Paulina Derbez


Violin and Chamber Music Faculty, "Conscious Musician" Seminar

Paulina Derbez

One of the 50 celebrities that are transforming Mexico 2013
– Magazine Quién, CNN Expansión

One of the Top ten most successful Mexicans in Canada
– The Globe and Mail.

Paulina Derbez began studying violin at the Yuriko Kuronuma Academy in Mexico City. At an early age she was selected to participate in a tour in Japan playing as a soloist with the Fujiwara Symphony orchestra. She continued her studies at the music school Ollin Yoliztliwhere she was the concert master of the youth orchestra Vida y Movimiento and assistant concert master of the Orquesta de las Juventudes Musicales, world organization, in Bogotá, Colombia.

Subsequently traveled to Lugano, Switzerland to complete her training at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana, under the tutelage of Carlo Chiarappa, and at the D’ArchVivaldi Academy under the tutelage of Susan Holm. She received scholarships on three occasions from the FONCA (Mexico’s National Fund for Arts and Culture).

She has performed concerts in countries around the world, including Japan, Colombia, France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Mexico, as a soloist and with chamber and symphony orchestras. She is the creator of the Conscious Musician music teaching method, and has taught courses in Switzerland, Canada and Mexico at institutions such as the Rudolf Steiner School in Lugano, the International Music Festival in Morelia, the Yuriko Kuronuma Academy in Mexico City, the Young artscape in Toronto, and recently at Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico city.  In spring 2017 she will be giving masterclasses at the Cultural Institue in Campeche, Mexico.

Paulina is a classical and avant-garde violinist. She successfully premiered her one-woman multidisciplinary concert Shika: Out of the Silence the Sound Is born at the University of Toronto in 2014 and presented her CD “Altri Suoni” at the Festival Internacional Cervantino 2014, the most important Festival in Latinoamerica and one of the most important festivals in the world.  She has perfomed at the Glenn Gould Studio CBC, Koerner Hall, Palacio De Bellas Artes, Fujisawa Civic Hall, Sala Netzahualcoyotl, Teatro Juárez, Expo Hannover, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, among others.

In  2013, she received an award from the Mexican magazine Quién, recognizing her as “one of the 50 celebrities that are transforming Mexico 2013”, a list that also included Mexican luminaries like Alfonso Cuarón and Plácido Domingo. Recently she was also recognized as “One of the Top ten most successful Mexicans in Canada” by Latinos Magazine and The Globe and Mail.

Paulina’s book The Conscious Musician, published in June 2014 by Editorial Ink, was originally published in Spanish as El Músico Consciente in 2012 which was launched at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico, one of the most important Book Fairs in the world. She gives conferences and talks about The Conscious Musician and is also the co-author of the interactive audiovisual book Depictions of a Concert, with Jaime Luján. Her book El Músico Consciente is available in printed version at the main bookstores in Mexico and several institutions in the world are already applying the methodology of her book in their curriculum.  She has been selected as a speaker, to talk about her book, at the Tedx Paseo Santa Lucía in Monterrey. Tedx is part of the world organization TED Ideas worth spreading.

Paulina is currently working with the dancer Lucy Rupert on the multidisciplinary show “Mirrors” for which they have received a grant from Ontario Arts Council and also have been selected to perform at Culture Days at   Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory Telus Centre, in Toronto, October 2016.

With her duo Luna-Derbez Salazar Paulina  will tour in North America next fall 2016 including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She gives talks, concerts and masterclasses around the world. Paulina’s violin “Luna” was made by the Mexican luthier Itzel Avila.

Paulina is also member of the Ontario Philharmonic and the Artistic Director of México Contemporáneo Foundation a not profit organization that promotes the arts and culture from Mexico such as Mexican chamber music, visual arts, literature and photography among others.

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