Mauricio Céspedes Rivero

Principal Viola

The Dr. Jefferson and Mrs. June Flowers Chair

Member since: 2008
Hometown: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hobbies/Interests: Racquetball, soccer, tennis, and ping pong

Music has always been an important part of my life. It follows me everywhere I go. What I love about music is that is universal, and it speaks to everyone no matter your nationality or personal beliefs.

Dr. Céspedes has been a winner of the New World School of the Arts Concerto Competition, Ibero American Symphony Competition, Aspen Music Festival fellowship, and a finalist in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, sponsored by the Japan Chamber Music Foundation.

As soloist, he has appeared with the New World School of the Arts Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Maitland Symphony, Bolivian National Symphony Orchestra, La Paz Symphony Orchestra, COFES International Festival Orchestra, Festival del Sol Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Concertante of Cochabamba, National Conservatory of Bolivia Symphony Orchestra, and El Alto Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Dr. Céspedes has performed in Europe, Asia, Australia, South and North America. He has been featured at the Aspen, Mimir, Sewanee music festivals, and at the Michigan Chamber Music Society. Dr. Cespedes has collaborated with notable artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Charles Pikler, Glenn Dicterow, Cynthia Phelps, Suren Bagratuni, Randolph Kelly, Jonathan Crow, Robert DeMaine, Seunghee Lee, Susana Perry Gilmore, Anton Neil, Roger Benedict, Eric and Colin Jacobsen, Stefan Jackiw, Zoya Leybin, and Richard Tognetti.

Currently, Dr. Céspedes serves as principal violist of the Orlando Philharmonic. In the past, he served as principal violist for the Lansing, Miami, New World School of the Arts, Brevard and Bolivian National Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Ash Lawn Opera Company. One of his most memorable performances was with members of the New York Philharmonic at the Millenium Concert at Lincoln Center in New York. In 2011 Dr. Céspedes won an international competition to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra with Michael Tilson Thomas to perform at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He has collaborated with composers such as Mason Bates, Stella Sung, Ellen Taft Zwilich (Naxos Recording), and John Williams.

Dr. Céspedes holds degrees from New World School of the Arts, Michigan State University, and Florida State University where he obtained his Doctorate degree. Besides music, Mauricio holds a degree in Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Management of Protected Areas in Bolivia.