Three young Hispanics are part of a selective group of students at the Curtis Music Institute in the city of Philadelphia.

With over 100 years of traditions, the music school has been the home to Hispanic artist such as the Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez and Cuban pianist Jorge Bolet.

Only three percent of one thousand students that audition each year from all around the world are accepted with a full scholarship.

Roberto Díaz, director and the first Hispanic in charge of the institution since it was established said that the Hispanic talent is exceptional.

“I admire the dedication and passion of Latino students (…) whether in an assembly of chamber music, opera or a recital, all of them show a level of interpretation that makes them a part of this Institution”, Díaz explained. 

Milena Pájaro-van Stadt, whose parents are Colombian, always dreamt of being a part of Curtis.

“I knew how competitive and difficult it was to become a part of this institution (…) When I was accepted as a viola student, I couldn’t believe it”, Pájaro-van Stadt said, adding that since she was very young she has been surrounded by music that include from Latino rhythms to classical music.

“I feel that the musical richness of my Latino roots have helped me explore my musicality and add of touch of passion to it”, Pájaro-van Stadt explained.

Recently arriving from Mexico City and with a growing career in opera, Mexican tenor Diego Silva, 20, was chosen to sing in Germany as one of the young budding opera singers worldwide. 

“I love to be on stage, I never hear opera when I was a boy, but when I discovered the magic and intensity of the Bel Canto, I decided to find my calling”, Silva explained.

He added that Mexico is known for exporting its opera singers.  “The majority of opera singers leave the country seeking opportunities”…) We have a lot of good singers and institutions and spaces are lacking”, said Silva.

The Argentinean violinist Maia Cabeza began entered the world of music at the age of our.  She says that since she began studying at the Curtis Institute she knew that she wanted to be a recitalist and her dream “is to be able to hold a recital in her country”.

She added that the diversity at Curtis has helped her coexist with other cultures and be proud of her Hispanic world.

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