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Mara Tieles

Cuban artist Mara Tieles is a versatile musician specializing in modern and early music. She has been the recipient of various international contests including the First Absolute Prize of Cittá di Barletta, the First Prize in the Rome Strings International Contest and the Third Prize in the Ibero-American String Contest.

Mara is the beneficiary of a long tradition of internationally recognized music performers. She began playing the violin tutored by her father, a disciple of David Oistrach. 


Concerts have taken her all over Europe, Latin America, North America and the Middle East to prominent concert stages and venues such as the Berliner Philharmonnie (Germany), Saint John Smith Square (London), Palau de la Musica (Spain), Salle Gaveau Paris (France), Teatro Kirchner (Argentina), Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), Concertgebouw (Netherlands).

Among her projects is to help expand the contemporary Cuban music repertoire written for the viola. For this she has worked specially with Cuban composers like Alfredo Diez Nieto (Preludio N. 5 for viola & piano) and Ivette Herryman ('On the Inside') whom have composed for her.

Selected Appearances

2016-18|European Union Baroque Orchestra Principal Viola

2017|XXXI Festival de Música Contemporánea (Habana CU)
2016|Grachten Festival (Amsterdam NL)
2016|Mondriaan Quartet André Wilms and Heiner Goebels for the theater piece 'Eraritjaritjaka'(Lausanne CH)

2015|Cuareim Quartet Berliner Philharmonie (Berlin DE)

2015|Instrumenta Music Festival (Oaxaca MEX) 
2014|Cinematic Orchestra (Den Haag, NL)

2014|The Orchestra of The XVIII Century (Den Haag NL)

2014-present|Amsterdam Camerata Principal Viola (NL)
2014-present|European Union Chamber Orchestra Co-principal Viola

2013|Snarky Puppy Recording 'We Like It Here' 

2012|North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam NL)

2012|Savonlinna Chamber Music Festival (Savonlinna FIN)

2011|Orchestra of the Americas (MEX)

2010|Holland Festival (Amsterdam NL)


2018|SAE Electronic Music Certificate(Amsterdam, NL)

2010-16|Maastricht Conservatory, BM-MM (Maastricht, NL)

2008-10|Codarts Conservatory, BM (Rotterdam, NL)

Principal teachers
2017|Ron Ephrat
2010-16|Julia Dinerstein

2009-10|Gordan Nikolic
2008-10|Christiaan Bor

Perfomances and Recordings w/

Hansjörg Schellenberger (Berliner Philharmoniker)

Revital Hachamoff

Rod Stewart

Jean Bernard Pommier

Frans Bruggen

Marcelo Mogilevski

Snarky Puppy

Cinematic Orchestra

Heiner Goebbels

André Wilms

Maggie Faultless

Lars Ulrik Mortensen 

Alfredo Bernardini

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