“As is tradition, on June 19 a new anniversary of the Youth Orchestra of the Sodre is celebrated, with a gala on the main stage of the Adela Reta National Auditorium that will be dedicated to touring the American landscapes. The soloist on the piano will be maestro Jorge Mejía, a Colombian artist who will perform "Preludes", the work of his authorship for narrator, piano and orchestra. Mejía combines his work as concertist with the music business: he is the president of Sony / ATV Music Publishing. We talked with Mejía about this American musical encounter.”
“I sat down with Jorge Mejía in his home, at the foot of a beautiful Steinway, where he generously interlaced original pieces and sections of well-known melodies to better illustrate his responses. It turns out to be a particularly suitable dynamic given the concept of the most recent addition of its repertoire. His most ambitious project as a composer and performer is titled An Open Book: A Musical Memoir, and offers a narrative as a prelude to each instrumental piece, where he delves with ivory keys into intimacies that words can not reach.”
“Latin Music Executive and Steinway Artist, Jorge Mejia, B.M. ’96, brings all of his passions together to create a classical album and accompanying book, An Open Book: A Memoir In Music. Mejia, a Keyboard Performance major while here at the University of Miami, honed his skills and expanded his expression while studying piano. ‘My experience at UM – the intense focus on piano within a broader education – uniquely prepared me for my work today, which spans worlds from the Latin music business to classical music performance,’ Mejia said. ‘Being in Miami allowed me to continue growing as a multicultural citizen, and I never felt that my identity had to be wrapped up in just one facet of who I am.’”
“JORGE MEJIA’S BET: CONNECTION AND INTIMACY. An Open Book: A Memoir in Music is the latest work of composer and pianist Jorge Mejia, who talks about his new creation born of the achievements, experiences, and examination of his life. A musician who exemplifies the confluence that makes Miami unique, the young man from Bogotá is set to kick off a Latin American tour that begins May 4 on the stage of the Knight Concert Hall.”
"To complete the panorama were Four Preludes for Piano by the Colombian Jorge Mejia – a full-scale and colorful mosaic. Mejia’s world is imagery, cinema, storytelling, and he doesn’t hold back. The composer narrated in Spanish before each prelude, in a trip through childhood and adolescence that portrayed his life experience, with Dinnerstein personifying it at the piano."
"Wherever Jorge Mejia goes, he says he makes sure that a piano is never too far away; his life revolves around music. As the executive vice president of Latin America and U.S. Latin for Sony/ATV, he oversees the world's largest Latin music publishing house - home to artists like Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias. But he is also an accomplished classical music composer. His debut album, Preludes, was released earlier this year with rave reviews. It took Mejía 10 years to finish Preludes, which he describes as 'biographical tidbits of his life.' As someone might turn to their best friend, he often turned to the piano as if to document each of his life’s moments, one note at a time."
"The brilliant American pianist Simone Dinnerstein was the featured soloist in a program that included two Mozart piano concertos, four delightful sketches by Jorge Mejia, and Aaron Copland... Not since the Vietnam War have I seen our country so divided and discontent and with so little prospect for peace and unity behind our shared American values. But this concert showed me that we can, with good will, kindness and principled compromise, find ways to bridge our divisions and come together. Yes, we are turning, turning, but we will 'come ‘round right.'"
"Opening the program is a special performance of preludes by composer Jorge Mejia. Each prelude is a piece of the story of Mejia’s life of coming from Colombia to the U.S. The story of his family and his sensitivity will be narrated in Spanish as the orchestra and piano play. 'To have a pianist of Simone Dinnerstein’s caliber and to have an orchestra like this performing the pieces is absolutely exhilarating,' said Mejia."
Jorge speaks with Encore about his debut piano album and how he rose from intern – fresh out of New England Conservatory – to head of the largest Latin music publishing company in the world. "Mejia secured an intern position at the Sony Music offices in Miami in 1997. Starting out in Sony Music’s sales and marketing department, he was loaned to Sony’s publishing department for a single day. That day stretched into another day, into weeks, and then into years. He’s never looked back."
"As our recently released Latin Power Players list shows, many top Latin music executives are musicians. But it’s not every day that one of those executives releases an album, much less an album of classical music -- much less an album of classical compositions performed by that executive. Jorge Mejia's was an uncommon album launch that brought together an industry who’s who, including the heads of all the Latin publishing companies, as well as musicians, producers and label heads."
"Four years after Sony/ATV merged with EMI Music Publishing -- with Shakira, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Carlos Vives and Ricky Martin all on the same publishing corporation roster -- the company is a solid market leader, in Latin and other genres. 'Now we're one team with one vision,' says Mejia, whose division leads the midyear Hot Latin Publishing Corporations chart. 'Adapting to a changing market is the biggest accomplishment of all.'"