Luis Julio Toro
Luis Julio Toro first studied flute with Professor Glen Egner, parallel to an intense involvement in extreme sports. In 1979 he joined the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra Simon Bolívar and traveled to New York, Spain and Costa Rica.
In 1980 he entered the Royal College of Music in London to study with Maestro Christopher Hyde Smith, obtaining a Performer's Diploma, and the Royal College of Music Associate Certificate (ARCM). In 1981 he received The Best Flutist of the Year award; the following year he received the Oliver Dawson Award, and in 1984 the Eve Kish First Prize. That same year he was selected by the British Flute Society to participate in master classes with James Galway. Meanwhile, he experimented with classical Indian flute, which he studied at the Institute of Indian Arts Bhavan British capital.
He returned to Caracas, his hometown, and started an active career both in Venezuela and abroad, with tours through Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and Japan.
As a soloist, he participated in the London City University Electro-acoustic Music Festival; in the Almeida Festival and in the Sixth Young Virtuosos Cruise, sponsored by the Beracasa Foundation. He traveled to Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel and Greece with the Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, and has performed at the International Festival of Radio France (Montpellier) accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Norway (1985, 1986); the Cervantino Festival; XI Forum of New Music and the Grand Festival of Mexico City; Latin American Music Festival (Barcelona, Spain); Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (USA); Antioquia Symphony Orchestra; Venezuela Symphony Orchestra; Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta Caracas.
As a lecturer and professor Toro has been invited to the II and III International Flutists Festival (Lima, Peru); the City University of London and the Latin American Music Center (Indiana University, USA). He has also served as a professor at the Simon Bolívar Conservatory of Music and has conducted several research projects, the last of which (Miranda, su flauta y la música) was released in early 2000 as a CD-book by the historian and diplomat Edgardo Mondolfi, obtaining the Order Colombia bestowed by the government of Miranda State, Venezuela.
Luis Julio Toro has an extensive discography as a soloist and with orchestras and various chamber groups, together with the Gurrufío Ensemble and alone, all of which—according to the critics and the public alike—make him one of the most interesting flutists in Latin America.
Having been trained in classical music, and a lover of Venezuela, he is an essential part of Camerata Criolla, a newly formed group led by the Gurrufío Ensemble. His passion for adventure in both sports and in art continues to inspire a path full of experiments and explorations through the sounds of the flute, sometimes solo, sometimes as part of collective projects.