ABOUT MARIA ANDRIASOVA-ESPARZA:
After graduating from The Juilliard School in New York City and a successful career as an award-winning concert pianist, Maria started her new career working as a due diligence analyst for Asian conglomerate giants in Japan and South Korea. She was then hired by George Soros and Robert Soros to work at their New York City office at Soros Fund Management specializing in hedge funds and funds of funds management. Maria still performs as a concert pianist for special events and is fundraising for various organizations, supporting at-risk youth and people with disabilities. She composes original music which accompanies sacred art installations by her husband, The Vatican artist Guillermo Esparza.
Maria Andriasova-Esparza has performed for Pope John Paul II, U.S. President Donald Trump, and other world leaders as an award-winning composer and concert pianist. She is the soloist, actor, and a recording artist at "Organisation Internationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision" (Paris, France); Soloist, actor, and a recording artist with Moscow Big Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Radio and Television (Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow under Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor); Composer, pianist, and recording artist at Studio International (Los Angeles, CA - London, UK).
She received a coveted "Mozart Award" from IBC, Cambridge, UK for her original soundtrack to a documentary film about her husband, The Vatican Artist Guillermo Esparza (an original production by Studio International, London, UK. Veronica Aberham, film director).
A winner of three consecutive Calouste Gulbenkian Awards, Maria Andriasova Esparza is a private piano instructor at The Juilliard School in New York. Her music compositions are catalogued by Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and the U.S. Library of Congress.
ABOUT GUILLERMO ESPARZA:
Permanent collections at the Vatican Museum in Rome, the Phanar Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, the US National Archives, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as numerous cathedrals, churches, museums, and private collections.
An ecumenicist, Mr. Esparza has been awarded important commissions by churches of many denominations, and his original works are installed in Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox Churches. A visionary in the world of public art in the US, Mr. Esparza is the first recipient of the "Percent-For-Art" public commission from the State of Arizona in 1986, thus opening the door to the next generation of artists competing for public commissions.
Guillermo Esparza is the subject of the documentary by Los Angeles filmmaker Veronica Aberham for London-based Studio International. The film was released in June 1st, 2009 and premiered at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral for its 200-year anniversary on June 7th, 2009. The original award-winning soundtrack for this film was composed, performed, and recorded by Esparza's wife, The Juilliard School concert pianist and composer Maria Andriasova-Esparza, the daughter of the legendary Soviet composer Iosif Andriasov.
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg honors Guillermo Esparza's sacred art exhibit "Arcanum Angelorum" ("Mystery of the Angels") at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, and proclaims its opening date of February 26, 2009 as the official “St. Patrick's Old Cathedral Day” in New York City.
Guillermo Esparza is an award winning internationally recognized American iconographer, painter and sculptor with collections at the US National Archives, the Phanar in Istanbul, Turkey, the Vatican Museum in Rome, Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as numerous cathedrals, churches, museums, and private as well as public collections internationally. He is an artist-in-residence for the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan, New York. An ecumenicist, Mr. Esparza has been awarded important commissions by churches of many denominations, and his original works are installed in Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Byzantine Catholic, and Greek Orthodox Churches. Mr. Esparza's murals for Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Byzantine Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches have had the great distinction of being declared Icons. A visionary in the world of public art in the US, Mr. Esparza is the first recipient of the "Percent-For-Art" public commission from the State of Arizona in 1986, thus opening the door to the next generation of artists competing for public commissions. Guillermo Esparza has been honored for his work by His All Holiness Bartholomew I, His Holiness the late Pope John Paul II, and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, among others. Guillermo Esparza is married to The Juilliard School concert pianist Maria Andriasova-Esparza.
Mr. Guillermo Esparza's website is at http://www.guillermoesparza.com
GUILLERMO ESPARZA'S SELECTED WORKS:
·U.S. National Archives, since 2001
·The Vatican, Rome, Italy, since 1995
·The Phanar, Istanbul, Turkey, since 1995
·Smithsonian American Art Museum, since 1982
·His Holiness, the late Pope John Paul II, Bishop of Rome, 1995
·His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, 1995
·His Eminence, the late Cardinal O’Connor, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY, 1996
·His Eminence, Cardinal Pio of Samoa, 1999
·His Eminence, the late Archbishop Iakovos, Greek Orthodox Church, New York, NY, 1995
·Father Alexander Karloutsos, Office of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, New York, NY, 1997
·Rev. Father Isaias, Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1997
·Mr. Xenophon Galinas, Olympic Tower, New York, NY 1996
·Communicants of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Baltimore, MD, 1996
CATHEDRALS AND CHURCHES:
Catholic Center at New York University, New York, NY
Church of St. Paul The Apostle, New York, NY
·Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, New York, NY
·The Basilica ofSt. Patrick's Old Cathedral, New York, NY
·The Church of the Holy Innocents, New York, NY
·St. Markella’s Cathedral, Astoria, NY
·Cathedral of St. John the Theologian, Tenafly, NJ
·The Cathedral of the Incarnation, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, Garden City, NY
·The Vatican, Rome, Italy
·The Phanar, Istanbul, Turkey
·St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY
·The Cathedral of the Annunciation, Baltimore, MD
·S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Somerset, NJ
·Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, New York, NY
·St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, New York, NY
·Church of the Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Church, Smithtown, NY
·St. Mary of the Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, Trenton, NJ
·St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church, Brooklyn, NY
·St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Dunellen, NJ
·St. George’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Linden, NJ
·St. Philip in the Foothills Episcopal Church, Tucson, AZ
AWARDS / AFFILIATIONS / OTHER COMMISSIONS:
Artist-in-residence, the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, Manhattan, New York - present
Capomaestro, Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Manhattan, New York - 2008 - 2009
Proclamation from the Mayor of New York Michael R. Bloomberg - 2009
Commendation from His All Holiness The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Istanbul, Turkey - 1995
Public Art Fund Award, Tucson AZ - 1986 Arizona Contractors' Landscape Award, Rodgers, Gladwin, and Harmony Landscape Architects, Tucson, AZ, 1985
First co-recipient of “One-percent-for-the-arts” commission in the Southwest US, 1987, Reid Park Outdoor Center for the Performing Arts, Tucson, Arizona,
1986; Celebration of the Arts, architecture-linked bas relief panel in cast stone, 8' x 16' x 6"
Tucson Parks and Recreation commission
Gerald Peters Collection, main fountain, Sena Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Chamber of Commerce, Bath, ME commission
Arizona Contractors’ Landscape Award, David Mehl Residence — in a team with Rodgers, Gladwin and Harmony, Landscape Architects design, Tucson,
Bath Iron Works Corporation, Bath, Maine, 1984; Shipbuilder’s Monument, marble and granite, 8' x 8' x 2' (collaboration)
David Mehl Residence, Tucson, Arizona, 1985; courtyard fountain of sandstone and marble, 8' x 42" x 8'
Reid Park Zoo, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; Follow the Yellow Brick Road, sign-sculpture in cast stone, 10' x 46" x 12"
Tucson National Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; The Tree of Life, three-tiered fountain, 7.5' x 11.5' x 7.5'
Shomac Corporation, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; interior sculpture of marble, 2' x 18' x 2'
JNC Corporation, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; interior fountain, marble, 8' x 5' x 8'
Aries Enterprises, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; four stone entrance monuments, 11" x 12' x 11' ea.
St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; painting and restoration
Lloyd Wells Residence, Falmouth Yacht Club, Falmouth, Maine, 1987, carved bas-relief of seascape