Mariachi Champaña Nevín is internationally regarded as one of the leading proponents of “classical mariachi music” in the world. Comprised of virtuoso mariachi and classical musicians, this unique ensemble fully embraces the ideals of traditional Mexican music and European Classical music. Led by composer and trumpeter Jeff Nevin, they have delighted diverse audiences across the United States, Mexico, and as far away as Russia, France and China for nearly two decades.
Jeff Nevin has created a large canon of original music scored for mariachi and symphony orchestra, including the world’s first Concerto for Mariachi and Orchestra (Pasión Mexicana), an enchanting classical song cycle for scored for mariachi and orchestra (Al aire libre, based on the poetry of Alberto Blanco), a magical Mexican Christmas celebration (“La fiesta de la nochebuena”), and many orchestral adaptations of traditional mariachi songs. Together with Mariachi Champaña Nevín, and occasionally alone as soloist/conductor, Jeff Nevin has performed his music with the symphonies of San Diego, Colorado, Aguascalientes, Grant Park, Jalisco, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Baja California, Zacatecas, East Texas, Santa Rosa, Idaho Falls, La Jolla, Key West, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Nova and the American Philharmonic in Sonoma County. Mariachi Champaña Nevín has performed with many of Mexico’s finest singers, including Placido Domingo, Aida Cuevas, Jorge Lopez-Yañez, Mónica Ábrego, José Luis Duval, Rafael Jorge Negrete, Florencia Tinoco and José Medina.
Mariachi Champaña Nevín recently released their fifth album, Nuestra Navidad, a groundbreaking two-CD set featuring beloved Mexican and American Christmas carols along with classical favorites including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Pachelbel’s Canon. Their annual “Día de Muertos” celebration has received wide acclaim, becoming a much-anticipated tradition in San Diego. Visit VirtuosoMariachi.com to learn more.
Jeff Nevin is a professional classical trumpet player, mariachi trumpeter and soloist, a conductor specializing in the interpretation of Mexican music, and an award-winning composer whose works have been performed by the San Diego, Colorado, Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Key West, East Texas, Santa Rosa, Desert, Idaho Falls, Idaho State Civic, Grand Junction, Baja California and La Jolla Symphonies, as well as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and Sol de México. Together with Mariachi Champaña Nevin, he has established a reputation for presenting the highest quality classical and mariachi music performed with the mariachi alone, soloing with symphony orchestras, and appearing with world-renowned singers including Placido Domingo, Aida Cuevas, Fernando de la Mora, Jorge Lopez-Yañez, José Luíz Duval, Mónica Ábrego, Florencia Tinoco, Rafael Jorge Negrete and others. In addition to numerous performances in the US and Mexico, he recently returned from performing tours in France (2010, 2012), China (2010), and Russia (2009, 2012), Brazil (2014), Canada (2015), India (2015), and Germany and the Czech Republic (2016).
Dr. Nevin earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate (PhD) in music theory and composition from the University of Illinois, Arizona State University and UC San Diego respectively. He is currently professor of music and director of mariachi activities at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, where he devised and is now offering the world’s first college degree in mariachi music — and he is the conductor of the Southwestern College Symphony Orchestra. He was a faculty associate at Arizona State University in the 2012-13 school year. In 2011, the Mexican government presented him with the first “Award for Arts and Culture” for his work promoting Mexican music abroad. In 2008 he was named “California Multicultural Music Educator of the Year” and accepted the position of Director of Youth Music Programs for San Bernardino’s Sinfonía Mexicana.
In addition to countless television, radio and print interviews, Dr. Nevin has been featured in the documentary films In the Name of Mariachi Music, Viva el Mariachi, and The History Channel en Español’s El Mariachi. His first book, Virtuoso Mariachi (University Press of America, 2002), was called “A major milestone in the history of mariachi music” by the Tucson Citizen newspaper, and he has written a comprehensive set of method books, Mariachi Mastery (Neil A Kjos Music Company, 2006), that is used to teach mariachi music in classrooms across the United States and Mexico. He is a founding member of the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation and has served as its President since 2013. In 2016 Dr. Nevin founded the Chacala Mariachi Institute in Nayarit, Mexico, providing the most intensive and high-quality training available anywhere for mariachi instructors.