Armando Fuentestenor and lute player
Born in Bogotá, he started his musical career by playing the classical guitar with Música Antiqua de Bogotá as well as singing in The Universidad de Los Andes choir. In 1985 he was awarded a British Council Scholarship to undertake postgraduate studies in Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied voice with Laura Sarti and Jessica Cash, and lute and continuo techniques with Nigel North. During 1996 he had the counsel and guidance of the eminent singing English teacher David Pollard.
As a soloist he has performed extensively both at home and abroad in events such as The City of London Festival of Music (City Music Trail) and The Val d'Agri Music Festival in Naples, Italy. His appearance in 1992 at ExpoSevilla with the New Baroque Group was reviewed by the Spanish TV channel, Canal Sur, as a performance of the highest artistic quality.
Since 1989, he has taught history of music and voice production at the Music Department of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. He has played with the Manizales Chamber Orchestra, the Medellín Philharmonic and the Colombia Symphony Orchestra and has appeared on several music television and radio programs. In 1995 he was invited to be a member of the jury in the Luciano Pavarotti Contest for Colombia and Venezuela. Also in the same year he won the Simon Bolivar National Journalism Prize, Colombia's highest distinction to the best cultural radio programmes of the year for his "Music to listen to Shakespeare."
In January 1996, he opened the music season at the National Library's prestigious America Hall in Santiago de Chile and also performed in London (Barbican Centre), Paris, Barcelona, Brussels (Grand Place's Municipal Auditorium) and Avignon Summer Festival.
In 1997 and 1998 he toured Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima and Asuncióon performing a recital with pieces of the Colonial Musical Archives of the Bogotá Cathedral and made his first appearance in the U.S.A. at the Corcoran Gallery and Saint Mathew's Cathedral in Washington D.C. Later the same year, he was appointed Head of the Music Department of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.
In 1999 he was distinguished with a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the Indiana University School of Music where in December 2001 he obtained his Performer Degree in Early Music. While in the U.S.A. he sang the roll of 'Pastore' in the production of Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo" conducted by Nigel North and was also invited to perform a solo recital during the Budapest Summer Festival in May 2001 at Duna Palace.
Armando has been visiting professor at the Music Institute of The Universidad Católica de Chile and The Universidad de Santiago and is currently recording a CD of Spanish, Italian, French and English renaissance and baroque music for voice and lute.