Grupo Arriaga de Banco de España
Established in 1995 at the Reina Sofía School of Music, the Banco de España Arriaga Ensemble has studied with Antonello Farulli, Alasdair Tait and Heime Müller, and is currently under the guidance of Márta Gulyás, professor of Piano Groups, with the counselling of Menahem Pressler and support of professors Luis Fernando Pérez and Ralf Gothóni. In 2000 the ensemble was awarded first prize at the International Competition of Granada. It has performed all over Spain and in 2010 Her Majesty Queen Sofía handed the ensemble the Mention to the most outstanding Chamber Group in the category of piano groups.
Since the beginning, the Banco de España Arriaga Ensemble has attended chamber music masterclasses by Peter Frankl, Walter Levin, Ralf Gothóni and Hatto Beyerle. It has performed at Torrevieja’s Palacio de la Música, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando within the Solistas del Siglo XXI Cycle, at Palacio Marqués de Salamanca within the Primavera BBVA Cycle, at the Sony Auditorium within the Da Camera Cycle; at Palacio de la Moncloa and Museo ABC within the Entre Notas Cycle at Distrito Telefónica, and at Valladolid’s Teatro Calderón, as well as at the Teatro Real within the Young Talents Cycle of Fundación Banco Sabadell. It has also participated, along with other chamber groups of the Reina Sofía School of Music, in the recording of a CD by Sony with works of Beethoven, Hirayoshi and Mendelssohn (1996) and a CD, under the same label, with Puccini’s Crisantemi (1998). In 1999 the ensemble recorded Alfred Schnittke’s Quartet no. 3, published in a commemorative CD for the 10th anniversary of the Reina Sofía School in 2002. In 1997 it also released a CD with works of Arriaga and Shostakovich under the name of Cap Gemini Concerto.