BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van

Sonata for cello and piano in C major op 102 no. 1

27-May-2009 Auditorio Sony de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía

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Ferrández Castro, Pablo

Ferrández Castro, Pablo

Pablo Ferrández is a prize winner of international competitions such as the prestigious Paulo International Cello Competition in Finland (2nd prize), Prix Nicolas Firmenich, Edmond de Rothschild Award, Leyda Ungerer Music Prize or Liezen International Competition, among others. Born in a family of musicians, at the young age of thirteen he was granted admission to the prestigious Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía where he studied with Natalia Shakhovskaya, being awarded as the most outstanding student for four consecutive years. In October 2011 Pablo joined the Kronberg Academy Masters Program, where he has been studying with Frans Helmerson, financed by a Sodalitas Stipendium. He has also studied with renowned artists such as David Geringas, Philipp Müller, Gary Hoffman, Arto Noras or Ivan Monighetti. He has been awarded scholarships from the Pau Casals Foundation and Juventudes Musicales de Madrid. Pablo Ferrández has performed as soloist with leading Orchestras like the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española, the Orquesta Nacional de España, Kremerata Baltica, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire or Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He has worked with a number of conductors including Antoni Ros Marbá, Heinrich Schiff, John Storgards, Rossen Milanov, Radoslaw Szulc, Oleg Caetani, John Axelrod, Sergio Alapont or Peter Csaba. He has played chamber music with Gidon Kremer, Ivy Gitlis, Vilde Frang or Ana Chumachenco. His appearances as a soloist and chamber musician have included concerts at prominent venues in Europe as such Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Shostakovich Hall in Saint Petersbourg or the Helsnki Music Center. Pablo has frequently been invited to the most famous music festivals like Verbier, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Casals, Spivakov, Santander, Kronberg, Piatigorsky and the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. Pablo Ferrández's first CD (Dvorak and Schumann Concertos) was recorded with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Radoslaw Szulc and was highly praised in the international press: "Pablo Ferrández is a fine performer, with a warm tone and an impulsive, if refined, lyricism that makes him a natural interpreter for Schumann's concerto, with its melancholy elegance and flashes of mercurial wit." (Tim Ashley, The Guardian), "It is in Dvorak that Ferrández announces himself as a cellist of stature" (Janet Banks, The Strad). Pablo has recorded a second CD with Italian concertos by Rossini and Menotti with the Kremerata Baltica conducted by Heinrich Schiff. Highlights of this and the coming seasons include concerts in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Paris (Louvre Auditorium), Florence (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional) and Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón) with orchestras such as the Saint Petersbourg Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia or Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov or Ryan McAdams. Pablo Ferrández plays the Stradivarius "Lord Aylesford" (1696) thanks to the Nippon Music Foundation.

Montalván, Ofelia

Montalván, Ofelia

Ofelia Montalván started her studies in Havana, Cuba, at the Manuel Saumell and Amadeo Roldán Conservatories under the tutorship of Professor Teresita Junco. In 1981 she entered Moscow's Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and studied with Valery Kastelsky, Emeritus Artist of the Federation of Russian Republics obtaining in 1986 a Master in Fine Arts diploma as concert pianist, accompanying pianist and piano professor. Her professors in the disciplines of Accompaniment and Chamber Music were Kirill Vinográdov and Dmitri Galini, respectively. In 1987 she continued her studies in Interpretation at that center, graduating in 1989 with the highest qualifications. She was professor of the Piano Department at Havana's Instituto Superior de Arte and at the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado Mérida in Venezuela. Since the 2002-2003 academic year she is Accompanying Pianist Professor of the Ferrovial Violoncello Department at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía together with Natalia Shakhovskaya, Head of the Department. As Professor of the School she has been Accompanying Pianist of maestros such as Natalia Gutman, Philippe Müller and Miklós Perényi. Ofelia Montalván has given several concerts in Madrid at the Lázaro Galdiano and Caja Madrid Foundations, El Prado Museum and at the Auditorio Nacional de Música. In 1986 she participated in the Viotti Piano International Competition and in 1987 at the Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition. She has also participated in master classes and international courses given by the Bach Akademie in Stuttgart, under the guidance of Helmut Rilling; the Korean Conductor Sun Kwagh and the clarinetists Michel Arrignon, Richard Shanley and Robert Spring. She has offered Chamber Music recitals with the French violinist Maurice Hasson, professor of the Royal Academy of London, and with the U.S. clarinetist Marian Liebowitz of the San Diego University.

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