B.M., Atlantic University
M.M., Manhattan School of Music
Luis Biava has been a prominent figure in classical music for decades and has influenced students and professional musicians worldwide. Born in South America, he studied at the Atlantic University in Colombia, The Manhattan School of Music in New York and the Accademia di St. Cecilia in Rome. He joined the National Symphony in Washington DC in 1963 leaving in 1968 to become a member of the violin section of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He was appointed principal second violin in 1984. He was later appointed assistant conductor and in 1994 conductor-in-residence, a position he held until his retirement from the orchestra in 2004.
Maestro Biava is artistic director and conductor of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and the Temple University Youth Chamber Orchestra, as well as senior artistic administrator and conductor of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. He was the artistic and musical director of the FOSJA/Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and has instituted a cultural exchange with the String Orchestra of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He founded the Philarte String Quartet and was the first violinist with the Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble. He guest conducts throughout the world including all the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Maestro Biava became artistic advisor of the Puerto Rico Symphony in 2007 where he conducted the orchestra in several programs throughout the season. Maestro Biava was also guest conductor for an all-Bernstein program with the Pacific Music Festival Symphony Orchestra as a part of their celebration of the 90th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth.
In 2009, Maestro Biava was invited to Europe to conduct three concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of Castilla & Leon in Valladolid, Spain where he inaugurated also a new Concert Hall in the City of Avila.
On April 5, 2013, Temple University Symphony Orchestra will perform in New York for the fourth time in Alice Tully Hall. In 2010, also in Tully Hall, the TUSO performed two commissioned works by American composers; fourth stream...La Banda, by Bill Cunliffe and Ansel Adams: America by Chris and Dave Brubeck. Both have been nominated for Grammy Awards in the “Best Instrumental Composition” category in 2011 and 2013 respectively. A new work commissioned from Cunliffe and performed by the TUSO, Overture, Waltz and Rondo, was also nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award in the same category. TUSO’s recordings are released by BCM&D Records and can be found on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
Luis Biava has been awarded a Citation from the City of Philadelphia, the Art of Music Award from the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, the rank of Commendatore in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; the Medal of San Carlos, in the rank of Official, from the President of the Republic of Colombia, the Comcast Newsmaker of the Year for the Arts and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s C. Hartman Kuhn Award, given to “a musician who has shown both the musical ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the musical standards and reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.”