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Biography
Of Bolivian parentage, Sheena Gutierrez began her violin self-studies at the age of twelve. As a promising young talent, she participated consecutively at the Annual Superintendent’s Honors Music Festival from 2003 to 2008. Sheena completed her high school studies at Miami’s prestigious New World School of the Arts, where she studied under the guidance of a distinguished faculty of: Alfred Gershfeld, Richard Fleischman, and Thomas Moore. Sheena made her debut at the age of 15 playing Vivaldi’s Four Season: Spring with the Coral Gables Conservatory for the Art’s Young Musician’s Orchestra in Vizcaya, Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables Congregational Church, Miami Botanical Garden, and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. She was also fortunate to obtain master classes with the Eroica Trio, Ellis Marsalis, Anne-Akiko Meyers, James Buswell, Charles Castleman and Pamela Frank. As distinguished finalist at the first Walenstein Concerto Competition in 2008, Sheena has traveled to study violin as a participant in the Eastman School of Music: Music Horizons Program, Stringendo School for Strings, Miami’s Classical Virtuosi Music Festival, Boston’s Rictor Noren Intensive String Program, and in Bowdoin International Music Festival 2011 as a full scholarship student. Sheena was the semi-finalist of the 2011 Sphinx National Competition in Michigan for young Black and Latino players. Other awards include an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Alexander & Buono International Competition and being hand-selected to participate in the 2011 Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. She joined the Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra-compromised of Top Laureates of the Sphinx National Competition- on their 2011 tour -celebrating Sphinx Organization’s 15th anniversary- with over 15 concerts that include performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Harris Theater in Chicago, New World Center in Miami, among others. She currently studies at The Boston Conservatory, with Rictor Noren, where she pursues a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance.
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