"I vividly remember the words that Don Arnoldo Herrera spoke to us so often, when I was a student at the Conservatory of Castella, when he told us that
"You are preparing to affect the environment."
This was always for me almost like a mission given by him".
Premio Nacional de Música en Dirección Carlos Enrique Vargas.
Premios Nacionales de Cultura 2019 (CR)
"This award in musical direction represents a great encouragement to continue working even harder in the development of jazz education and its pedagogical practices in my beautiful and beloved country. To try to close the knowledge gap that exists regarding the level of education of this musical genre abroad."
1st Place College Big Band Division.
Monterey Jazz Festival Presents
Next Generation Jazz Festival 2019 (U.S.A)
Bossa Nova Sinfónico - Best MPB Album
Brazilian International Press Award 2014 (U.S.A)