Esteban Servellón

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Esteban Servellón (born October 16, 1921 in San Esteban Catarina , † August 12, 2003 in San Salvador ) was a Salvadoran composer, musician, conductor and music teacher.

Servellón began violin training at the age of eight, and later the viola and cello were added. His first teachers were Gabriel Melara (solfège) and Anselmo Navarrete (violin). He then completed a music degree at the Escuela Nacional de Música “Rafael Olmedo” under the direction of Domingo Santos .

In 1940 he became tuba player in the orchestra of the First Infantry Regiment, directed by José María Martínez . The following year, Humberto Pacas brought him to the Orquesta de los Supremos Poderes as a violinist and tuba player , of which he was a member until 1949. As a double bass player he played in Pepe Sandoval's jazz orchestra. In his hometown, Servellón founded the Cecilio Orellana music school .

As a government scholarship holder, he continued his education from 1952 to 1956 at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. On his return to El Salvador he became director of the Conservatorio Nacional de Música . From 1958 he was deputy director of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Ejército , and from 1963 to 1973 he succeeded Alejandro Muñoz Ciudad Real as director of the orchestra. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with many orchestras in Central America and the USA.

From 1976 to 1979 Servellón was violist in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa in Veracruz. From 1980 to 1991 he held a professorship at the music faculty of the Universidad Veracruzana , where he founded the faculty's chamber orchestra. After his return to El Salvador in 1992 he became deputy director of the Orquesta Sinfónica and then director of the music school at the Centro Nacional De Artes .

Servellón emerged as a composer with a requiem, a double bass concert, symphonic poems and chamber music works. He was honored as Hijo Merítisimo de El Salvador in 1996 and received the Premio Nacional de Cultura in 1998 .


  • Suite de Cuerdas
  • Suite Retrospectivas
  • Sonatina para Pequeña Orquesta
  • Cuarteto de Cuerdas "Tres Alotrópicos"
  • Introducción y Rondó for double bass and strings
  • Concertino for double bass and orchestra
  • Sihuehuet , symphonic poem
  • Faetón , symphonic poetry
  • Zipitín , symphonic poetry
  • Nawilin , incidental music for a piece by Waldo Chávez Velasco