Ensemble Tramuntana - Johannes Brahms: String Sextets
13 August 2022 - 20:30
PALMA: Sant Francesc Cloister
Ensemble Tramuntana (original instruments)
Violins: Barry Sargent, Mayumi Sargent
Violas: Eura Fortuny, Margalida Gual
Cellos: Carlos Montesinos, Marc Alomar
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) - String Sextet No. 1, Op.18
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) - String Sextet No. 2, Op.36
He was born in Cincinnati (USA), the city where he began his musical studies with Sigmund Effron. At the age of 15 he performed as a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the following year with the Columbus Symphony. He continues his studies with Andor Toth at Oberlin Conservatory where he finishes his degree with "High Honors". Later he moved to Paris to broaden his violin knowledge under the direction of Gerard Poulet. In this same city he came into contact with the cellist Christophe Coin, who invited him to play with the Ensemble Mosaïque, encouraging him to investigate and perform with historical instruments. Study the baroque violin with Monica Huggett.
Since then he has been concertmaster of prestigious baroque ensembles; in France with Les Arts Florissants, Les Talents Liriques, Seminario Musicale, in the Netherlands with el Bach Vereinigen, in Italy with Promo Musica, in Germany with the Kölner Academie and concertmaster-conductor of the Concerto Köln. He has also collaborated with Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman, Jordi Savall, Christopher Hogwood and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
In Spain, where he currently resides , he has been first violin for Al Ayre Español, concertino guest of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Extremadura, the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, the Navarra Symphony Orchestra, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra . His work as a director has been extensive in Spain. He has been the founder and conductor of three orchestras: the Seville Baroque Orchestra, the Camerata Sa Nostra and the Mallorca Baroque Orchestra. He has conducted the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra , the Granollers Orchestra, the Illa de Menorca Orchestra, the Granada City Orchestra, the Terrassa 48 Cambra Orchestra, the Jove de Catalunya and the Baroque Youth Orchestra of Andalusia. He is currently director of l'Ensemble Tramuntana.
Born in Mallorca, she studied violin with Ramón Andreu and Barry Sargent, besides attending David Peralta’s summer course in 2007. She continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Cologne, Germany) with a Bachelor on the modern violin under Ariadne Daskalakis's tutelage while receiving baroque violin lessons from Richard Gwilt. She graduated with a “Cum Laude” from the Master’s Instrument in Historic Perspective at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Netherlands), where she studied baroque violin with Antoinette Lohmann and modern violin with Johannes Leertouwer.
She’s been invited to play in youth orchestras around Spain, such as Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Castelló, Jove Orquestra Barroca de Mallorca and Jove Orquestra de Cambra Illa de Menorca.
As a young professional, she’s performed in Germany with the Kölner Kammerorchester, Neuen Rheinischen Kammerorchester Köln, Kölner Akademie, Orchester Düsseldorfer Altstadtherbst and for the contemporary composers collective Zeitklang, besides being a member of the EOS Kammerorchester; specialized in
contemporary music, they work with known Jazz musicians, such as Niels Klein and Ingrid Laubrock, recording new CD’s with music written exclusively for the ensemble. In the Netherlands, she regularly plays with the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht (both with original and modern instruments, besides innovating projects, such as historically informed performances of Brahms symphonies) and is a member of the Spanish baroque music group La Pícara. She’s also had the privilege to work as concertmaster under the baton of Jos Van Veldhoven and Peter Van Heyghen, as well as principal second for the Nederlandse Bachvereniging with Shunske Sato as concertmaster-conductor. In Spain she has played with Orquestra de Cambra Illa de Menorca, and besides helping to organize 3 music festivals in Mallorca, she’s the concertmaster of Ensemble Tramuntana.
Study the professional teachings of viola and piano at the Professional Conservatory of Music of Menorca. He obtained the Higher Degree in viola at the ESMUC with Ashan Pillai and the master's degree in interpretation of the same instrument at the Mozarteum university of Salzburg with Thomas Riebl. From the superior, he has taken several historical viola courses with Emilio Moreno and Hiro Kurosaki. He has won some competitions as a soloist (Concurs Corda de Barcelona, regional phase of the Intercentros Melómano contest) and in chamber music (“I Concurs de Música de Cambra Illa de Menorca " and an Honorable Mention in the Eighth “Higini Anglès” Chamber Music Contest of the Provincial Council of Tarragona). He regularly collaborates with the Orquestra de Cambra del Penedès, with the GIOrquestra and the Ensemble Tramuntana, among others. He is a member_cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_from the Meraki Ensemble.
He studies at the Conservatorio Superior of the Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca. He continues training in Barcelona and Trossingen (Germany), where he obtains a Master in Ancient Music with Anton Steck. At the same time, he takes different violin courses (modern and baroque) and chamber music around Spain and Europe. He has collaborated with symphonic and chamber orchestras such as la OSB (Orq. Simf. de les Illes Balears), Orquestra de Cambra del Maresme, Orquestra de Cambra de Granollers and la OSV (Orch. Simf. del Vallès), among others. He has collaborated with different ancient music ensembles such as Les Ambassadeurs (France); Ensemble Mvsiche Varie, Il Bacio d'amor, Young European Baroque Orchestra (Germany); Spira Mirabilis (Italy), Geldart Ensemble, Albion Baroque Orchestra (London); Al Ayre Español, Studium Aureum (Spain). She was a member of EUBO 2010 (European Union Baroque Orchestra) and was invited to la EUBO 2014 (performing com as soloist). He is a member of the Teatre Instrumental, the Acadèmia de les Llums, the Ensemble Barroc de Mallorca and the Orquestra de Cambra Illa de Menorca, as well as the Ensemble Tramuntana.
He has edited sonatas for violin and bc por per Mvsiche Varie. He has made updates also with electric violin. Margalida Gual has participated in recordings for labels such as EMI Virgin, Estonian Record Productions and Columna Música.
She is currently a violin and music and movement teacher at the Municipal School of Music and Dance in Ciutadella, a task that she combines with collaborations with different groups and ensembles from all over Europe.
Carlos Montesinos Defez
He began musical studies at the early age of 5 years at the hands of his father. Graduated in the specialty of cello at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Aragon under the chair of Ángel Luis Quintana. After this period, he began his introduction to historicist interpretation, participating in courses with professors such as Jaap Ter Linden or Lina Tur. In 2009 he continued his studies at the Escola Superior de Música de
Catalonia, being a student of Arnau Tomas, taking the Continuing Education Course, and also began his higher studies in historical cello as a student of Bruno Cocset and Emmanuel Balssa, graduating in 2012. At the same time, he combined his cello studies at the Jeunnese Orchester Atlantique de Saintes (France). where he carries out the Superior Training specialized in the historicist interpretation of classical and romantic repertoire, under the tutelage of Hilary Metzger. In 2011 he received a scholarship from the Tafelmusik Baroque Institute in Toronto (Canada). During the years 2013 and 2015 he resides in Geneva (Switzerland) where he studied a Master's Degree in Soloist Diplome from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve, at the same time that he performs solo cello and chamber music recitals throughout the Spanish, European and South American geography. collaborating with different national and international ensembles. He has been a cello teacher at the Zaragoza Municipal Conservatory of Music. He is a founding member of the group Academia de las Luces (ESP) and Favola
D'argo (BY). He is currently artistic director of the CheraMusical music courses organized in Chera (Valencia) in the specialties of violin, cello, flute and early music www.cheramusical.es and has released his first album "Cirri Project" under the Brilliant Classics label with his group Breaking Bass Ensemble.
He is qualified by the Superior Conservatory of the Balearic Islands, where he obtains the Extraordinari Final Degree Award. His interest in baroque music took him to the Toulouse Conservatory, where he began historical performance with Tormod Dalen y Mathurin Matharel and graduated in 2017. He is currently a student of master's degree at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva, with Professor Bruno Cocset.
His training in historical interpretation has been expanded with master classes by Christophe Coin, Phoebe Carrai, Stefano Veggetti, and Marco Testori. He has performed at Innsbruck early music festivals with the Montis Regalis Academy, and at the Saintes festival with the Jeune Orchester de l'Abbaye. He is currently a member of the Theresia orchestra (Chiara Banchini), and during 2019 he will perform with Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall) in the complete Beethoven symphonies.