With talented, motivated students and fantastic artistic leadership from Alejandra Urrutia, the Portillo Festival has already established itself as an important training ground for young musicians. Gaining inspiration from the incredible landscape of the Andes, Portillo is a place that musicians can go to work on their chamber music and orchestral skills, and immerse themselves in that study undisturbed from daily life. The approach at Portillo is also very holistic, with classes in yoga and leadership to ensure that young musicians are good citizens, as well. It was an honor to be part of the inaugural Portillo Festival, and I am looking forward to returning for another wonderful experience.
Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin, First Violin, Blair String Quartet