Ines Voglar, Violin

Ines Voglar

“We grew up in the orchestra,” says Ines of her early music education in the Carabobo Youth Orchestra in her native Venezuela. “It is how we all learned to play our instruments.” But it was when the Boston Symphony Orchestra came to Caracas and performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 that made all the difference. Already in the university studying chemical engineering, she took a scholarship to come to the United States, earning a Bachelor of Music degree with Honors from Duquesne University, where she won the 2000 Young Artist Competition. Ines then earned her Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with violinist Andres Cardenes and won the CMU Concerto Competition.

In 2002, Ms. Voglar was selected as one of the Concertmasters for the UBS Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra, touring and working under the batons of James Levine, M. Rostropovich, Paavo Jarvi, Bobby McFerrin and Kurt Masur. Prior to her arrival in Portland, she performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony for two seasons, appearing as a soloist with that orchestra. She has appeared at the Latin American Violin Festival, the Western Slope Summer Music Festival and with the National Repertory Orchestra, where she served as Concertmaster and appeared as a soloist.

Critics say she plays with “fierce intensity and absolute precision” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) and also “ineffable poignancy” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Ines’ interest in contemporary music led her to become a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and she has premiered many works, including a violin solo piece, Chameleon, written for her by American Composer David Stock in 2001.

Ines is one of the newest members of the Oregon Symphony, having joined the orchestra during the 2004-2005 season. “It is a really good feeling to belong here.” She is preparing for future solo appearances with various orchestras in Venezuela, and working in projects with Venezuelan composers to commission pieces to promote and support their music.

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