Participants Festival 2021

Rastrelli Quartet

In the Rastrelli Cello Quartet, four virtuoso cel- lists come together, trans- forming their cellos into string instruments that know no musical bounda- ries. Beyond a conventio- nal classical string quartet, the ensemble captivates with its unconventional repertoire, artistic virtuo- sity, love of experimenta- tion and passion.

The enormous expressive

power and versatility of Kira Kraftzoff, Mischa Degtjareff and Kirill Tim- ofeev allow the ensemble to present a wide range of musical experiences. To- gether with the outstand- ing and imaginative ar- rangements by Belarusian cellist Sergio Drabkin, the four comprise an ensemble that is at home in an as yet relatively unexplored musical terrain: the cello can imitate a saxophone or sound like a bandoneon, and yet the separate inst- ruments melt together into a new and incomparably blended sound.

Praised by the musical press, the award-winning Rastrelli Cello Quartet has been appearing at renowned classical music festi- vals for over 15 years and has had great success on several tours throughout the USA.

The Rastrelli Cello Quartet takes its name from the brilliant Italian architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli, who designed Russia’s new capital in the 18th century, to emphasize their connection to their hometown of St. Peters- burg.

When asked what criteria the Rastrellis use to select works in their repertoire, they answer unisono: “We only play music that we ourselves love.”

Kira Kraftzoff
was born and raised in St. Petersburg. a cellist, conductor and hockey play- er, he is head of the rastrelli Cello Quartet, the “russian Quattro” and “rastrelli orchestra”. His interests include the history of the twentieth century.

Sergio DrabKin
comes from belarus and is a member of the Wuerttemberg Chamber orchestra Heilbronn. He has been active as an arranger for over 30 years and is responsible for nearly the entire repertoire of the rastrelli Cello Quartet. Sergio is a passionate dog owner.

Kirill Timofeev
was born and raised in St. Petersburg. Kirill is a passionate chamber musician. Since 2009 he has been a principal cellist of the Deutsche Philharmonie merck (Darmstadt). His favorite pastime is to travel together with his son on a bicycle.

Mikhail »Misha« Degtjareff
was born and raised in St. Petersburg. mischa teaches string quartet at the Pe- tersburg rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He is an outstanding composer and cook.


Duo Gamma

The duo Gamma was born in 2013 with the intention of exploring the rich repertoire for the formation cello and piano. Formed by the pianist Elisa Martín and the cellist Millán Abeledo, it establish as a stable duo parallel to their independent musical careers settled in Santiago de Compostela. Along their way they have performed different recitals in Madrid venues such as Espacio Ronda, Toccatta in A, Casa de Granada, Fundación Olivar from Castillejo, and also in Priuré Le Mesnil-Saint Martin (France), Casa Fralaes (Portugal), Cité Universitaire Paris (France) or Vital Foundation (Vitoria) .They have received the advice of great teachers such as S. Stefanovich, L. del Valle, A. Gerhard, K. Moretti, R. Wagner, N. Kereselidze, C. Sierra, X. Gagnepain, T. Svane or D. Gelenbe. At the beginning of 2017 they published their first work record label, “Faces”, with the KNS Classical label.

We present a musical puzzle built from different popular pieces of the repertoire for cello and piano. Popular in their nationalistic character, standing out in each of them the musical and literary tradition of each culture, inviting the listener to a rich and varied journey musical in an hour of music and verses.

Madrid’s Elisa Martín studied a Middle Degree at the Professional Conservatory of Music of Getafe with professor Carlos Domínguez, receiving her at the end of the End of Degree Award. In June 2013 she finished Higher Degree in piano specialty at the Superior Conservatory de Música de Aragón, with professors Iván Cítera and Miguel Ángel Ortega Chavaldas, receiving the highest marks. At the same time, she has regularly received classes from the Professor Nino Kereselidze.

She has received master classes from other teachers such as J. Colom, I. Rohmann, D. Kuyken, A. Kemenes, F. Wibaut, M. Gulyás, R. Nattkemper, A. Kandelaki, B. Uriarte, A. Sanzo, C. Martínez-Mehner, E. Nebolsin, R. Wagner, etc. She was awarded in the Hazen Intercentros contests in Madrid and Jacinto Guerrero in Toledo and has performed recitals in various halls in Spain, such as the Auditorium Caja de Música del Palacio Cibeles de Madrid, the Ateneo de Madrid, Espacio Ronda de Madrid, and a series of concerts for the cycle “The Nights of the Young Pianists” in Zaragoza.

At present she combines her artistic activity with pedagogy. In addition to belonging to formations such as the Gamma Duo or the Mosaic Trio, she is trained in the Suzuki pedagogy with Mary McCathy, she is pursuing postgraduate studies at the Katarina Gurska Higher Center and is a professor of Suzuki method at the En Clave center in Santiago de Compostela.

Millán Abeledo (Pontevedra), began his cello studies with Tatiana Cucerenco and Vera Kolar. He continues his higher studies at CSMA (Zaragoza) with Ángel Luis Quintana and Bárbara Switalska, with Natalia Shakhovskaya at the Reina Sofía School of Music and
Troels Svane at the Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany).

He has received different awards throughout his career: 1st prize in the National Competition of Violoncello (Carcaixent), I Veo Veo Foundation award, Second prize I Ruperto Chapí Contest award (Villena) and I prize Santa Cecilia Contest 2014 (Portugal).
She was a member of the JONDE and has collaborated with different orchestras such as Orquesta Nacional from Spain, Galician Symphony Orchestra, Reina Sofía Chamber Orchestra or Orchestra Da Camera. He has been a fellow of the BBVA Foundation and the Segundo Gil Dávila Foundation.At present, he develops his activity in different aspects: the orchestral, forming part of the staff of the Real Filharmonía de Galicia since 2014; as a teacher teaching classes at the Berenguela Music School; as a chamber musician with different formations such as Bambú Ensemble, Trío Mosaicos, Cuarteto Novecento, Socello Ensemble or Duo Gamma and working on the dissemination of music as part of the board of the Aula de Cámara Airas Nunes and the Soncello Association.

Matangi Cuartet

The Matangi Quartet was founded in 1999 by four young musicians then studying at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Conservatory of Rotterdam. In 2003 Matangi completed the two-year, full-time course at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy under the direction of Stefan Metz (cellist, Orlando Quartet). At the Academy, the Matangi Quartet had the opportunity to take lessons from international renowned musicians, including the members of the Amadeus Quartet. The quartet also received intensive mentoring from Henk Guittart (violist, Schönberg Quartet) for several years.

The Matangi Quartet has since developed into a regular performer in the Dutch chamber musicscene and abroad. With their impassioned playing and smart presentation, Maria-Paula, Daniel, Karsten and Arno epitomize a new generation of classical musicians. They are often characterized by words such as communicative, provocative and refreshingly versatile. The Matangi Quartet has shared the stage with various top-class classical musicians such as Miranda van Kralingen, Tania Kross, Ivo Janssen, Paolo Giacometti and Severin von Eckardstein. The quartet has also been invited to perform in various festivals, including the Delft Chamber Music Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Carthage Festival in Tunisia, the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the International Conservatoire Festival in St Petersburg and the North Sea Jazz festival in the Netherlands.

In 2002 Matangi was awarded the prestigious Kersjes van de Groenekan Award, an annual prize awarded to exceptional chamber music talent in the Netherlands. In 2008 the quartet won third prize at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar. The Matangi Quartet released several CDs issued by Challenge Records International which all received great critical acclaim. The latest releases were the CDs ‘Mendelssohn’ (2009), ‘Candybox’ (2010) and ‘Haydn’s Nature’ (2013). Together with viola da gamba player Ralph Rousseau the quartet won the Edison Audience Award 2009, for their CD ‘Chansons d’amour’ (Challenge Records 2008). The CD ‘Testimoni’ with Martin Fondse (composition and vibrandoneon) and Eric Vloeimans (trumpet) was awarded the Edison Jazz prize 2012.

Matangi regularly participates in innovative crossover projects and has performed in collaboration with artists such as cabaretiers Herman van Veen and Youp van ’t Hek, bandoneon player Carel Kraayenhof, jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, jazz pianist Michiel Braam, DJ Kypski, jazz vocalists Mathilde Santing and Renske Taminiau, singer songwriters Lori Liebermann and Tom McRae.These pioneering excursions beyond the borders of classical music have resulted in Matangi winning an enthusiastic new public for the string quartet. No less important, this has provided a source of inspiration for infusing performances of the rich classical repertoire built up over the past 250 years – from Haydn to Adès – with new élan. For essentially, the Matangi are focused on just one thing: letting the audience palpably experience the energy, passion and excitement that is inherent in all good music.

All four musicians perform on instruments of Dutch workmanship. The cello and first violin have been provided on loan by the Dutch National Musical Instrument Foundation.

Karsten Kleijer – Viola
Karsten Kleijer (1977) received his first violin lessons at the age of five. In 1999 he switched to viola. He is co-founder of the Matangi Quartet, which has had a stormy and international career since its founding. Although Karsten mainly focuses on the quartet, he is a welcome chamber music partner for other ensembles. Karsten is a substitute in various professional orchestras, including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017 Karsten gave the Dutch premiere of “Elegy” for viola solo by the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, during the (Un)heard Music Festival. Karsten regularly receives invitations from festivals to give chamber music lessons.

He received his own education at the conservatories of Groningen, Rotterdam and The Hague and the Dutch String Quartet Academy.
The viola he plays is by the Dutch builder Jan Heefke and dates from 1774. The bow is by Lothar Seifert and the alto is strung with Evah Pirazzi strings.

Daniel Torrico – Violin
Daniel Torrico Menacho, a Dutch Bolivian, was 4 when he started playing the violin and won several awards at national and international competitions at an early age. Daniel studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and attended master classes with greats such as Herman Krebbers and Zakhar Bron.

Since its foundation in 1999, he is part of the Matangi Quartet with which he has collaborated and performs with several top artists concerts in Europe but also far beyond. He is also a beloved guest in various ensembles and orchestras and regularly performs on radio and television. Daniel Torrico Menacho has recorded several CDs with the quartet included those widely acclaimed by the domestic and foreign press.

Daniel plays a Rombouts violin with an A. Vigneron bow and uses Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings.

Arno van der Vuurst – Cello
After a number of detours via the violin and the piano I came into contact with the cello at the age of 10, which was love at first sight. The beautiful bass and lilting sound of the instrument immediately appealed to me. Michiel de Ligt was the first basis for my cello career, after which I continued my lessons at the Conservatory of Utrecht with Lenian Benjamins. She gave me the solid basis to continue my studies with Fred Pot in The Hague at the Royal Conservatory. During that time I enjoyed playing in various ensembles and youth orchestras, where the ensemble playing in small and large form was nurtured. My ambition to play string quartet, which I see as the ultimate form of chamber music, I was able to realize at a professional level after my studies in the Matangi Quartet.

In addition to the activities with the quartet, I also enjoy playing in orchestras, where I am challenged to use other skills.
Thanks to the National Musical Instruments Foundation I can play a beautiful cello. A cello with a carrying bass and singing top spectrum. This cello was made by Jaap Bolink in 2005.
String setup: A and D string – Larsen Soloist’s Edition (medium) | G and C string – Thomastik Spirocore Tungsten Wound (medium)

Maria-Paula Majoor – Violin
Dancing and making music at the same time, that is what playing the violin is to Maria-Paula Majoor. When she started at the age of five, she especially liked the movements of a violinist. Now, as a professional violinist, while playing a rhythm or melody, she still feels the magic like being able to “dance” on it at the same time.

Maria-Paula is a violin teacher at the ArtEZ conservatory in Zwolle. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Musikhochschule Freiburg. She continued her studies at the Dutch String Quartet Academy under the direction of Stefan Metz and was taught by internationally renowned musicians, including members of the Amadeus Quartet.

Playing with Matangi feels like coming home to Maria-Paula. Since 1999 she has played as a primarius together with Daniel Torrico Menacho, Arno van der Vuurst and Karsten Kleijer. “Just one look or a small gesture is enough to understand each other.” In addition to her work with the Matangi Quartet, she plays with various ensembles, orchestras and instrumentalists.

Maria-Paula plays on a Hendrik Jacobs violin made available to her by the National Musical Instrument Foundation. Her bow was built by Kees van Hemert. The strings she prefers to use are Pirastro Evah Pirazzi for the A, D and G strings. For the E-string she uses Lenzner Optima Goldbrokat.

Alberto Sanz


Alberto Sanz Rivera


Alberto Sanz Rivera was born in 2002, and started violin studies at the age of seven. At the age of 11, he started his professional studies at Professional Music Conservatory of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and finished his first year with the Highest Distinction in Violin and Repertoire fields of study.

Since 2014, he is under the direction of Prof. Savva Fatkulin continuing his education with him at Centro Superior Katarina Gurska in Madrid. He has been awarded a scholarship by the Katerina Gurska Foundation for the 2021-2022 academic year.

He has performed in several occasions at Ateneo of Madrid, Auditorio of Centro Superior Katarina Gurska (Madrid), Casa de la Moneda (Madrid), Centro Ruso (Madrid), Shigeru Kawai Center (Madrid), Teatro del Institut Français (Madrid), Auditorio Sony (Madrid), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid) and in diverse Cultural Centres in Madrid as well as in Archbishop’s Palace (Alcalá de Henares) and at Cultural Centre “El Espolón” at the XVI edition of the “Caprichos Musicales de Comillas” (Cantabria).

In addition, he has collaborated with orchestras such as Camerata Musicalis, Orchestra of the Festival “Caprichos Musicales of Comillas” and has been selected for the “Jóvenes Talentos” project and is collaborating with the Madrid Symphonic Orquestra (Teatro Real in Madrid). As soloist, he has performed with the Orchestra Katarina Gurska as well as with the Orchestra of the Festival “Caprichos Musicales of Comillas”.

He has received master classes with distinguished teachers: Sergey Khachatryan; Kirill Troussov, Gordan Nikolić, Tatiana Samouil, Gjorgi Dimchevski, Serguey Fatkulin, Mikhail Ovrutsky, Esther Yoo, Karen Aroutiounian, Albert Skuratov and Itziar Oyarzabal.

He has been awarded with: 2nd price at 19º International Competition, “Cidade Do Fundão”, Fundão, Portugal (July 2018); 1st price at III Międzynarodowy Konkurs Skrzypcow, ”Witold Rowicki in Memoriam”, Żywiec, Poland (October 2018); 1st price at Chamber Music Competition of CSKG, “TRIO CORNEA” Madrid, Spain (April 2019); 3rd price at “III International Leonid Kogan Competition for Young Violinists”, Brussels, Belgium (May 2019); 1st price at “8º Concurso “Cidade de Vigo”, Vigo, Spain (December 2019); 2nd price at “13ème Concours International Grumiaux pour Jeunes Violonistes”, Brussels, Belgium, (March 2020).

Alexandre Arurtyunyan

Alexandre Arutyunyan, born on August 15, 2002, started his musical studies with his parents, violin teachers, Larissa Shomina and
Sergey Arutyunyan. In 2013, at the Viana do Castelo Music Academy, he started piano lessons in Olga Baranova’s class, continuing to study violin at home.
In September 2016, he joined EPMVC, currently designated as ARTEAM (Professional Artistic School of Alto Minho), where he continued
his violin studies in the class of Professor Sergey Arutyunyan.

Participate in several regional and national competitions, having won, in the piano modality, the 1st Prize in the National Music Competition
Gilberta Paiva (2013), 2nd Prize in the Marília Rocha Competition (2014), 1st Prize in the IV Regional Piano and Organ Competition in Vila Verde (2015).

In the violin modality, he was awarded, with the 1st Prize, in the National Competition Elise de Sousa Pedroso (2014), 1st Prize in the
Bomtempo Competition, Medium Level (2014), 2nd Prize in the 1st Fernandes Fão International Competition (2017), 2nd Prize in 2nd
Competition Fernandes Fão International Competition (2018), 2nd Prize in the International Fundão Contest (2018), 2nd Prize in the 1st Guimarães International Competition (2018), 2nd Prize in the Guimarães International Competition (2019) 1st Prize in the Fernandes Fão International Competition (2019), 1st Prize in the Vigo Internacional Competition 2020, 2nd prize in the Vasco Barbosa National Competition and 1st Grand Prize in InMusic national competition.

He had Participated as an executor in masterclasses of Ilya Grubert, Leon Spierer, Gerardo Ribeiro, Rodion Zamuruiev, Yuri Zishlin
and Natalia Lomeiko. He also participated in several orquestral stages, where he played at ARTEAM under the direction of Ernest Shell,
Fernando Marinho, Diogo Costa, Hans Casteleyn, Julian Lombana and Javier Viceiro; interned in Mannheim with the “European Youth Academy Mannheim” under the direction of Paul Reineke and soloist Aleksander Dimitrov; and in APROARTE project in Famalicão under the direction of Peter Askim, having integrated with the soloists Fumiaki Miura, Daniel Kharitonov and Narek Hasnazaryan. Currently Alexandre is studying at Uminho (University of minho) with Professor Ilya Grubert.

Bastian Uhlig

The award-winning musician Bastian Uhlig was born in Germany in 1998. Since his teenage years he has performed internationally as a soloist, continuo player and ensemble leader. His talent was discovered early by Prof. Roßner, the former director of the Saxon Organ Academy, and promoted through numerous concerts, which gave him a deep understanding of the wide range of expression of historical
keyboard instruments.
Current engagements have established collaborations with, among others, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Chursächsische Philharmonie Bad Elster, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Capella Jenensis, Weimar Baroque and numerous other orchestras, with Bastian Uhlig performing under the direction of renowned artists such as Michael Schneider and Midori Seiler. He is a guest at numerous festivals, for example
“Thüringer Bach Wochen”, “Musical Pilgrims” (Santiago de Compostela), “HOPEGala Dresden”, “KlassikSommer Hamm”, “Festival Internacional de Organo” (Chihuahua), “Bach Biennale Weimar” and “Goldener Herbst” (Gotha).

Bastian Uhlig studies harpsichord, basso continuo, organ and fortepiano with Prof. Bernhard Klapprott at the “Franz Liszt” University of Music in Weimar and harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Catalina Vicens, where he specializes in Italian renaissance music. In February 2019 he received a scholarship to visit the Academy of the International Händel Festival in Karlsruhe.

He is particularly interested in his intensive practical studies with original keyboard instruments from the 16th to 19th centuries. He performed, for instance, in the French Cathedral in Berlin, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Vleeshuis Museum Antwerp, Wittumspalais Weimar, in the instruments collection of “Germanisches Nationalmuseum” in Nuremberg and in
the Johann Sebastian Bach Church in Arnstadt.

In 2021 Bastian Uhlig received the award “winner of the international competition” of the XI Competition “Peregrinos Musicales”, as well as the second prize in the “Harpsichord” category of the “Medici International Music Competition” (the first prize was not awarded).

Emma Naegele

CV Emma Naegele
Utrecht, The Netherlands, September 4, 2005

Emma started to play the cello when she was 5,5 years old. At first she had lessons with her mother and subsequently with Lenian Benjamis, who was her teacher for eight years.

Since September 2019 Emma studies with Monique Bartels. Emma has participated in masterclasses and had incidental lessons with
Mick Stirling, Gregor Horsch, Philippe Muller, Viola de Hoog and Johannes Goritzky.

Since 2016 Emma has been enrolled in the young talent program ‘Academie Muzikaal Talent,’ Utrecht While a student in the Utrecht Cathedral Choir School, Emma sang regularly in church services, performances of Bach’s St.Metthew Passion, Mahler 3rd Symphony in the Concertgebouw and in the children’s choir for Humperdink’s opera Hänsel und Gretl with the Dutch National Opera.

Emma was a student of the Gymnasium in Utrecht. From 2021-2022 on, Emma will be a student of the Musica Mundi School in Waterloo,
Belgium, for which she received a very generous grant of the VandenEnde Foundation.

Emma has won the following prizes:
2015- First prize in the Amstelveen Music School Competition,
2017- Winner Britten Competition
2017- Finalist of the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Competition
2018 -Honorary award at the Peter de Grote Festival Groningen
2019- ‘Festival Peregrinos Musicales Award’ at the Peter de Grote Festival
2020- Third prize winner at the International Cello Competition Antonio Janigro.

As a soloist Emma has performed with the Britten Youth Stringorchestra and the orchestra of the Academie Muzikaal Talent. In June 2020 she will play Saint Saens celloconcerto in a with Real Filharmonía de Galicia. In December 2020 and January 2021 she will perform Saint-Saens Celloconcerto with the Heemsteeds Philharmonic Orchestra. Due to the Corona pandamic the concerts of last season were cancelled and take place as soon as the restrictions will allow it.

In august 2021 Emma was invited by Cello festival Zutphen to perform two concerts.
Recently she performed the Hummel Septet in D minor, opus 74 with members of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Hilversum, the

Last summer she participated in the special online edition of Musica Mundi.
She played numerous chambermusic works and received lessons from Misha Maisky and Jerome Pernoo.

Maddi Arriola

Maddi Arriola Mendieta was born in Mendaro, Gipuzkoa, in 2004-09-27

At the age of five, she began playing the violin with the help of her parents.
At the age of 10, she joined the Young EIO (young orchestra of Basque students) and has participated in several editions.
She studies with teacher Raffaela Acella between the ages of 10 and 15. Today, she ‘s studying with Professor Liana Gourdjia.

She has participated in some contests and festivals:

She has been awarded the first prize in the Young Musicians competition of the Basque Country (category B) in 2019.
She has won the second prize in string modality (category B) in 2018.

She participates in the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 editions of Villa de Canfranc, and includes teachers Anna Baget, Miguel Colom and Mariana Todorova.
In the summer of 2017, she took part in Nagold Summer Music 2017 and received masterclasses from Professor Maria-Elisabeth Lott.
In the summer of 2019, she took part in the Forum Musikae summer course, and received masterclasses from  the teacher Tatiana Samouil.

Maddi has participated in five editions on the course “Crisol de cuerda” with the famous Scottish teacher Alasdair Fraser .

Mendaro, July 25, 2021.

Sira Pellicer

Sira Pellicer began her musical journey at the Associació Musical Daimusense (Daimús, Valencia) with José Luis Carreres Belda as saxophone teacher. At the end of her intermediate level studies with Javier de la Vega at the Conservatori Josep Climent (Oliva, Valencia), she was awarded the final year prize of the Comunitat Valenciana.

She has worked with well-known personalities such as François Rossé, Marie-Bernadette Charrier, Nicolas Prost, Claude Delangle, Nikita Zimin, Lars Mlekusch, Christian Wirth, Daniel Gauthier, Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach and Timothy McAllister.

Over the course of her career, she has won several awards, for instance, first prize in the V Young Performers Competition of Rotglà-Corberà Modality B (Rotglà-Corberà, 2013), second prize in the VI Young Performers Competition of Rotglà-Corberà, Modality A (Rotglà-Corberà, 2014), third prize in the International Saxophone Competition Saxiana (Paris, 2019), Hans-Schaeuble Award 2019 (Switzerland, 2019), third prize in the International Music Competition Opus 2021 (Poland, 2021) and Highly Commended in EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra, 2021).

She has also been active as an ensemble performer, collaborating with many musical groups – among them, the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (EUYWO) conducted by Jan Cober – as well as being invited to perform at international festivals such as the Mallorca Saxophone Festival (Palma, 2017), Kerkrade International Music Festival with EUYWO (Kerkrade, 2017), VigoSaxForum 2019 (Vigo, 2019), Liceu Sax Festival (Barcelona, 2020), GirArt Jove (Majorca, 2020), SineuSax 2020 (Sineu, 2020), Festival Internacional de Música de Cambra de Mallorca (Majorca, 2020), Cicle de Música a la Cambra Can Balaguer 2020 (Majorca, 2020), Cicle de Música als patis (Majorca, 2021) and inclàssic 2021 (Majorca, 2021) She has also furthered her musical education in chamber music as a member of Alisis Saxophone Duet (2018-*), Mallorca Saxophone Orchestra (2018-*) conducted by Henrie Adams, and Lítore Quartet (2019-*). With Lítore Quartet she has been awarded Art Jove 2020 Award (Palma, 2020), first prize in the Ciudad de Ávila Chamber Competition (Ávila, 2021), first prize in XXIV Pòdiums de Música de Cambra (Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, 2021) and third prize in King’s Peak International Music Competition (EEUU, 2021).

Her greatest interest is to make art part of the audience’s everyday life, which is why she enjoys participating in artistic projects such as Dones a la llum, TEMTIMTAL and Programa Cultural Art Jove, in addition to recording the instrumental basis of Cada 25 Compta for Radio SER.

She is currently taking a bachelor degree in music at the Conservatori Superior de Música Illes Balears (CSMIB).

Xurxo Morales

Biographical review. Xurxo Morales Varela
Born in Lugo in 2003, he does not remember any time without music in his life.

From a very young age he grew up between musical games, rehearsals and concerts of his father, with whom he started regular classes enrolled in his 1st saxophone course at 5 years of age in the Municipal School of Music of Rábade.

At the same time he enrolled in piano, training continuously since then with David Robles, until today. At the age of 8 he began studying at the Conservatory Professional Xoán Montes “” from Lugo with his main teacher, Alberto López, who taught him with extreme sensitivity, a teaching vocation and the generosity of invite you to explore new knowledge with many other teachers from saxophone, and any other related matter.

He obtained an Honorary Degree in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th courses of Professional G. He participated in the soloist contest of the center of him obtaining Honorable Mention in the courses 2017-18 and 2018-19 and the First Prize in the 2019-20 academic year. In that same course he was selected for the semifinal of the 28th World Music Competition in Spain. He represented the professional conservatories of Galicia in the Melómanos State Contest for two consecutive editions (2019 and 2020), as the winner of the Contest Melómano Intercentres in Galicia.

He has been the only Spaniard awarded in the last edition of the international competition in Andorra. He won the 3rd Prize in the section of Young Talents, Andorra Sax Fest 21 ‘. He took saxophone courses with Xavier Larsson, Chema Bañuls, Xabi Casal, Carlos Ordóñez, Álex Troya, Marcos Mariño, Narciso Pillo, Sixto Herrero, Federico Coca, A. Felipe Belijar, Raquel Paños, Adrián Pais, Nacho Gascón, Mariano García, Nikita Zimin, Marie Bernadette and Arno Bornkamp. He explored modern music, jazz and improvisation and played at Murajazz Big Band with Álex Troya and Toño Otero. He is currently pursuing higher education of saxophone with Miguel A. Lorente in Musikene (Donosti).

Sergey Arutyunyan

Violinist, coming from the Saint Petersburg school, city with a deeply rooted violin tradition dating back to the time of legendary L. Auer. Brought up in a musicians family, he started his musical studies at a very early age with his father, Anatoli Schwarzburg, a renowned violin teacher and pedagogue.

Afterwards, he continued his studies with Aaron Knaifel and obtained his diploma in 1990 at the Superior Con- servatory Rimsky-Korsakov in Saint Petersburg where he was one of the students of the brilliant violinists Boris Gutnikov and Marc
Komissarov. In 1989 he received an award in the State Competition of violin in Russia.

From 1989 he has worked with one of the most famous classical music groups in Russia –The Soloists of Saint Petersburg–, under the leading of the violinist Mikhail Gantvarg, with whom he toured more than 15 countries in America and Europe, as well as recorded many CDs for several record labels.

Throughout his career, he took part, as teacher and violinist, in tens of Masterclasses and International Music Festivals. Sergey Arutyuntan achieved the great maturity we know today: a warm and full sound, technique perfection, emotional power and creative originality, aspects which characterise his artistic personality.

His repertoire comprises numerous concerts and pieces for violin solo and orchestra, as well as several master pieces for chamber music. Some of his best students are learning in prestigious international schools, achieving also awards in important national and international contests. Nowadays he is a violin teacher at the EPMVC, and he is violin and chamber music teacher at the
Piaget Institute in Viseu.

Ilona Timchenko

Born in the Crimea, Ilona Timchenko graduated Moscow Conservatory (prof. E.Richter) as well as Prince Claus Conservatoire (prof. A.Gold) and Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague (prof. Rian de Waal). Later she improved her skills with Lazar Berman in Florence and Michel Beroff in Paris..

Ilona’s playing blends Russian tradition with European style, always powerful and endlessly poetic.

Blessed with phenomenal technique and powerful musical and expressive skills, in the beginning of her career she brought a packed audience at England’s Buxton Festival to their feet and soon after she made her debut at Unione Musicale, one of the most prestigious festivals in Europe. She performed in recitals and with orchestras at Wigmore Hall, Philips Hall in Holland, the Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Madrid’s Monumental Theatre, Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai, among many others.

Ilona premièred many works by contemporary composers, some of which were dedicated to her. Recordings of many of these works are stored in the archives of the Moscow State Conservatory.

Timchenko became the first who has made a public performance of complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich in Italy. In 2010 Ilona signed a contract to record the complete piano music of one of the leading Spanish composers of our days – Anton Garcia Abríl. The first set of two CD’s has been released in September of 2012 and ranked as “exelent” in the magazine “Ritmo”.

She became the first who has made a public performance of complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich in Italy..

Her CD with works by R.Shumann and J.Brahms released by label Landor Records was selected for one of the inaugural ‘Outstanding’ accolades in International Record Review magazine and received rave reviews in Gramophone Magazine. In 2010, Ilona recorded a double CD with piano music by A. García Abril; this recording was ranked as “excelent” in the magazine “Ritmo” in Spain. Since 2016, Ilona is a member of the Metamorphoses trio, the CD released with this ensemble in 2018 was highly praised by critics around the world..

She won numerous competitions and prizes including Enesco Competition in Bucharest, Beethoven Competition in Vienna, the Liszt Competition in Utrecht and the Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens. In total Ilona has won the highest prizes at more than 30 prizes International Competitions.

Ilona is invited yearly as professor at the annual Summer Academy in the Netherlands – Peter de Grote Festival. She is founder and Artistic Director of International Festival “Peregrinos Musicales”, which takes place in Santiago de Compostela in collaboration with other festivals and organizations, such as The Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, Festival “Moscow meets friends”, Royal Philharmonia of Galicia, The Mstislav Rostropovich International Charity Foundation among others.