Julián Stiven Cárdenas Veloza
Born in Bogotá, Colombia. He began his studies of classical harp at Batuta Foundation and the Conservatory of Music of the National University of Colombia, finishing his bachelor at the same university under the mentorship of Bibiana Ordoñez.
He has been awarded in competitions in Latin America such as the First Iberoamerican Harp Competition in Argentina, 2014 (Third Prize) and the II Latin American Harp Competition of Santa Catarina in Brazil, 2011 (First Place, Audience Award, and Lyon & Healy Award).
As a former artist, he was part of the leaders program of YOA Orchestra of the Americas (2014). Besides he has offer concerts, lectures and lessons in different festivals and educative programs around Colombia like “First regional harp meeting” (Manizales, 2015); Festival “The harp takes Ibague” (Ibague, 2014); Compensar “Itinerant Music program” (Bogotá, 2012, 2014); Harp teacher at Batuta Foundation (Villavicencio, 2010). Guest artist at the cultural program “Tentaciones” from HJUT broadcasting station (Bogotá, 2014) and, guest artist of the X Rio Harp Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2015).
He has performed as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra FEMUSC (Brazil), the Orchestra from the Conservatory of Ibagué (Colombia), the Baroque Music Ensemble of the National University of Colombia (Bogotá) and the Youth Orchestra of Batuta Meta (Villavicencio).
As an orchestra musician he has been Principal harpist of the Symphony Orchestra of Bogotá (2008-2015); Colombian Youth Philharmonic (2013-2015); YOA Orchestra of the Americas (2012). Playing also as guest harpist of main orchestras of Colombia such as the Orquesta Filarmonica de Medellín, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia and Orquesta Sinfónica de EAFIT.
Nowadays he is graduate student of Master program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under the mentorship of Erika Waardenburg. Part of the academy of the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, principal harpist of the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, and a member of “Het Grachten Trio”, an ensemble that offers concerts around The Netherlands.