Myles P. McKeown Meza

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Myles P. McKeown Meza, from Xalapa, Mexico, began his violin studies at age five at Children’s Musical Initiation Center (CIMI) and went on to study with legendary Xalapan violinist Erasmo Capilla. Upon entering the newly created School of Music at the Ministry of Education and Culture, Myles received a violin by Xalapa’s renowned luthier, Nahum Landa Roldán, in recognition of his youthful artistic achievement. He has since studied under Michael Bochman, Jorge Risi, Luis Samuel Saloma, Carlos Marrufo, Leon Spierer and Markus Däunert and participated in master classes in violin with Enrique Espín Yepes, Joji Hattori and Timothy Fain, and in chamber music with Rossetti String Quartet, Ying String Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, his father Timothy McKeown Nolan, and pianist Marta García Renart. He has played in Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of CIMI (concertmaster), Orchestra of the Faculty of Music of University of Veracruz, Youth Orchestra of the State of Veracruz (concertmaster), Orchestra of Popular Music of University of Veracruz (concertmaster), Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, Colombia Youth Philharmonic, and since 2005 with YOA Orchestra of the Americas performing with Carlos Miguel Prieto, Gustavo Dudamel, Dante Anzolini, Joshua Bell, Alexis Cardenas, Ilya Gringolts, Wendy Sutter and Gabriela Montero.

Numerous awards include academic and artistic scholarships, laudatory letters, and a 1998-99 grant for Program for Cultural and Artistic Creation (Artistic Development of Performers) given by Veracruz Institute of Culture (IVEC), State Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), State Government of Veracruz and National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) to bring music to rural communities of high levels of poverty. Myles traveled to 40 isolated rural communities in Veracruz State to give educational concerts in schools for children of all ages.

In 2009, Myles earned his Degree in Music and Violin Performance from the Faculty of Music, Universidad Veracruzana. He is currently a member of Philharmonic Orchestra of the State of Querétaro (México) and recently took part in YOA Orchestra of the Americas 2011 Mexico Tour.