SANTIAGO GUTIÉRREZ BOLIO (Mexico City, 1978) started his studies in composition and performance of classical guitar at CIEM (Centro de Investigación y Estudios Musicales). In 2001 he moved to San Francisco, California where he graduated as a Bachelor of Music in 2004, and a Master of Music in 2006 under the guidance of Dusan Bogdanovic, David Tanenbaum and Marc Teicholz. In April 2009 he graduated from the Soloist Class at Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he completed his studies with Danish guitarist Jesper Sivebæk and graduated with a full-house Debut Concert at Rundetårn concert hall. There he performed works for solo guitar, chamber music and Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, conducted by Jakob Hultberg. Santiago has performed extensively in Europe, the United States and Mexico, including stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Spigelzaal at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Other Minds VII at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA, and an acclaimed performance at Rundetårn in Copenhagen, Denmark, among others. His work as a composer and his interest in expressive creativity in music has led him to strive for a wide specter of styles and genres, that range from improvisation and his own compositions, to more traditional Latin-American, baroque and renaissance, and contemporary repertoire, both as a soloist and in a chamber music setting. Santiago's work has been recently published by Berben – Edizione Musicali. In 2008, Santiago developed the project Sounds of Mexico in collaboration with the Mexican embassy to Denmark, Norway and Iceland. This project has acheived an international platform for the promotion of Mexican classical music and Mexican artists living in Europe, as well as their collaboration with artists from other countries.
SANTIAGO LASCURAIN (Mexico,1980) inició sus estudios de guitarra clásica con Iván Risquez y Alejandro Mora. Después de ingresar a la Escuela Nacional de Música en 1996 y comenzar a tomar clases con Antonio López, obtuvo el tercer lugar en el Festival y Concurso de Guitarra de Paracho, Michoacán. Dos años después fue admitido al Conservatorio de Música de San Francisco, E. U., donde hasta 2002 realizó la licenciatura y tuvo a David Tanenbaum como maestro. Desde 2005 vive en Holanda, donde obtuvo un posgrado en el Conservatorio de Maastricht y una maestría en el Conservatorio Real de La Haya, con los maestros Carlo Marchione y Enno Voorhorst, respectivamente. Se ha presentado como solista en México en el Palacio de Bellas Artes y en Radio Opus94, así como en Estados Unidos, Holanda, Dinamarca, Islandia, Francia y España. Es miembro del ensamble holandés de música contemporánea MODELO62, con quien toca regularmente en Holanda, y ha hecho giras en Alemania y Noruega. Ha contado con el apoyo del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA) en 2000 en el rubro Ejecutantes y en 2008 en el de Estudios en el Extranjero. Su interés por la música contemporánea lo ha llevado a colaborar con compositores en la creación de nuevas obras para guitarra, lo cual ha derivado en un concierto para guitarra escrito por Alejandro Orozco, estrenado en La Haya en mayo de 2009 con el Rotterdam Ensemble, así como una una pieza para guitarra y percusión de Alejandro Jiménez Ruanova estrenada en 2010 y una obra para guitarra y electrónica de Alejandra Hernández grabada para la Asociación de Música Electroacústica de España. Actualmente, junto con Santiago Gutiérrez Bolio, guitarrista y compositor mexicano, es director artístico de Sounds of Mexico.
MATIAS ESCUDERO SEIBÆK was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1981. He starts at a young age his musical studies and in 2000 he enters the Royal Danish Academy of Music with professor Gert Mortensen. In the spring 2001 he gets a position as an assistant percussionist in the Danish Radio Orchestra. In 2003 he starts a contract with the Royal Danish Orchestra and later that year he wins a permanent position in that orchestra. Matias does not longer play wtih this orchestra. In 2006 he graduates from the Royal Danish Academy of Music. After that, he enroles the prestigious Solist class in the same academy. He offers his Debut Concert as a Soloist in february 2009. Matías has played as a soloist in Italy, Austria, Sweden, USA and in different places in Denmark among them two performances with the Copenhagen Philharmonic. As orchestra musician Matías has played in: Danish Radio Sinfonietta, The Royal Danish Orchestra, Ålborg Symphonic Orchestra, Odense Symphonic Orchestra and Orchestra of Scandinavia (Orkester Norden). He plays in In evidenza ensemble and is a founding member of this ensemble.
ALDO ARANDA began his musical studies in 1995 at the Superior School of Music and Fine Arts in Mexico City and subsequently entered the National School of Music, where he studied with Gabriela Jiménez, Principal of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City. In 2005 he obtained a Master Degree in marimba with Professor Ludwig Albert and in composition with Wim Henderickx at the Flemish Royal Conservatory. He was granted a scholarship from the Mexican National Institute for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) as well as the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) for these studies. In 2008 he graduated inContemporary Percussion and Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he studied with the teachers Luuk Nagtegal, Fedor Teunisse, Hans Zonderop, Kees Tazelaar and Paul Berg. There, he also specialized in Studies in composition with Martijn Padding.He has been awarded honourable mentions at the 1st and 2nd Contest and International Festival of Marimba Players in the City of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico, in the years 1999 and 2001. As a composer, he has received the invitation for the publication of his piece "The Colour of the Fire" for Solo Marimba at the Dutch editorial Beurskens Edition, and the request for the British premier of his piece "Reﬂections" for Solo Marimba by the Bulgarian-British percussionist Daniela Ganeva. He has played with the Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra in the season 2004-2005 and has performed worldwide with the Theater Company Troubleyn, directed by the artist, sculptor and director Jan Fabre, with the production "History of Tears". He has performed and worked with renowned ensembles, choreographers, composers and companies involving both contemporary and classical music such as the Asko-Shoenberg Ensemble, LOOS, Cora Bos-Kroese, Louis Andriessen, Erich Sleichem, Gabriela Ortiz, Raul Tudón, Heiner Gobbels, Tempus Fugit, and Pas de Cinq, an ensemble founded by himself.
The Dutch alto CARINA VINKE has been performing since the age of nine, both in the Netherlands and abroad. She received her Bachelor of Music from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in May 2004. In June 2007 she completed her Masters degree, specializing in opera, at The New Dutch Opera Academy, graduating with the highest honors. Because of her unique warm voice and dramatic talent, Carina is regarded internationally as a promising singer. She is an all-round singer and since 2005 she has specialized in singing Spanish Art Songs. Carina has been coached by Jard van Nes,Teresa Berganza and José Maria Gallardo del Rey. As a concert singer she has sung oratorio, contemporary music and lieder. In the opera repertoire she interpreted the roles of Bradamante in Händels 'Alcina'; Hermia in Britten'sA Midsummer Night's Dream' and Carmen in Peter Brook's 'La tragédie de Carmen', an adaptation of Bizet's original. Carina has alsocollaborated on many radio and television broadcasts in the Netherlands. Carina received her master degree opera in June 2007 at "The New Opera Academie" of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.She received her Bachelor degree in may 2004 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
Born in 1986, ALLAN SJØLIN is a young Danish guitarist, bass player, composer and arranger. He started his studies at MGK in Nykøbing, Falster under the guidance of Dominique Bureau. In 2006 he entered the bachelor class at Det Kongelige Dansk Musikkonservatorium with Danish guitarist Jesper Sivebæk, with whom he is currently studying his candidate degree. Allan has played in master classes for Alvaro Pierri, Pepe Romero, Ricardo Gallén, Greg Oden, Frank Koonce, Erling Møldrup, and Diego Cayuelas among others. He has made studies in electric guitar, percussion, flamenco guitar and cajón. Allan has participated in several premiers of works including Knocking on heaven's door" by Danish composer Christian Winter Christensen, and Piece 4 8 guitars by Benjamin de Murashkin at Pulsar Festival 2009, as well as Dansk Potpurri by world renowned composer Roland Dyens, at the Århus Guitar Festival in 2006. Allan has performed in many different places throughout Denmark. He is an active performer who also participates in different ensembles as well, including the flamenco group Under Sydens Sol, Duo el Fuego, with Danish guitarist Martin Buono, and the jazz group Ekelund's Kvartet. In June 2009 Allan obtained his bachelor degree at DKDM and his exam program included the performance of Karl Aage Rasmusens work for solo guitar, kazoo and voice, Lonesome.
Danish guitarist MARTIN BUONO grew up in Lolland and started his musical career there with the classical guitar. In 2006 he was accepted in the guitar class at Det Kongelige Dansk Musikkonservatorium to study with Danish guitarist Jesper Sivebæk, where he expects to get his candidate degree in 2010. His main studies concern the world of classical guitar, but his expressive curiosity has led him to experiment on a wide range of styles and musical genres, such as flamenco, latin and south american music, and jazz. He is an active performer that plays not only as a soloist, but in different groups and projects including the flamenco group Under Sydens Sol and the guitar duet Duo el Fuego with Danish guitarist Allan Sjølin. In his own words: "as long as there is focus and there is music, the different languages only complement each other."
ALMUT KÜHNE is a singer/composer living in Berlin. She improvises, sings composed contemporary and old music, jazz, german chansons and sang in several music theater productions. She worked with Georg Graewe, Gebhard Ullmann, Anthony Coleman, Phil Minton, Tobias Delius, Ann le Baron, Kent Kessler, George Schuller, Joe Fonda, the Dresden Chamber Choir and others in Europe, the US and Mexico. 2009 she won the Berlin studio award for her Solo project. Current projects are the trio tulip trees with Els Vandeweyer (vibraphone) and Brian Mitchell (guitar), Dowland Waters with Johanna Borchert (piano) and Benjamin Schindler (video) and concerts with Anthony Coleman.
Double bassist JOEL ENRIQUE GONZÁLEZ was 18 years old when he made his first solo appearance with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra back in 1997. Since then, he has performed regularly as a soloist with several ensembles and orchestras in his native country Mexico and in Europe. In 2002 he won the special prize of the jury at the International Sperger Competition (Germany) and the same year he won the position as the 3rd principal double bassist with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 Joel performed his "Debut Concert", graduating with the highest notes from the Postgraduate (solistklasse) studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. In 2007 he was awarded the Aenchen og Eigil Harbys Fond's Grant for studies abroad Denmark. Other important scholarships awarded to him in the past include the Performers Grant from the National Fond for Arts and Culture (Mexico) and the Grant for studies abroad from the Fond for Arts and Culture of the State of Yucatan. Besides his position with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra –a position which has allowed him to perform with some of the world's most renowned conductors and soloists- Joel Enrique González has contributed as guest principal double bassist with various orchestras in Scandinavia –such as the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (Sweden) or the Danish Radio Sinfonietta- and has kept an active chamber music schedule contributing with several ensembles –Ensemble Midtvest, Athelas Sinfonietta, Mahler Chamber Orchestra-. A good example of Joel's chamber music playing can be appreciated in Steven Stucky's Etudes, within the Grammy nominated CD "Movements" of Michala Petri (Dacapo 6.220531).Despite his gifted skills as an orchestra and chamber musician, Joel believes firmly that the modern technique of double bass playing has come to a point where it can stand –and stay- as a soloistic instrument –just as well as the other members of the string family-. Therefore the repertoire he offers consists mainly of music for double bass alone, music for double bass and piano –or with other instruments- and the main concertos from the music literature for double bass and orchestra. That includes several transcriptions from the baroque to the romantic periods, and many vibrating compositions dedicated to the double bass, from the classical period to our times. Joel's passion for Latin-American music seems natural considering his origins, and he loves expressing it especially through Argentinean Tango, for which he always keeps a little space in his repertoire.Using the opportunity that the "Harbys Grant" has provided him, Joel has taken a leave of absence from his orchestral activities with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and is currently studying in Berlin with Janne Saksala from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He performs on a double bass built by J. F. Leidolff in Vienna in 1751.
JAIKE BAKKER (1987) began music lessons when she was five years old. After three years she began playing the harp at the Hengelo Music School, where she graduated with honours. Jaike has taken part successfully in competitions such as the dutch Prinses Christina Concours and the Deventer Jeugd Muziekconcours. From a very young age she has given concerts with different ensembles and orchestras, with whom she has played in Riga, Leipzig and Malta. Jaike has performed in orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and she plays regularly in different chamber music settings. She was recently praised at the famous Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam for her bass trombone and harp duo recital.Jaike has colaborated with renowned musicians like Arie van Beek, Oliver Knussen, Reinbert de Leeuw, James MacMillan and Gordan Nikolic, Besides working with composers on new works for harp she currently attends jazz harp lessons with Park Stickney and Rosetty de Ruiter. Since 2006, Jaike studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory withSaskia Kingma. She also takes lessons with Germaine Lorenzini in Lyon, France. She is a harp teacher at the Gouda Music School.
CARLOS ITURRALDE (b. 1976) After completing his Bachelor in composition from Centro de Investigación y Estudios Musicales in Mexico City, he continued his studies in the city of Queretaro, Mexico, and later specialized in composition and sound design at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands, where graduated from a Masters in composition. His work draws its inspiration from on concepts as impossibilities, negations and contradictions. Iturralde has achieved wide recognition for his work including stimuli and awards such as Programa de Apoyo a Estudios en el Extranjero y Jóvenes Creadores (FONCA) andImpuls (Austria). His work has been performed in different stages in Europe as well as North and South America by distinguished ensembles such as De Ereprijs, Klang, Klangforum Wien, Modelo 62, Nieuw Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and Ensemble Vortex.
ALEJANDRA HERNÁNDEZ. Born in Mexico City, She studied percussion in México and at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts where She also studied Film Scoring. Since then, She has taken frequently contemporary music composition courses.She has received grants such as: Berklee College of Music Scholarship, Fulbright-García Robles , Mexican Found for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA/ FONCA), BBVA Bancomer, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada. She became a member of the Mexican Endowment for the Arts and Culture, from Mexican Found for Culture and Arts FONCA, 2005.In the same year, She was the winner of the Goethe Institut- Mexiko competition "Remodela con Nosotros".Recently, Her work has been selected to participate at contemporary music festivals like:Concerts' Cycle: Image and Resonance, Mar del Plata, Argentina.Harry Sparnaay's Concert , Sala Manuel de Falla, SGAE, Madrid, Spain.Circle Art, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.Bastidor Acústico, Radio Unam, Mexico City. EMUFEST International Electroacoustic Music Festival, Rome, Italy.Encuentros: México-España-Portugal Madrid, España.ISGMA 7th Symposium of the International Study Group of Music Archaeology Tianjin Conservatory of Music, China.Festival Primavera en la Havana, Cuba.Festival de Música Religiosa de Cuenca, Spain.Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato Mexico.Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez , Mexico City.Habitación del Ruido, Universidad Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City.Spark Festival of electronics music and arts, Mineapolis, USA.Festival SICMF, Seoul, Korea.Festival ''SYNTHESE'' Bourges, France.Women New Music Festival "Inner Voices"Fullerton University, Ca.NWEAMO International Music Festival, San Diego, Ca.Besides her personal work, since 1983, She has been interested in collaboration at interdisciplinary works with theater directors, choreographers, poets and visual artists.Some of these works had been shown at international festivals in Latin America, United States and Europe.
Seeking all the way to the roots of a music and thereby an entire culture is the procedure without compromises Jonas uses when he decides to explore something new. (Henrik Bay, Head of Danish Guitar Society) Danish born JONAS SKIELBOE is fast establishing as an exciting and versatile guitarist. After studying in Denmark, Switzerland, Spain and Holland he is pursuing a busy career in Holland and Europe both as a soloist and chamber musician. Though Jonas is mostly known for his performances in various styles of classical music he has always been attracted to the multiple use of the guitar and has been playing in rock bands, jazz, early music (Theorbo). Jonas has developed a widespread collaboration with different ensembles that spans over various styles of chamber music. He is today working with some of the leading musicians in The Netherlands and Europe expanding his repertoire of instruments to include electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Most recently he initiated collaboration with the multi awarded Matangi string Quartet, mainly working with Spanish music. Following his passion for Latin American music he has been playing in several tango quintets and today forms duo with the Brazilian tango violinist Alexandre Mota Kanji. He has worked with renowned flamenco guitarists and specialists in the Spanish Latin American repertoire, such as José María Gallardo del Rey, Oscar Herrero and Ernesto Bitetti. Together with the world-renowned violin virtuoso Alexander Skwortsow he forms a duo, which is known for their brilliant and expressive playing of some of the most challenging classical music. He is working with several members of The Hague Philharmonic Residentie Orkest, performing in quartet with solo cellist Caelilia van Hoof and in duo with solo flutist Eline van Esch.He is also establishing himself as accompanist of singers expanding the voice and guitar repertoire with his arrangements of especially piano music adapted to the guitar. For the last few years, Jonas has devoted a large part of his time to a personal study of Spanish and Latin American music and formed the critically acclaimed "Duo Cajon" with the Dutch alto Carina Vinke. As soloist and together with Carina he has performed in some of the finest festival in Spain, specialized in repertoire for piano, guitar and voice. Duo Cajon are collaborating with composers worldwide who are writing for them and their "New world music". In 2007 they recorded CD "Connected", which contains Jonas's own arrangements of Spanish music for voice and guitar as well as solo guitar. Jonas currently lives in The Hague, the Netherlands and performs regularly in Holland and all of Europe. www.jonasskielboe.com
Born in 1983 in Mexico City, OMAN KAMINSKY is considered one of the most prominent guitarists of his generation. In 2007 he received, from the President of Mexico, the "National Youth Award" for his artistic achievements to date. He obtained a Bachelor degree with highest honours at the "Escuela Superior de Música" in Mexico City, where he studied with Isabelle Villey and Juan Carlos Laguna and he has participated in master classes with Sergio and Odair Assad, David Russell, Will Kanengaiser, Javier Hinojosa, Martha Masters, among others. He has performed solo recitals in Denmark, Spain, USA, Netherlands and Mexico and he has won numerous national and international awards. These include the First prize a the Paracho Guitar Festival, First prize at the National Guitar Competition in Xalapa, Second prize at the Sharpach Internacional Guitar Competition in The Netherlands, and Third prize at the International Guitar Competition "Jose Tomas" in Petrer, Spain. He is currently undergoing Master studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Zoran Dukic as his main teacher and with the support of the Huygens Scholarship Program, granted in The Netherlands to outstanding students from different nationalities.
Mexican pianist JUAN ZURUTUZA (b.1981) studied in México with Guadalupe Parrondo, Gastón Lafourcade and Susana Avendaño. In the year 2001 he got a scholarship to study in The Netherlands (Royal Conservatory) where he worked with Rian de Waal and since 2004 with Hans Eijsackers as well. Juan finished his Master Degree in 2008 with a scholarship granted by the Labberté-Hoedemaker Fund. He has participated in masterclasses given by Jacques Rouvier, Leslie Howard, Miroslav Brejcha, Ivan Moravec, Dimitri Bashkirov, Aldo Ciccolini, Charles Rosen, and plays regularly for Edith Grosz-Lateiner.Juan Zurutuza won in 1998 the first prize at the Manuel M. Ponce Competition in Mexico and in 2000 the second prize and a special prize for his interpretation of a Mexican piece: Sonata IV by Federico Ibarra at the Angélica Morales Competition in Mexico. Next to solo playing, chamber music plays a very important part in his life, being a regular guest at the yearly Peter de Grote Festival in Groningen. He has collaborated with artists such as Mosche Hammer, Godfried Hoogeveen, Jeroen den Herder, Karin Strobos, Marion van den Akker, Rian de Waal and Paul Komen. Regarded by Aldo Ciccolini as a pianist with exceptional and superior instrumental and musical qualities, Zurutuza has played in Italy, Germany, Serbia and in the most important halls from México and The Netherlands: Dr. Anton Philipszaal, Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague, de IJsbreker, het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musis Sacrum in Arnhem, Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in Utrecht.
MANUEL ESPERILLA was born in Spain in 1976, and he begins his musical education at the age of eight. Since 1989 he attends lessons from Esteban Sánchez and in 1994 he enters The Royal High Conservatory of Music in Madrid to study with Guillermo González. He finishes here his Master Degree in Piano in 1998 with the highest qualifications. Manuel Esperilla has also got advices from prestigious pianists, like Peter Bithel, Joaquín Achúcarro, Serghei Yerokin, Claudio Martínez Mehner, Niklas Sivelov or Luiz de Moura Castro. In 2006, he enters the Soloist Piano Class in The Royal Danish Academy with Professor José Ribera, offering his Debut Concert as a Soloist in may 2009. He has been awarded at different Piano Competitions, such as Ciudad de Albacete Piano Competition for Young Pianists 1998 or Rotaract Club Piano Competition 1999 in Palma de Mallorca. As a soloist, Manuel Esperilla has played at important concert halls, like Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Auditorio Ciudad de León, Tivoli Concert Hall or Odense Concert House. He has performed with Extremadura Symphony Orchestra, DKDM Symphony Orchestra or Copenhagen Philarmonic, with important conductors like Michael Schonwandt. Manuel Esperilla is also an active teacher and accompanist and in 1999 he wins the position as a Piano Teacher for Spanish Public Conservatoriums.He has taught at Conservatorium Hermanos Berzosa in Cáceres and Conservatorium Victoria de los Ángeles in Madrid. He plays in In evidenza ensemble and is a founding member of this ensemble.
The Danish Mezzo-soprano MATHILDE KIRKNÆS is educated in England at the Colchester Institute of Music and Performing Arts, and in Copenhagen at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. She has been educated by prominent teachers such as Jennifer Lillystone, Margrete Enevold and Ulrich Stærk and has participated in master-classes taught by Rudolf Jansen, Micaela von Gegerfelt, Susanna Eken and Kirsten Buhl. She mostly performs as a recital and concert singer but has also done operatic roles such as: Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Phoebe in the Yeomen of the Guards.
TOMÁS BARREIRO (Mexico 1977) is a musician working actively as performer, composer and teacher. He is part of the Terceto de guitarras de la ciudad de México, with whom he has presented the CD titled Querencia. He currently trains teachers for the Hidalgo School of Music and is doing a PhD in performance at the National School of Music. His composition for chamber ensemble "La noche de Takemitsu" won second prize in the "Toru Takemitsu Composition Award" in May 2008, with Steve Reich as jury. The piece was premiered in Mexico by La Camerata at the XXXI Foro de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez. He ﬁnished his master studies in guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with a Fullbright scolarship, an Edward G. Stotsenberg grant and the support from the National Fund for Culture and Arts from Mexico (FONCA). At this conservatory his teachers were David Tanenbaum and Dusan Bogdanovic, and during both years of his postgraduate studies he received the Honor Award, given to outsanding students. He obtained a Bachelor degree at the Center for Research and Musical Studies (CIEM), uder the guidance of Gerardo Tamez, Antonio López and Gonzalo Salazar. He later became a theory and guitar teacher at the same institution, and he taught there from 2002 to 2009. He currently takes part as guitarist and composer in several projects for theater, televisión and cinema. Amores Perros, Café Paraíso, El último canto del pájaro cú, Arráncame la vida, 2033, are a few examples of his participation in this tye of productions. He has recently received comissions from the renowned marimba player Javier Nandayapa, the Cuicacalli Trio, the guitarists Juan Carlos Laguna and Pablo Garibay and the Hidalgo State Symphonic Band, which will premiere his Vals descompuesto at their 110th anniversary.
CARLOS MARTÍNEZ LAURRARI Graduated from the National School of Music UNAM, where he studied guitar with Juan Carlos Laguna and was guided by musicians such as Néstor Castañeda y León, Miguel Ángel Villanueva, Ricardo Vázquez, Francisco Viesca and Roberto Ruíz Guadalajara. He has performed in Mexico's most prestigious festivals. He has played with orchestras such as the Orquesta del Teatro de Bellas Artes, Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes and the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Carlos Chávez. In 2008 he took part in the recording of Mosaicos by Mexican composer Armando Luna, next to Javier Nandayapa, Víctor Flores, Gustavo Grajales Nandayapa and Omar López; in 2009 he recorded Zodiaco for string quartet and guitar by Mexican composer Raúl Corral; In 2010 he premiered the string quartet and guitar version of Cuatro Danzas Siblinas by Eduardo Angulo with the Redes String quartet. He has obtained diverse prizes in several national and internationalcompetitions such as: 1st place in the 12th Taxco International Competition, 1er. 1st place in the 2009 Guitaristic Virtuosism Competition in Morelia, Michoacán. 1st place in the II National Guitar Competition in Cortazar, Guanajuato. 1st place in the 1st Guitar Competition in Colima, Colima. 1st place in the VI Guitar Without Frontiers Competition in Chihuahua, Chihuahua. 1st place in the National Guitar Competition Otoño BUAP 2007 in Puebla, Puebla. 1st place in the Ramón Noble National Guitar compstition in 2006 in Pachuca, Hidalgo. 2nd place in the Inter-national Guitar Competition in Culiacán, Sinaloa. 2nd place at the ADMIRA Guitar Competition, Young Classical Guitarist of the Year 2004 in Bath, England. And the Finalist prize at the International Guitar Festival and Competition of Heinsberg 2005, in Germany. He is currently teaching at the National School of Music UNAM in the Orchestral Ensembles for guitarists course, as well as Chamber music in the Juan Carlos Laguna Guitar Studio.
Ivan Olsen have studied classical guitar at Nordjysk Academy of Music in Aalborg, Denmark, and music theory and composition at DetJyskeMusikkonservatorium, Århus, and Högskolanförscenochmusik in Gothenburg, Sweden.
As a composer Ivan Olsen has participated in workshops with Anders Hillborg, Andy Pape and Sven-David Sandström among others. He has composed for The Danish Guitar Quartet, Duo Harpverk (IS) and the danish organ player Lars Sømod to name a few.
As a guitarist and composer Ivan Olsen is part of the ensemble MøllersElkapel - a crossover project mixing the sounds of classical percussion, guitar, trombone with jazz saxophone and electronics, on top of that the musicians act, do a kind of "staging" (absurd theatre, commedia dell'arte). Since 2003 he have played with soprano Charlotte Hjørringgaard Larsen in duo VoceConCorde. www.olsenivan.dk
Alejandro Montes de Oca is a Mexican composer, performer and sound artist. Inspired by the physical materiality of sound, our contemporary soundscape and different time perceptions, he focuses on organizing sounds in space and time with the use of self-made electroacoustic instruments and applications. Alejandro received a bachelor degree in guitar performance from the Superior School of Music, Mexico City, and a master degree in electroacoustic composition from the Royal School of Music in Stockholm. He studied computer-music and media electronics in Vienna and he followed the ECMCT (European Course for Musical Composition with Technologies), Helsinki-Barcelona program. He has got commissions by the "Instrumenta Festival" (Mexico), IMEB (France), CDMC (Spain) and ICST (Switzerland), as well as scholarships from the UNESCO-Aschberg, FONCA, the Cultural Minister of Spain and the Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM). He has been awarded with the 10th Electroacoustic Composition Competition Musica Viva prize and the Franz Liszt Stipendium 2011 prize. His music has been release in different compilations and has been presented in different festivals and concerts in Europe and America.