Ecuadorian-Spanish cellist Francisco Vila is one of today´s emerging talents. He has been described as …an exceptionally talented young cellist and musician. He is heading for an important place in the world of music. (Janos Starker, cellist) Concert activities have taken him to such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Zankel Hall and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Disney Hall in Los Angeles; Harvard University, and Boston’s Seully Hall. Vila´s principal teachers include Janos Starker, Sharon Robinson, Andrew Mark, David Bjella; chamber music with Menahem Pressler. Vila was the first-prize winner of the ’09-’10 concerto competition, the Kuttner String Quartet in Residence Competition of 2010 at Indiana University; prize-winner of the 2011 Concours FLAME (Paris). Last February 2012 he won the 2nd prize at the 15th Annual Sphinx Competition in the United States.He plays a 1790 Vincenzo Panormo cello on generous loan from the Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation. Since September 2011 he is studying at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the direction of Gary Hoffman. He received a scholarship granted by Mr. & Mrs Guy Reyniers.
Vila brought out the fervour and vitality of the piece, boldly emphasizing attack and consummate projection. The Strad Magazine, April 2012.