Since 2003 the Dúo Villa-Lobos is a stable and consolidated chamber music duo. They started working in the Superior Conservatory of Music of Liceu de Barcelona (Spain) under the guidance of Mr. Guillem Pérez-Quer. The Dúo Villa-Lobos has performed concerts in different festivals, auditoriums, and theaters in Europe, the United States of America, and South America. They have specialized in the original music of repertoire for cello and guitar. Likewise, they have created their works and arrangements from different styles. Since its creation, the Dúo Villa-Lobos has encouraged composers to write original works for this unconventional chamber format. Besides, several of those works have been dedicated to them by composers such as Leo Brouwer (Cuba), Atanas Ourkouzounov, Blas Emilio Atehortua, Jorge Miguel González, Carles Guinovart, Francesc Taverna Bech, Gloria Villanueva, Josep Galeote (Spain), Jaime Zenamon (Bolivia), Arnaldo Freyre (Brazil), Jan Freidlin (Russia), Gerard Drozd (Poland),Ricardo
Pauletti (Brasil), Leonardo Le San (Colombia), José Antonio Guerrero (USA - Mexico), Giorgio Tortora (Italy), and Pedro Sarmiento (Colombia).
In the same way, they got the maximum contemporary music prize at the Arjau European interpretation Festival of Barcelona. Also, they received the Octavio Marulanda Morales award granted by the Ruitoqueño Festival of Colombian Music. In 2017, the Dúo was invited by the Michigan University to perform the opening concert at the festival "En Español: Sounds of the Hispanosphere." This event took place in the Walgreen Drama Center's Stamps Auditorium. As well as to make the central concert of the festival in the mythical Hill auditorium of Ann Arbor premiering the "Great Symphonic Concert La Madre Monte" for Cello, Guitar, and Symphonic Orchestra Op. 198. This piece was written and dedicated to the Duo Villa-Lobos by the Bolivian-German composer Jaime Zenamon. They were accompanied by the University Philharmonia Orchestra of Michigan University and conducted by Oriol Sans Arrufat in February 2017.
The Dúo Villa-Lobos released their first recording production, "Music for cello and guitar," under the classical music label NAXOS. It opened the cello and guitar chamber music line in that record label with a repertoire of Eastern Europe and South America. The CD contains pieces by composers such as Dusan Bogdanovic (Serbia), Jaime Zénamon (Bolivia), Sergio Assad (Brazil), Atanas Ourkouzounov (Bulgaria) and Edwin Guevara-Gutiérrez (Colombia). The recording was made at the Luis Angel Arango Concert Hall of the Republic Bank from Colombia in January 2016. It is essential to say that it is the first recording production in Colombia for this world's leading record label in classical music. The CD was also on the bestseller list of the record company during the first month of release.
In May 2018, they made their debut within the programming of the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo. Likewise, in June 2018, they performed as soloists accompanied by the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra under the conduction of Robin O'Neil (England). The Duo Villa-Lobos has had an excellent reception among the public and specialized critics with commentaries and reports in various digital and physical media such as The Classical Guitar Magazine, The Violin Channel, Musicalifeiten, Memoirs Classical Guitar Magazine, David's Review Corner, A Tempo, El Tiempo, El Espectator, Arcadia, among others. They are currently doing a DMA in the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona in the USA and preparing their new CDs as a duo, solo cello and solo guitar. Cecilia Palma is a cellist of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, she is an associate professor at the National University of Colombia and a Naxos artist, and Edwin Guevara-Gutierrez is a professor at the Sergio Arboleda University. Likewise, he is a Naxos artist, Knobloch Strings artist, and Bergmann Editions artist.
Cecilia Palma is a cellist who was born in Venezuela and began her musical studies in El Sistema. She continued her academic studies in the IUDEM from Venezuela and later in the Conservatory “Liceu de Barcelona” from Spain. Cecilia has played as a soloist accompanied by orchestras such as Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and Orquesta Sinfónica de Lara in Venezuela, University Philharmonia of Michigan University in the USA, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá in Colombia. From 1998 to 2003, she belonged to the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar from Venezuela. From 2004 to 2006, she made part of the Academy Orchestra of the Gran Teatro del Liceu de Barcelona. Also, in 2007, she was awarded the award contest Arjau in mode Chamber music contemporary. Cecilia did a master’s degree in Arts Education at the National University of Colombia. Currently, she is an associate professor at the National University of Colombia, cellist of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá. Cecilia makes part of the recognized Dúo Villa-Lobos as a NAXOS label artist. Currently, she is doing a DMA in cello performing at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona.
Edwin Guevara is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and conductor. Edwin began his studies when he was three years old under the guidance of his father Roberto Guevara and later studied in the Conservatory National of Colombia under the direction of Ramiro Isaza, Blas Emilio Atheortua, and Gustavo Yepes. He obtained 67 national and international awards such as Leo Brouwer, Celedonio Romero, Miguel Llobet, Arjau of contemporary music, Youth musical of Spain, among others. Edwin has taken master classes with Abel Carlevaro, Eduardo Fernandez, Alvaro Pierri, Pepe Romero, Thomas Patterson, David Russell, Leo Brouwer, among others. He has performed as a soloist accompanied by different orchestras in many countries from Europe, Asia, and America. Graduated from the Conservatory of Music Liceo de Barcelona (Spain) under the guidance of Mr.Guillem Pérez-Quer Edwin later received a master’s degree in symphonic conduction from the National University of Colombia. He is an artist with Knobloch Strings, Bergmann Editions, and Naxos. In 2005 he was considered one of the best Ibero-American guitarists by the Cervantes Institute of Spain.Mr. Guevara is currently a professor of the Sergio Arboleda University in Colombia. He is presently studying a DMA in guitar performance at the Fred Fox School of Music and the Bolton Guitar Studies program at the University of Arizona in the USA.