From December 11 to 17, 2023, the Roberto Ondina In Memoriam National Flute Competition will be held at the National School of Music of Cuba, a cultural event of high artistic and academic level, which owes its name to the figure of the renowned Cuban flutist.

On this occasion, the contest also commemorates the 60th anniversary of the death of Roberto Ondina, who was one of the greatest Cuban flutists of the <>th century, and who left an important musical and pedagogical legacy. Its realization is intended to honor his memory and disseminate his work, as well as to stimulate the development of the flute in Cuba.

Young flutists from all over the country will compete in this event, who will compete for the prizes and the recognition of the jury in three categories separated by age groups: category I (from 12 to 17 years old), category II (from 18 to 21 years old) and category III (from 22 to 30 years old).

The contest will offer a space for improvement and learning for the participants and their teachers, who will have the advice of an expert Luthier who will give workshops on the maintenance and restoration of the flute.

This contest is an initiative promoted by four outstanding flutists from Cuba and the United States, respectively: Niurka González Núñez, Zorimé Caturla, Stephanie Jutt and Mindy Kaufman.

The responsibility of the General Coordination and Artistic Direction of the event is in the hands of Niurka González, a renowned Cuban performer, both flute and clarinet, who has been a soloist of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and the Chamber Orchestra Música Eterna.

On the other hand, the Jury of this competition is composed of Zorimé Caturla, principal flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and the Duchesne Cuzan Sinfonieta Chamber Orchestra; Stephanie Jutt, a teacher in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music and Professor of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Chamber Music Festival, and Mindy Kaufman, who has performed as principal flute and soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, and taught at Summer at Eastman, Columbia University and as a substitute flute professor at Juilliard.

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