Colombia’s musical scene dresses up in celebration as Alex Joaquin Florez Tuiran graduates as the first accordion master in the country, completing a demanding two-year academic process at the Conservatorio Antonio María Valencia.
The First Accordion Master in Colombia
Residing in Cali for two decades, this talented accordionist emerges as one of the 26 artists and cultural figures who successfully completed the Professionalization Program sponsored by the Valle del Cauca Governorate.
“I got into Vallenato music thanks to the ‘Caciques vallenatos’ with whom I worked in gatherings. This influenced my thesis work. When I learned about the Professionalization Program, I decided to apply. Although my initial focus wasn’t the accordion, the opportunity provided by Bellas Artes allowed me to link this instrument,” explained an excited Flórez Tuirán.
Javier Ocampo, dean of the Conservatorio Antonio María Valencia, highlighted the significance of the program’s Recognition of Knowledge and the first graduate in accordion studies. “Meeting their expectations was a challenge, led by a teacher who contributed to their education. This graduate is the first within a specific interpretation program,” emphasized Ocampo.
The Professionalization Program, a Boost for the Arts
The Professionalization Program has allowed the graduation of 106 artists and cultural figures in various artistic disciplines such as Performing Arts, Fine Arts, and Musical Interpretation.
Since its inception in 2020, this initiative has received an investment of nearly 940 million Colombian Pesos, or about 233,000 dollars. “This program has been essential in acknowledging the trajectory of artists and connoisseurs, promoting the development and updating of each artistic discipline in the contemporary world, thus strengthening the social fabric,” shared the Department’s Culture Secretary, Leira Giselle Ramírez.
Consuelo Bravo, the rector of Bellas Artes, expressed gratitude to Governor Clara Luz Roldán and the Secretary of Culture for the program. Additionally, she celebrated the expansion of this initiative to Roldanillo and its projection in other regions of the department, promising a bright future for the development and dissemination of art in Colombia.