He was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1973, where he started to study cello at the age of eight with Maria de Macedo and later on also with Elias Arizcuren. At early age he plays solo recitals in Paris (France) and Madrid. From 1991 to 1994 he studied at Escuela Reina Sofia with Ivan Monighetti. At the same time he played for different maestros in Master-Classes: Rostropovich, Gutman, Starker, Helmerson, Greenhouse, Isserlis, etc. During those years he played in the most important concert-halls in Spain, being recorded by Sony his performance of Mendelssohn´s Second Cello Sonata with the pianist Eldar Nebolsin.
In 1996 he obtains under the direction of Kim Scholes his Master in cello “with honors” in the Chicago Musical College. In the year 2000 he receives the Doctor degree in cello from the University of Indiana (Bloomington) where he studied with Janos Starker, Tsutsumi, and Hokanson.Recently he played together with the pianist Claudio Martínez-Mehner in Master Classes of the great hungarian master Ferenc Rados in Budapest.
He has been awarded several prizes in competitions: Juventudes Musicales, Chicago Musical College, Popper Competition, etc. He has played as soloist with orchestra in EEUU and Spain the concertos by Dvorak, Schumann, Shostakovich,Haydn, Beethoven´s Triple, Tchaikovsky´s Rococo Variations, etc. He has been awarded with scholarships by Fullbright, Juventudes Musicales, AIE, Albeniz , etc.
From 2001 he is co-principal cellist of the Castilla-Leon Symphony Orchestra with whom he made his solo debut performing Brahms’ Double Concerto. In 2002 he obtains the position of chairman of the cello department at the Superior Conservatory of Salamanca.
His performances of Kodaly Solo Sonata and other solo works have been very well received by the critics. Future recitals include performances in Spain, Croatia, China, Italy, and South America.
He has been invited to play Dvorak Cello Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia as well as Strauss Don Quixote and Elgar Concerto.
In 2004 he was invited as professor by the Cello Forum of Madrid. He is the cellist of the Granados String Ensemble with whom he has extensively toured. Nowadays he plays a cello built in Piacenza by Giuseppe Nadotti in 1787. In 2009, he is invited to play as principal cellist in the Spanish Radio Orchestra and teaches as well string quartet at Musikene (Pais Vasco Superior Conservatory). He just recorded for Naxos Leonardo Balada's cello concerto called Caprichos No.5. He offers frecuently cello and chamber music master classes (Festivals of Asturias, León and Córdoba) and as a member of the Alborada Trio plays recitals in Spain.
Level: Advanced Intermediate level students, High level students and Post- graduates
Days: 1th to 3th of July 2019
Active participants: 135 €
Listeners: 65 €