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Silvia Castillo was born in Buenos Aires-Argentina.There she studied piano, oboe and organ at the conservatory Manuel de Falla .She continued her studies with Mario Videla, Héctor Zeoli and J.G.Segade and followed masterclasses in Argentina with foreign specialists like Wiltrud Fuchs, Kamiel d'Hooghe, Monterrat Torrent, Marilyn Mason, Edgar Krapp, Pierre Cochereau, Renzo Buja, Ricardo Miravet and in Paris with Odile Pierre.

As a member of the orchestra she played with conductors as Sebastián Cambón and Julio Faingersch. As a soloist she gave concerts with the LRA Radio Nacional Orchestra under Ljerko Spiller and the Symphony Orchestra of Rosario under Juan Carlos Zorzi.

To complete her education Silvia Castillo studied viola with Tomás Tichauer and harpsichord with Mónica Kosachov. She took part in the cycle' Young organists of Argentina , the International Organdays, Organconcerts of Buenos Aires and the Conciertos de Organo en los barrios (the organconcerts in the neighbourhoods). Three times she got a scholarship from the University of San Juan and in 1986 she got a honourable mention during the first National Organ Competition.

In 1987 she was soloist with the chamber ensemble Camerata Bariloche during the final concert of the first Summerfestival in Buenos Aires. She gave regular concerts in all the provinces of Argentina and was in Buenos Aires organist titular of the Basilica of the Holy Spirit.

In 1997 she came to Holland and married the Dutch bass clarinettist Harry Sparnaay.

She gave concerts as a soloist and together with her husband as the Duo LEVENT in Holland, Austria, Mexico, Poland, Ireland, Canada, Slowakia, USA, Argentina, Spain and Scotland, playing new compositions written especially for them by composers such as Roderik de Man, Dai Fujikura, Ignacio Baca Lobera, Matthias Kadar, Toek Numan, Wilfried Jentzsch and Henri Kergomard.

Reviews:

The organ controlled by the fingers of Silvia Castillo sounded powerful to assign the terrible visions of the end of the world Ranieri -CANTICUM)

GAZETA W KRAKOWIE - Jowita Dziedzic

Silvia Castillo's control of sustained pulse was impressive in Kerygma by Mario Garcia Acevedo and in the two movements from Messiaen LA NATIVITÉ

THE IRISH TIMES - Martin Adams

.......in the PFARR Church the Argentinian organist Silvia Castillo made a great impression by her delicately coloured registrations and forceful virtuosity in works by her compatriots Alberto Ginastera and Salvador Rainieri as well as in compositions by György Ligeti and Toek Numan.

Avant Garde Schwaz Festival - Peter Quehenberger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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