Jaime Mansilla - Biography
A widely recognized Violinist, Soloist, Concertmaster and Recording artist, Jaime Mansilla has performed concerts in 30 different countries, and in the best concert halls of the world, including three appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York; the United Nations; Place des Arts- Montreal, Canada; Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria; Martinu Hall in Prague, Czech Republic; Bartok Radio Hall in Budapest, Hungry; Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland and many others. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, with concert appearances in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Holland and Switzerland, to name a few. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mansilla has shared the stage with the giants of the music world such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Tony Bennett, Donna Summer, and many others relevant artists.
In 1986, he was the only Chilean musicain invited to become a member of the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the baton of Lorin Maazel. His career as a concertmaster is equally impressive. Some of his past positions include: Concertmaster for the Orchestra of Opera and Ballet in the Nico Malan theater in Cape Town, South Africa (in his 24 years old); for the Opera Orchestra in Lima Peru, the Symphonic Orchestra of Chile; Concertmaster for the Opera and Ballet Orchestra of Santiago. Founder, conductor and violin soloist of the chamber orchestra of Santiago on which he performed for many years a series of concerts, tours, recordings, and spectacular projects as the first concert of the world in Antarctic territory, the most southern concerts in the world, concerts in the highlands of South America, etc. This allowed to Mr. Mansilla to share his performances in his Antonio Stradivarius Violin of 1701, with thousands of people across the territory of Chile and South America. Was conductor of the Johann Strauss Chamber Orchestra in Santiago of Chile.
In USA has been guest Concertmaster in the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster for the Walenstein Symphony Orchestra since its foundation in 2007, guest Concertmaster for the Miami Liryc Opera, Florida Grand Opera Orchestra and the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.
In 1992, he played in Carnegie Hall and drew the positive reviews from the New York Times including an accolade as “a superb technician”. In 1993 he performed in the first concert ever to be held in the world in the Antarctic territory, serving as soloist and conductor. This landmark performance was covered for CNN, BBC of London and all the South American press outlets for radio and television. That same year he was awarded with the Prize of the Critics and the National Prize of Music. In 2000 he was awarded the "Altazor Prize" for his participation in contemporary music including work with composers of Chile, South America and USA like Samuel Adler, Max Lifchitz and many others.
Mr. Mansilla has a Bachelor Degree from the Catholic University of Santiago in Chile, and also in the School of Music of the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, where he studied with the violin 's American master Daniel Heifetz.
Since his arrival to USA has worked as a violinist and Concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and also has performed in many concerts of chamber music collaborating with groups such as Miami Virtuosi and Walenstein organization for chamber Music.
His repertoire includes complete cycles of sonatas such as Beethoven, Schumann, Grieg, Bach, Vivaldi, Schubert, Brahms, C. Franck, Ravel, etc. and concertos for violin and orchestra by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Mendelshonn,Brahms and Beethoven. Also as a lover of chamber music Mr. Mansilla has touched many universal repertoire of this specialty including Brahms Piano quartets, Mozart Piano quartets, Mozart Piano trios, Beethoven Piano Trios, Brahms Piano trios etc.
His recent recordings in USA include CDs of Vivaldi´s "The Four Season" with The St. Angelis Chamber Orchestra; "Beethoven Violin Sonatas" with the pianist Emily Baker; CD "The Magic Violin" include virtuosity works for violin and orchestra and the modern piece "Transformations II" for Violin Alone by the Mexican composer Max Lifchitz, CD "Song, Romances and Boleros" with the St. Angelis Chamber Orchestra, CD "Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto" with the St. Angelis Chamber Orchestra, CD Music in Vienna with music of Johann Strauss I and II, and CD Music of All Times with The St. Angelis Chamber Orchestra. His recordings has been published in USA by Amazon, CD Baby, Music Studio, and the well known web pages in the Internet like: Tunes, Rhapsody, Music Napster, ShockHound, Payloadz.com, Blastmymusic.com, CD Universe, etc. Mr Mansilla play his beautiful Music in a old century Violin A. Stradivarius, crafted in 1701 in Cremona, Italy. He lives in the United States of America with his wife Stephanie (violinist too) and his kids Carla and Javier.