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The Harp in Mexican Tradition by Celso Duarte

  • Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it welcomes Celso Duarte! A multi-talented musician, producer and arranger, Duarte is internationally recognized by artists and critics alike as a virtuoso of the Paraguayan and Mexican folk harp.

One of the top international performers of the Paraguayan harp, he began to study music at a very early age. Over the span of his career, Celso Duarte has been invited to perform with world famous artists such as Plácido Domingo, Wynton Marsalis, Mercedes Sosa, Lila Downs, The Chieftains and Ry Cooder among others.

He has represented Mexico and Latin America in international harp conferences in Japan, Colombia, Venezuela, the United States, Paraguay, Canada, France and Mexico and was the recipient of three Grammy awards for his collaborations with Mexican singer Lila Downs. Celso Duarte has performed at internationally recognized forums such as the Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, among others around the world and Mexico. Since 2010 he has represented Mexico in seven different cultural programs at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.

Maestro Duarte will be Accompanied by Violeta Ortega - Voice, Jarana, Dance

Ortega studied at the Academy of Dance Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts and the National School of Music of the UNAM. In 2012 she was named a Fonca fellow as an interpreter of Son Montuno, a sub-genre of popular Cuban music.

To RSVP email:, Subject line "Orquesta Mexican"