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Xavier Díaz Latorre, baroque guitar

Xavier Diaz LatorreXavier Díaz Latorre was born in Barcelona in 1968. He studied at advanced level with Oscar Ghiglia at the Musikhochschule, Basel, graduating in 1993. His subsequent interest in early music led him to study the lute with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He has completed several courses in choral conducting and a post-graduate course in orchestral conducting.

He has been awarded several international performance prizes in France and Spain.

Since 1995 he has been actively involved in the world of baroque opera, having participated in major productions such as Semele (Handel) at the Berlin State Opera with the Akademie für alte Musik, Berlin, conducted by René Jacobs; L’Orfeo (Monteverdi) at the Goldoni Theatre, Florence, the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels,  Covent Garden, London, the Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Paris, and the BAM, New York, again under René Jacobs but with Concerto Vocale; L’Orfeo again, but with Le Concert des Nations and Jordi Savall at the Teatro Real, Madrid and the Liceu, Barcelona; Solimano (Johann Adolf Hasse) at the Berlin and Dresden State Operas with Concerto Köln and René Jacobs; La Serva Padrona (Pergolesi) at the Philharmonie, Berlin and Ludwigsburg Castle with the Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble and Thomas Hengelbrock; Dal Male il Bene (Marco Marazzoli and Antonio Maria Abbatini) at the Landestheater, Innsbruck with Concerto Vocale and Attilio Cremonesi; Don Chisciote della Mancia in Sierra Morena (Francesco Bartolomeo Conti) with the University of Salamanca Baroque Orchestra and Wieland Kuijken.

Xavier Díaz-Latorre frequently takes part in major international festivals in Europe, the USA, South America, and South Korea. He is a member of renowned orchestras and chamber groups such as those conducted by Jordi Savall – Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert de Nations, and has been invited to perform with other major orchestras and ensembles such as the Orquesta Nacional de España or Al Ayre Español.He has his own vocal and instrumental ensemble, Laberintos Ingeniosos, which specialises in performance of music from the Spanish Golden Age. The group’s first disc, Danzas de Rasgueado y Sones de Palacio, with music by the Aragonese composer Gaspar Sanz, recorded on the Zig-Zag Territoires label, has received excellent reviews in the media, and has been broadcast by several international radio stations throughout Europe, Israel, Australia, South Korea and North America. Laberintos Ingeniosos has now made further CDs of music from the Iberian Peninsula performed on period instruments, such as Goyesca, seguidillas boleras, with music by Fernando Sor, and “...entre el cielo y el infierno...”, with works by Francisco de Guerau and José Marín. In addition, Xavier Díaz-Latorre has taken part in over 30 CDs for Alia Vox and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and has made recordings for numerous television and radio stations in Europe, North and South America and Korea.He has been invited to give courses at many venues in Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, also at Seoul (South Korea). He is resident teacher of lute, bass con
tinuo and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC).


Pedro Estevan, percussion

Pedro EstevanPedro Estevan completed his percussion studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. In Aix-en-Provence (France) he studied contemporary percussion with Sylvio Gualda and African percussion with the Senegalese teacher Doudou Ndiaye Rose. He also mastered the frame-drum techniques with Glen Vélez.

A founding member of the «Orquesta de las Nubes» and the Percussion Group of Madrid, he has worked with many important national and international musical ensembles such as the Orquesta Nacional de España, RTVE, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, Orchestra of the 18th Century directed by Frans Brüggen, La Cetra, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, and with the groups: Koan, Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse, Paul Winter Consort, Camerata Iberia, AnLeuT Música, Accentus, Sinfonye, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges,  The Harp Consort, Ensemble Kapsberger, Orphénica Lyra and Mudéjar.

As a concert soloist he has performed with the Orquesta de Cámara Nacional de España and with the Orquesta Reina Sofía, and participated in festivals such as Milano-Poesia, Festival of music of Brisbane, Nafarroako-Jaialdiak, and in numerous programmes of contemporary music with sessions exclusively featuring percussion.

He has taken part in various theatre productions with Lluis Pasqual and Nuria Espert. He composed the music for Alesio, a play by I. García May, and for La Gran Sultana by Cervantes, directed by Adolfo Marsillach. He has also worked as musical director for Lluis Pasqual's production of El Caballero de Olmedo by Lope de Vega at L'Odeon-Theatre de L'Europe.

He has recorded for several radio and TV broadcasters in Spain, France, United Kingdom, Norway, United States, Canada, Japan and Australia. He also has made more than a hundred CDs, including two of his own works: «Nocturnos y Alevosías» and «El aroma del tiempo». He took part in a live album by Paul Winter Consort that earned a Grammy Award in 1993.

At present, Pedro Estevan is dedicated mainly to ancient music performing regularly with world-renowned ensembles such as Hespérion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations, Accademia del Piaccere and Laberintos Ingeniosos, and teaches historical percussion at the Department of Early Music of the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya).


1 part

Gaspar Sanz
Instrucción de música para la guitarra española(1697)
marionas por la B

Santiago de Murcia
Códice Saldivar
Los ymposibles

Francisco Guerau
Poema harmónico(1694)
Mari Zápalos

Gaspar Sanz
Instrucción de música para la guitarra española
Pavana al ayre español, cinco partidas con mucha novedad
Passeos por el cuarto tono, y una giga al vuelo por el mismo punto
Tarantella, improvisación

2 part

Francisco Guerau
Poema harmónico(1694)

Gaspar Sanz
Instrucción de música para la guitarra española(1697)
Xácara, diez y seis diferencias y algunas dellas con estilo de Campanelas
Zarabanda española, improvisación
Paradetas, improvisación

Laberintos Ingeniosos
Xavier Díaz-Latorre, guitarra de cinco órdenes de Julio Castaños
Pedro Estevan, percusión


Xavier Diaz Latorre

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