Orlando Aguilar Velazquez


Orlando Aguilar Velazquez was born and raised in Mexico City. He studied at the National University of Mexico. In 2006 he moved to the Netherlands to study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he obtained his Master’s degree in percussion. He has performed in North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He has a penchant for contemporary music and has performed with the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble and conductors such as Reinbert de Leeuw, Peter Eötvös and Pierre Boulez, among others.

Orlando has played in numerous Mexican and Dutch orchestras, percussion ensembles and chamber music groups, including Camerata de la Americas, Orquesta del teatro de Bellas Artes, Orquesta Sinfonica del palacio de mineria, Orquesta Percutoris de la UNAM, Tambuco percussion quartet and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Insomnio ensemble, ASKO/Schönberg ensemble and Slagwerk Den Haag. Orlando can be heard on more than a dozen CDs.

From 2012 to 2018, he was part of the Center of Experimentation and Production of Contemporary Music (CEPROMUSIC) in Mexico City.

Currently Orlando divides his time between performances with various ensembles and his work as a builder of percussion instruments in his studio in The Hague.