After his debuts as a pianist with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and the Venezuelan National Philharmonic at age 13, Jorge Luis Uzcátegui has gone on to perform concerts in North, Central, South America, and Europe.
Uzcátegui conducted members from distinguished orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. Uzcátegui won First Prize at the International Conducting Competition organized by the Paraná Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, obtaining the unanimous vote from the jury and all orchestra members. He also won First Prize at the Wise Conducting Competition in Los Angeles where he completed his Ph.D in orchestral conducting at UCLA.
No stranger to Los Angeles, as well as being the musical director to the Buddha’s Light Youth Orchestra Symphony, Uzcátegui is also the founder of the Backyard Academy Symphony Orchestra, an organization dedicated to teach music to children from low-income families in Los Angeles. He is director of the Music Innovates program also, a unique collaboration between the Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Public Schools, designed to change kids’ lives through music.
Among Uzcátegui’s many teachers and mentors, Los Angeles’ own great young conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, has said of him: “Maestro Uzcátegui is a young Venezuelan conductor with the highest academic education and artistic ability.”