Julián Andrés Rey Peñaranda


Photos by Matt Dine


Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil de Cámara de Bogotá, 2022; Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, 2021; Festival Internacional de Cartagena, 2017; Aruba Symphony Festival, 2019

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career?

My parents are musicians and they taught me the beauty of this career. I wanted to be musician since a was a little child.

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

I knew about TŌN in Colombia because some people from the program came to my city in order to teach in a festival. Also, because of the agreement with Filarmónica Joven de Colombia. Being in TŌN became a goal because I have always loved playing in orchestras and I believe that this opportunity can give me more tools for improving myself as a musician, not just in the performance, but also in many different necessary aspects for being an integral musician.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician?

Music has given to me a lot of wonderful experiences; however, what I really love is to use music as a tool for fixing our society. As an explanation, in my country some people have been victims of violence, drug problems, and other troubles in their life. I believe and have seen how music can give us a purpose in our life, works as a cure for broken souls, and allows people to get better. To see that and be part of these kinds of experiences is the best part of being a musician.

Favorite non-classical musician or band

Hector Lavoe

If you could play another instrument, what would it be?


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

I would really love to be a soccer player.