The Musical Pilgrims International Festival will take place in Santiago de Compostela the second fortnight of next July.

EKATERINA LEVENTAL

In this personal musical play, the singer and harpist Ekaterina Levental leads the audience along the path she went as a teenager. This route through different countries began in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The rise of anti-Semitism after the collapse of the Soviet Union meant that his family stayed there.

Ekaterina

Ekaterina plays the sher, sings, dances and talks about its origins and how from one day to the next she has become decisive in everyday life.
And then he sought his way to the fairy tale, just as he knew it from the theatre. Driven by inexhaustible resilience and hope.

“The Road” is a special story and yet very recognizable.

This series of documentary musical theatre representations deals with relevant topics of the present day and is aimed at a wide audience. Each performance tells a personal story, in a theatrical arrangement, and is illustrated with varied music. The productions have a flexible design and are reproduced in various stages, from a theatre or concert stage to a living room.

De Grens is the second solo in this series, and begins where De Weg ends. By Ekaterina Levental. She was a 16-year-old girl in several refugee camps.

“Queen of Spades” is a poignant portrait of Ekaterina’s grandmother, in which the life of this Soviet heroine, and that of other iconic women of her generation, is reflected in our current events.

Ekaterina Levental
Ekaterina Levental

LÍTORE QUARTET

Lítore Quartet focuses on the study and dissemination of the repertoire for saxophone quartets.
The quartet consists of Jaime Estévez (soprano saxophone), Sira Pellicer (alto saxophone), Hugo Lomba (tenor saxophone) and Miquel Flores (baritone saxophone), and is established in Palma (Mallorca, Balearic Islands).
Lítore Quartet was born in 2019 under the tutelage of Beatriz Tirado in the Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears (CSMIB).

His professional career begins by offering concerts in the MSS Autumn Series and participating in the Mallorca Saxophone Festival 2020.
This group has also worked with important
Personalities such as Daniel Gauthier, Carl Emmanuel Fisbach, David Brutti and Patrick Stadler.
Currently, the quartet works with Xabier Casal, member of Fukio Saxophone Quartet.

He participates in numerous festivals such as Concerts a l’horitzó 2020 (Palma, 2020), the III International Festival of
Music of Cambra de Mallorca (Mallorca, 2020), the Cicle of Music to the Cambra Can Balaguer 2020 (Palma, 2020),
SineuSax 2020 (Sineu, 2020) and Palma Clàssica (Palma, 2021).
He has also collaborated with institutions such as Celler Tianna Negre (Binissalem, 2020) and the Foundation Pilar i Joan Miró.
(Palma, 2020).

Currently, Lítore Quartet is working on stage technique and group dynamics with the physiotherapist
specializing in performing arts Carles Expósito de Fisio Taddeo.

Lítore Quartet
Lítore Quartet

HANS VAN DER ZANDEN

Hans van der Zanden, solo horn of the Brussels Philharmonic, is considered one of Europe’s leading trumpeters today. After graduating from the conservatory, he was invited as a soloist to the Berlin Chamber Orchestra (Neues Berliner Kammerorchester), conducted by Jac van Steen, where he brilliantly began his career as a soloist playing with trumpeters such as Sarah Willis (Berlin Philharmonic) and Bodo Werner (Berlin Comic Opera).

Hans van der Zanden is also a successful soloist. He recently performed Haydn’s Concerto for Two Horns and Orchestra with the Hamburger Camerata, Schumann’s Konzertstück op.84 for four horns and orchestra with the Collegium Musicum Düsseldorf and Britten’s Serenade op.31 for tenor, horn and strings with the Orchestra. of Novosibirsk Chamber. He was a guest soloist at a ‘Holland-Russia Festival’ with the Chelyabinsk Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anton Grishanin. During this festival, Hans van der Zanden performed Mozart’s Horn Concerto KV417 and Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1 op.11

Hans van der Zanden
Anastasia Golberg

IRIA FOLGADO ENSEMBLE

Iria Folgado was born in 1996, she began her musical studies at the age of 9 at the “Xan Viaño Professional Conservatory of Music”, Ferrol and studied two years of “Instrumental Specialization at the School of Higher Studies” in Santiago de Compostela with Christina Dominik , at the same time that he received classes with the first oboe of the Galician Symphony, Casey Hill.

Subsequently, she completed her higher studies in music at the “Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler” Berlin with Professor Dominik Wollenweber, for which she has been awarded a scholarship by the “Provincial Council of A Coruña” in 2014, 2017 and 2019, with the “Alexander von Humboldt Foundation” in 2015 and with the “Musical Excellence Scholarship from the A Coruña Music Promotion Consortium” in 2016 and 2018.

She has been an academician at “Karajan ‒Akademie de Berliner Philharmoniker” during 2019-21, since she had to leave in December 2020 to fill the position of Solo English Horn at “Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin”, obtained by audition in January 2020. 2020.

As a soloist, Iria Folgado has performed with orchestras such as “Youth Orchestra of the Galician Symphony”, “Orquesta Gaos”, “Orquesta Vigo 430” interpreting the concerts of W.A. Mozart and Richard Strauss.

Meanwhile, he has participated in some of the most important and acclaimed classical music festivals in the world, such as “Zermatt Festival” (Switzerland), “Moritzburg Festival” (Dresden), “Festival Bozen” with “Gustav Mahler Academy” (Italy) ,” Santander Music and Academy Meeting” (Santander), “Clasclas International Classical Music Festival” (Galicia) and “Pacific Music Festival” (Japan).

As an orchestral performer, Iria has had a very active activity since she was very young, being accepted at the age of 17 in one of the most important young orchestras in the world, “Gustav Mahler Jugendoschester”. Later, she was invited to play with different orchestras in Europe, such as: in “Berliner Philharmoniker” and “Stavanger Symfoniorkester” as Solo English Horn, “Staatsoper Hannover” as First Oboe, “HR-Sinfonieorchester” ‒ Frankfurt, “Spira Mirabilis”, “Bläsern der Klassischen Philharmonie Stuttgart”, “Galician Symphony Orchestra”.

She has been selected to participate in prestigious competitions such as: “International Oboe Competition of Japan” 2018 held in Tokyo, “Geneva International Music Competition” 2021 and “Prague Spring International Music Competition” 2019, reaching the semifinal.

She is currently Solo English Horn at “Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin”, and is studying a Master of Musical Interpretation at “Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler” Berlin, with professors Dominik Wollenweber and Viola Wilmsen.

Iria Folgado

Héctor Cámara Ruiz was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1996. He began his viola studies at the age of 6 with Adolfo Hontañón, with whom he completed his professional studies at the Adolfo Salazar Conservatory in Madrid. In 2014 he began his studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music with Professor Diemut Poppen. There he received viola master classes from teachers such as Atar Arad, Nils Mönkemeyer, Antoine Tamestit, Veronika Hagen and

Hariolf Schlichtig, as well as chamber music with Ralf Gotóni, Heime Müller, Marta Gulyás, Günter Pichler, Casals Quartet and Menahem Pressler.

From 2016 to 2018 Héctor was a member of the International Institute of Chamber Music of Madrid “International Institute of Chamber Music of Madrid” with the Mayrit Quartet under the tutelage of Günter Pichler.

From 2016 to 2019 he joined the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, with which he toured Europe five times under the direction of conductors such as Daniel Harding, Ingo Metzmacher, Jonathan Nott, Lorenzo Viotti and Herbert Blomstedt, performing in two of them as Principal Viola. .

Since October 2018 he studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Professor Nils Mönkemeyer.

In January 2019 he won the position of Academician at the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Munich).

Since February 2022, Héctor is a full member of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra

Héctor Cámara

Sara Areal was born in Tui (Spain) in 1996. She started playing the violin at the age of 5 at the Tui Professional Conservatory.

Later, in 2010 she moved to Portugal where she continued her studies at the Escola Profissional Artística do Vale do Ave – Artave, finishing with the highest grades.

She was the winner of different competitions both nationally and internationally, including: First Prize in the III Edition of the David Russell Awards in 2008; First Prize in the V Edition of the Capela Contest 2011 (Portugal); Unique prize in the Musical Show of the Eixo Atlântico 2012 (Spain); First; Prize at the Marília da Rocha Contest 2012 (Portugal); Winner of the “Andrés Segovia-José Miguel Ruiz Morales” Prize at the LV Edition of the International Course of Spanish Music of the University “Música en Compostela” 2012 (Spain); First Prize at the 15th Santa Cecília International Competition 2013 (Portugal); Second Prize in the 16th International Competition “Cidade do Fundão” 2015 in the Superior Category (Portugal).

From 2014 to 2017 she is a student of Svetlana Makarova at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland) in the Degree Course of Violin Performance with a Charles Jacquot violin from 1857 lent to her by the Rotary Club in Lausanne.

In 2017 she was admitted to the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (ESMRS) in Madrid in the class of Ana Chumachenco and ZorikTatevosyan.

He has collaborated with numerous orchestras such as the Galician Symphony Orchestra (OSG), the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (OCL), the Galician Chamber Orchestra, Spaincellence, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Princes of Asturias Foundation and has acted as concertmaster with the Artave Symphony Orchestra, the Aproarte Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Galicia. She had the opportunity to work with different internationally renowned directors such as Dima Solobodeniouk, Gustavo Dudamel, András Shiff, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Howard Williams, Joshua Weilerstein, Carlo Rizzi, Michael Sanderling, among others.

She gave master classes with some of the most prestigious violinists such as Christoph Poppen, Krzysztof Wergrzin, Pavel Vernikov, Mauricio Fuks, Agustín León Ara, Gerardo Ribeiro, Ani Schnarch, Igor Volochine, among others. He has played at different Foundations (Cupertino Miranda, Princes of Asturias), Festivals (Spaincellence, Groba, Rotary, Percusos da Música), Concert Series, Inaugural Exhibitions, Cotobade Observatory, Fundraising for Social Causes, Official Events in Spain and Portugal , Book Presentations, collaborations on CD recordings, recording of the soundtrack of the 2016 Paralympic Games. As a soloist, it is worth mentioning the interpretation of the Concerto in D minor op.47 by J. Sibelius with the Orchestra of the Superior Conservatory of Vigo and the Concerto in E minor op.64 by F. Mendelssohn with the conductor Maximimo Zumalave and the Real Filarmonía de Galicia at the Xosé Couso awards.

Sara is currently studying the Master with Professor Pavel Vernikov

Sara Areal

Raquel Areal was born in Tui, in 1999, where she began her musical studies. She continues her training at ARTAVE and at the Escola Profíssional de Música de Espinho.

Between 2016 and 2021 she is a student at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid with professors Zakhar Bron and Yuri Volguin where she is awarded scholarships from Copasa and the Albéniz Foundation.

She has received classes from Ani Schnarch, Agustín León Ara, Natalia Prishepenko, Christoph Poppen, Dora Schwarzberg, Miriam Fried, Christian Tetzlaff, Silvia Marcovici. She in the chamber music field of Jonathan Brown, Günter Pichler, Radovan Vlatković, Klaus Thunemann, Pascal Moragues and Márta Gulyás among others.

She has been awarded several national and international prizes, including the Musical Youth Contest of Spain in its 89th Edition (2018) and First Prize at the Lipinski & Wieniawski Violin International Competition (Poland, 2018).

He has worked with several orchestras such as the Galician Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Galician Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Theater Orchestra, among others, and with conductors such as Dima Slobodeniouk, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Pablo González, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Jaime Martín, András Schiff, Péter Eötvös, Pablo Heras Casado, David Afkham and Gustavo Dudamel.

He has performed at Casa da Música, Teatro Real de Madrid, Auditorio Nacional, Sala Koncertowa Orkiestry Zamosc (Poland), St. John Francis Regis Chapel (Regis University of Denver- Colorado), Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona) among others.

As a soloist she has performed under the baton of Pedro Neves, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Jean-Marc Burfin and Tadeusz Wicherek works such as The Four Seasons by A.Vivaldi; Concerto for violin and orchestra by F.Mendelssohn; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no5 by W.A.Mozart; Concerto for Violin and Cello by J.Brahms; Concerto for violin and orchestra by P.Tchaikovsky.

She has collaborated with great performers performing Bach’s Double Concerto for two violins with violinist Zakhar Bron, the Dvorak Quintet 2, Op. 81 in Prague with the pianist Ivan Klánsky and Mendelssohn’s String Octet with the cellist Miklós Perényi during the XX Santander Music and Academy Meeting 2021.

She is a member of Asisa’s Óscar Esplà Quartet, under the tutelage of Professor Heime Müller. They received for two consecutive years Mention to the most outstanding group. Likewise, they have been awarded the EMCY Prize (European Union of Music Competitions for Youth) in the 2019 Musical Youth Contest of Spain.

At only 22 years old, she has won a place in the National Orchestra of Spain where she has been a member since last November.

Raquel Areal