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Orchestral Conductor, Bassoon player and Surgeon, Mr. Hidalgo Ardila graduated from the Central University of Venezuela. He began his musical studies at the age of nine in the famous program called “El Sistema” of Venezuelan orchestras in the state of Barinas.

He studied bassoon with the teachers Antonio Aray, Henning Trog, Stefan Schweigert, (Caracas Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic, respectively) and Matthias Racz, (Tonhalle Zurich Orchestra). As principal bassoon of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela he has performed under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado in the most important halls and festivals of classical music today.

From the conducting class of Eduardo Marturet and Teresa Hernández, Gonzalo has directed some of the most important youth and professional orchestras in Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, United States and Argentina. He has a master's degree in music from the EAFIT University of Medellín-Colombia. Gonzalo was one of the finalists in the international competition for associate conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, as well as a finalist for the position of principal conductor of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston. 

Currently, he is Itinerant Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, chair of committee of the national bassoon school of “El Sistema”, assistant conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra of Shenandoah University, Virginia – USA, where he is studying a doctorate in musical arts with a mention in orchestra conducting. Recently, after participating in the international competition in the province of Salta, Argentina, by unanimous decision he was appointed as Principal Conductor of the Salta Symphony Orchestra for the next three years.