2024 Artistic Collaboration

The Gurwitz 2024 is proud to collaborate with well-known and highly respected artists during the competition. Round III will feature composer Aaron Prado’s newly commissioned chamber work to be performed with our three finalists and The Gurwitz 2024 World Music Ensemble (Jury Chair and violinist Scott Yoo, members of The Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra (MCPO), and San Antonio bassist George Prado). Round IV will see the three finalists perform with the full Mexico City Philharmonic, conducted by their artistic director and Gurwitz 2024 Jury Chair Scott Yoo.

Round III

Aaron Prado, DMA

Commissioned Composer
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2024 Commissioned Work – El Colibrí y la Cempasúchil

Sponsored by Randolph and Pauline Glickman

San Antonio jazz pianist and composer Dr. Prado was commissioned to write a work for Round III that highlights Mexican and Hispanic culture, which is a major feature of this year’s competition (Round II requires competitors to perform a work from a Spanish or Latin composer; Round IV finalist perform with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra).

Prado was inspired by the ancient Aztec legend of two lovers Xóchitl and Huitzilin. Alternatively known as “El Colibrí y la Cempasúchil” (The Hummingbird and the Marigold), it is a foundational story to celebrations surrounding El Día de Los Muertos in Mexico – and marigolds remain central to the traditions of remembering loved ones who have passed on.

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Round III World Music Ensemble

Sponsored by Dr. Melvin Cohen

Fernando Vizcayno

Violin (MCPO)


Scott Yoo



Ignacio Cornejo Díaz

Trumpet (MCPO)


Gabriela Jiménez

Percussion (MCPO)


George Prado



Round IV

The Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra

Orchestra Fees Sponsored by the Orquesta Filarmónica De La Ciudad De México & Gobierno De La Ciudad De México