Gilberto Munguia on his way to the Teatro Angela Peralta to perform in a Chamber Concert for the San Miguel Chamber Music Festival, in Mexico. The Parroquia is illuminated in the background.


 

World renowned cellist, Gilberto Munguia was born in Kingsville, Texas in 1937. His father, an orchestra leader and trumpet player, instilled in him his love for music. He started piano lessons at the age of five and at thirteen switched to the cello. With a masters degree in music from Yale University he was ready to begin his career. He’s since performed at Carnegie Hall, New York, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, as well as dozens of venues throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the United States.  He once turned down a royal performance with the king of Belgium, due to a prior commitment he felt he could not break. The press around the globe have praised him as a great cello talent and, as a Swedish music critic wrote, “Solid technical skill and beautiful tone”.
 

  Rehearsal on stage at San Miguel’s Teatro Angela Peralta.
 

Gilberto Munguia has served as Director of Concert series world wide and currently is the director of the Festival de San Miguel de Allende which he founded in 1987.  The ten day chamber music festival performs the last two weeks of the year  in this beautiful city in the heart of Mexico and is recognized as “one of the most extraordinary festivals of our time.” {International Herald Tribune}
 

Gilberto, with his 16-year-old dog, Tanki.

 

Gilberto relaxing with his morning coffee by his pool.

 

Gilberto greeting guests at a Halloween party at his villa.

 

Gilberto at his villa with his dogs, Portho and Tanki.

A casual stroll with a friend down one of San Miguel’s many charming cobblestone streets.