Born in Mexico City in 1954. Graduated with honors from the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in 1978.
His musical career started at age 19 when he joined the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in 1974.
He is a founder member of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, a group with international recognition; very close to celebrate 30 years of existence. This group tours the world teaching, playing concerts and recording works of the main composers of Mexico and Latinoamerica.
As teacher of violin, viola and chamber music, he teaches at Universidad Autonoma de Puebla and the School “Vida y Movimiento” in Mexico City.
He has been soloist of several of the main Mexican orchestras.
Other activities include composing and arranging. His composition "Variations on Paganini´s 24 Caprice" was the first work dedicated to Cuarteto Latinoamericano; composed in 1982 and still a favorite encore. It has been recorded several times for CD and also been featured in radio in USA and Europe and in a video clip included in the DVD “Visiones” by Cuarteto Latinoamericano. He has also composed several works for viola and piano, cello and piano, a piece for Saxophone Quartet, as well as works for chamber ensamble and a Concerto for Viola and strings. He gives regularly a seminar based on the music of The Beatles, based in their best songs from 1962 to 1970.
In 2000 he was honored with "Mozart" Medal and in 2007 the Silver Medal from "Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes" for the 25th anniversary of Cuarteto Latinoamericano .
On May 26, 2012 they presented a gala concert in Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City celebrating 30 years together.
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