Dalina Ugarte 

(*1995 - Venezuela)

I was seven years old when I first told my parents that I wanted to play an instrument. I don't know where this idea came to me from (probably because there would always be somebody at home, either making music or playing around with traditional musical instruments, although nobody did it professionally), still my parents brought me almost immediately to the music school of the little town where we lived at the time–Tocuyito–and there I took my first steps on the violin. 

After some time, I began my studies at the Mozarteum Music School in Caracas, which became my second home; I traveled by bus from Valencia every week during eight years, in order to be able to take my lessons and it was there where my passion for the violin, my love for chamber music and my appreciation for the different arts grew and became strong. Under the guidance of Rubén Camacho, Arnaldo Pizzolante and Icli Zitella I prepared my way to Europe. 

In 2012 I moved to Austria, where I currently live and where I have developed my personal and artistic life. I studied in the MUK in Vienna under Gernot Winischhofer and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under Benjamin Schmid, where I graduated as Master of Arts last autumn 2019. 

During these years in Europe, I have been playing in diverse musical projects. I not only had the wonderful opportunity to take advice from renowned violinists like Ida Haendel, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov and Zakhar Bron, among others, or being a regular guest musician at the Camerata Salzburg, but I also have taken part in different crossover, avant-garde, world music and innovative intercultural projects such as Ensemble Wiener Collage, The Black Page Orchestra, Sonidos del Orinoco or The Pool of Invention Ensemble. 

Thanks to all those musical experiences as a soloist or as a chamber musician–including also competitions (Ysaÿe-Belgium, Padova-Italy)– I performed in countries like Israel, Finland, Japan, France, USA, and also played in halls such as Palau de la Música in Valencia or the Mozart-Saal at the Wiener Konzerthaus, among others. 

One of the most recent musical activities on which I am enthusiastically working is my “Tocuyito Trio” (Live Music Now-Artist since 2018): a new chamber music ensemble that I co-founded together with my good friend and pianist Joseph Ávila and my brother and cellist Danilo Ugarte. With a classical Piano Trio line-up and Folk music sensitivity and inspiration, Tocuyito Trio pays homage to the rhythms, colors and nature of Venezuela, with a repertoire that spans from the late 19th century to some of Venezuela's leading composers today, including the works of Paul Desenne, Icli Zitella, Efrain Oscher and Carlos Pino Quintana.