Victor Colmenares

Major: Instrumental Performance

Instrument: Violin

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014


Victor Colmenares, violin, majored in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. He studied privately with Glenn Basham. He participated in coaching sessions with musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and Frost artist-in-residence Mark O’Connor and performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.

As a member of the Stamps Strings Quartet, Colmenares performed in the Texas Music Educators Clinic in San Antonio, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City, and twice at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy.  He also performed regularly in chamber music concerts throughout South Florida.

Victor Colmenares was born in Columbia. He began playing the violin at age 6 and continued his studies with Amparo Botero (his mother) until the age of 16. In 2010, he graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where he studied with Annie Chalex Boyle and Hal Grossman.

Before attending Frost, Victor was concertmaster of several youth orchestras in Columbia, including Orchestra of the Javeriana University in Bogota where he won the program “Lunes de Jovenes Interpretes.” He was also the winner of the Young Musician Competition Oreste Sindici, organized by the Colombian Embassy in Italy, Bogota in October 2007. He received an award to study in the Fundazione Arts Academy, Rome, Italy with Professor Alessandro Vavassory for two months. He was chosen by competition to play in the Colombia Symphomy Orchestra in Bogota March and September 2006. He received a scholarship from the Javeriana University in Bogota where he studied two semesters of violin performance.

Upon graduation from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, Victor Colmenares was offered a teaching assistant position by University of Oklahoma, where he is pursuing a Master’s of Music degree and is studying with Hal Grossman.

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“Thanks to the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation’s enormous support, my life dream of becoming a professional musician is now beginning to become a reality.”--Victor Colmenares