Venezuelan violinist Gustavo Briceño began his music lessons in Caracas when he was nine years old in “El Sistema”, the Venezuelan National Youth Orchestra Foundation founded by José Antonio Abreu in 1975.
Mr. Briceño studied violin with Professors Luis Miguel Gonzalez and Sergio Celis at Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music and the Latin-American Violin Academy, both in Caracas. He also received lessons with notable professors such as Donald Weilerstein, Nina Beilina, Ani Kavafian, José Francisco Del Castillo, Francisco Cabán, Roberto Valdéz, Felicitas Hoffmeister, Elina Vähälä, Mihaela Martin and Yuri Nasushkin.
Gustavo has played with orchestras such as Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra and Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. He has appeared in many prestigious festivals including Lucerne Festival, Beethoven Fest (Bonn) and Salzburg Festival. He also played in legendary halls as the Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus of Vienna, and Het Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. Mr. Briceno has had the honor to be conducted by Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel and Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos.
As a founding member of Teresa Carreño String Quartet, he studied with professors from Latinoamerican String Quartet for several years. He also took lessons with Maestro José Antonio Abreu, Chilingirian String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet and Cleveland String Quartet. In 2013, the quartet won the third prize in the Chamber Music Competition I in Caracas, sponsored by Maria Paula Alonzo Foundation (Spain) and they also played in the String Quartet Festival 2014 in Esterhazy Palace located in Austria.
Gustavo is a BCC Music Scholarship recipient for 2015. He graduated from Purchase College at SUNY Conservatory of Music with his Master of Music degree under Deborah Buck. He joined Symphoria’s violin section in 2016, and also he is a current substitute violinist for the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Briceno is living in Westchester County, New York with his wife, bassoonist Gabriela Gonzalez.