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Zarabanda

Zarabanda

Zarabanda was formed in 1985 by Álvaro Marías, who brought together a group of musicians with extensive experience in performing baroque chamber music. The aim of Zarabanda is to play as faithfully as possible the style and spirit of their repertoire, by studying direct resources of those times as well as musicology, believing that a real performance can be achieved, only by playing music with a historical perspective. The use of original instruments and reliable copies of antique instruments, their knowledge of music and music theory, together with the group’s stylistic criteria, form the foundation of this group which strives towards an authentic interpretation of ancient music

Zarabanda has performed in very important halls and festivals in Spain, Europe America and Asia. The ensemble’s evolution from chamber music, has led them to a group expansion to approach the classical and baroque repertoire: The great Zarabanda. Zarabanda’s repertoire ranges from renaissance music up to classical. The size of Zarabanda varies according to the type of music to be interpreted and the group frequently performs with guest artists. Prestigious singers and soloists that have performed with this group include Teresa Berganza, James Bowman, Charles Brett, Paul Esswood, Michael Chance, Jennifer Smith and the Amaryllis Consort, among others.

They have recorded for prestigious labels as Philips, Erato or Warner with whom they have an exclusive contract since 2003.Among other CD’s they have recorded the  Complete Sonatas for Flute by Benedetto Marcello, Händel, Corelli, Vivaldi, Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, the Sonatas en Trío by Bach as well as many pieces by Chédevilli, Bartolomé de Selma and Salaverde or Joaquín García de Antonio.

Álvaro Marías

Álvaro Marías not only graduated in Philosophy and Liberal Arts by the Universidad de Madrid, but he also completed flute and piccolo studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Madrid, achieving the Graduation Prize. He later obtained a scholarship by the Fundación March so he could further his studies abroad. Some of his professors were mariano Martín, Robim Troman, Ricardo Kanji, and Kees Boeke in piccolo, and Rafael López del Cid and Philippe Pierlot in flute, and Philippe Suzanne, Konrad Hünteler, and Wilbert Hazelet in baroque flute, amongst many others.

He has performed in the main Spanish, American and Asian halls as solo player, with the Zarabanda Trio or with the Zarabanda Ensemble- founded by him in 1985-. He has been greatly acclaimed at the Wigmore Hall in London, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow,  Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Nan Tucker McEnvoy Auditorium in Washington,  or the Arts Center Recital Hall in Seúl, amongst others. He has also been invited to the most important festivals like the Bratislava Festival, Brussels Europalia, Lisbon Festival of Antique Musique fron the Gulbenkian Foundation, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, Naples Incontri Barocchi, Festival de Música Antigua in Barcelona, Semana de Música Religiosa in Cuenca, and many more.

He has played in a duet with the clave player Aline Zylberajch, and shared stage with musicians such as Christophe Coin, Woulter Möller, or Jacques Ogg. Several contemporary composers have dedicated Álvaro Marías some of their pieces, such as Pedro Sáenz, Tomás Marco, Claudio Prieto, Ángel Oliver, Lothar Siemens, or Miguel del Barco. Joaquín Rodrigo chose him for the debut of his Líricas castellanas and Cristóbal Halffter did the same with his Improvisación sobre el Lamento di Tristano.

As a baroque specialist, he has carried out many radio programs, published essays and participated in conferences. He has been musical critic for the newspapers El País and ABC.  He was awarded the Premio Nacional de la Crítica Discográfica by the Spanish Culture Ministry. Head of the piccolo department at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, he has been professor at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, and currently forms part of its Academic Comitee. He has imparted master classes at El Escorial, Granada, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and Puerto Rico and Costra Rica universities. He has also integrated the jury at the Munich Piccolo Competition organized by the Bayerischen Rundfunks.

He has recorded for labels such as Philips, Erato and Warner. Álvaro Marías owns a great instrument collection that includes two ivory flutes with an enormous historic relevance, produced bu Richard Potter (1789) and Louis Drouet (1829). He currently takes part in the Cooperation Spanish Comission with the UNESCO and helds the title of “Magic Flute Royal” at the Reino de Redonda.

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