Joaquín Reyes Bórquez
Born in Puerto Varas, Chile in 1991. He began playing the violin as a child and later switched to the viola. In Chile he studied viola at the Universidad Austral de Chile and later at the Universidad Catolica de Chile with Prof. Penelope Knuth, at the latter he received the IMUC scholarship.
During his time in Santiago de Chile, he also taught children in various social projects with great dedication and also got the opportunity to play as a guest with the Chilean Chamber Orchestra.
In 2013, he began his viola studies at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart with Prof. Andra Darzins, which he completed in 2018.
Since moving to Germany, he has had the opportunity to regularly substitute with various orchestras in Germany, such as the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra of Reutlingen and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Ulm. Furthermore, he has a special interest in New Music and is part of various ensembles. This has given him the opportunity to perform at festivals for new music and new music theater in Germany and South America and has taken him to cities such as Valdivia, Santiago, La Serena, Berlin, Weimar and Darmstadt, among others.
In 2020 he became aware of the Nyckelharpa, an instrument that has been largely forgotten in Europe and is nowadays only regularly used in Swedish folk music. He worked out how to play the instrument through self-study and explored the various possibilities it offers. Based on his involvement with the baroque repertoire, he is now looking for opportunities to introduce the instrument to a wider audience.