Luis G. Biava is principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO). His first cello studies were with his uncle, Miguel Uribe, in his native Colombia. He attended the University of Michigan, and earned a Masters degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Leonard Rose.
He is a frequent soloist with many orchestras, and an avid chamber musician, Luis's cello performances include Vivaldi's Double Cello Concerto with Pei-An Chao (cello) and the CSO; Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Knox County Symphony; and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with the CSO Youth Orchestra. In 2014 he soloed with CSO in Richard Strauss's Don Quixote to stellar reviews and in November 2016, was the cellist in Beethoven's Triple Concerto with CSO.
Recently, he and his wife, Ariane Sletner (violin), and pianist Suzanne Newcomb performed the complete Mozart and Beethoven piano trios, mixed with contemporary music, at Sunday afternoon recitals at Mozart's Cafe on North High Street.
Luis studied conducting with Howard Halgedahl at Interlochen; Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School, Hancock, ME; and David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at Aspen Music Festival.
He has conducted the CSO, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra for their final 2012 concert at Saratoga Springs.
He has toured his native Colombia with the Colombia National Symphony. He regularly conducts the Guatemala National Symphony and in October 2014 conducted that orchestra in Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
He is CSO's conductor for the holiday Nutcracker performances. In addition to his position as music director of Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, he is director of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra.
He is justly proud of the Latino Making a Difference Award that he received in 2012, from Empleos - Employment and the Ohio Diversity Latino Talent and Leadership Conference, for commitment and dedication to excellence.
Maestro Biava has exposed MCO to compositions that we often have to stretch to play, but which are interesting, exciting, and extremely rewarding. His musicianship is outstanding. He is demanding and exacting, but also has immense patience for a group of players possessing a wide range of ability. Ultimately, he is somehow able to coax the orchestra into creditable and well received performances.