Bios

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Ecuadorian educator, producer and musician, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Music Education and Business Administration. He began his double bass studies with teachers Luis Arias and Rodrigo Becerra. Later, he continued his independent studies with Rodrigo Becerra until 2013, when he obtained a scholarship to study at the University of Southern Mississippi under the tutelage of Dr. Marcos Machado obtaining his bachelor's degree. William has participated in masterclasses and festivals in Brazil, Argentina and the United States such as Femusc (Brazil), Festival das Montanhas (Brazil), Festival Internacional de Contrabajos San Juan (Argentina), and Premier Orchestra Institute (USA). In addition, he has taken classes with double bassists such as Thomas Martin (UK), Catalin Rotaru (Romania), Dr. Michael Cameron (USA), Bill Schettler (USA), Andrew Anderson (USA), Thibault Delor (France), Pedro Gadelia (Brazil), Gabriele Ragghianti (Italy), Joseph Conyers (USA), among others. Valencia has given classes and participated in the II International Festival of Double Bass Latitud Cero in Quito-Ecuador and in the International Festival of Double Bass of Cusco in Cusco-Peru in 2018.


 

Valencia has played in ensembles such as the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil del Ecuador, La Filarmónica del Ecuador, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador, Festival South Symphony Orchestra, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble (USM), Symphonic Winds (USM), Banda de Femusc, the Festival South Orchestra, The Esmeraldas International Music Festival Orchestra, Festival das Montanhas Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, among others. He was the teacher and director of the Mississippi Strings program at the WorX Performance studio and taught double bass in public schools in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, US. Currently, he is the executive director and founder of Bass Producción Artística Integral and the director of the International Music Festival Guaranda. Also, he continues his master's degree in performance at Temple University.

 

He has also won Second Place in the 2017 University of Southern Mississippi Strings Competition and received Honorable Mention in the 2018 William T. Groover Solo Competition. Furthermore, he has been a winner of grants by the Institute of Art, Creativity and Innovation Promotion of the Department of Culture in Ecuador for 2 consecutive years.