“Vila brought out the fervor and vitality…consummate projection.” –The Strad Magazine (April 2012)
Ecuadorian cellist Francisco Vila is a soloist and chamber musician known for his sensitivity, elegance of phrasing and technical mastery of the instrument. He began playing the cello at age 8 and had his solo debut with orchestra at 14. Concert activities have taken him throughout Asia, Europe, North and South America. The Bloomington Herald-Times said of his performance of Lalo’s Cello Concerto that Vila “…displayed absolute command on stage…perfectly executed technical passages and induced the orchestra with his energy… tenderly revealed to us the romanticism of this concerto.”
Collaborations include those with artists such as Nobuko Imai, Cho-Liang Lin, Zakhar Bron, Gary Hoffman, Wolfram Christ, Lynn Chang, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Martin Charlifour, Michel Arrignon, Andrey Baranov, Sunwook Kim, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Astrid Schween and Roger Tapping, among others.
Mr. Vila has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, South Dakota Symphony, Santander Festival Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, the Central Florida Orchestra and all principal orchestras of his native Ecuador. He was a fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and has been a guest artist at the Beaumaris International Music Festival, Santander Music Festival, Stavelot Music Festival among others, and in such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Disney Hall and Japan’s Phoenix Hall.
A Second-Prize laureate of the Sphinx 15th Annual Competition, prize-winner of the 22nd Concours FLAME in Paris, Vila has also been the recipient of several honors including a National Society of Arts and Letters Award for Performance, the Olimpia Barbera, the Eva Heinitz Fund Scholarships at Indiana University and the coveted Sphinx MPower Grant and Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grant in 2018.
Aside from performance, Vila views teaching as an important aspect in music-making. In 2015, Mr. Vila founded the first International Music Festival of Esmeraldas (Ecuador). This is a social project that unites 50 talented young musicians ages 17-30 for two weeks of masterclasses with internationally renowned artists, while also providing all of its activities including concerts free of charge to a predominantly underserved public.
Mr. Vila served as principal cellist of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra in Denmark from 2016-2019. His mentors include Andrew Mark, Janos Starker, Sharon Robinson, Menahem Pressler and Gary Hoffman at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel where he earned an Artist Diploma.
Vila performs on a fine 1790 Vincenzo Panormo cello on generous life-term loan from the “Karl McNutt Family Trust” and the “ex-Janos Starker” Edward Tubbs bow.