Daniel Zapico

Pablo Zapico

Aarón Zapico

Baroque guitar and archlute

Daniel Zapico was born in 1983 in Asturias (Spain). Since his early youth he has studied the field of Early Music, specializing in the theorbo in 1999. Along with Xavier Díaz-Latorre, he finished his High Studies with the maximum rating from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). In 2012 he earned the Master's degree in Musicology, Musical Education and Interpretation of Early Music from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) receiving unanimous praise of the court for his degree project about Robert de Visée.

As a founding member of the ensemble Forma Antiqva, he has played extensively in important festivals throughout Spain and in several concert tours in Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Serbia and Singapore, obtaining the acclaim of the audience and critics. He has recorded seven albums as a member of Forma AntiqvaBizarro!!, Ins ólito Estupor, Sopra Scarlatti, Amore x Amore, Concerto Zapico, The Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi, Opera Zapico and the recently released Crudo Amor, awarded with the best ratings in several influential music magazines like Scherzo and Pizzicato SupersonicForma Antiqva is currently the resident ensemble at the Auditorio Palacio de Congresos «Príncipe Felipe» in Oviedo (Asturias, Spain) and is exclusive artist for the German label Winter&Winter.

He performs with Enrique Solinís and his brother Pablo Zapico in Pulsata3. This ensemble won the INJUVE Musical Circuits competition in 2004. He also usually collaborates with La Caravaggia (winners of the international contest Les Sacqueboutiers of Toulouse in 2006), La Ritirata (winner of El Ojo Crítico de Música Clásica award in 2013), and with the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla (winner of the National Music Prize 2011). He also participates with important figures in the music scene including Philippe Pierlot (Ricercar Consort), Emilio Moreno (El Concierto Español or La Real Cámara), Christina Pluhar (L'Arpeggiata), Michael Hofstetter (Orquesta del Liceu Barcelona), Leonardo García Alarcón (Cappella Mediterranea), Ara Malikian, Fahmi Alqhai (Accademia del Piacere), Manfredo Kraemer, Andrea De Carlo (Mare Nostrum), Andrea Marchiol (B'Rock), Riccardo Muti, Kenneth Weiss, Gabriel Garrido, Enrico Onofri, Petra Müllejans, Margaret Faultless, Chiara Banchini, and Attilio Cremonesi (Orquesta del Gran Teatro La Fenice).

In 2006 Daniel received an award from the Académie Baroque Européenne d´Ambronay for his performance as main theorbo in the opera Ercole Amante, directed by Gabriel Garrido.  In 2007 he was selected by the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) as main theorbo player, for two separate tours of Ercole Armante, directed by Christina Pluhar and Margaret Faultless, respectively. Likewise, he has been invited for a tour with this orchestra in 2008 with Enrico Onofri renewing a professional relationship with him whom he had previously performed on BBC Radio3, a project with Chiara Banchini (august, 2008) and a tour with Petra Müllejans (november, 2009).

Highlights of his recordings include the Virgin Classics CD-DVD Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi with L'Arpeggiata and a recording for the television channel Mezzo with La Caravaggia during the Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne (REMA) showcase.

He has, since 2008, taught Early Plucked Instruments at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Zaragoza (Spain). In 2009 he began teaching at the Academia de Música Antigua de Gijón (AMAG) and has conducted masterclassess at the University of Melbourne (Australia), Le Rocher de Palmer (Cenon, France), The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore), and the VII International Seminar of Albarracín(Spain) in addition to two transcription seminars at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (Spain) in 2012 and 2013.

Daniel Zapico was awarded the distinction of «Asturiano del Mes» by the newspaper La Nueva España, the «Grupo del Año 2010» by the Televisión del Principado de Asturias, the Serondaya Prize for Cultural Innovation in Asturiasand the «Premio de la Música en Asturias».
Pablo Zapico was born in 1983 in the principality of Asturias in Spain. In 2006, he earned highest honors as he completed his Advanced Studies in Plucked Instruments with Xavier Díaz-Latorre at the Ecola Superior Música de Catalunya (ESMuC) in Barcelona, Spain. The following year he concluded his Formación Continuada studies and, in 2012, earned the degree of Master of Musicology with a specialization in musical training and ancient music from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He has also participated in master classes offered by prestigious performers including Laura M. Pustilnik, Rolf Lislevand, Eduardo Egüez, John Griffiths, Juan Carlos Rivera Pecellin, Juan Carlos de Mulder, Luca Pianca, Toyohiko Satoh, and Hopkinson Smith.

Pablo has performed as a continuo player and soloist in Forma Antiqva, OSPA, Oviedo Filarmonía, El Concierto Español, Estil Concertant, La Real Cámara, La Reverencia, La Ritirata, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Accademia del Piacere, La Hispanoflamenca, Académie Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay, European Union Baroque Orchestra, and the Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, among others.

He has recorded over a dozen albums for labels such as Musifactor, Arsis, Spanish Society of Musicology (SEdeM), Vanitas, and the prestigious Munich, Germany label Winter & Winter. He has also been recorded live for Radio France Musique, BBC, RTVE, and Catalunya Música. Along with his brothers Aarón and Daniel, Pablo was nominated, in 2010, 2011, and 2013, for the prestigious International Classical Music Award (in the category of best baroque music instrumental CD) for his albums Amore x Amore, Concerto Zapico, and Opera Zapico.

He has performed in the most important festivals on the Iberian peninsula and has toured internationally in a number of countries including Brazil, Bolivia, Australia, Singapore, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Republic of Serbia, Holland, Greece, China, Japan, Peru, Chile, Turkey, Panama, and Colombia.

Pablo has taught master classes at The University of Melbourne (Australia), Le Rocher de Palmer (France), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music(Singapore), Seminario Internacional de Música Antigua de Albarracín (Spain), Colegio de Educadores de Lima (Peru), Universidad de Santiago de Chile (Chile), Ya?ar Üniversitesi Izmir (Turkey), Universidad de Música de Pánama, the Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid, and at the Universidad de Oviedo. In May 2008, he was invited to serve as the assistant teacher for continuo players at the seminar Musica nel e dissimulazioni European Seicento led by Pedro Memelsdorff and conducted on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.

During 2008-2010, he taught Renaissance and Baroque era continuo and plucked strings at the CMUS Conservatorio Profesional de Música Manuel Quiroga. He served in the same role at the CMUS Arturo SoriaMadrid from 2011 to 2012. From 2009-present he has been a professor at the Academia de Música Antigua de Gijón (AMAG) and from 2012-present, a professor at the CIEM Federico Moreno Torroba of Madrid.

Pablo Zapico was awarded the distinction of “Asturiano del Mes” by the newspaper La Nueva España, the “Grupo del Año 2010? by the Televisión del Principado de Asturias, the Serondaya Prize for Cultural Innovation in Asturias, and the “Premio de la Música en Asturias” in 2012.
Born in Asturias, Aarón Zapico has made a forceful arrival on the early music scene in Spain over recent years. The key to this success can be found in his elegant, resilient interpretations with their varied and nuanced dynamics, as highlighted by the specialized music critics. He is constantly present at the most important festivals and concert halls, where he can be found leading symphonic orchestras, specialised groups and his own ensemble Forma Antiqva.

His services are increasingly in demand as a guest conductor and he has had the pleasure of leading the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, the Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga, the Orchestra of Extremadura, the Roquetas de Mar Baroque Orchestra and Choir, the Bilbao Choral Society, the Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir, the University of Santander Camerata Choir, the Youth Baroque Orchestra of Andalucía, the Santander Academy of Early Music, Acadèmia 1750, the Baroque Orchestra of Vélez Blanco and the Youth Orchestra of the Autonomous Community of Madrid.

In 1999 he founded the baroque music ensemble Forma Antiqva (resident in the Oviedo Auditorium), to which he dedicates most of his time and attention. In just a few years he has managed to secure the ensembles place in the top ranks of historical interpretation thanks to their performances at the most prestigious cycles, their international tours across Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as their recordings which have been repeatedly praised by international critics.

An exclusive artist of the German record company Winter & Winter since 2009, his recordings as a solo artist and conductor have been nominated on 4 occasions for the International Classical Music Awards (2010, 2011, 2014 and 2017) and have obtained maximum recognition by European critics. His version of Antonio Vivaldi’s celebrated Four Seasons in 2012 had a genuine impact across Europe and was unanimously elected by the critics as an absolute reference point.

Committed to recovering Spanish music from the 17th and 18th centuries, he has directed numerous debuts in modern times of authors such as Blas de Laserna, José Lidón, Antonio Literes, Joaquín Lázaro and Jaime Casellas. In a like manner, his interest in contemporary music and new artistic manifestations has led him to work closely with Ernst Reijseger (1954), and to record his symphonic poem The Volcano Symphony written especially for Forma Antiqva, Fumio Yasuda (1953) or Uri Caine (1956), in the multidisciplinar project Poem of a cell, premiered at the Heineken Jazzaldia in San Sebastian.

With classical training and an outstanding advanced degree in piano from the Conservatory of Oviedo, he specialised in early music and harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he completed his soloist diploma with the unanimous praise of the board. At the same time, he also received advices from the most renowned worldwide specialists in historical interpretation.

He has collaborated for many years with some of the most outstanding symphonic orchestras and ensembles under the baton of Frans Brüggen, Emilio Moreno, Pablo González, Marzio Conti, Álvaro Albiach and Victor Pablo Pérez.

He has worked as harpsichord and chamber music professor at the conservatories of Murcia and Oviedo and as guest professor on the most important courses on early music. He has also given advanced courses and master classes in places such as Melbourne, Singapore, Gijón, Aracena, Burdeos, Costa Rica, Vélez Blanco, Granada and Albarracín.

In 2009, his restless, committed and entrepreneurial spirit led him to found and direct (until 2013) the Early Music Academy in Gijón. From 2011 to 2013 he also directed the Early Music Festival in the same city, as part of which he created the first International Competition of Early Music in Spain and different pioneering initiatives, such as concerts for disadvantaged people. He has also participated actively in the foundation of GEMA (Association of Spanish Groups of Early Music) and in the Platform for teachers, performers, composers and researchers of the Principality of Asturias.

Aarón Zapico has been finalist as Best Conductor in the GEMA Awards the years 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has been the recipient of the Asturian of the Month award from La Nueva España newspaper, the Group of the Year 2010 prize from the Television of the Principality of Asturias, the Asturian Music Award in 2012, the Serondaya Award for Cultural Innovation in 2012, the FestClásica Award (Association of Spanish Festivals of Classical Music) in 2015 and the GEMA Awards for Best Ensemble 2017 and Best Recording 2017. He has been member of the Jury for the Princess of Asturias Awards.

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Premio GEMA al Mejor Grupo de Música Barroca (s. XVIII) y del Clasicismo 2016.

Premio GEMA a la Mejor Producción Discográfica 2016 por "Crudo Amor - Agostino Steffani" (Winter & Winter).

"Asturiano del Mes" del periódico La Nueva España, Excelente Audio Clásica, Excepcional Scherzo, Goldberg 4 estrellas, "Grupo del Año 2010" de la TV del Principado de Asturias, Melómano de Oro, Nomination ICMA 2011, 2012 & 2014, Prelude Classical Music, "Premios de la Música en Asturias" 2012, Premio Serondaya a la Innovación Cultural 2012, Recomendado CD Compact, Ritmo Excelente, Supersonic Pizzicato.


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