ECI-Blog (10 Minutes With Peter Illavsky)

Many of us know Peter Illavsky as a famous musician, singer, and composer from Vienna, who as a child prodigy began making music at the age of five. Fast forward many extraordinary music-creating years, Peter cheerfully finds himself in Belize, on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye. He is sitting on a serene, white sand beach having a chat with Patrick Hiebert, ECI Development’s COO. Peter remarks, “What’s happening on this island is absolutely amazing.”

So how did Peter make the decision to come to Belize? He tells Patrick that he first met Joel Nagel, Co-Founder of ECI Development some years ago. He taught music lessons to Joel’s daughter while in Vienna. One day while they were all talking, Joel and his wife told Peter about a beautiful Caribbean country called Belize. After talking, they agreed Peter would come to Belize for a week to with local musicians and “help organize something great with them.” He then adds that the music they make in Belize is “beautiful, it’s real, it rocks you.”

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Mundo Clásico Article On the Belize Virtuosi Orchestra

Austrian cellist Peter Illavsky (Vienna, 1966), pedagogue, director of the Music Institutes of Dresden and Vienna and former member of the Wiener Sängerknaben (1973 - 1978), is one of the initiators and promoters of this meeting between historical choirs that It took place in the Kreuzkirche (Church of the Cross), Dresden, on June 3.

Illavsky sang last March 30 in Baden-Baden. with Philharmonia Chor Wien, in Parsifal, by Richard Wagner (Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle), and will do so soon at the Salzburg Festival (July 20 to August 30) in La italiana en Argel, by Gioachino Rossini, with Cecilia Bartoli in the main role. Working with her is an honor and a great pleasure, says Illavsky in a brief interview with Mundo Clásico.

But as a good pedagogue intimately committed to the musical task, for his careful training and great experience, even in Spain, Peter Illavsky also has other ambitious projects in mind: create a first-class chamber orchestra with young musicians in Belize (ex British Honduras ) to take steps towards the construction of an infrastructure, nonexistent for the moment in the country, and further promote interest in classical music, which does exist and is very large there, he says.

The group, Belize Virtuosi String Orchestra, composed of 12 musicians between 18 and 27 years old, some of them educated in the United States, is already preparing three works with the cellist Illavsky (one Divertimento in D major, by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart; Sonata for strings, by Rossini, and Plantation, by the prominent Belizean composer Francis Reneau) that will be presented at the end of September in a concert recorded by Belizean television and broadcast on the Internet.

In principle, what is involved is to find sponsors so that this chamber orchestra, which also supports the executive of the governor general of Belize, Sir Colville Young, can continue working, developing and specializing until reaching global standards, Illavsky said. There is neither an auditorium nor a concert hall, but first we look for those sponsors to keep the idea of he orchestra and so that the quality of the musicians can grow with tranquility, finally stressed

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