JULIO A. SANTILLÁN is a young composer and guitarist from Tucumán, Argentina. He has studied classical guitar and composition at Instituto Superior de Música (Argentina) and then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual major in Jazz and Classical Composition from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). He received the 2004 Meet the Composer/Van Lier Fellowship, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, the Arif Mardin Award, Ascaplus Award, the Contemporary Writing and Production Achievement Award and the BEST Scholarship (Berklee). He has recorded and performed with many musicians from Argentina, Boston and New York including César Isella, Oscar Stagnaro, Livingston Taylor, Raúl Carnota and Sandra Mihanovich. As an arranger he has worked with artists from all over the world. Since 1998 Julio leads "Los Changos" (trio & septet) a group that performs his own compositions. Currently he is a faculty member at Manhattan College.
YULIA MUSAYELYAN was born in Moscow, Russia, and began her studies at the Gnessin School of Music for gifted children. After relocating to the U.S. in 1993, she studied at the New England Conservatory and in 2005 graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. As a classical flutist, she has won awards and distinctions such as the 2001 "National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Award". She has recorded with the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (2001) and the Manhattan School of Music Opera Orchestra (2002), and performed as a soloist with TACTUS ensemble under the direction of Maestro Pierre Boulez (2005). Yulia has performed at the 2001 Montreux Jazz off-Festival in Switzerland, IAJE conventions in New York (2004) and New Orleans (2000), and the London Jazz Festival (2005). She has recorded with Marta Gomez (Chesky Records), Marta Topferova (World Village Records), Hector Martignon, Angus Martin, and The Massachusetts Flute Choir, among others. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Flute Performance and is an adjunct flute faculty member at New York University.
The exact date of this concert is not known, but it occurred in the marked year around this time.