“In Orlando Cela’s able hands and imagination, a flute becomes a world orchestra,” says the Oregon ArtsWatch about Orlando’s lively performances that open new worlds of experience. Known for his compelling renditions, using imaginative programming, Orlando has premiered over 300 works, both as a flutist and as a conductor, to rave reviews from the national media.
As a flutist, Mr. Cela has performed around the US in venues such as at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian (Washington DC), Carnegie Hall (New York), the Center for New Music and Technologies at UC Berkeley, to name a few. His credits abroad include concerts at the Zentrum Danziger (Berlin), the Espace des Femmes (Paris), the Central Conservatory of China (Beijing), the Musikverein (Vienna), and others. As a collaborative artist, Mr. Cela has concertized with flutist Paula Robison, tabla player Samir Chatterjee, harpsichordist John Gibbons, and with shen (mouth organ) virtuoso Hu Jianbing. He recently became a finalist in the American Prize in the professional instrumentalist division. Orlando is known for his dynamic workshops and lecture demonstrations. Popular and effective as a guest lecturer and clinician, he has presented sessions at Tulane University, UC Berkeley, and Brandeis University, as well as at the Central Conservatory of Music in China, the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (Germany), and the Charlotte New Music Festival (NC). He recently released his third solo CD, “Shadow Etchings” with rave reviews from Grammophone, Naxos Music, and Avant Music News.