Néstor Fabián Cortés Garzón
Néstor Fabián Cortés Garzón learned to play various percussion and guitar instruments at a young age with percussionist Carlos Arturo Rendón and at the Conservatorio de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira in Colombia. He studied modern cello at the Conservatorio de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, where he graduated with honors in 2008. Initially, baroque cello was his secondary instrument, but his love for early music grew steadily, especially through numerous projects at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Bogotá and master classes; for example, with the Academy for Early Music Berlin.
Cortés Garzón then completed a postgraduate and master’s degree in the class of the internationally known baroque cellist Viola de Hoog at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. In addition to his elaborate concert schedule, the Colombian musician has been intensively researching baroque music from South and Central Americas and thus successfully reconstructing and arranging works from various codices, as well as musical traditions. The cellist, who now lives in Bremen, also specializes in the ornamentation practice of the 17th and 18th centuries. Concert tours with various orchestras and ensembles have taken the young cellist all over Europe and Latin America. Néstor Cortes is also the founder and artistic director of the Bremen Baroque Orchestra, which was established in 2014. The orchestra is particularly known for its original and diverse program selections, and regularly collaborates with well-known musicians, such as Dorothee Oberlinger, Ryo Terakado, Dmitry Sinkovsky or Midori Seiler.