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Carlos Vieu graduated from La Plata National University in his native Argentina, where he studied conducting with Guillermo Scarabino.  After receiving a scholarship from the Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), he went to Venezuela to study El Systema, the innovative music education program and association of youth orchestras, and conducted several orchestras while there. Vieu also studied in Barcelona with Antoni Ros Marbá and attended masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Helmuth Rilling, Romano Gandolfi and others.

Vieu served as Chief Conductor for the Wagnerian Choir Association at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires from 1993 to 1998. During that time he won the open competition for the position of Music Director of the Buenos Aires Symphonic Band, and by a unanimous jury vote, the Music Directorship of the Mar del Plata Symphony Orchestra.  In 2008 he served as Music Director of Teatro Colón´s Orquesta Estable and is currently the theater's permanent guest conductor for its opera and concert seasons.

In 2009, Vieu received the Konex Award for  Orchestral Conducting together with other colleagues including world renowned Daniel Barenboim. He has also been awarded the Camu-Unesco, “Estrella de Mar” and Association of Argentina Critics prizes, the last as best conductor for the 2005 season.

At Teatro Colon he has conducted numerous operas (Turandot, La Traviata, I Due Foscari, and Simon Boccanegra, among others) as well as choral-symphonic concerts such as Verdi's Requiem, Carmina Burana, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.  Over the last ten years, he has also conducted frequently at the Teatro Argentino of La Plata and with “Buenos Aires Lírica,” directing operas including Francesca da Rimini, Il Trovatore, Lucia di Lamermoor, Luisa Miller, Nabucco -- and many more.

Maestro Vieu frequently conducts the major orchestras in Argentina, and has been named permanent guest conductor of the Mendoza, Rosario, Bahia Blanca and National Symphonies.  Other guest appearances have included concerts in Spain, Armenia and Pennsylvania, USA, and opera productions in Peru, Uruguay and Chile.

Vieu is currently university professor of Orchestral Conducting at Catholic National University, where he also teaches chamber music, instrumental performance, and choir directing.  In  2014 he will make his first appearances with the Opera Theatre of Manaus (Brazil) and the Opera of Lausanne (Switzerland).

   

 

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