Frank Di Polo
Born in Caracas. At the age of 4, he started music studies with Emil Friedman and at 14 he got
a scholarship to study viola with Francis Tursi at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester,
New York. Upon completion, he returns to Venezuela to join the Symphony Orchestra of
Venezuela for 6 years.
In 1971, she was selected as the main viola at the World Symphony Orchestra to open the JFK Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center in Washington and also at Walt Disney’s Magic World in Orlando, during the premiere of the festive Overture of Dmitri Shostakovich, under the baton of Arthur Fiedler.
In 1975, together with José Antonio Abreu, he founded the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela and the Civil Society Juan José Landaeta Youth National Orchestra, which he chairs. In 1976, he founded the Inocente Carreño Audiovisual Center.
In 1979 he entered as a founding member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster, then as main viola and later as the principal of the second violins.
He is founder and director of the Itinerant Academy of Viola of Venezuela and has been invited as a director to numerous chamber groups, both in Venezuela and abroad. He is also a founding member of the Simón Bolívar String Quartet.
His work within the Simón Bolívar Musical Foundation has led him to make extensive concert tours throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America, standing out among other performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Opera Theater in Madrid, the Palau de la Música of Barcelona, the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro, Fine Arts of Mexico, as well as the theaters of Osaka, Kobe and Tokyo in Japan.
He has also participated in the festivals of: Aberdeen, Florence, Venice, Puerto Rico and Montpellier. He was elected in 2006 the main viola of the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Paris, France, where all the main concertinos of the international musical field met.
Di Polo continues to plant the System for Latin America, Europe and Asia, as well as being part of the Missions of the Itinerant Andean Conservatory, attached to the Andean Development Corporation. He was a member of the jury and viola instructor of the National Youth Orchestra of the Americas.
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