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Ronner Urbina has become a reference as a Venezuelan violinist. From a very young age, the member of the renowned Venezuelan orchestral project “El Sistema” distinguished himself as concertmaster of the Rafael Urdaneta Youth Orchestra; invited by Maestro José Antonio Abreu in 2007 to represent Venezuela in the festivals “Arte Sella” and “I suoni delle Dollomiti” in Italy, and then to participate in several international projects with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, including the awarding of the Prince of Asturias Prize in Oviedo, Spain (2008). 

Urbina finished his education as a violinist in Venezuela, at the Mozarteum Caracas, under the professorship of Simón Gollo, founder of the “Nuevo Mundo” Festival and Academy and the Aruba Symphony Festival. He then continued his undergraduate and graduate studies in violin in Germany, at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim (the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts), with the prestigious Italian professor and pedagogue Marco Rizzi. In the same country, he performed as Associate Concertmaster of the Mannheim Philharmonic and guest violinist of the Heidelberger Sinfoniker, the Baden-Baden Philharmoniker, the Mannheimer Mozartorchester, the Philharmonie der Nationen, among others.

Back in his country, in 2014 and 2015 he held the position of Director of the “José Luis Paz” Conservatory of Music of “El Sistema”, the school that saw him born as a musician when he began receiving music lessons at the age of four. That same year (2015), he performed in the United States as a guest violinist with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico; and the San Antonio Chamber Orchestra in San Antonio, Texas, where he also participated as Young Faculty of the CMI (Classical Music Institute) giving violin lessons to young talents in the city.

He has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals and concert halls in the world, including the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival in Kiel (Germany), at the Philharmonie Berlin, Alter Oper Frankfurt, National Teather Mannheim, Brandenburger Hall (Germany), KKL Concert Hall in Switzerland, Großer Saal Salzburg in Austria, Guangzhou Concert Hall in China, Simón Bolívar and Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas, among many others.

In 2016, one of his works was nominated for a Latin Grammy, which gives him his first nomination with his participation as director and string arranger in the album Ciudad de Luz by the band Generasión, and in that same year, another of his works leads him to win his first ARPA Award in Mexico City, for his participation as Violin Soloist in the album Cordero by Leonardo Díaz. In December 2017, he won the Mara International Award as a Violinist with major International Projection, in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela.

He currently resides in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Music Performance (DMA) at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.