Manon Chauvin, Soprano
French soprano Manon Chauvin studied singing at the Mexican National Conservatory of Music and at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid. In the course of her career she has specialised in early music, working on repertoires with Eduardo López Banzo, Gerd Türk, Hélène Dufour, María Espada, Gérard Lesne and Hiro Kurosaki, among others. In 2014 she won second prize at the “Premio Joven Bach” competition.
She has featured as a soloist in Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Boccherini’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, and Bach’s Messe in h-Moll, and has performed in operas like Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas (Belinda), The Fairy Queen, and The Indian Queen, as well as Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, and in José de Nebra’s Baroque zarzuela Vendado es amor, no es ciego.
She frequently collaborates with early music ensembles such as the Arianna Ensemble, Música Ficta, La Capilla Real de Madrid, Muzik Ensemble, and Coro Victoria, as well as being a member of the vocal ensemble Zenobia Scholars, a group of young singers specialising in renaissance music, with whom she has sung under conductors like Peter Phillips (Tallis Scholars), David Skinner (Alamire), Tim Scott-Whiteley (Cinquecento), and Paul Phoenix (The King’s Singers).
Patricia Paz, Soprano
Born in Madrid, Patricia Paz studied first at the Padre Antonio Soler Conservatory in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and later at the Real Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid. She has also participated in vocal interpretation courses with teachers including Marius van Altena, Philippe Herreweghe, Jordi Savall, Isabel Poulenard and Ángeles Chamorro.
She has performed at concerts and recitals at the most prestigious music festivals and events, both in Spain and overseas, with groups like Neocantes, Capilla Rex, the Madrid Goyesco Company, Capilla Peñaflorida, Speculum, Tritonus, El Sustento de la Armonía and Dolce Sirena. As a soloist she has performed with the Orchesta Bética “Manuel de Falla”, singing Montsalvatge’s Canciones Negras, and with various orchestras interpreting arias of Händel’s Messiah, Requiem, and Bastian and Bastiana, Mozart’s Magic Flute, Scarlatti’s The Triumph of Honour, Bach’s Cantatas, Couperin’s Lecciones de Tinieblas, and Blas de la Serna’s Tonadillas Goyescas.
She has appeared on a large number of recordings, including several CDs with the group “Neocantes” performing Spanish music of the 15th, 16th and 18th centuries. She collaborated with Eduardo Paniagua in the recording of the complete Cantigas of Alfonso X El Sabio. A recording of European music of the 14th century with the group Speculum was awarded “Le Choc de la musique” by Le Monde de la Musique. She is also the singer of the theme song of Carlos Saura’s film Goya.
Miren Astui, Contralto
Born in Bilbao, the contralto Miren Astui studied singing in that city, and began her professional career as a chamber music singer with the Camerata Barroca quartet, which she co-founded.
She completed her studies at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid while at the same time collaborating with chamber groups like the Capilla Real de Madrid, Música Ficta and Neocantes, with which she has made numerous recordings and performed all over Spain.
From 2001 to 2012 she was a member of the Spanish National Choir. Currently she is with the RTVE Choir. Since joining the latter, she has maintained her commitments at the choir in parallel with an intense schedule of solo concerts with a particular focus on the Baroque period, visiting the most prestigious festivals and performing to national and international audiences.
Fran Braojos, Tenor
Fran Braojos was born in Galvez (Toledo). At the age of 10 he was selected to join the Escolanía (boys’ choir) of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, receiving a scholarship to reside at the monastery. Soon thereafter he started being featured as a soloist and participated in numerous recordings with this institution. He continued his studies at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid, where his teachers included Miguel Bernal, Virginia Prieto (Singing), Miguel Huertas, and Javier Carmena (Repertoire).
A lasting interest in ancient music led to the development of this style of repertoire, singing from medieval music to Baroque and Classicist works. Fran Braojos has worked with directors and coaches such as Jordi Savall, Manuel Coves, Josep Pons, Jordi Casas, Peter Philips, Lluís Villamajó and Richard Levitt. As a soloist he has performed at the National Auditorium and the Juan March Foundation. He currently works with various groups specialised in ancient music including Capilla Real, Coro Victoria, Capilla Real de Cataluña, and Los Afectos Diversos, and collaborates with a number of professional choirs like the Community of Madrid Choir, RTVE, and the Palau Chamber Choir, among others.
Enrique Sánchez-Ramos, Barítono
Enrique Sanchez-Ramos was born in Aranjuez and began his musical studies at the age of 9 at the Joaquín Rodrigo Music School. As well as being a piano teacher, he holds a Higher Qualification in Choir Direction and Voice Training.
Since his debut he has performed at the most important theatres and concert halls of Spain, including the Zarzuela Theatre, the National Auditorium, Madrid’s Canal Theatre and Royal Theatre, the Teatro Gayarre in Pamplona, the Principe Auditorium and Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, and the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, among others.
His most recent performances include Bach’s St. John Passion with the Dresden Baroque Orchestra (Jesus and bass arias), Tres Desechos en Forma de Ópera by Fernandez Guerra at the University of Navarra Museum, Dido and Aeneas at the Gayarre Theater in Pamplona, A Survivor from Warsaw by Schönberg and Der Keiser von Atlantis by Ullmann at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Chimène ou Le Cid by Sacchini on tour in France (with the Versailles Baroque Music Centre and the Parisian Arcal company), Bach’s Mass in B minor at the Palacio de Festivales in Santander, Mozart’s Requiem and L. Delibes’ Lakmé at the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich.
In addition to his career as a singer, he acts with the Sons of Mary Shelley theatre company, performing at the National Drama Centre in September 2017.
CAMERATA ANTONIO SOLER
- Abelardo Martín Ruiz (violín concertino)
- Beatriz Amezúa (violín)
- Elvira Martínez (violín)
- Amaya Figueredo García (violín)
- Olga Castelblanque (violín)
- María Barajas Vela (violonchelo)
- Susana Ochoa (contrabajo)
- Pepa Megina (oboe)
- Vicent Serra (trompa)
- Taylor Townsend (trompa)
- Jordan Fumadó (clavicémbalo)
Gustavo Sánchez, Director
Gustavo Sánchez, was born in Pilar de la Horadada (Alicante – Spain). After his studies in Flute with Juan Francisco Cayuelas at the Conservatorio Superior de Murcia, between 1991 and 1996 he studied orchestral conducting at the Vienna Conservatory under Professors Reinhard Schwarz and Georg Mark, graduating with honors. Since 1997 he has conducted several orchestras, notably the Symphony Orchestra of Murcia, Wiener Akademische Philharmonie and Moscow Symphony Orchestra. He is the director and founder of the Camerata Antonio Soler, resident orchestra of the International Conducting Masterclass “El Escorial” by the eminent Finnish Professor Jorma Panula. With the Camerata he has recently recorded his fourth CD with unknown works by Gaetano Brunetti and Luigi Boccherini. The first CD (Brunetti. Sinfonías), released in December 2014, was included in the TOP 10 RECENT RELEASES by Allegro Classical in October 2015, with such groups and orchestras like The Sixteen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
He has been head of the Escolanía del Monasterio del Escorial from 2002 to 2016, with which he has conducted numerous performances in and outside Spain (Germany, Italy, USA, Panama…), both in concert and on radio and television, and has recorded a total of seven albums. Gustavo Sánchez is extremely active in the field of 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 it received the Prize for outstanding PhD Thesis. Since 2008 he has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Music at the the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid, where he teaches and participates in several research projects.
CORO PADRE ANTONIO SOLERThe Father Antonio Soler Choir was formed on the initiative of a group of parents of students at the Padre Antonio Soler Integrated Music Cente (CIM) in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, from which it took its name and in whose PTA it is incorporated. With the collaboration of Fernando Rius, a teacher at the Centre who joined the parents in bringing this project to fruition, the choir made its official debut in the Basilica of the San Lorenzo de El Escorial Monastery during Easter 2008 with a programme based on Bach’s Passion According to St. Matthew. On numerous occasions, the choir has performed accompanied by diverse instrumental groupings of the CIM, including a symphonic band, a chamber orchestra, and a Baroque music group.
Some of its most noteworthy performances include Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Coronation Mass (together with the Boys’ Choir of the San Lorenzo de El Escorial Monastery), the Wagner-Verdi Bicentennial at the National Auditorium, the 5th Anniversarty celebrations at the Church of the Assumption at Galapagar, Brahms’ Naenie at a charity concert for the Spanish Cancer Association, and the closing ceremony for the 700th Anniversary commemoration at the Sancti Spiritu de Toro Monastery in Zamora.
Since 2017 the choir has collaborated with the Camerata Antonio Soler on various projects, and performed some of Father Soler’s unpublished repertoire at a number of concerts in Madrid. Sopranos:
- Ana Mª Fernández de la Torre
- Josefina Morales Bertrand
- Marta Morillo González del Tánago
- Natalia Lamas Ferreira
- Mercedes Fernández Fernández
- Carmina Gómez Piñas
- Mª José Sánchez
- Vicky López
- Paloma Segura
- María Trapiello González
- María Yusta Nogueira
- Jaime González-Sierra
- Leo Manzano
- Ignacio Pérez Mesuro
- Fernando Andrés Pascual
- Rafaelle Giachetta
- Juan José Morales
- Carlos Segovia
- Javier Monsalve