BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van

Piano trio in B flat major op 97 'Archduke'

31-July-2015

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[DURATION: 34' 32'']

Tomás, Arnau

Tomás, Arnau

Anau Tomás Realp was born in Barcelona in 1973 and began his musical studies at the age of six. From 1990 through 1994, he studied in Holland at the Utrecht Conservatory with Elias Arizcuren, after which he studied with Ivan Monighetti at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia and the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel, and finally, with Frans Helmerson in Cologne at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Arnau won First Prize at the competitions Germans Claret (1990), City of Manresa (1996,) and Juventudes Musicales de España (1996.) Additionally, he won Second Prize at the Jonge Talenten de Holand competition in 1991 and was selected in 1992 by the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam to participate in a nationally televised master class with Yo Yo Ma. Arnau has been invited to serve as Guest Principal Cellist in orchestras including the RNE in Madrid and the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, and has performed with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the European Community Chamber Orchestra and the Conjunto Ibérico de Violonchelos. In addition to numerous recitals, he has performed as soloist with the London Schools Symphony, the Orquestra Filarmonia de Cambra de Barcelona, the Orquesta de Radiotelevisión Española and the Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona and Catalunya. Arnau has also recorded a CD of works for cello solo by Bach, Cassadó and Kôdaly. As a founding member of Cuarteto Casals, he has performed in the most important halls throughout Europe, North America, Latin America and Japan. The quartet records exclusively for the Harmonia Mundi label, where Arnau can be heard in renditions of quartets by Arriaga, Debussy, Zemlinsky, Mozart, Ravel, Toldrá, Turina and Brahms. Arnau is currently Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.

Park, Jinhyung

Park, Jinhyung

He was born in Seoul (South Korea) in 1996. He began studying the piano at age 7. He currently is a student at Yonsei University where he studies with Yungwook Yoo. His first recital took place in 2009 at the Kumho Prodigy Concert Audition program. He was also awarded a scholarship from Yamaha Music Korea and solo recitals in 2013 and 2014 as part of the Yamaha Rising Artist Program. Besides his solo recitals, he has performed the Beethoven triple concerto and has been a featured soloist with Miracle Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Chi-yong Jeong. He won the Second Prize in Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artists and 4th Prize in the First Korea International Competition for Young Pianists. Besides those, he has participated in other competitions such as the Scottish international Competition (2014), RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition (2014), Gian Battista Viotti International Competition (2013), Young Tchaikovsky Competition (2012) and Cooper Competition (2012). He has attended master classes with Pavel Nersessian, Oxana Yablonskaya, Choong-mo Kang, Dong-Hyek Lim, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Jenö Jandó, Peter Donohoe and Aviram Rechert.

Tomás, Abel

Tomás, Abel

Violinist Abel Tomàs was born in Barcelona in 1980 and began to play the violin seven years old, studying later with Zakhar Bron and Sergei Fatkouline at the Escuela Superior de Música in Madrid from 1995 until 1998. He completed his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Viktor Tretjakov. In 1993, Abel won First Prize at the Concurso internacional de niños y jovenes solistas instrumentistas in Córdoba, Argentina, and again in 1994 at the national competition Ciutat de Manresa. He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras including the Orquestra del Empordà, Orquesta de Cámara de la Escuela Reina Sofía and the Orquesta Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and worked with such renowned conductors as James Judd and Zubin Mehta. Abel has given numerous recitals in important concert halls throughout Spain including Fundación Juan March, Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, from which his recital was broadcast live over Spanish national radio. He has collaborated in chamber music projects with such artists as Gerard Caussé, Harald Schoneweg and Marta Gulyàs. He is founding member of the Cuarteto Casals, which is recognized as one of Europe's most distinguished young string quartets.

Cuarteto Casals

Cuarteto Casals

Since winning First Prizes at the London and Brahms-Hamburg competitions, Cuarteto Casals has been a repeated guest at the world's most prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie Cologne, Cité de la Musique Paris, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Philharmonie in Berlin, among many others throughout Europe, North America and Japan. Celebrating its 15th anniversary in the 2012-13 season, Cuarteto Casals will perform the rarely heard cycle of 15 quartets of Franz Schubert in cities including Madrid, Florence, London, Lisbon, and Schwarzenberg. In tandem, Harmonia Mundi has released a new recording including the great G major quartet, Schubert's last contribution to the genre. The quartet has compiled a substantial discography with the Harmonia Mundi label, including to date 9 CD's, with repertoire ranging from lesser known Spanish composers Arriaga and Toldrá to Viennese classics Mozart, Haydn and Brahms, through 20th Century greats Bartok, Kurtag and Ligeti. "A sonic signature entirely its own," raved the New York Times, describing Cuarteto Casals' distinctive range of expression. A prize from the prestigious Burletti-Buitoni Trust in London enabled the quartet to purchase a matching set of Classical period bows which it uses for works from Purcell through Schubert, refining its ability to distinguish between diverse musical styles. In addition, the quartet has been profoundly influenced by its work with living composers, especially György Kurtag, and has given the world premiere of quartets written by leading Spanish composers. In recognition of Cuarteto Casals' unique position as the first Spanish string quartet with a truly international profile, the quartet has been honored with the Premio Nacional de Música as well as the Premi Ciutat Barcelona. The quartet has accompanied the King of Spain on diplomatic visits and performed on the peerless collection of decorated Stradivarius instruments in the Royal Palace in Madrid. Cuarteto Casals often appears on television and radio throughout Europe and North America and is Quartet in Residence at the Auditori in Barcelona, where all four members reside and teach at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya.

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