Maestro Jorge Patricio Viera Soria, founder of CISO, is one of the most talented and distinguished conductors to enter the international concert arena. He was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in a family with a long musical tradition. It was obvious from a very early age that Jorge Patricio enjoyed music, so he began studies with his gifted grandfather. Later, as a teenager, he won his first music competition at the National Conservatory of Music in Quito.
In 1984 Maestro Viera received a scholarship that enabled him to study in Russia, first in Moscow, and then in St. Petersburg. Under the tutelage of renowned professors, he received degrees in conducting and clarinet from the Rimsky-Korsakov School of Music. After graduation, he continued his studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Maestros N. Kiriukhin and I. Musin, and went on to earn his doctorate in conducting with R. Matsov in Tallinn, Estonia.
Maestro Viera has performed extensively at major venues in Canada, Russia, Ecuador, Estonia, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and Sweden, and has garnered praise for his outstanding musicianship, determination, vitality and humanity. He has often been recognized for the exotic brilliance of his programming and interpretations, and, for raising the standards of the orchestras which he has conducted.
Maestro Viera’s in-depth exploration of Latin American music and his capacity to combine classical and contemporary styles has made him one of the most distinctive talents to have emerged from the Hispanic world. His Ecuadorian and international experiences combined with his conducting achievements at the Rimsky-Korsakov School of Music, has permitted him to attract diverse audiences.
During the past four years, Maestro Viera has taught hundreds of young Canadians in the Toronto District School Board how to play various instruments. Also, he has instilled in them the rewards of music appreciation. His classes teach valuable life skills, such as following directions, working as a team, practicing with commitment and the ability to take constructive suggestions, while striving to excel.
Maestro Viera enjoys playing several instruments, among them the piano, clarinet and saxophone. He is active in the Ecuadorian, Latin-American, Canadian community and holds the position of President of the Association of Ecuadorians in Ontario. He has been instrumental in establishing a friendship agreement between the cities of Toronto and Quito. Through this initiative, several cultural events have occurred including a major Art Exhibit at City Hall in Toronto.