Follow the links on this page to find bios and interviews with the second group of Abreu Fellows, who completed the program in 2011, and to connect to their blogs.

Graciela Briceno
Caracas, Venezuela
Read Graciela Briceno's blog.



David Gracia
Zaragoza, Spain
"El Sistema is not only a social movement through music: it is a way of living. It is based on passion, hard work, solidarity, and honesty through music. These values are applied to any sphere of our lives."
Read David Gracia's blog.


Laura Jekel
Boston, Massachusetts
"In most US colleges and universities, there is a large divide between training for music educators and music performers. One proposal that could benefit everyone involved is to break this barrier, and foster the formation of musicians who see themselves both as performers and educators."
Read Laura Jekel's blog.


Steven Liu
Monterey Park, California
"There are so many intangible lifelong skills that all of the arts have to offer our children, which include discipline, expression, the pursuit of something that will NEVER be perfect, and being an integral part of a larger community.
Read Steven Liu's blog.



Marie Racine Montilla
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
"Music gives the child a creative language that will allow him to connect the dots in life and therefore create a life of meaning."
Read Marie Racine Montilla's blog.



Andrea Profili
"El Sistema is unique because it has broken down social barriers in two ways: offering a safe place for human beings to grow, and providing music education without any exceptions."
Read Andrea Profili's blog.



Elizabeth Schurgin
Deerfield, Illinois
Read Elizabeth Schurgin's blog.



Patrick Slevin
Washington, DC
"The Abreu Fellows Program provides a chance to gain the skills that will help lead to a rich and diverse career in music. Musicians in the 21st century need to learn to be proficient performers, educators, administrators, as well as active citizens."
Read Patrick Slevin's blog.



Adrienne Taylor
Westchester, Pennsylvania
"I play music because I love it, but when I’m able to share it with others, especially those who don’t have access to it normally, it gives greater meaning to my life as a musician."
Read Adrienne Taylor's blog.




Isabel Trautwein
Huntsville, Alabama
"In El Sistema I see clearly that Classical Music can reach anyone anywhere if the situation is right."
Read Isabel Trautwein's blog.