Hometown: Zaragoza, Spain
Alma Maters: Basque Country Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, The Schwob School of Music, West Virginia University
Awards/competition prizes: National Finalist, 2014 and 2016, MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Music divisions; First prize, 2014 and 2016, WVUSO Young Artist Competition; First prize, 2009 and 2010,”Diputacion Provincial de Zaragoza” Competition; First prize, 2007, Chamber Music Competition Ädelina Domingo; Second prize, 2002, Youth Competition “Villa de Sahagun”
Appearances: Bowdoin International Music Festival, ME, 2005, 2006 and 2011; Summit Music Festival, NY, 2008; Toronto Summer Festival, Canada, 2009
Musical origins: I started when I was 6 years old. I wanted to play guitar but I used to bite my nails. They recommended me to choose the violin instead.
How did you hear about TŌN? I heard about it when it was created, through social media. The idea of The Orchestra Now is to redefine the role of the symphony orchestra in today´s society through innovative social and musical projects. As an orchestral musician and violin performer, I think it is vital to understand how modern society behaves. Only then can we use symphonic music more appropriately and effectively.
Favorite piece to play: Any Bach Sonatas or Partitas or any Mahler Symphony.
Favorite obscure piece: Jesus de Monasterio’s Adiós a la Alhambra
Favorite composer fact: Arnold Schoenbeg, creator of 12-tone music, suffered from “triskaidekaphobia,” an irrational fear to the number 13. When he composed his three-act Opera Moses und Aron, he took out the second “a” in Aaron to make the title have 12 letters instead of 13. He died on July 13th 1951.
Favorite musical memory: When I was living in London, we used to have music gatherings in which we would sight read many different string quartets and string trios, bringing and sharing food from our home countries and drinking wine.
Favorite fact about your instrument: My violin’s luthier, Honore Derazey, put the following inscription into his violins: “In silvis viva silvi suaviter jan mortua cano,” which translates to “In the forest I lived in silence, now in death I sweetly sing.”
Favorite non-classical band: Pink Floyd
Best album to have on repeat: The live recording of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique conducted by Sir Colin Davis and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Any of the J.S. Bach Violin Partitas and Sonatas by Leonidas Kavakos
Favorite non-musical activity: Playing soccer and running 5Ks
Last book read: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Favorite painting: The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Practice is not about playing but about thinking.
Time travel destination: 18th-century Vienna