Miami Music Festival from around the World ~About Us

The Miami Music Festival from around the World, formerly known as the Miami World Music Festival, celebrates, encourages and supports the diversity of music from around the world. The annual Festival features academic, traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures performed by acclaimed world-class artists, emphasizing chamber music written by the greatest composers of all times, and also showcasing music events using world's traditional folk instruments.

The Festival, under the artistic direction of pianist Adolfo Vidal, is a program of South Florida Friends of Classical Music a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2011 to encourage and support performances of classical music in South Florida. The Friends are the official sponsor of The Miami International Music Academy, The Miami World Music Festival, The Miami Chamber Players, Summer in Florence™ & The Teresa Carreño International Master Piano Competition.

The Miami Music Festival from around the World hosts an extensive array of both contemporary and traditional musicians. Each performance explores the music of a particular region, culture, or genre, and comes together in a concert series that is uniquely diverse. The multi-concert events strive to give audience members an international musical experience by showcasing the authentic and varying musical styles the differing cultures have to offer. The festival also boasts either free or low cost ticket prices, thus making the event accessible to all who wish to attend, many of which are family friendly. The I Festival in 2012 presented five concerts representing music of Germany, Cuba, Spain, Russia & Argentina, with a world-renowned line up of guest artists that included pianists Kemal Gekic and Margarita Shevchenko, Grammy-awarded Latin timba band Tiempo Libre, bandoneon player Hector del Curto and Eternal Tango trio, The Miami Guitar Trio, and the exceptional musicians of the Miami Chamber Players, among others.

The II Miami World Music Festival's line up of 5 concerts and international artists showcased cross-music from France, including Claude Bolling's suites for flute and guitar with jazz piano trio. Grammy award winner Nestor Torres on the flute, guitarist and University of Miami director of guitar studies, Rafael Padron with Festival's founder, professional pianist Adolfo Vidal. The second concert presented the genre Zarzuela, with the most beloved duets and romances from zarzuelas Amalia Batista & Luisa Fernanda from Cuba and Spain. Performers included sopranos Raquel Rubi, Yetzabel Arias (from Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano) tenors Jose Antonio Navarro and Jesus Branas, among others, were accompanied by a live chamber orchestra with the exceptional musicians from the Miami Chamber Players.

The talented all-female percussion & dance ensemble Venus Rising explored West African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern Rhythms & Movements in the third concert of the Festival. Renown Venezuelan singer and song-writer Luz Marina with her group Menage performed her own and other traditional Venezuelan music, with guest artist Saul Vera on the bandola llanera. Last concert with music of North India, was in charge of tabla player Jeff Deen and violinist Vicki Richards. Two such artists come together to share their skills and open hearts through Indian classical music.

The III Festival, under its new name Miami Music Festival from around the World, embarked on an international sonic adventure where four wildly different shows offered an exciting sample platter of global sounds. We thank all our sponsors who make this Festival possible!

The Festival is funded in part with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Other grants by South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. We also count with the support of FIU School of Music, and other individuals. Please contact us if you'd like to become a sponsor or to make a donation on any amount to the Festival, your support is very appreciated.