Luis Fernández-Castelló, clarinete.
He studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Valencia with José Cerveró, and Master’s Degree with the international soloists François Benda, Joan Enric Lluna, Fabrizio Meloni and Wenzel Fuchs. Awarded in the competitions “Rising Star Berlin”, “Primer Palau”, “Primer Auditorio” or “Juventudes Musicales de España”, among more than twenty prizes. OPERA WORLD says of Luis Fernández Castelló: “he is a clarinet virtuoso with very appropriate sounds of warmth and exquisite sweetness”.
His intense career has taken him to important national festivals (Granada Music and Dance, Cuenca Religious Music Week, Valencia Philharmonic Society, Linares International Music Festival, Ensems, COMA, BBVA Bilbao Concert Series, Juan March Foundation, Cordoba Contemporary Music, etc.) and international festivals in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Greece, Morocco and Portugal. He has performed in the main Spanish concert halls and has worked with prominent composers such as Francisco Coll, Leonardo Balada, Cristóbal Halffter, José María Sánchez-Verdú and Luca Francesconi, premiering numerous pieces, many written for him by composers such as Miguel Gálvez-Taroncher, Sergio Blardony, David Moliner, Antonio Gómez-Schneekloth and Jesús Torres.
His last two albums, “The Singing Clarinet” (19th century music for clarinet and piano) on the Orpheus Classical label and “Leonardo Balada: Chamber Works” on the Naxos label, have been praised by the specialised critics. Other recordings for RNE, Catalunya Ràdio, Transópera, Deutsche Grammphon, IVC or PrimTON stand out. Since 2016 he has been the exclusive Henri Selmer-Paris Artist and Vandoren-Paris Artist.
Carlos Apellániz, piano.
Born in Irún, Guipúzcoa, he began his musical studies at L’Ecole Nationale de Musique de Bayonne, France, with the pianist Françoise Doué. He furthered his musical training at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et Danse in Paris with the maestros Jacques Rouvier and Pascal Devoyon.
He has won prizes in more than twenty piano competitions and has won five major international prizes as a soloist. He has given recitals at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Salle Cortot in Paris, Salzburg Festival (Wiener Saal), Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Palacio de Festivales de Santander, Auditori de Barcelona, Auditorio de Zaragoza, Teatro Victoria Eugenia de San Sebastián (Quincena Musical), Palau de la Música de Valencia, Palau de les Arts de Valencia, Fundación Botín and the Fundación Juan March. He has performed as soloist with the Orquesta Nationale de Bayonne, Orquesta de Cámara Andrés Segovia, Orquesta Pablo Sarasate de Pamplona, Orquesta de Cámara de Marsella, Grup Instrumental de Valencia, Plural Ensemble, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Ciudad de México.
His interest in contemporary music is present throughout his career, but after being appointed solo pianist of the Grup Instrumental de Valencia and in 2005 his work in this field was recognised with the National Music Prize as a soloist member of the Grup Instrumental. He is also a founding member of the B3: Brouwer Trio.
He has been invited to give classes at some of the most important courses in Spain: Forum Musikae, Madrid; International Music Festival, Valencia; and he has taught at Musikene, Centro Superior de Müsica del País Vasco; Conservatorio Superior de Aragón; Ecole National de Musique de Bayonne, France.
Première Rhapsodie para clarinete y piano – Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonatina para clarinete y piano – Juan Durán (1960)
Capricho Pintoresco Op. 41 para clarinete y piano – Miguel Yuste (1870-1947)
Geusis para clarinete y piano – Ana Vázquez (1970)
Sonata para clarinete y clarinete – Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
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