Arturo Cuellar’s compositions are marked with energy, virtuosity and humour in a unique style that combines classical and jazz elements with Colombian folk music. His oeuvre include includes a piano concerto, three string quartets, two fantasias for piano and string orchestra
and other works which have been performed throughout the world, from the Musikverein in Vienna to New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
Born in Colombia in 1960, Cuellar started playing the violin at the age of four with the family jazz band. He went to London to study composition with Melanie Daiken at Morley College before moving to Switzerland to study with Irma Shaichet, herself a distinguished pupil of Bela Bartok. In 1986 he married the artist, Corinne Nathan in Zurich where they live together with their three children.
This year, he has received commissions for the renowned virtuoso trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov who premiered his Trumpet Fantasy in Kings Place during May 2015, and from Apollon Artists for a Double Bass Concerto dedicated to Leon Bosch who will give the world premiere in South Africa during a Gala Concert in September 2015.