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An exceptionally equipped flutist and a superb performer.
Described by the New York Times as “an imaginative artist,” Chilean-born flutist, Viviana Guzmán performs over 80 concerts a year throughout the world and has performed in 131 countries. Her latest album “Traveling Sonata” received a GRAMMY Nomination for Best Producer. Viviana has presented three TEDxTalks and at TEDxBerkeley, she spoke immediately before Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc. She has been featured on programs for PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Good Morning America and NPR, and seen on the cover of Latina Style Magazine, and in COSMOPOLITAN en Español. Having started musical training at the age of 5, by age 15, she had played as a soloist with orchestra, studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal and was featured on NBC’s nationally televised John Denver music special. Her YouTube channel boats 2.5 million views. Viviana Guzman is currently teaching flute at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
An extraordinary technique and great musicality … Viviana Guzmán showed remarkable precision.
El Mercurio, Santiago Chile
Currently, Ms. Guzmán concertizes as a soloist with orchestra, as solo artist, and with her quartet “Festival of Four”. Ms. Guzmán has been heard on NPR’s “Morning Edition” & “Great Performances,” “West Coast Live,” PBS, as well as on WNYC New York, KUSC in Los Angeles, KPFA, and KDFC in San Francisco, among others. She has appeared as soloist with 256 ensembles including orchestras in Wisconsin, Vermont, Houston, San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, Hanoi Philharmonic, Philippine Philharmonic, Khabarovsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Filharmoncia de Santiago (Chile), Great Falls Symphony (Montana), Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonia de Providencia (Chile), Amazons Filharmonica (Brazil), Diablo Symphony (California), Irving Symphony (Texas), Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Stockton Symphony, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, Marlboro Chamber Orchestra and in New York City’s Alice Tully Hall Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.
On television, she has appeared in the United States and Latin America including “Good Day New York”, “Good Morning Arizona”, “Good Morning Houston”, “Sabado Gigante”, “Datebook”, San Jose, “BayTV”, San Francisco; one of her music videos was aired on television internationally in 31 countries on Univision and Arts Showcase Network. Her viral video was featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, Good Morning America, Huffington Post, LA Times, SF Gate, Irish Examiner, Ellen Tube, Daily Mail UK, Telegraph UK, ChileVision, ClassicFM, NY Post, Express UK.
“She blends dazzling virtuoso technique with diverse traditions from indigenous cultures.”
- Half Moon Bay
She has recorded 12 different albums with different labels including Polygram, National Geographic, and Sugo Records. Bonnie Grice of KUSC-LA says of her classical CD, Telemann Flute Fantasies, “It is a wonderful album, it has gotten a lot of great response…it’s magic. She is a bright young flutist, a delightful musician.” Her albums include “Planet Flute” (1997), “Telemann Fantasies” (2002), “Serenity” National Geographic (2002), “Mostly Tango” (2002), “World of Music” (2008), “Argentine Music” (2009), “Meditations for Flute” (2007), “Traveling Sonata” Reference Recordings (2013), “Byzantium” (2014), “Mediation for Performers” (2014), “Song of the Whale” (2017), “Danza de Amor” (2000) which has sold over 40,000 units. As an author/poet, she has been published by Simon and Schuster and her book of poetry entitled, “Love Soliloquies” was published by Syren Press.
A winner of the 1991 Young Artists Auditions of Artists International competition, Ms. Guzmán gave her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall Recital Hall. Other First Prizes in competitions include the New York Flute Club Competition, Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation and the Performers of Connecticut Young Artists Competition. As an orchestral musician, she has played with the Texas Opera Theater Orchestra, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, and the Broadway musical, “Sunset Boulevard” with Glenn Close. As a member of the Houston Grand Opera, she accompanied Placido Domingo, and with the New World Symphony in Miami she played under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Lincoln Center Scholarship, Institute of Hispanic Culture Award, Shepherd Award, Emmanuel Olshan Award, Hirsch Award, Phillips Foundation Award, and the Ruth Burr Award. Ms. Guzmán attended Rice University on fellowship first with an emphasis on medicine; subsequently, she chose music as her career path and attended the Juilliard School on scholarship. She has participated in the Aspen, Banff, Marlboro and Caramoor Music Festivals and has studied with Albert Tipton and Julius Baker and in Masterclass with James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal. She has presented workshops and masterclasses at the San Francisco Conservatory, Juilliard School, University of Mississippi, Wright State University, Rick’s College, Stanford University, Humbolt State University, among others. Viviana has many fans worldwide including Kate Winslet (Titanic) who said, “I LOVE your music, it’s truly beautiful!” and Isabel Allende (House of Spirits) declared, “Your music is celestial!”
Described by the New York Times as “an imaginative artist,” Chilean-born flutist, Viviana Guzman received a GRAMMY Nomination for her classical album and her world music recording received a Global Music Awards Gold Medal. She gave a very successful TEDxBerkeley Talk, presenting just before Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. She has been featured on programs for CNN, PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS, Good Morning America and NPR, and has performed in 135 countries, and in all 7 continents including South Africa, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Bali, India, Peru, Japan, China, Argentina, Greece, Antarctica often featuring flutes from her collection of over 100 gathered from concert tours. Her music video was aired on UNIVISION in 30 countries. She has performed as soloist with 265 ensembles including orchestras in Russia, Chile, Brazil, Vermont, New York, Wisconsin, California, Texas, Montana, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, etc, and in such halls as in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and other prominent stages with such artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Placido Domingo, and Glenn Close. By the age of 15, she was featured on a John Denver nationally televised NBC special “Music in the Mountains”. Ms. Guzmán studied with James Galway, and graduated from the Juilliard School. A former member of the Houston Grand Opera and the New World Symphony, Viviana has released 13 multi-genre solo CD’s. Viviana has taught masterclasses in over 55 universities throughout the world. She is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Flute Society & Festival, Founder of Flutes by the Sea Masterclasses, Co-Founder and Editor of The Flute View Magazine. Currently, Viviana Guzman teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her YouTube channel boasts 3 million views.