Anahi Cazas reports for Pagina Siete:
BOLIVIAN MUSICIAN MISAEL MEJÍA RONDO OF 22 YEARS, RETURNED TO THE COUNTRY
Pianist rescues tunes on a harpsichord, an instrument of 1700
The young will offer two concerts, to be held tomorrow and Friday [08/22/2014] at 19:30 in the lobby of the Plurinational Conservatory of Music.
Not afraid of challenges, Bolivian pianist Misael Mejia Rondo, 22, decided to reclaim the melodies of a harpsichord, an ancient instrument of the Baroque period and will sound for the first time in La Paz.
“I have decided to rescue a historic instrument of 1700. The harpsichord was played in the Baroque period and gave rise to the piano,” said Mejia.
The harpsichord melodies will be heard in a series of concerts, to be held tomorrow and Friday at 19:30 in the lobby of the Plurinational Conservatory of Music.
“It will be a unique concert because so few people play this instrument in Bolivia. A major cause is the lack of education,” said the young pianist, who is currently pursuing a master of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium.
The harpsichord is a musical instrument with keyboard and plucked strings such as harp and guitar. It was used during the Baroque period (1600-1750).
“It is a difficult instrument to build and exists in few places,” said the young man, who for the concert harpsichord used a replica of the Conservatory.
Mejia learned to play the harpsichord in Antwerp. “I met a teacher who taught me to play the harpsichord. I’ve learned to play this instrument in a museum and decrypt the virtues of Baroque music,” he said.
The repertoire will include sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti; Girolamo Frescobaldi parts; French Suite No. 2 in C minor by Johann Sebastian Bach; and Rhapsody No 2 Op 79 by Johannes Brahms and others.
“I have selected a program of Baroque music and French composers, and Scarlatti’s sonatas. I chose from a Spanish, Italian and French style,” he said.
An innate talent
The young musician won the second prize at the International Piano Competition Les Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianists 2012, held in Brussels, Belgium. The event was organized by the European Piano Teachers Association, an organization recognized for promoting the art of music in Europe.
As reported by Freddy Mejia, the father of the young man, he studied for 13 years in the Plurinational Conservatory of Music, the pianists at the event, competed with musicians fromBelgium, Armenia, Taiwan, Finland, Ukraine, Serbia, Russia, Spain, Vietnam and the Netherlands.
In 2008, after 13 years of study, obtained the academic title of senior technical in Music, piano mention, awarded by the Plurinational Conservatory of Music. To date, Mejía won at least 27 awards, including citations and awards. One of the highlights is the first place in the International Piano Competition in the Patagonia Blanca Bontes, Chile. Then in 2001, he earned an honorable mention in the National Piano Competition VII Mario Estenssoro, in Santa Cruz.
Finally, on Thursday, August 28, at 19:30, Mejia and violinist Andrea Benavides will offer a recital with works by Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentinian Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla.