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Duo Zonda Orlando Cela & Wei Zhao (flutes)

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Performing music written by the composers at the Charlotte New Music Festival.


Venezuelan-born musician Orlando Cela is committed to engaging audiences with lively performances that open new worlds of experience. Known for his engaging performances using imaginative programming, Orlando has premiering over 100 works, both as a flutist and as a conductor. In concert, Mr. Cela regularly offers short lively introductions to selected works, offering audiences entry points into unfamiliar works, so that listeners can easily connect the music with other life experience.


As a flutist, Mr. Cela has performed at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian (Washington DC), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), and at the Center for New Music and Technologies at UC Berkeley. His credits abroad include concerts at the Zentrum Danziger (Berlin), the Espace des Femmes (Paris), and at the Musikverein (Vienna). As a collaborative artist, Mr. Cela has concertized with flutist Paula Robison, tabla player Samir Chatterjee, harpsichordist John Gibbons, and shen (mouth organ) virtuoso Hu Jianbing.


To help expand the flute repertoire further, Orlando recently launched FluteLab, an online forum in which he answers composers’ questions about writing for the flute, posting answers and commentaries in engaging video clips to help the entire field and share the latest approaches and technical wizardry.


Orlando received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University, and holds two master’s degrees (flute and conducting) from New England Conservatory. His teachers include Glenn Michael Egner, Anne Reynolds, and Paula Robison, and he has performed in master classes for Raymond Guiot, Alan Marion, Shigenori Kudo, and Leone Buyse.


Chinese flutist Wei Zhao has performed since the age of 13 as principal flute with orchestras around China, most recently in performances with Tan Dun, the National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra, the Bolshoi Ballet tour in Beijing, and a collaborative orchestra between the Juilliard School of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music Youth Orchestra.


Ms. Zhao has played in masterclasses for Emmanuel Pahud, Philip Bernold, Maxence Larrieu, Shigenori Kudo, William Bennett, and Laura McGee, to name a few. She is the first prize winner of many national competitions in China, and a finalist in the 64th Prague Spring International Competition. She is currently finishing her Masters at the Longy School of Music of Bard College under the tutelage of Marcos Granados.


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