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In an Era of Musical Specialists, Multi-Instrumentalist David Mendoza Keeps Up a Dying Art

David Mendoza

By Fredric Dannen

John Lennon once said, “I’m an artist. Give me a tuba and I’ll get something out of it.” The notion that a musician is a musician and should not be confined to a single instrument is a curious one nowadays when almost everyone is a specialist. But the idea is not quaint to San Miguel musical star David Mendoza.

Just about every music lover in San Miguel has heard Mendoza performing on the violin—or least has tried to hear him, as his concerts usually sell out. The Grammy-nominated recording artist Michael Hoppé says Mendoza’s “wonderfully expressive violin playing” is, quite simply, “one of the most beautiful sounds one can hear in San Miguel de Allende.”

But David is also a virtuoso pianist and percussionist, and in two concerts at the Bellas Artes on Wednesday, September 25, and Thursday, September 26, he will be showcasing his range of musical talent. The two concerts are installments of the Steinway Series, an ongoing piano-based series at the Bellas Artes.

All Steinway Series concerts are benefits for Libros para Todos, an outreach program that seeks to inspire children in Mexico to read more, particularly those children and young adults residing in rural communities where access to books is limited. (See for more information.)

The Wednesday concert is at 7pm, and the Thursday concert is a 3pm matinee. Both concerts will feature David with several of his favorite musical collaborators, including Camille Garcia on accordion, Cristian Hernandez on bass, Juan José on drums, and Lorelei Capell and Carlos Vargas on piano, among other guests.

David will demonstrate his own considerable piano skills, playing works by Claude Debussy, Yann Tiersen (who composed the soundtrack for the movie Amélie), and Nils Frahm, among others. On violin, Mendoza’s program includes Astor Piazzolla and Ennio Morricone, along with selections from David’s new CD, Birds Fly In. The afternoon concert on Thursday features music a bit more on the mellower side.

The Bellas Artes concerts are both reserved-seat events. Tickets may be purchased Monday through Saturday, 11am–5pm, with cash or a credit or debit card at Boleto City, located in Mercado Sano at Ancha de San Antonio 123. For online tickets, go to


David Mendoza and Friends

Wed, Sep 25, 7pm

Thu, Sep 26, 3pm

Miguel Malo Auditorium, Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75, Centro

Tickets: 400, 300, and 200 pesos

Boleto City, Mercado Sano

Online: etickets:


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