The guitarist was a key participant in creating Canada’s appreciation for Spain’s famed dance and music.
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Victor Kolstee, the co-founder and musical director of Vancouver’s acclaimed Flamenco Rosario and the Vancouver Worldwide Flamenco Competition, has died.
Based in 1989 together with his spouse, dancer Rosario Ancer, Flamenco Rosario established a vibrant flamenco scene in Western Canada. Beneath the identify Rosario Ancer Flamenco Arts Society, the corporate has been a registered charity since 1999. Generations of dancers and gamers have come by means of its neighborhood lessons and coaching packages.
Born Hans Victor on Feb. 10, 1945, in Den Haag, the Netherlands, he immigrated to Vancouver in 1956 together with his dad and mom and three siblings. He started enjoying guitar within the Nineteen Sixties. Initially impressed by the exploding people music and rock ‘n’ roll scenes of the period, a budding curiosity in studying flamenco adopted and shortly turned a lifetime pursuit.
After a Canada Council grant supplied the means to maneuver to Madrid to check, he immersed himself within the tradition, studying from such celebrated gamers as Diego and Paco del Gastor, Justo de Badajoz and Victor Monje “Serranito.” It was in Madrid the place he met Mexican dancer Rosario Ancer, whom he married in 1982.
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The pair joined the Ballet Español Maria Velasquez y Paco Mundo firm, which toured from Spain to Moscow and Southeast Asia. The couple had been firmly entrenched within the flamenco scene in Spain once they moved again to North America in 1984, first to Vancouver after which to Monterrey, Mexico. There, the couple established their first faculty and carried out extensively. The household returned to Vancouver in 1989 and opened the Centro Flamenco College, and based the Vancouver Worldwide Flamenco Competition.
Kolstee additionally launched his debut album, Tocaor, in 1989.
His enjoying might steadily be heard coming off the stage at Vancouver’s official house of flamenco, Kino Café, on Cambie Road. Longtime good friend James O’Mara met Vancouver’s first couple of flamenco in 1985. He fondly recollects these in style reside classes.
“My son was taking classes with Victor and my daughter studied underneath Rosario, and we turned shut pals, travelling to Spain collectively a number of occasions,” stated O’Mara. “With out understanding it, we had been hanging out on the similar espresso homes having fun with the people rock of the late ’60s, and I can perceive why he was drawn to flamenco for its ardour. I’m fairly blessed that he was in a position to share a lot of his information of the shape with me and so many others.”
Whereas he will likely be remembered by his college students as an amazing trainer and mentor, and by followers for his performances with Flamenco Rosario, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and others, O’Mara notes that Kolstee was additionally a superb visible artist. He had two solo pictures exhibitions at Yuko Onley’s Visible House in 2016 and 2019.