Mexico Contemporáneo Foundation will be holding a final event for 2016 on November 5. They will be present Paisajes Sonoros, a multidisciplinary concert in which mexican chamber music is the main character.

The accomplished Mexican artists Jaime Luján, digital painter and co-author of the interactive book Depictions of a Concert, and Araceli Salazar, who represented Mexico at the International Piano Competition in Porto, Portugal. This event will be held as part of a concert series at Windermere United Church in Toronto and will feature Canadian premieres of works by Mexican composers. We will also be presenting México Contemporáneo Foundation with a concert in New York City on November 9, as guests of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York at The Clemente Centre and in Ottawa on November 12 as guests of the Mexican Embassy in Canada at the National Centre for the Arts.

México Contemporáneo Foundation is a Not-for-profit Organitation that promotes a high standard level of mexican arts and culture such as photography, mexican chamber music, visual arts and literature. México Contemporáneo Foundation wants to create a culture bridge with this standards between México and Canada. The activities launched under this initiative therefore has considerable international potential, as for 2017 they are planning a tour of Germany and the UK to present the México Contemporáneo Foundation vision in various European cities.

The Foundation wants to promote Mexican 20th and 21st century artistic expression around the world; and open a forum for the dissemination of the work of academics related to the art and artists of Mexican origin in Canada.

The platform currently features Mexican artists and academics based both in Mexico and in Canada.

For the 2017 schedule, the First Encuentro de México Contemporáneo Foundation festival will take place in Toronto in late October, with guest artists including: the photographer Patricia Aridjis, a member of Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Creadores (SNC) and the author of several books; Diego Echeverría, the CEO of the Mexican publishing house Editorial Ink and recognized by Forbes Magazine as a pioneer of the e-book; Pablo Gómez, director of contemporary music programming at the Cervantino International Festival in Guanajuato; and David Rodríguez, Director of Mexico City’s Conservatorio Nacional.

México Contemporáneo Foundation is the first initiative of its kind in Toronto. This platform aims to provide Canadians with a wider vision of Mexican culture and thus build a cultural bridge between the two countries.

Paulina Derbéz

Paulina Derbéz. Photo: Luis Juvera

Paulina Derbéz began studying violin at the Yuriko Kuronuma Academy in Mexico City. She was selected to participate in a tour in Japan playing as a solo with the Fujiwara Symphony orchestra. She continued her studies at the music school  Ollin Yoliztli where she was the concert master of the youth orchestra Vida y Movimiento. Subsequently traveled to Lugano, Switzerland to complete her training at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana, under the tutelage of Carlo Chiarappa, and at the D’Archi Vivaldi Academy under Susan Holm. She received scholarships on three occasions from the FONCA (Mexico’s National Fund for Arts and Culture). She has performed concerts in countries around the world, including Japan, Colombia, France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Mexico, as a soloist and with chamber and symphony orchestras.

She is the creator of the Conscious Musician music teaching method, and has taught courses in Switzerland, Canada and Mexico at institutions such as the Rudolf Steiner School in Lugano, the International Music Festival in Morelia,  the Yuriko Kuronuma Academy in Mexico City and recently at Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico city.  Paulina is a classical and avant-garde violinist. She  successfully premiered her one-woman multidisciplinary concert Shika: Out of the Silence the Sound Is born at the University of Toronto in 2014. Paulina presnted her CD “Altri Suoni” at the Festival Internacional Cervantino 2014, the most important Festival in Latinoamerica.  In 2015 Paulina performed in Rome and Florence with the Canadian composer Barbara Croall.  In  2013, she received an award from the Mexican magazine Quién, recognizing her as “one of the 50 celebrities that are transforming Mexico 2013”, a list that also included Mexican luminaries like Alfonso Cuarón and Plácido Domingo. Recently she was also recognized as “One of the Top ten most successful Mexicans in Canada” by The Globe and Mail.

Paulina’s book The Conscious Musician, published in June 2014 by Editorial Ink, was originally published in Spanish as El Músico Consciente in 2012 which was launched at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico. She gives conferences and talks about The Conscious Musician and is also the co-author of the interactive audiovisual book Depictions of a Concert, with Jaime Luján. Her book El Músico Consciente is available in printed version at the main bookstores in Mexico and several institutions in the world are already applying the methodology of her book in their curriculum. Paulina lives in Toronto where she is a member of the Ontario Philharmonic and the artistic director of the new Mexican cultural platform in Toronto “México Contemporáneo”. She gives talks, concerts and masterclasses around the world. With her duo Luna-Derbez Salazar will tour in North America next fall 2016.

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Araceli Salazar

Araceli Salazar. Photo by Mexico Contemporáneo Foundation

She was born in the city of Puebla and graduated from the Conservatory of her hometown where he studied with Enrique Castillo.

She studied improvement in piano at the school “Vida y Movimiento” in Mexico City with Guadalupe Parrondo. She has participated in various courses with Mark Seltzer, France Clidat and Miung Tse Tung and attended master classes for piano at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Alexei Naziedkin .

She was the first place winner in the piano contest at the Conservatory. In 1985 and 1987 she won second prize at the National Piano Competitions BUAP . In 1993 she was an intern for the National Council for Culture and Arts and represented Mexico in the 10th Edition of the International Piano Competition in Porto, Portugal.

She played as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Puebla. She has given recitals in major concert halls of Mexico and Caracas, Venezuela. She has performed continuously in chamber music recitals throughout Mexico as a member and director of Slavonic Ensemble (Ensamble Eslavo). She participated with the Goldberg Trio and Russia Quartet on the radio program ” Opus 94 “; also in the ” Palafoxiano festival” of Puebla, in Seasons of Chamber Music of CCOY,  in the “Alarconian’s Journeys ” of Taxco, as well as the seasons of chamber music of Fine Arts as a concert pianist of the CNMO (National Coordination of Music and Opera).