Virginia Gámez - Flamenco singing / "Cante"
About Virginia Gámez
Name: Virginia Gámez Gil
Type: Flamenco singing / "Cante"
Place of birth: Málaga
Fecha de Nacimiento: 12/10/1978
VIRGINIA GÁMEZ, singer. She was born in Malaga and started singing at the age of 9 on stage with her aunt Pepi Gil and her father Pepe Gámez. At the age of 12 she debuted in Benalmadena's bullring with great figures such as El Turronero, Juana la del Revuelo y Chano Lobato.
It is essential to remember her age when talking about her because she has been the first person in the whole history of Flamenco Singing, who in the respective ages, has obtained the following results:
- At the age of 13, she qualified for the final in the contest of Cante de Las Minas, in La Unión (Murcia); First Prize to Granaína and Second Prize of the contest, La Volaera Flamenca de Loja (Granada), organized by Peña La Alcazaba.
- At the age of 14, First Prize and Honour Prize, in the Malaga National Singing Competition, organised by the Asociación Cultural Hijos de Almáchar, in Cornellá (Barcelona).
- At 20, she performed "35 PALOS DISTINTOS DEL CANTE" at the Teatro Alameda in Málaga, on 11 June 1999, in a single performance, maintaining the interest of the audience, who filled the venue.
Virginia has participated in numerous festivals sharing a poster with José Mercé, Calixto Sánchez, Aurora Vargas, José Menese, José de la Tomasa, Fosforito, Carmen Linares, Niña de la Puebla, Juanito Valderrama, Luis de Córdoba, El Cabrero, Chano Lobato, etc.
She took part in the first Flamenco Mass, celebrated in the CATHEDRAL OF HAVANA (CUBA), performing in the Meeting of Spanish and Cuban Cultures, in the Amadeo Roldán Theater of the same capital.
Virginia Gámez has also performed in the opera "Carmen" by director and choreographer Salvador Távora in 2003. With the bailaor Rafael Campallo's company he participated in the XIII Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla and in the Suzanne Dellal Theatre of Tel Aviv (Israel) with the play Don Juan Flamenco.
In 2001 she obtained a scholarship for more advanced studies at the Cristina Heeren Foundation of Flamenco Art (Seville), where she received classes from the Masters Naranjito de Triana, José de la Tomasa, Calixto Sánchez, Manolo Soler (Professor of Compás) María José Lama (vocal technique teacher).
During the academic year 2004 -2005, Virginia was part of the faculty of the Cristina Heeren Foundation for Flamenco Art (Seville). In July 2005 she again gave classes at the Cristina Heeren Foundation together with the singer Paco Taranto in the intermediate and basic singing courses. In 2004 he sang saetas in the cathedral of Seville with "José el de la Tomasa" and the symphonic orchestra of the city. In the same year she was part of the artists' circuit organized by the Federación de Peñas Flamencas de Sevilla.
In December 2005, he offers a ten-hour course in singing at the academy of the dancer Susana Lupiáñez “La Lupi" , to teach her to distinguish the different styles of singing, achieving a great result.
In 2005 she performed in the show directed by Calixto Sánchez,"A mi tierra", in the first Flamenco Biennial held in Málaga,"Málaga en Flamenco", as well as in the circuit "Nos vemos en tu Peña" and "Los jueves de la crítica".
In 2006 she participated in the circuit of the "Federación de Peñas flamencas de Sevilla" and in the Confederation of Peñas Flamencas Andaluzas. In 2007 Virginia was invited to sing at the inauguration of the Peña Flamenca Carmen Linares in Fuengirola. Among the most outstanding performances are those performed in Estepona accompanied by Dorantes al Piano and Roby Lakatos al Violín.
In September 2007 she presented the show "De la Andaluza Moraga" in the Marbella theatre with Milagros Menjíbar and Alexis Díaz (Cuban repentista) thanks to the II Bienal de Flamenco de Málaga "Málaga en Flamenco", adapting the lyrics of Salvador Rueda to different styles of singing.
Between 2008 and 2009 she took part in the circuits of the Confederación de Peñas Flamencas Andaluzas as well as in the circuit "Nos vemos en tu peña" and "De aquí mismo" organized by Málaga in Flamenco. She participated in the show "Los cantes de Málaga" with a great cast of Malaga artists. In November 2009 she performed in "El Mostachón de Utrera" obtaining a remarkable success.
In 2010, among other performances, she toured Castilla la Mancha thanks to Caja Duero and Montoya productions in Valladolid, Salamanca and Zamora. In the same year she performed at the Cervantes Theatre in Malaga, together with singer Rocío Alba,"Un imperio de coplas", a show dedicated to the brilliant artist Imperio Argentina.
In 2011 and 2012 she continued doing her flamenco tour in recitals and festivals. In July 2013 she presented her show "Mi Don Juan es Don José" at the Flamenco Biennial of Malaga with great recognition.
In December 2013 she presented at the Echegaray Theatre in Malaga together with the actor Manolo Albarracín the flamenco theatre "Los años que no vivir", and also participates in the 3rd Bienal de flamenco de Buenos Aires (Argentina) thanks to the Agencia Andaluza para el desarrollo del Flamenco (Andalusian Agency for the Development of Flamenco). Virginia was required in most of the Flamenco Festivals that are organized throughout Andalusia.
Virgina Gámez is director of the singing workshop at the Federación Provincial de Peñas Flamencas de Málaga, singing teacher at the Confederación de Peñas Flamencas Andaluzassponsored by the Junta de Andalucía and the Andalusian Youth Institute and teacher at the Cante de la Mancomunidad de la "Sierra de las Nieves" Vocals School in Guaro, she has directed the singing area of Bailaor Juan Antonio Pérez's school, as well as the singing section of the workshop school of the Town Hall of Mijas (Mijas Qualifies).Currently she is still part of the faculty of the Cristina Heeren Foundation of Flamenco Art in Seville.