Latin American Harp Festival 2011

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he was drawn to popular and traditional Venezuelan music from an early age. Although he began playing the ‘cuatro’ (a smaller South American version of the guitar), he switched to the harp at 14. Considered one of the best harpists of his generation, his versatility lends itself to various styles with great technical and rhythmic skill. He is accomplished in bossa nova, jazz, bluegrass and World music among others. At 18, with his brother José Luis Tolosa, he founded the A Contratiempo Ensemble, which provided a framework wherein the musicians explored and fused differing Venezuelan musical genres exclusively for the harp. Thanks to the group’s focus, it was invited to participate in numerous symposiums both within and outside his country. He is currently a professor and member of the Official Association of Culture of the Táchira State Educational Zone; a Venezuelan representative in the First Mexican Folkloric Harp School in Durango, Mexico; as well as a teacher in various institutions. For 2011 he has a tight touring schedule in France, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Chile and the USA, where he will perform in some of the most important harp festivals in the world.