Natalia Duarte 
Violist and Music Educator
 
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Photo Credits: Erin McKinney
Costa Rican violist Natalia Duarte Jeremías began her musical studies in the pre-academic program of the University of Costa Rica, where she graduated in 2004. She continued with her music studies privately with Jan Dorbezelwski, and studied cultural anthropology at the University of Costa Rica. In 2012 she graduated with a B.A with a double major summa cum laude in music and anthropology at the University of Arizona, and a Master of Music degree in 2014 under tutelage of Hong-Mei Xiao. She continued her studies on modern viola with Jonathan Brown and historical performance practice with Emilio Moreno at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya, obtaining a Master in Early Music Performance in 2017. She pursued further studies in baroque viola with Gianni de Rosa at the Civica Scuola di Milano, Stefano Marcocchi at the Conservatory of Verona and modern viola with Fabrizio Scalabrin at the Conservatory of Padova. She concluded a Master degree (biennio) in instrumental education at the Conservatory of Padova with honors. Furthermore, she has performed in masterclass for Paul Coletti, Diemut Poppen, Enrico Onofri, among others, and has been the recepient of several scholarships including Graduate Tuition Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship at the University of Arizona (2013-2014). In 2018 she was granted a scholarship at the Academia Montis Regalis, and in 2019 she won a BPYAP scholarship on Bach Cantatas with Philippe Herreweghe.
She has collaborated with several historically informed orchestras and chamber ensembles such as Academia Montis Regalis, Innsbrucker Festwochenorchester (Alessandro de Marchi), Nordic Baroque Orchestra (Enrico Onofri), Ensemble Il Pegaso (Maurizio Croci), Ensemble laBarocca (Ruben Jais), Ensemble Gli Invaghiti (Fabio Furnari), Orchestra Gli Originali (Rinaldo Alessandrini), Accademia dell'Annunciata (Riccardo Doni), Orchestre Chambre di Colmar (Cyril Pallaud), Theresia Baroque Orchestra (Chiara Banchini), Orquestra El Teatre Instrumental (Emmanuel Balssa) and others. She has performed in festivals in Spain, Italy, Azores Islands, Netherlands, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Norway, Costa Rica, United States and Mexico.
As a chamber musician she was a member of Zaïre Ensemble, with which she performed at the Utrecht Fringe Early Music Festival (2018), the “Victoria Eugenia” Theater in Donostia, and Fundación Caja Vital in Vitoria (Basque Country, Spain). With her string trio Looking Glass Ensemble she performed at the Festival Grandezze e Meraviglie (Modena) and for the Società del Quartetto di Milano.
In 2018 she founded Altus Ensemble, where she researches unedited original repertoire for viola duo, and with which she performed at the Festival Internacional de Música Barroca de Costa Rica (2018-2019). Since 2021 she has been part of Thaleia Ensemble, with whom she recorded their first album and debuted at the Royal Palace in Madrid, as part of the Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro (FIAS).
Since 2021 Natalia has been a member of the Mount Parnassus Foundation in Calgary, Canada.
As a music educator, Natalia teaches violin, viola and music lessons, and is interested in using music in participatory processes in communities.
© Natalia Duarte Jeremías, 2021