana Biennials; the 1st Biennial of Martinique; Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe; and several others. He has been an artist-in-residence in Academia de San Carlos, UNAM, Mexico; Gasworks Studios, London, England; The UNESCO-ASCHBERG in The Nordic Artists' Center in Dale, Norway; Art-OMI Foundation, New York; The Massachusetts College of Art, Boston; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Montclair University, New Jersey; Siena Art Institute, Italy; and McColl Center in Charlotte, NC, among other places. His work is included in numerous prestigious collections as those of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana; The Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany; The Bronx Museum; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Drammens Museum for Kunst of Kulturhistorie, Drammens, Norway; Arizona State University Art Museum; Fort Lauderdale Art Museum; The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU; BNY Mellon Art Collection, New York; and The Lowe Art Museum, Miami. (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 2019-2020)

  • Rodríguez, Raúl L.

    Raúl L. Rodríguez, AIA, the founding principal of Rodríguez and Quiroga is one of Miami’s most respected architects. Mr. Rodríguez is an architect with more than 30 years of experience in the fields of architecture, urban design and interior design. When Rodríguez left Cuba at age 11, he already knew that he wanted to be an architect. The grand old buildings of Havana had left their mark on him. He has designed public sector projects for the United States General Services Administration, State of Florida, Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, City of Coral Gables, City of Homestead, Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and Broward College. His private sector experience includes projects for the University of Miami, Barry University, St. Thomas University, Bacardi Limited, Del Monte Fresh Produce Company, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Currently Mr. Rodríguez is serving as Principal-in-Charge for Miami Science Museum, City of Homestead City Hall, Anderson Opera Center and Miami Central Senior High School. He has served as Chairman of the Florida Building Commission, as Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places Trust and Chairman of the Historical Association of Southern Florida. He is a graduate from the University of Miami where in 1972 he received his Bachelor of Architecture. (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019)

  • Veciana-Suárez, Ana

    Ana Veciana-Suárez (b. 1956, Havana): Her family migrated to the United States when she was six years old. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida and has worked at The Miami News, The Palm Beach Post and most recently, The Miami Herald. For her journalism work, she was awarded a National Headliner, a Clarion Award, a Green Eyeshade and two Sunshine State Awards.

    Ana is a syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Flight to Freedom, a young adult novel, and Birthday Parties in Heaven: Thoughts on Life, Love, Grief, and Other Matters of the Heart, a collection of essays. Her novel, The Chin Kiss King, was nominated for the prestigious IMPAC Award, an international competition in Dublin. Two of her nonfiction books about the Hispanic media were published by The Media Institute, a think tank in Washington D.C. Further, her commentary has been included in several anthologies and she also has earned a National Headliner, a Clarion Award, a Green Eyeshade and two Sunshine State Awards. Veciana-Suárez has also received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida for fiction writing. She lives in Miami with her family and thanks her five children for teaching her immeasurable humility. (CINTAS for Creative Writing, 2019-2020)

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