Daniel Zapico

Pablo Zapico

Aarón Zapico

Baroque guitar and archlute

Daniel was born in Langreo, Asturias (Spain). From an early age, he focused his studies on the field of early music and began to specialise in the theorbo at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Langreo. He graduated from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with the highest grade, alongside fellow musician Xavier Díaz-Latorre. Later, he obtained a Master in Musicología, Educación Musical e Interpretación de la Música Antigua at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, receiving unanimous praise by the exam board for his project on Robert de Visée.

Au monde, his recent solo album with his own transcriptions for theorbo of French Baroque music, has completely conquered the critics of the public and the specialized press, obtaining the highest marks, such as the Diapason d'Or, ffff from Télérama and 5 stars in the Pizzicato, Melómano and Ritmo magazines, as well as nominations at the MIN Awards and at the ICMA Awards for Best Album in the categories of Soloist and Baroque instrumental, respectively.

As a founding member of Forma Antiqva, Daniel has performed in major festivals around the world with the now 20-year-old ensemble, which has been a big hit with both the public and media critics from the music industry. They were awarded Mejor Grupo de Música Barroca 2018 and Mejor Producción Discográfica 2018 by GEMA (Association of Spanish Early Music Groups) and recently received the prestigious award for Mejor Álbum de Música Clásica in the MIN Awards 2018 (Spanish Independent Music Awards) for their CD Concerto Zapico Vol. 2.

Daniel regularly collaborates with La Ritirata (Josetxu Obregón), winner of El Ojo Crítico de Música Clásica 2013 and the Premio de Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid 2017; as well as the Belgian group Ricercar Consort (Philippe Pierlot), with which he has played in several of the biggest festivals in the world, such as the White Light Festival in the Lincoln Center in New York and La Folle Journée in Nantes (France), Ekaterimburgo (Russia) and Tokyo (Japan). His close collaboration with Nina Laisné has led him to feature in the artist's show Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando, participating in more than 100 performances over the last few years, most notably the Festival d’Avignon and the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris. From this fruitful relationship their new show Arca ostinata was born, a miniature opera for a single instrument: the theorbo, at the same time soloist and its accompanist, from which images emerge that evoke the phantasmagorias that have celebrated it over the years. Premiering in December 2021 in Annecy, Arca ostinata is touring in the most outstanding venues in France during its first season, such as the Center Pompidou in Paris or the Arsenal in Metz.

Daniel Zapico also plays alongside other important figures in the music industry such as Leonardo García Alarcón (Cappella Mediterranea), Benjamin Bayl (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), Attilio Cremonesi (Orquesta del Gran Teatro La Fenice), Andrea De Carlo (Ensemble Mare Nostrum), Maxim Emelyanychev (Il Pomo d’Oro), Riccardo Muti, Christina Pluhar (L’Arpeggiata), and Judith Steenbrink (Holland Baroque).

Daniel Zapico has been named Asturiano del Mes by La Nueva España newspaper and awarded the prize for Grupo del Año by TV channel Radiotelevisión del Principado de Asturias, the Premios de la Música en Asturias, the Premio Serondaya for Cultural Innovation and the Medalla de Oro in Foro Europeo Cum Laude.
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.
Aarón Zapico is one of the conductors to have made the greatest impact on the Spanish music scene over the last few years. The key to his success can be found in his elegant, resilient interpretations with their varied and nuanced dynamics, as highlighted by the specialised music critics. He is constantly present in leading important symphonic orchestras, specialised groups and his own ensemble, Forma Antiqva.

At present, his work is focused on recovering the Spanish musical heritage, chamber music with great solo artists, leading orchestral and vocal projects, a stable trio with his brothers and even on making frequent incursions into contemporary music and projects that combine different artistic disciplines. His recordings as a solo artist and conductor have been nominated for the International Classical Music Awards on several occasions and obtained maximum recognition from European critics.

He has worked as a professor at the conservatories of Murcia and Oviedo, and a guest professor in universities, giving courses, talks, lectures and master classes all over Spain as well as in Panama, Costa Rica, Australia and Singapore. As a result of his restless, committed and entrepreneurial spirit, he has founded associations and platforms to protect musicians’ rights, social and charity projects in which music is an integrating element, as well as the first early music competition in Spain. Despite his youth, over the course of his career he has been awarded several prizes and received a great deal of recognition.

Aarón Zapico is a member of the jury for the Princess of Asturias Awards for the Arts.


Premio Sello FestClásica (Asociación de Festivales Españoles de Música Clásica) a Forma Antiqva y su programa «Farándula castiza», 2021.
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) a la «Mejor Dirección 2019» para Aarón Zapico.
Medalla de Oro del Foro Europeo Cum Laude, 2019.
Premio MIN de la Música Independiente - Mejor Álbum de Música Clásica 2019 para «Concerto Zapico Vol. 2».
NPR Music's Best Classical Albums Of 2018 para «Concerto Zapico Vol. 2».
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) al «Mejor Grupo de Música Barroca y Clasicismo 2016».
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) a la «Mejor Producción Discográfica 2016» por «Crudo Amor - Agostino Steffani».
Premio FestClásica (Asociación de Festivales Españoles de Música Clásica) a Forma Antiqva y su programa «Concerto Zapico», 2015.
Nominación International Classical Music Awards «Opera Zapico», 2014.
Nominación International Classical Music Awards «Concerto Zapico», 2012.
Premio AMAS de la Música en Asturias, 2012.
Premio Serondaya a la Innovación Cultural, 2012.
Nominación a los International Classical Music Awards por «Amore x Amore», 2011.
Premio «Asturiano del Mes» del periódico La Nueva España, 2011.
Premio al «Grupo del Año» de la Radio Televisión Pública de Asturias, 2010.


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c/ Ramón y Cajal, 18 - 3º Izq.
33900 Langreo, Asturias (Spain)


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