Second International Scholar arrives in London

On 24th June, cellist Abner Jairo Ortiz García, our second Mexican International Scholar, arrived in London for his CMF experience.

CMF recognises the importance of international experience in the development of young artists’ careers and are proud of the status of London in the musical world. The CMF International Artist Programme gives us the chance to extend these opportunities and networks to a musician from outside Europe.

A UK Mexican Scholarship Programme was the first such collaboration and was organised with Anglo Arts (part of The Anglo Mexican Foundation) in conjunction with the Secretaría de Cultura of Mexico. It was launched as part of the UK Mexico Year of Culture 2015.

The first scholar, marimba player Eusebio Sànchez spent two six-week periods in London in 2015 and 2016, benefiting from many aspects of the CMF Artist Programme. Jairo, like Eusebio, will be spending much of the summer here in London.

During his stay Jairo will give two public recitals. The first, his London debut, forms part of our Day of Music at St Bart’s Hospital (Thursday 28th June), and in just under a month’s time he’ll give one of five lunchtime concerts in our Summer Residency at The Wallace Collection (23rd-27th July).

As well as performances, Jairo will take part in professional development workshops, have a photo shoot, create a promotional video and bespoke website, and enjoy individual artistic and business mentoring.

We’ve also arranged for Jairo to take in the London music scene with concerts at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, and the BBC Proms. He’s also taking a short trip to Paris to participate in an historical performance workshop.

Please support Jairo by attending one or both of his concerts; they are both free!


Thursday 28th June, 1.15pm
The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less

Abner Jairo Ortiz Garcia (cello)
Mihai Ritivoiu (piano)

Programme to include works by Haydn, Schubert, and Vaughan Williams

Wednesday 25th July, 1pm
The Wallace Collection

Abner Jairo Ortiz Garcia (cello)
Maksim Štšura (piano)

Programme to include works by Bach, Britten, and Arturo Márquez


More information about our International Artist Programme


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