Hailed by the New York Concert Review Inc. for his “clarity and projection,” and described by the music critic of Listin Diario in Santo Domingo as “a highly gifted artist who plays with total dominion over his instrument,” Adán Vásquez is a versatile musician who has established his artistry on the harp both as a soloist and as an ensemble player. Equally at ease in the traditional and contemporary repertoires, Mr. Vásquez has won accolades for his expertise in the demanding Salzedo harp technique.
Adán Vásquez began his musical studies at an early age in the National Conservatory of Music in his native Dominican Republic where he studied with Mirla Salazar. In 1989, he was awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Dominican government and moved to Chile to study with concert harpist Manuel Jimenez at the Facultad de Artes at the University of Chile. Later, he relocated to New York City where he completed his B.A. at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and studied with the well-known harpist of the American Symphony Orchestra and the New York City Ballet, Sara Cutler. Shortly thereafter, he received an M.A. from the Manhattan School of Music where he continued advanced studies under the renowned harpist Lucille Lawrence.
Vásquez is in demand as a guest artist with numerous symphony orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, the Dominican National Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Heights Symphony Orchestra in New York. In 2004, he was invited to participate in the First International Harp Festival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he also lectured and conducted Master Classes on the Salzedo technique. In 2009, he was a soloist with the Orchestra Celebrate! under the direction of Maestra Laurine Celeste Fox at Merkin Concert Hall, a concert sponsored by Clásicos Dominicanos.
Vásquez has also premiered works especially commissioned for him by contemporary composers such as William Dickerson, Gary Heckard, and Eugenio Escobar. Recently, he was a featured ensemble player in the world premier performance of David Noon’s “Golgotha, Opus 202″ and “Equinox” by Jim Noyes.
Adán Vásquez has a deep commitment to the community of Washington Heights, the heart of the Dominican community in New York City, where he makes his home. He serves on the faculty of Gregorio Luperón High School, a school for immigrant children, where he is the Music Department Coordinator and founder/director of the Uptown Opera Company. He is the president of the Association of Dominican Classical Artists, Inc.