QUESTION: I understand this is a long shot but I am hopefully visiting Cuba for around 6 months from September and wondered if there was any help or advice you could give me.
I am a Viola player studying at the Royal College of Music in London, England and was wondering if you knew of anyone I could contact to try and get some playing done whilst I am out there.
Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I understand there are some musical institutions in Havana but i am strugglingnto find contact details. Thanks very much,
ANSWER: Since you are going to be in Cuba for a long period the best thing would be to enter into the music world early on and go from there. In Cuba this is not hard. You could just go to hear the symphony orchestra, and wait to talk with someone when they finish (not hard to do in Cuba), or early when musicians arrive, and take it from there. Nonetheless, here is the contact information for the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional.
E mail: email@example.com
Teléfono: (537) 832-0487
Dirección: Calzada y D, Vedado (The Amadeo Roldan Theater)