Appearances: Orquesta Joven de la Sinfónica de Galicia, Spain, 2014–17
What is your earliest memory of classical music? I think my earliest memory of classical music was either listening to a broadcast of a Neujahrskonzert conducted by Lorin Maazel or Nikolaus Harnoncourt, or a classical music Spanish TV show for kids called “El Conciertazo.”
When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? When I was 15 years old my eyes were opened, by a great pedagogue, to a larger and deeper world of classical music and training. From that moment, music started to transform from a hobby to the beginning of my music career. At the age of 18, I decided to dedicate all my time and commitment to it.
What inspired you to audition for TŌN? The opportunity to play a vast repertoire of standard and non-standard orchestral works inspired me to audition. Also, bringing together many players from different conservatories and parts of the world makes this orchestra a very unique group of musicians working in the same space and with the same musical purpose.
What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? I wish orchestra concerts could be a cultural place where there is no social or cultural judgement based on certain backgrounds, and everyone could have an individual music exchange with the performance. Everyone knows how to listen to music and embody a physical and mental interaction, even first-time classical listeners.
Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? I really enjoy playing late-19th and early-20th Century French music because of the vast range of colors, lightness, mood changes, and flexibility that the music offers to the musician. On the other hand, I also connect with Romantic German music because of its deep expression, thick densities, and really well-structured works. If I had to pick specific composers I would choose Brahms or Debussy.
What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? I do not have a favorite “child”. I have so many favorite works, but lately the Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto in D minor for harpsichord played by the mandolinist Avi Avital has been one of my favorites. It transmits me strength and consistency.
What has been your favorite experience as a musician? A very special moment was playing Richard Strauss’ Eine Alpensinfonie with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Spain) under the baton of Jesús López Cobos in one of his last concerts.
Do you have any embarrassing performance stories? In my first wind ensemble concert in high school, I did not know I had to wear black clothes. My outfit was a bright blue sweater and some cream-colored pants with sneakers.
Favorite non-classical musician or band: Pink Floyd
If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Asturian bagpipe. I actually was not able to pick it when I was 8 years old because I was too short. But probably in the classical world I would have played viola.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Probably architecture or physics
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? The island of Crete (Greece) because of its music, society, tradition, and culture. It’s such an inspiring place.
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Being your best self is very important not just for music, but for life as well.