We were honored last night by an extended visit to Artetude Gallery by Zenaida Romeu, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Cuban musician, cultural ambassador and conductor/founder of the first all-woman string orchestra in Latin America, Camerata Romeu. Ms. Romeu is in the United States giving a series of presentations and performances at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and was accompanied on her 2.5 hr drive “into the Western North Carolina mountains” by her host Professor Linda Howe of the Department of Latin American Studies at Wake Forest.
Ms. Romeu is Orchestral Conductor, Choral Director, and Professor at the Superior Institute of Art in Havana and as granddaughter of legendary Cuban musician Antonio María Romeu, she represents the third generation of a family of notable Cuban musicians. She is the founder of the chamber choir Cohesión (1982), choir Estudio Lírico (1989), and Camerata Romeu (1993). She has conducted and performed with international figures such as French composer and pianist Michel Legrand, Brazilian composer, guitarist, and pianist Egberto Gismonti, and Mexican flautist and recorder player Horacio Franco. Romeu and the Camerata have been nominated for Latin Grammys and have won various Cuba Disco awards, the Marsella Medal, the Philadelphia Bell, Illustrious Guest of the City of Los Angeles, the Giraldilla Award, and the Order of Cuba.
Please click here for an extraordinary recent performance of Ms. Romeru conducting the Camerata Romeu at the 2011 Festival Cervantino in Mexico which is the most important international artistic and cultural event in Latin America. The violinist shown in the above photo is from the video for that performance.