THE CAMERATA ANTONIO SOLER
The Camerata Antonio Soler is a chamber orchestra born in 2011, with the purpose of embracing a wide repertoire of different periods and styles (mainly classical, romantic and contemporary), hence its plural and versatile character. The essence of their interpretation is based on historical music criteria, using original instruments whenever required. One of their main aims is to rediscover and perform music from Hispanic Classicism and Romanticism, as well as including contemporary alternative repertoires in their performances, such as works resulting from the merger with ethnic roots or the so called “World Music”. The Camerata Antonio Soler consists of 14 professional wind and string musicians. Since its origin, the conductor has been Gustavo Sánchez +info and Ignacio Ramal +info its concertmaster.
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Gustavo Sánchez, was born in Pilar de la Horadada (Alicante – Spain). He studied Flute with Juan Francisco Cayuelas and Composition with Manuel Seco de Arpe at the Conservatorio Superior de Murcia. After this, between 1991 and 1996, he studied orchestral conducting at the Vienna Conservatory with Professors Reinhard Schwarz and Georg Mark, graduating with honors. Since 1995 he has conducted several orchestras, notably the Symphony Orchestra of Murcia, Wiener Akademische Philharmonie and Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
Between 1998 and 2002, he was conductor of Coral Crevillentina, performing a large number of concerts, and Opera and Zarzuela productions. Some of them should be specially mentioned as were with world famous Opera soloist Montserrat Caballé. From 2002 until 2016, he was in charge of the Escolanía del Monasterio del Escorial, conducting countless performances within and outside Spain (Germany, Italy, USA, Panama…), both in live concert and on radio and television. He has recorded a total of seven CDs with the Escolania.
He is the founding conductor of the Camerata Antonio Soler, resident orchestra of the International Conducting Masterclass “El Escorial”, along with the eminent Finnish Professor Jorma Panula. With the Camerata he has performed several times at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, the Auditorio del Escorial and in Lisbon, at a major Musicology International Congress.
His vast work in historical music heritage recovery has to be mentioned as well. He has recorded four CDs with unknown symphonies, arias and “villancicos” by Gaetano Brunetti, Luigi Boccherini and Antonio Soler. This work has been internationally acknowledged as his first CD, released in December 2014, was included in the TOP 10 RECENT RELEASES by Allegro Classical magazine, and due to this mention, he was invited to conduct Brunetti’s Symphonies with University of Illinois Orchestra, in Chicago, and also at the 22nd Florida International University (FIU) Music Festival in Miami, with a program consisting of unknown works of classical repertoire, with the Camerata Antonio Soler on November 2018.
This connection with musical heritage recovery has lead Gustavo Sánchez to be part of the artistic ensemble “I virtuosi ambulanti” (based in Munich), with whom since 2014, he has enrolled in several projects of unknown Belcanto Opera from early 19th Century, with CD recordings and shows in several venues and historic theatres from Spain, Germany and Austria (the Esterházy Palace is to be highlighted), with a great success of audience and review.
Gustavo Sánchez is extremely active in music research and has published numerous articles and books. In 2009 he obtained his doctorate with European mention (cum laude) at the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid, with the thesis The music in the Escorial monastery during the period of the Hieronymite Order: Children of the Seminary (1567-1837), under the direction of Dr. Begoña Lolo. Recently his thesis received the Prize for outstanding PhD Thesis. Since 2008 he has been a Professor in the Department of Music at the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid, where he teaches and participates in several research projects.
Photography: Jesús Cornejo
Born in 1985, Ignacio Ramal is a Spanish violinist specialised in historically informed performance. Currently he is concertmaster of the Camerata Antonio Soler, with which he has recently recorded two CDs with several unknown symphonies by Gaetano Brunetti, appearing in the Sinfonía Concertante nr. 3 for two violins, as one of the solo violinists (along with Lina Tur Bonet). He has also recorded a CD with arias and scenes by Brunetti and L. Boccherini (all CDs released by Lindoro). He is a member of the Giovani dell’Accademia Montis Regalis, appearing in several occasions as soloist and concertmaster, and having received guidance from Enrico Onofri, Olivia Centurioni and Thibault Noally. In 2017 he was also given the opportunity to participate and play in Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s Seminar “Maestros Napolitanos”, under the guidance of Pedro Memelsdorff, Eduardo López Banzo and Dinko Fabris, having recently been invited to repeat this concert as a guest at Harvard University in Villa I Tatti (Florence). He has also been invited as concertmaster by the ensemble Canto Fiorito (Lithuania) and as musical director and concertmaster of Camerata de Murcia.
Furthermore, in the realm of historically informed performance, he has collaborated with ensembles such as Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), Cappella Mediterranea (Leonardo García Alarcón), Ensemble Pulcinella (Ophélie Gaillard), Academia Montis Regalis (Alessandro de Marchi), La Spagna, L’Arcàdia, L’Estro d’Orfeo, La Madrileña, Concerto 1700, Pyrenaeus Ensemble, Dichos Diábolos, Orquestra Barroca de Barcelona, Vienna 1770, Teatre Instrumental, Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye aux Dames or Orquestra del Montsalvat. He has also been invited as musical coach and soloist by Murcia University Orchestra. Besides, he is founder of the ensemble The Ministers of Pastime.
He has completed a Master in Early Music Performance in Barcelona with prof. Manfredo Kraemer, also receiving advice from professors like Emilio Moreno, Andrew Ackerman or Lorenzo Coppola. Before that, he received violin education from professors like Sergey Fatkulin, Ana Comesaña and Polina Kotliarskaya. At present he is ongoing with his studies at Conservatory Vincenzo Bellini in Palermo, with prof. Enrico Onofri.
During his student years he was a member of JONDE (Youth Orchestra of Spain) as well as the School-Orchestra of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, where he had the opportunity to work with violinists Gordan Nikolic, David Ballesteros and Shirly Laub. He has played with several classical orchestras, such as Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, Orquesta Opus23, Ungdomssymfonikerne and the Jünger Künstler Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival. Violinist Ramal has been concertmaster in the Barbieri Symphony Orchestra as well as the Orquesta en el Tejado. He was also founding member of Tetrauk string quartet; this ensemble was awarded several prizes in various competitions, and has performed in many concerts in Spanish and European festivals; to be mentioned is the debut in the Palau de la Música Catalana during the “”rimer Palau”. As a member of this quartet, he received lessons from Cuarteto Quiroga and participated in the European Chamber Music Academy under Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl and Valentin Erben.