...Eclectic and Versatile cellist...
I was born in Jaén, Spain, and began studying the cello at the Professional Conservatory when I was 9 years old. Attracted by pedagogy and music knowledge, I later studied Teacher Education in Music in the University of Jaén and Musicology at the University of Granada and Complutense University of Madrid.
In the early years of my classical career, I performed with my own quartet for many years. I played with the Lisbon Orchestra, and I joined the Symphony Orchestra of Andalucía, accompanying flamenco artists such as Jorge Pardo, El Lebrijano, Dorantes, Carles Benavent, Pastora Galván, Esperanza Fernández.
Granada was a very inspiring city for me. There I discovered other musical languages such as flamenco and jazz. Attracted by flamenco music, I participated in different flamenco fusion groups. I joined the large, eclectic jazz and improvising ensemble “Dubi Dubi Band” led by the saxophonist Paul Stocker, with whom I performed in several festivals and theatres around Spain. Other projects of mine, include composing for the contemporary circus company “Zen del Sur”, which won the first prize of the prestigious international TALENT competition.
I decided to move to the Netherlands in 2013 to enrich my musical journey by completing a Bachelor degree in jazz and a Master degree in world music at Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam, where I am currently based.
Thanks to the Dutch NMF foundation, I have the possibility to play a beautiful cello, which I am in love with. This cello, along with the Lefèbvre cello (no. 160), was part of a small private collection that NMF was able to acquire in 1993. The instrument bears the label "J.B. Salomon á Paris", but was built by G. Magnin in Mirecourt around 1850, as evidenced by the marking on the inside of the instrument.
In addition to my current teaching activities, I am much solicited as a cellist in studio recordings with ensembles of diverse styles.