Recognized as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, Cuban-born violist Yunior Lopez enjoys a unique career as a chamber player, conductor, and entrepreneur. A recipient of many awards and prizes, Mr. Lopez appears regularly throughout North America collaborating with esteemed artists as both conductor and violist. He is the former conductor of the Phil & Eli Taylor Academy Orchestra at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and currently serves as Executive & Music Director of the Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas, an organization he founded in 2015. A highly sought after chamber musician, Mr. Lopez is the founding violist of Canada’s Annex Quartet. He has worked and performed with a diverse range of international artists such as Jan Lisiecki, Mikel Rouse, Phil Dwyer, the Hilario Durán Trio, the Kronos Quartet, the Gryphon Trio, David Virelles, and members of the Fine Arts, Linden, and St. Lawrence string quartets.
Mr. Lopez is a graduate of The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. He studied viola with Steven Dann, Susan Barton, and David Holland. Other influences include conductors Uri Mayer and Mario Bernardi, and members of the Kronos, Tokyo, Orford, and St. Lawrence String Quartets. Additionally, he has performed in masterclasses for Yuri Bashmet, Pinchas Zukerman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Masao Kawasaki, and Heidi Castleman, to name a few. When not performing Yunior enjoys speed skating, traveling, watching professional boxing, and Texas- Hold’em Poker. A young entrepreneur, he has founded over a dozen businesses and currently serves as the CEO of the Lord of the Cigars Corporation in Miami, FL, the Executive & Music Director of The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra in Las Vegas, and the President of The OPUS Organization. Mr. Lopez currently resides in Las Vegas, NV and conducts using the batons of his late friend and mentor, Mario Bernardi.
To learn more about Mr. Lopez, please visit www.YuniorLopez.com