Francisco Vila-Haas

“Vila brought out the fervor and vitality…consummate projection.” -The Strad Magazine (April 2012)

Ecuadorian cellist Francisco Vila-Haas began playing the cello at age 8 and had his solo debut with orchestra at 14. Concert activities have taken him throughout Europe, North and South America.

Collaborations include those with artists such as Nobuko Imai, Maria João Pires, Gary Hoffman, Wolfram Christ, Lynn Chang, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Martin Charlifour, Michel Arrignon, Andrey Baranov, Rune Bergman, Sunwook Kim and others.

Mr. Vila-Haas has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Santander Festival Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, the Central Florida Orchestra and all principal orchestras of his native Ecuador. He has been a participant at the Ravinia Steans Institute and guest artist at the Beaumaris, Santander, and Stavelot music festivals among others, and in such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Disney Hall and Japan’s Phoenix Hall.

Aside from performance Vila-Haas views teaching as an important aspect in music-making. In March of 2015, Mr. Vila and oboist Iria Porras founded the first International Music Festival of Esmeraldas (Ecuador) in Vila-Haas’ hometown. This is a social project that unites the most talented young artists for two weeks of masterclasses with international artists, while also providing all of its activities including concerts free of charge to the public.

Vila-Haas is fortunate to include among his mentors Gary Hoffman, Sharon Robinson, Janos Starker, and Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where he was the first-prize winner of the ’09-’10 concerto competition.

Mr. Vila-Haas performs on a fine 1790 Vincenzo Panormo cello on generous loan from the Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation.