VÍCTOR CORREA-CRUZ
Violin
Profesor Southeastern Louisiana University
Departament of Music and Performing Arts (USA)



Víctor Correa-Cruz has developed an intense and diversified career in the United States and Europe. He has been awarded several prizes such as the Jeunesse Musicales Award, “Villa de Madrid” 1st Prize, and Laureate at the 4th International Quartet Competition of Cremona (Italy).

He has been invited to play in major festivals in Spain (Sociedad Filarmónica de Canarias, Festival Ibérico, Fundación Juan March, Cultural Albacete, Festival de La Rioja, Ministry of Culture National Tour, Caja Madrid, Grupo Vocento, Fundación Eutherpe) and has participated in numerous Music Series in other European countries (Stamford International Music Festival, Festival di Monopoli, Festival di Bologna, Primavera di Ravenna, Stuttgart Festival) and the USA (Austin Chamber Music Center, Festivals in South Carolina and Virginia, Westport Chamber Series). Víctor Correa-Cruz has been broadcast nationwide by Spanish National Public Radio and several radio stations in the US on many occasions.

Trained in the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and in the Youth Orchestra of European Countries, Víctor Correa- Cruz has later enjoyed the concertmaster position in prestigious orchestras in Europe and the United States. He is a faculty member of the Stamford International Music Festival (SIMF) in England, where he teaches violin and performs with international artists in Chamber Music Series every summer. He is a founding member of the Mediterranean String Trio, resident ensemble at the “Francisco Tárrega” International Music Festival. Víctor Correa-Cruz has been invited to play in European and American festivals accompanied by Spanish pianist Paloma González.

After the release of their cd “Feeling Spain”, the duo has been enjoying regular international appearances with great success. Víctor Correa-Cruz has given master classes in Spain, Italy, England, Serbia, Switzerland, Germany and the USA. Born in Spain, Víctor Correa- Cruz earned his degrees in Violin and Chamber Music at Badajoz, El Escorial and Madrid Conservatories. He graduated from the class of violinist Pedro León in Madrid. Then he moved to the United States to be a Violin major at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he finished his Master´s Degree as a student of Yuval Yaron and Nelli Shkolnikova, and participated in both Joseph Gingold and Franco Gulli´s master classes. Victor Correa-Cruz also attended courses at the Escuela Superior Reina Sofía (Madrid) where he was a student of Zakhar Bron. At the University of South Carolina he earned a doctoral degree in Conducting under maestro Donald Portnoy. At this institution he was awarded the “Manuel and Rose Mary Álvarez” conducting prize. He is the founder of the Orquesta de Cámara Extremeña, with selected musicians from Extremadura (Spain), acting as its concertmaster and conductor.

Víctor Correa-Cruz has previously been the head of the String Quartet Department at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca (Spain) and has taught Violin and Orchestra in Madrid, at the prestigious Conservatorio “Adolfo Salazar”. He is currently Professor of Violin and Orchestra Director at Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Music and Performing Arts, USA.