Daniel Pereira – Piano

Daniel Pereira holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and an Artist Diploma from the State University of New York at Purchase. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the
prestigious Moses Haltzmark, Hartt Alumni, Evelyn B. Storrs Scholarship and the Special Prize in Piano Performance in his native Spain. His doctoral thesis consisted of the complete preludes of Alexander Scriabin.

His Scriabin double CD, 90 –Scriabin Complete Piano Preludes, was released for Odradek Records in May2020 as was received with great acclaim. Pereira was invited to lecture on Scriabin and give recitals of his music in the United States, Brazil and Spain.

Pereira combines pedagogical activities with concerts and lectures. He has conducted extensive research on pianists of the past, old and new recordings, and schools of piano playing, at the revered International Piano Archives at Maryland(IPAM). That experience, he observed, greatly enriched him as a musician and pedagogue. Through IPAM, Pereira started publishing in January 2021, digitally and on a monthly basis, his massive project titled the Piano Traditions Through Their Genealogy Trees, which consists of numerous piano genealogies and articles with short biographies of the thousands of pianists represented in them. Pereira has been working on this project for over 15 years.

This project is also being published in Spain by Melómano Digital.

In addition to Scriabin, he has lectured on a diverse array of topics in music theory and performance in North and South America and in Europe, and has performed in cultural capitals like New York, Washington and Madrid, as well as in other major cities. He has given Master
Classes at the Turtle Bay Music School in New York, at IKFEM Festival in Spain, and at the State University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

In 2016, Why We Can’t Always Play Waltzes, a book he co-authored with oboist Humbert Lucarelli, was published by Carl Fischer Music, New York, and in the same year, Clavier Companion published his article entitled The Teaching of Alfred Cortot, appearing in its Jan./Feb. issue. He was co-editor of the project Notas de Compositor, sponsored by the State University of Minas Gerais. He frequently collaborates with orchestras and festivals as writing concert program notes.

Pereira has participated in piano festivals and master classes in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Brazil and the United States. He founded the Piano Friends Society of Galicia in Spain and was the Artistic Director of the International Piano
Festivals Conde de Gondomar from 2000 through 2006, where he also lectured and performed. He has also been the Co-director of the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg. Over the years, he has appeared on television and was heard on the radio in the
United States, Brazil, Italy and Spain.

Pereira resided in the United States for 14 years where he studied, worked and performed. He subsequently took up residence in London, U.K. where he was a Master Instructor at the West Kensington Music Team. More recently, he has been a member of the jury at the Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España. He served as piano accompanist at the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático of Málaga and at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma in Madrid, and has taught at the Conservatorio Profesional Teresa Berganza, also in Madrid. Pereira and his four-hand piano duo were selected to be included in the 2019 edition of the AECID Music Catalogue of the Ministry of Culture in Spain.

Irina Gruia Gruia – Violin

violinista Irina Gruia

Born in Brasov, Romania, she completed her music degree in the United States of America. In 2002 she graduated from the Hartt Conservatory in the USA, specializing in violin, where she studied with Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker, the two violinists of the famous Emerson String Quartet.

In 2003 she won an audition with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, where she has since developed an intense musical career: in addition to her work with the Real Filharmonía, she is part of several chamber music ensembles, such as the Novecento Quartet and the Berenguela Piano Quartet.

In 2012 she completed her studies in “Kindermusik” and began a relationship with several nurseries and musical schools in order to give a strong musical foundation to the new generation of children of Santiago de Compostela.

Since 2013, Irina presents and translates many of the family concerts of the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, successfully accompanying conductors such as Paul Daniel and Jonathan Webb.

Simon Lewis – Horn

trompa Simon Lewis

The Welsh horn player Simon Lewis studied his Bachelor of Music in the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff, Wales, and later continued his studies in Zürich, Switzerland at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) where he received a Masters degree in Orchestral performance.

He had the privilege of studying with Angus West, Nigel Downing, Radovan Vlatkovic and learnt natural Horn with Anthony Halstead and Glen Borling.

His professional career has seen collaborations with a number of orchestras worldwide, including the Welsh National Opera, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Gürzenich Orchester, Cologne and the Real Filharmonía de Galicia. Since March of 2016 he has held the position of Tutti Horn with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Koblenz.

In the world of chamber music, Simon has worked with a number of ensembles. In Wales, he was a member of the award-winning brass quintet Bute Brass, also performing with various wind quintets, horn trios and larger ensembles. He has participated in numerous festivals, including the Return Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, the Jyväskylä Chamber Music Festival, Finland and the European Music Festival in Neerpelt, Belgium.

He has also worked with the Folkwang Kammerorchester and Basel Chamber Orchestra, and recently collaborated with the contemporary music ensemble Vertixe Sonora in Galicia.

Simon is a founding member of Ensemble ConcertArt, acting as project director, in addition to performing as an integral part of the group.

As a soloist, he has performed works by W.A. Mozart, Edwin York Bowen, Malcolm Arnold and Antonio Rosetti with orchestras in Great Britain and Switzerland.

Pedagogical work initially focussed on masterclasses, both with Bute Brass and as assistant to Professor Nigel Downing in the masterclass series “Singing on the Wind” between 2010 and 2013. Since 2020, Simon has taken up the role of Horn tutor in the Escuela Municipal de Música in Silleda, Pontevedra.

GUESTS

María Hinojosa Montenegro

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María got her singing and lied degrees with honors from the ESMUC in Barcelona, has been twice nominated as Best Musical Actress (2007, 2011) and won the Critics’ Prize in the Butaca Awards (2007).

Maria has sung in many of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls in Europe and the Americas with many renowned early music ensembles and orchestras under conductors such as Sir N. Marriner, P. Heras Casado, G. Garrido, G. Antonini, O. Dantone, F. Corti, R. Alessandrini, F. Biondi, J. Pons, I. Bolton and J. Caballé; has worked with stage directors X. Albertí, R. Carsen, K. Holten, L. Pasqual, R. Cosentino, J. Deschamps, A. Kirchner and with theatre companies La Fura dels Baus and Els Comediants.

María appears in recordings with G. Garrido, L. García Alarcón and Cappella Mediterranea, O. Dantone, P. Heras Casado (3 baroque zarzuelas for Harmonia Mundi), Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla under Onofri (3 CDs), and DVD recording of Pergolesi’s La Salustia for ArtHaus Musik; several works by contemporary Catalan composers plus a number of radio recordings for RNE, BBC Radio, Radio France and ORF.

Among her recent engagements are Beethoven 9 under Onofri at Esterhazy Palace Eisenstadt; the world premiere of Requiem a un cantaor by Enric Palomar in Barcelona with OBC under Josep Caballé and in Bogotá, Colombia; a leading role in the world premiere of opera Je Suis Narcissiste by composer Raquel García Tomás in Madrid (Teatro Español) and Barcelona (Teatre Lliure); and French tours with Cappella Mediteranea’s crossover project Mediterráneo – Joan Manuel Serrat y el Siglo de Oro.

Future highlights include new collaborations with OBC in a world premiere by Joan Magrané and with Real Filharmonia de Galicia in a double bill, Pergolesis’ La serva padrona plus the premiere of A sombra de Cristal by Fernando Buide; on the operatic stage, Andròmeda in Darmstadt, the roles of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte in Valladolid and that of Die Tochter in a production of Cardillac by Hindemith in Oviedo; plus leading roles in the world premiere of Policías y ladrones by Tomás Marco, and Donde no hay violencia no hay culpa by Nebra at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.