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Emmanuel Padilla Holguín, born in Mexico City in 1993, recently became the first Latin American harpist to win an international harp competition. By receiving the first place and the public prize of the Dutch Harp Competition 2016 in Holland, and the first place in the IV International Harp Competition in Mexico.

In February 2015, he was the winner of the Latin American Music Recording Competition, a contest held at the University of Indiana and as a prize he made his first record production: “Three centuries of Mexican music for the harp”, available in the United States and in Mexico. . His second compact disc will be presented in August thanks to support from FONCA and will include the complete works for harp by the Mexican composer Mario Ruiz Armengol.

It has been presented in the most important theaters in the country, among which the National Auditorium, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Nezahualcóyotl Hall, the Degollado Theater and the Tlaqná Hall stand out. He has participated with groups of international stature, such as Hollande Baroque, Bolívar Soloists, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, etc. Having performed in more than 40 cities in Mexico, the United States, the Netherlands, Spain, Croatia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

Having started his musical studies at the age of 3, he adopted the pedal harp at the age of 12, with maestro Baltazar Juárez, and studied harmony, analysis and counterpoint with maestro Humberto Hernández Medrano. She is currently finishing her bachelor's degree in harp at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.

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