Holdan Arbey Silva Acosta


Photos by Matt Dine


Winner, scholarship soloists’ competition, 2019 Cartagena Music Festival; Winner, soloist and group, 2023 Young Talents Replica Bank of Colombia


Cartagena Musica Festival, 2019; Cundinamarca Symphonic Band, 2019; Young Philharmonic Orchestra, 2020–22; Bogota Philharmonic Band, 2020; Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, 2021–23

What is your earliest memory of classical music?

When I was 17 years old, I entered my first music school called “Batuta,” and there I performed and saw my first symphonic concert. I remember that we played Colombian music adapted for orchestral format.

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply?

I found out about TŌN through some Colombian friends who are now in their second year. They told me it was a great opportunity to expand my orchestral knowledge as a musician. Now that I’m here, I realize it’s a spectacular space filled with musical learning.

Is there a person or people you most respect in your field and why?

The people I admire the most are my parents. Despite the difficult and challenging life they had, they gave my brother and me the best they could. They provided us with a high-quality education and, most importantly, instilled in us strong values.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

I wanted to be a pilot for interdepartmental small planes, where they transported bananas, corn, and other various products.