piano | Francia / France
Adam Bidi was born in Paris (France) on March 15th 2004. He started piano at the Scuola Musicale di Milano with Gloria Griffini when he was five years old. Two years later he entered the Arturo Soria Conservatory in Madrid in Alberto Urroz’s class, where he studied for five years, obtaining numerous recognitions in piano as well as being the youngest student selected to participate in the master classes of Oxana Yablonskaya and Jérôme Granjon. In this stage he wins the first prize of the I EPTA Spain Contest held in 2014 in Madrid for children category up to 10 years old, and the next year, 2015, he was awarded again a first prize as a competitor of the young category up to 16 years old at the II EPTA Spain Contest, being consequently selected to play in a recital at the Museo del Romanticismo in Madrid.
In 2016 he passed the entrance exams to the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris to study with Romain Descharmes, being admitted the following year (as one of the youngest students) in the class of the renowned teacher Billy Eidi. In this demanding Parisian center, Adam Bidi has stood out for consistently obtaining the highest marks in all the subjects. He has also been awarded first prize in the Flame Piano Competition in Paris two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018, and was first prize winner also in the Chamber Music with Harp Competition of Madrid, playing in a duet with his sister Alexandra Bidi.
He has participated in summer courses in Slovenia with Sasa Gerzelj Donaldson, Nikos Zafranas and Djordje Milojkovic, and in the Academies of Grand Nancy with Marie-Paule Siruguet and Hugues Leclère, being selected to play at the Nancyphonie Summer Festival in 2016 and 2018.
In January 2018 he was selected by the Più Mosso Foundation to participate with great success in “El Aperitivo” at Alberto Urroz Recital at the CentroCentro Auditorium in Madrid.
Lately, he maintains an important activity in chamber music, with clarinet and cello, guided by Professor Marie-France Giret. With this group he has participated in numerous concerts at the Conservatory and at the Paris City Hall.
Spain | Festival Director 2004-2019
Alberto Urroz is one of the most brilliant and multitalented Spanish pianists of his generation. Acclaimed pianist with an international career as soloist, he is also an active chamber music player, as well as accompanist of great singers, dancers and ballet companies in prestigious festivals. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Mendigorría International Music Festival in Spain and has produced and created successful multidisciplinary spectacles including music, art and dance. As a founder member of the European Piano Teachers Association, EPTA, in Spain, Urroz has served as secretary and Vice President and has been appointed President in 2018. He has earned a PhD “cum laude” (2017) in music from the Alfonso X University, with the thesis “Optimization of the didactic-learning process of piano technique: models to develop eficiency in the performance of the piano studies Op. 299 by C. Czerny (1791-1857)”. Since 2015, Urroz is piano professor for bachelor, master and doctorate studies in piano performance at the Alfonso X University and since 2002, he holds a teaching position for undergraduate studies at Arturo Soria Conservatory, both in Madrid. As a renown pedagogue, he has been invited to various prestigious international festivals and universities in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Norway, South Korea and USA. Concerned about the new generations, he has organized the presentation of young talents in auditoriums and festivals such as the Conde Duque, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Pons Foundation and Auditorio CentroCentro, in Madrid, and at the Mendigorría International Music Festival in Navarra. He is also cofounder and Artistic Director of the City of Madrid Shigeru Kawai Piano Competition whose aim is to develop and support careers of young pianists in Spain and Japan.
Alberto Urroz has performed throughout Europe, Asia and America. A successful debut in 2008 at New York’s Carnegie Hall boosted his international career, following recitals in Seoul (South Korea), Strasburg (France), Atlanta (USA), London (UK) and Naples (Italy), among others. Since first performing with the Navarre Symphony Orchestra in 1999, Urroz has been sought by important cultural institutions such as the Prado Museum, Madrid National Auditorium, Conde Duque Auditorium, the Santander and Peralada International Festivals, the Royal San Fernando Fine Arts Academy, the Juan March Foundation, Gayarre Theater, Baluarte Auditorium, the Cervantes Institute in Berlin, Lisbon and Manila; Festival Percusos in Ponte de Lima and Festival Terras See Sombra, both in Portugal; the Music Talent Festival in Brescia, Italy; the German Embassy in Madrid; the Las Canals, Binic and Hyères Festivals in France; the Iberian Foundation for Spanish Music in NYC, the Georgia State University in USA, the German Embassy in Madrid; the Italian Culture Institute in Madrid, Lisbon and Strasburg, etc. He has played in such halls as the Madrid National Auditorium and Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Museo del Prado Auditorium, the Gayarre Theatre, the Baluarte Auditorium, the Weill Recital Hall and Elebash Recital Hall (NY), Salle du Munsterhof (Strasburg), Bolivar Hall (London), the Sejong Center (Seoul), Kopleff Recital Hall (Atlanta), Villa Floridiana (Naples), the Oslo Music Academy, the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Tel Aviv Philarmonie, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (Manila), etc.
Born in Pamplona in 1970, he began his musical education at home. In 1994, he graduated with honors in Joaquín Soriano’s Chair in Piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, furthering his training at the Rubin Academy (now renamed Buchman-Mehta Music School) in Tel-Aviv University with Pnina Salzman, then in New York with Oxana Yablonskaya. He won competitive grants from Madrid Juventudes Musicales (1993), from the Government of Navarra (1995-1998) and from Hartford University (1999).
Alberto Urroz is an artist of IBS Classical label where he has recorded works by Scarlatti, Sánchez Allú, Albéniz, Granados, de Falla and Mompou.
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piano | España / Spain
The pianist Aurelio Viribay specializes in the accompaniment of singers. He has worked with many singers including Walter Berry, Alicia Nafé, Annalisa Stroppa, Ainhoa Arteta, María Bayo, Ángeles Blancas, Saioa Hernández, Ofelia Sala, Ruth Rosique, Ruth Iniesta, Raquel Lojendio, Lola Casariego, María Rey-Joly, Elena Sancho Pereg, Sandra Ferrández, Arantza Ezenarro, Cristina Toledo, María Espada, Sonia de Munck, Marta Knörr, Susana Cordón, Pablo García-López and Naroa Intxausti.
He has appeared in most European countries and also in Mexico, Morocco and Japan, performing in venues such as the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Castello Sforzesco in Milano, Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as in most of the important concert halls and music festivals in Spain. He has taken part in many premieres and has made recordings for RNE, Catalunya Music and RTVE. His discography includes CDs with Marta Knörr (mezzosoprano), Lola Casariego (soprano), Guzmán Hernando (tenor) and with the ‘Vocal Quartet Cavatina’.
He worked as vocal coach at the ‘Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts’ and the ‘Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna’, and now at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid. He has collaborated in masterclasses given by Thomas Quasthoff in the ‘Mozarteum University Salzburg’, Walter Berry in Austria, and Teresa Berganza in the ‘Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía’ in Madrid. Aurelio Viribay obtained his Ph.D. from the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid with a thesis on Art Song by the Group of the Eight in Madrid.
piano | España / Spain
Born in Cádiz in 2008, he began studying piano and cello at four and a half years old, with his mother Patricia Vázquez García. At the present time he also assiduously receives classes from the Spanish pianist Luis Fernando Pérez.
He has completed advanced courses with Guillermo González, Benedicte Palko, Graham Jackson, Nino Kereslizde, Luis Fernando Pérez, Angel Sanzo, Juan Lago, Jorge Pepi-Alos, Edith Fischer and Galina Eguiarazova.
In May 2016, he won the first prize of the IV contest of young interpreters of Sanlúcar in the category of up to 13 years. In November 2016, he obtains the first prize in category A, up to 12 years in the Santa Cecilia children’s contest “Fundación Don Juan de Borbón” held in Segovia. In December 2016 he won the first prize of the III contest organized by EPTA in Madrid, thanks to which he offers a concert at the Museum of Romanticism in Madrid. In April of 2017 he obtains the second prize of the international contest of Leganés, as well as the special prize of the jury; the first prize of the V contest of young interpreters of Sanlúcar, category up to 13 years and the first absolute prize of the category up to 13 years of the international competition City of Seville “Julio García Casas”. In June of 2017 he obtains the first prize in the “II piano contest Casio Cerviano” in Madrid. In June 2017, he also obtained special mention in the Ricard Viñes piano Kids and Youth and the 1st prize in the VI international contest Esteban Sánchez (up to 14 years). In July of 2017 he plays at the 42nd Segovia music festival. In September of 2017 he obtains the first prize of the II piano competition “Ciudad de Jerez”.
In November 2017, he participated in the IV Hispano-Russian festival of young talents “organized by the UCA, conducting a concert tour. In April 2018, he obtained the second prize in the VI contest of young performers of Sanlúcar.
In May 2018 he won the first prize unanimously in the III Rotary Club Marbella Music Contest and the special prize of the OFM. In June 2018 he won a first prize at the 8th International PianoTalents Competition Milan.
In June of 2018 he made his debut with orchestra with the concert in Re Mayor de Haydn at the Gran Teatro Falla de Cádiz.In September of 2018 he obtains the third prize in the IV Arthur Rubinstein Institute Competition. Participate with a concert representing Spain at the 40 th international EPTA conference in Valetta (Malta).
In December 2018 she won the first prize of the Cesar Franck competition contest, held in Brussels, where she was offered a scholarship to hold a masterclass and concert in Italy in the summer of 2018. In February / March 2019 she was invited to a masterclass and a series of concerts in South Africa.
Den Nye Oslo Trio
Noruega / Norway
DANIEL LAZAR, violin.
Daniel has rich musical tradition in his family, he is the fifth generation of violin players. He started to play violin at the age of 4, having as his first teacher his grandfather.He finished his Bachelor studies in 2010 at Faculty of music art in Belgrade in class of Prof. Ljubomir Mihajlovic, after which he continued his musical education on Master studies at Norwegian academy of music in Oslo with prof. Isaac Schuldman. In his career he won many awards in different kinds of music
Awards in classical music:1st prize, Stressa Italy, Competition of young talents of Serbia –Pozarevac and Serbian Republic competition in Belgrade. And 3rd prize at the Yugoslavian federal competition, Kotor-Montenegro and International competition “PETER KONJOVIC”. Finalist at Sinaia (Romania)-“Remember Enescu”.
There are also rewards associated with traditional folk music: Three times he won title of the best player at the “Festival of Romanian folk music in Serbia”, and 3’rd prize at the most prestigious competition of Romanian folk music “Maria Tanase” in Craiova-Romania. At the same time, he obtained first prize on the most famous competition of Serbian folk “Carevcevi dani” -Veliko Gradiste 2010 where the grand prize was a violin and a statue of the famous violinist Vlastimir Pavlovic-Carevac.
During his education he had the opportunity to work with renowned professors and artists such as:proffesor Eszter Haffner, Jan Talich, Dejan Mihajlovic, Jasna Maksimovic, Ulla Benz, Alessio Benvenutti, Stefan Kamilarov, Mathias A.Freund, Thomas Christian, Eckhard Fisher ,Bjarte Eike, also he received full scholarship at European music academy in Sinaia-Romania for masterclass with Prof. Emilian Piedicuta.
He is very active in numerous orchestras and ensembles, some of which are: European philharmonic orchestra, concertmaster of the grand national orchestra of radio and television of Vojvodina and orchestra of Romanian national minoroty council,member of Tutti world music ensemble , world music band “The Kuraybers” , Igor og fettere, duo project with accordionist Almir Meskovic , duo Wensaas/Lazar and classical trio “Den nye trio”. In August of 2012 he was chosen to lead an international world music seminar in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in 2013 in collaboration with music department from Strand videregående skole he held international music seminar under the auspices of the Tutti organization.
He had over 1000 career performances in countries such as: Serbia, France, Belgium, Norway, Israel, Romania, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Poland and Italy. He had honor to perform with world-renowned artist in concert series with Gheorghe Zamfir.Also performances with renowned artists such as Silje Nergaard,Jovan Pavlovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, Steinar Ofsdal,Elin Kåven, Ognjen Popovic, Helge Norbakken, Håkon Mjåset Johansen, Daniel Herskedal, Eyolf Dale, Helge Lien, Petter Richter, Marko Markovic, Ernest Bango, Bora Dugic etc.He played in more than 100 TV folk and classical shows organized by National TV of Serbia, TV Novi Sad, Romanian National Television, NRK, Tv2 Norge etc.
He played on following music festivals:Festspillene i Bergen,Førdefestivalen, Molde International Jazz festival Oslo Jazz festival,Trondheim Jazz festival, Transvocale,Osafestivalen,Balkanfest,Telemarkfestivalen,Oslofjord festival,Transform festival,Folkherbst,Kråkeslottfestivalen,Smoga festivalen,Oslo International church festival,Klassisk i Drøbak festival. In September 2014 as a member of world music band “The Kuraybers” he performed solo with Norwegian broadcasting symphony orchestra at Telenor culture prize awards in Oslo concert house.
ANTON DYMKOV, cello.
Born and rised up in Moscow.Studied cello in Petrozavodsk Music Conservatory (Karelia)and become the first cello student on master degree level on this conservatory,he got also solist qualification i 1998.In 1997 he moved to Tromsø(Norway)and later took master degree in chamber music at Norwegian State Academy of Music.He played as substitude in Trømsø Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Philarmonic Orchestra.He also worked as distriktsmusician in Høyanger and Voss(West-Norway),As a orchestra musician he took part in ca. 30 opera productions with Opera Nordfjord and Opera Bergen. International Masterclasses Dora Schwarzberg(chamber music),Alexander Knyazev,Alban Gerhardt,Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (cello) He played chamber music withTerje Nymark(soloclarinett Oslo Philarmonic),Catherine Bullock(soloviola Oslo Philarmonic),Øyvind Lyslo(one of the famouse norwegian classical guitar players),Ricardo Odriozola(first amanuensis violin Griegakademiet in Bergen ) As solist and chamber musicianDurufle requiem with Hordaland chamber choir 2004(turne West-Norway) Music of Norway in Moscow Conservatory ( 2009),music for cello and choir(Norway and Sweden turne with chamber choir Musica Practica summer 2011),7 concerts Russian Music East and West-Norway(2004-2015),solist Haydn cellokonsert i D-dur with University Symphony Orchestra in Bergen(mars 2012), Anton Dymkov is a cellist in DEN NYE OSLO TRIO that since 2014 have performed ca.20 concerts around Norway and Sweden with different repertoar(from baroque to tango).In 2016 he started an agency of chamber music concerts in Oslo Klassisk i Homansbyen.Until now the agency had 13 concerts with different chamber music programs.
ELENA SHALNEVA, piano.
Educated at such world-known music schools as Gnesinykh College in Moscow, Petrozavodsk State Music Academy and Norwegian Music Academy, concert pianist Elena Shalneva holds a Master of Arts degree in performing arts and successfully performs in Norway as well as in other countries.
Besides solo concerts she also performs in duo and in different chamber music groups and brilliantly continues Russian performing arts traditions. She has also an excellent career as a piano instructor. Elena Shalneva has held teaching positions in different conservatories and music schools in Russia, USA and Norway. She is a jury member at prestigious music festivals and competitions (Russia, Italy, Dubai, Finland, Norway), and her piano students have won many prizes over the years.
She is a pianist in the chamber music group “The New Oslo Trio” and holds performances with well known musicians like viola player Lars Anders Tomter, pianists Konstantin Bogino, Håvard Gimse, professor in Norwegian Music Academy, Mats Widlund, professor in Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm, mezzo soprano Galina Sidorenko (Russia), professor in song Maria Ludko (St. Petersburg, Russia), etc.
Elena Shalneva has received grants from Arts Council Norway, from Foundation for Performing Artists, banks. Two times she was nominated for a Culture prize.
Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade
acordeon / accordion | España / Spain
Born in 1994 in Barañáin (Navarra). Iñigo started his accordion studies in the town’s Music School with Mª Antonia González. After that, he did hi Professional Degree in Pamplona with Salvador Parada and gained his Bachelor Degree in Music from the Conservatory of Music in Navarra with Nekane Iturrioz in 2015, obtaining an “End of Degree” award.
In 2017 he completes his Master of Arts and a year later an Advanced Diploma degree, both at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Professor Owen Murray.
He has assisted in various courses and masterclasses taught by renowned musicians like Friedrich Lips, Matti Rantanen, Magnus Lindberg or Claudio Jacomucci.
He has taken part in concerts and festivals both in Spain and in different European countries, especially the United Kingdom,where he has performed in concert halls of great importance in the music scene, like the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall or Wigmore Hall (where he is an usual collaborator in different socio-educative projects) . Among the instrumental ensembles he has played with are the Philharmonia Orchestra (under Vladimir Ashkenazy), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Glyndebourne Youth Opera.
Iñigo enjoys collaboration with contemporary composers, which has led to the première of new works for different ensembles and art forms, including two accordion concertos.
He is member of the Diphonon Duo, along with Greek violist Michael Iskas and the Duo Giuliano-Mikeleiz with Canadian cellist Daryl Giuliano.
Juan Angel Vela del Campo
ensayista musical / music essayist | España / Spain
Juan Ángel Vela del Campo (Bilbao, 1947) has been an essayist and music critic for the newspaper El País from 1987 to 2015. He has collaborated in the radio program “La ventana”, by Cadena SER, for more than a decade. He presented and directed for 11 years the television program “Música noche” on Canal +. Executive director for four years of the “Opera digital” project of the Liceo de Barcelona with live broadcasts to 49 universities in Spain, France, Portugal and Mexico. Cultural director of the “Tutto Verdi” program of the ABAO of Bilbao from 2005 to 2016. Coordinator of the “History of Music in Spain and Latin America”, in eight volumes, of the Fondo de Cultura Económica. Prize of the Critic of Music and Theater of the Culture Fund of Salzburg in 2000. Professor of the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory of Naples and president of honor of the Cappella Neapolitana group of the city of Naples. He teaches courses or seminars at the Universities of Deusto, Carlos III and CEU. Author of the book “Music, imagine” and editor of “The humanism of the opera”, has published essays in the Nexus magazine of the University of Tillburg, in Ligne 8 of the National Opera of Paris and in programs of the Salzburg Festival. Regular lecturer in the courses of the Prado Museum, he belongs to the Board of Directors of the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid and is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy. He coordinated the Music section of the World Encounters of the Arts of Valencia, the Dialogues of change of century of the Millenium Festival of Santiago de Compostela and the International Days of Baroque opera during the European cultural capital of Salamanca. He has also been a member of the Basque Council of Culture and has given conferences or participated in round tables in different institutions in Spain, the United States, Mexico, France, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Portugal. From 2005 to 2016 he has been the artistic director of the Flamenco Festival in Rome and since 2015 the “Terras sem sombra” Festival of the Portuguese Lower Alentejo. Since January 2017 he has been running a weekly radio program on the M21 municipal school station. He is also a Telecommunications Engineer.
Laure de Marcellus
mezzo | Suiza / Switzerland
Laure de Marcellus’s velvety timbre and riveting stage presence delight both critics and audiences. She honed her craft at the Deutsche Oper Berlin,where she sang for three consecutive seasons, under the baton of conductors such as C. Thielemann, M. Jurowski and Sir Lawrence Foster.
Her celebrated debut came as CARMEN at the Fêtes de Genève. She appeared as DalilaSAMSON ET DALILA for the Opéra Studio of Geneva’s 20th Anniversary, and for the Gabriel Fauré Festival in Annecy. She sang Brangäne TRISTAN UND ISOLDE with the Norddeutches Philharmonie. Miss de Marcellus has performed roles as diverse as Maddalena RIGOLETTO, Smeton ANNA BOLENA, Mérope OEDIPE, Grimgerde DIE WALKÜRE, and her repertoire includes Fricka DIE WALKÜRE, Waltraute GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Erda RHEINGOLD, FedericaLUISA MILLER, Charlotte WERTHER, Sesto CLEMENZA DI TITO.
Her broad concert repertoire includes oratorios from VERDI REQUIEM, which she performed in a staged version, to works such as César Franck’s RÉDEMPTION or Britten’s NOAH’S ARK, performed with Jun Märkl for Radio France. She has appeared in BEETHOVEN’S 9th at Serbia’s Nomus festival and the MESSIAH with the Singapore Symphony.
She has performed in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, the USA and Germany.
Laure de Marcellus was born in Geneva, Switzerland,and studied at the Zurich Conservatory, in Tel Aviv and in New York. She has won many prizes and scholarships, including the Migros Scholarship in Switzerland and the American Berlin Opera Scholarship.
Laure de Marcellus returns to Mendigorría Music Festival after two wonderful apparences in 2004 and 2007. In 2014 we are ready again to enjoy her refined artistry with a beautiful program based on love, spiritual relief and the water as a symbol of both.
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piano | Portugal
Born in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, he carried out his musical studies in the Conservatoires of Braga and Porto, where he graduated in 1982 with distinction. He then attended the concert class of Noel Flores at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts of Vienna and later obtained the degrees of Master of Music in Performance Studies and PhD in Performance from the British Universities of Reading and Leeds, respectively.
As a pianist he premiered numerous works, his repertoire spanning from the baroque to contemporary. He also composed pieces for piano and chamber music, including some songs. He is regularly invited to give Master Classes and to serve as a juror of different musical competitions in several countries.
He has recorded various CDs for different labels, including repertoire from Bach to the twentieth century. Tracks form his CD ‘Portugal’ have been selected to feature in the official musical selection of the Portuguese Airline Company TAP, including sonatas by Carlos Seixas and ‘My Beautiful Blue Country’, his acclaimed introspective solo piano version of the Portuguese National Anthem. A recent review in the Piano Journal reputes this CD as “remarkable and original”, stating that Pipa’s Suite Portugal will leave its mark on future Portuguese music anthologies, and also defining him as “a pianist of great depth, power and poise”. His latest recordings include a double CD with Mozart piano works (Tradisom, 2018) and a CD with Vianna da Motta’s piano music (Toccata Classics 2018)
He is the current President of EPTA Portugal, and professor of piano and chamber music at the University of Minho, Portugal.
soprano | España / Spain
Originaria de Badajoz su formación vocal se inicia con Delia Agúndez, Teresa Loring y Elena Muñoz Valdelomar, bajo cuya tutela y de manos de la Reina Doña Sofía recibe en 2015 una beca de Juventudes Musicales. Obtiene el Premio fin de Grado Profesional y el Premio Extraordinario de Música de la Comunidad de Madrid. Finaliza sus estudios en la Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid con Victoria Manso. Ha recibido clases magistrales de Alicia Amo, Alex Aschworth, David Mason, José Hernández Pastor, Sandra Medeiros, Armando Possante, Sylvia Schwartz, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Boris Ignatov, Helen Tintes- Schuermann y Giulio Zappa.
Ha interpretado la Reina de la Noche (Die Zauberflöte) de Mozart en el Centro Cultural Moncloa de Madrid y Clarita (La del Manojo de Rosas) de Sorozábal para la Sociedad Filarmónica de Badajoz. Ha ofrecido recitales en los Teatros del Canal, en el ciclo “Amigos de la Ópera de Madrid”, Fundación Olivar de Castillejo, Fundación Juan March, Sociedad Filarmónica de Badajoz e inaugurando el programa “Sinfonía de la mañana” de radio Clásica. En 2016 cantó en la X edición del Premio Europeo Carlos V, presidido por Su Majestad el Rey Felipe VI y en 2017 en el 25 aniversario de la Academia Europea de Yuste. En 2018 participa en el Workshop “Incanto Tignano” y en el “Tignano Festival per l’ambiente e l’incontro tra i popoli” en La Toscana (Florencia). En 2019 debuta en el Teatro Real de Madrid interpretando un rol en la ópera “Idomeneo” de Mozart.
María Nagore Ferrer
musicóloga / musicologist | España / Spain
María Nagore has a degree in Geography and History from the University of Navarra, a degree in Piano from the Vizcaíno Conservatory of Music, a degree in Musicology from the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne and a PhD in Musicology from the University of Valladolid.
Since 1994 she has developed her teaching activity in the Bachelor of Musicology and History of Art at the universities of Valladolid (1994-2001), Salamanca (1995) and Complutense de Madrid (since 2002), where she currently works as a full professor. She has been an associate professor at the Observatoire Musical Français (University of Paris IV-Sorbonne) and is currently collaborating with the Chopin Institute in Warsaw. She is the director of the research group of the Spanish Music UCM of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has held the position of Vice Chancellor for University Extension, Culture and Sports at the Complutense University of Madrid from 2015 to June 2019.
His main area of research is Spanish music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of several books, including “La revolución coral” (Madrid, 2001) and “Sarasate. The violin of Europe” (Madrid, 2013), as well as numerous articles published in national and international journals. He has carried out numerous activities of coordination of national and international projects and courses and has given lectures and courses in Spain and abroad.
Paulo Gaio Lima
violoncelo | Portugal
Paulo Gaio Lima joined the Lisbon Metropolitan orchestra as principal cellist in 1992. On the same year, he became the cello professor for the National Academy for Orchestra in Lisbon and a few years later, also for the Lisbon Superior School of Music. Paulo studied at prominent music institutions including the Paris Conservatoire, and his teachers have included Madalena Costa and Maurice Gendron. In addition, he has performed as a soloist and recitalist throughout Europe, Asia and South America. His recordings for EMI and RCA include Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann Concerti with the Hannover Radio Orchestra and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. Paulo has performed with contemporary music groups such as Alternance, 2E2M and l’Itinéraire in Paris, and Divertimento in Milano.
piano | Polonia
Piotr Czerwiński was born on 9th August 2004. He has started his journey with piano at age of 6 in the General Music School of Feliks Nowowiejski in Gdańsk. He is taught by Elżbieta Pasierowska-Kołodziej. Piotr has won multiple awards in international, national and regional piano competitions.
He has won several awards in international, national and regional competitions in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Latvia, including the first prizes in 2015 in the competitions Juliusz Zarębski (Poland), Broumovska Klavesa and Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte (Czech Republic); in 2016 in the competitions Mistrz Klawiatury (Warsaw) and the Riga Youth Piano Competition (Prize to the young prodigy); in 2017 at the Fryderyk Chopin in Szafarnia; in 2018 at the Władysław Kędra in Łódź; and the second prizes in 2019 in the Chopin dla najmłodszych (Poland) and Piano Talents for Europe (Slovakia) competitions.
In his participation of 2015 in the 23rd F. Chopin International Piano Competition in Szafarnia, he won the Special Prize of the Honorary Consul of Navarra, La Rioja and the Basque Country, Ángel Tellechea, and also the prize of the György Ferenczy Foundation of Budapest for his interpretation of Chopin mazurkas.
The young pianist has also participated in chamber music competitions, winning first prize in the National Piano Duets Competition in 2013 in Gdynia and has played in the International Duo Festival organized by the University of Music in Gdansk.
He has offered numerous recitals in his hometown and in the most prestigious halls of Poland as well as in Spain, Hungary and Latvia. He is regularly invited to give recitals at festivals and concerts series, such as the recital offered recently in the birthplace of F. Chopin in Zelazowa Wola and the Filharmonica Baltica in Gdansk.
He likes to sing and belongs to the Canzoneta children’s choir. In his free time he plays football and is a faithful follower of the team of his city “Lech Gdansk”.
Violin | España / Spain
Born in Madrid, she graduated with honors from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música as a student of maestros Pedro León and Juan Llinares. As she was nine years old, she debuted with the Youth Orchestra under the baton of Odón Alonso at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
She has been a student in International master courses given by Pedro León, Mstislav Rostropóvich and the London Royal Academy professor, Clarence Myerscough. She studied in the UK with the latter , as a scholarship student of Comunidad de Madrid.
Rocío has performed in Spain, USA, Germany and UK. She has been first violin of the Comunidad de Madrid Youth Orchestra, and was featured soloist in 1993 at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. She has participated in the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando and Teatro Monumental in Madrid chamber concerts season.
In 1999 she was featured soloist of the RTVE Orchestra. She has performed, as well, with the Stradivarius from the Palacio Real in Madrid.
Rocío is a violin professor at Amaniel Conservatoire in Madrid and very active as a chamber musician. Since 1994, she is a member of the RTVE Orchestra.
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Maxi Santos Ferrer
Trompa / Horn | España / Spain
(Valencia 1971) He studied Horn at the Conservatory of Music of Buñol and the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, obtaining the Conservatory Award and the highest qualifications in Chamber Music. He expanded his studies at the State Superior School of Music in Stuttgart (Germany), where he did postgraduate studies with Professor D. Radovan Vlatkovic.
He has been a member of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, holder of the Teatro Real, and of the Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, holder of the Teatro de la Zarzuela. He has also been invited to collaborate on countless occasions with orchestras such as the Symphonic Orchestra of R.T.V.E., O.N.E., Symphony of the Principality of Asturias, Philharmonic of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, etc.
He is a member of the Wind Quintet “Madrid Cámara” and has collaborated with contemporary music groups such as Proyecto Xenakis or Plural Ensemble. He also plays an important role as a studio musician having made countless recordings for film and television with the “Mad4strings” orchestra and with singers like Jorge Marazu or Coque Malla.
As a director he has won important international awards directing the Symphonic Band “La Lira de Pozuelo”, of which he has been the titular director since 2004. It is also worth noting his facet as an arranger and composer, which has led him to make numerous arrangements and transcriptions for groups of all kinds, that have sounded in such important events as the inauguration of the new “Reina Sofía” Music School or the international horn contest of Moscow. Having published his works in Editions BIM (Switzerland).
He is currently a Horn and Orchestra professor at the Professional Conservatory of Music of Getafe, and artistic director of the “La Lira” Foundation of Pozuelo de Alarcón.