Company: Music for Peace
Location: Paris, France
A virtuoso since birth, Jorge Chamine’s veins are filled with blood that runs thick with music. With one his latest endeavors being the Music for Peace organization, Mr. Chamine is internationally-known, having performed at with symphonies and operas at Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony, London Symphony, Czech Philharmonic among other of the world’s grandest stages. In his current role, he continues to sing and teach music while working as a music ambassador in such places like the Middle East. In addition, he is the president and artistic director of the CIMA Festival in Tuscany, Italy, and pedagogical director of Ateliers “Sons Croises” in Paris, France. Mr. Chamine is the artistic director of the Bougival Festival in France as well.
Mr. Chamine began singing at the age of four and playing piano by five. At 12 years old, he seized a lead soprano role for a Portuguese opera. Several years later at 15, Mr. Chamine won the Prix National de la Jeunesse. His career has also been politically motivated, and since the age of 14, he has made decisions to fight for liberty. While he may have a law degree from the University of Coimbra, he finds his voice is his liberator for justice. He has studied with prominent musicians such as Lola Rodríguez de Aragon, Hans Hotter, Daniel Ferro and Teresa Berganza. In his more than three decades in the spotlight, he has refined his skills in opera, operetta, zarzuela, oratorio, new music and art-song repertory.
Involved with many humanitarian organizations, Mr. Chamine often travels the world to perform or fight for a cause. He can sing in ten languages and speak fluently in seven. He received the Medal of Human Rights from UNESCO in recognition for his work with children and was nominated for Music Ambassador of music in the Middle East in May 2005. Looking toward the future, Mr. Chamine endeavors to continue his humanitarian work, create a European musical center and write a book.
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