Member at the Münchner Philharmoniker
Julio López was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Since 2007, he has been a permanent member of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany) with whom he has made world tours. Since January 2014, he has also been featuring as violist and chamber musician with violinist Henning Kraggerud and the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra/Norwegian Artica Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a member of the Viola Ensemble, called Tertis Viola Ensemble, with an acclaimed production of a CD with the firm Oehms Classics.
As a soloist he has performed with many orchestras, highlighting the Ecuadorian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Honduran Philharmonic Orchestra, and the San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra. Julio López has given recitals in the United States, Italy, Spain, Croatia and Germany and has been regularly invited to teach Viola courses in Honduras, Ecuador and Costa Rica.
He was recently invited as a viola teacher for the Central American Youth Orchestra Project, which is organized by the Goethe Institute and the Government of Germany. As part of the institution Vila Música and the Academy of Gustav Mahler, he collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Wenn-Sinn Yang of the University of Music of Munich, Eszter Haffner of the University of Graz in Austria, Nicolas Chumachenco of the University of Music of Freiburg.
His awards include the first prize of the International Competition of Viola Villas Llanes in 2006 in Asturias (Spain). In 2002, he was a member of the USB Verbier Festival Orchestra and UBS Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland) performing all over Europe, Asia and America. He has participated in major projects with international soloists including works with professors like Hartmut Rohde of the University Der Künste in Berlin, Walter Kuessner of the University Hanns Eisler (Berlin), Roberto Diaz of the Curtis Institute of Music (USA), Yuri Gandelsman, a violist in the Fine Artes Quartet from the University of Milwauke, Wisconsin (USA), Michael Kugel of Gent Conservatory, Csaba Erdély and Alexander Brussulovsky.
His first studies of Viola began at the School of Music Victorian Lopez, with Master Rubén Moncada. In 1999, he was awarded a scholarship from the University of Southern Mississippi to perform superior viola studies under the tutelage of Master Dr. Michael Kimber. In 2003, he continued his viola studies at the University of Music in Freiburg (Germany) with Professor Wolfram Christ. That same year, he was awarded "Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben" in Germany and in 2007, he completed his viola formation, graduating with honors.