Sergio R. Reyes Mendoza (Guatemala City, 1974) is a violinist, composer, arranger, and educator, residing in New York City for over two decades.
Passionate about the arts, literature, and Guatemalan History, he draws inspiration on events and challenges from Guatemalan and Latin American contemporary societies for his original orchestral and chamber music compositions.
After years of academic music training, he has become a versatile performer who treasures the many musical traditions from throughout Latin America, considering them key factors to raise awareness of culture, education, environment, and identity within new generations.
During his extensive career path in New York City, since 1993, he has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Blue Note Jazz Club, amongst others. He has shared the stage with internationally renowned artists such as Frederica von Stade (soprano), Clive Lythgoe (pianist), Danny Rivera (song-writer, activist) and Argentine musicians who worked with tango master Astor Piazzolla, such as Pablo Ziegler (piano), Héctor Del Curto (bandoneon), Raúl Jaurena (bandoneon), and Daniel Binelli (bandoneon), amongst others.
Mr. Reyes studied violin and composition at Interlochen Arts Academy, Manhattan School of Music, and Brooklyn College. In Europe, he attended the Mozart European Academy (Poland) and the Ecoles d’Arts Américaines (Fontainebleau, France).
In 1998 and 2018 he was awarded 1st Prize in the Certamen Permanente Centroamericano ’15 de septiembre’ with compositions La Chamusca and A las poetas de este tiempo, respectively.