KS Juan Diego Flórez
KS JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ (Lima, 1973) began singing and playing Peruvian folk and pop music at an early age, later studying at Peru’s National Conservatory of Music, and eventually winning a scholarship to the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 1996 he made his professional debut at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, stepping in at the last minute to sing the leading role of Corradino in Matilde di Shabran. Despite the short preparation time his debut was a triumph, and marked the beginning of his stellar career. His singular voice and astonishing agility made him an overnight sensation and led to another debut that year, at the age of 23, in the opening of La Scala’s 1996/97 season, conducted by Riccardo Muti. Since then he has made regular appearances at all major international opera houses and venues, with the world’s leading conductors. Juan Diego Flórez has recorded numerous solo albums, as well as complete operas on CD and DVD. He has been recognized as one of the best tenors in history by the BBC, and has received numerous accolades and awards including Peru’s highest distinction, the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Sol, and the Austrian’s government title of Kammersänger. In 2011, Juan Diego Flórez founded “Sinfonía por el Perú”, an inclusive social project inspired in the Venezuelan “El Sistema”, that aims to enhance the personal and artistic development of the most vulnerable children and youth in the country through music. In recognition of his work, he was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 2012 and received the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in 2014.