Renaissance and Baroque Singing
It is unthinkable to separate the female figure from the Arts during the Renaissance and Baroque periods of our Western culture. Nymphs, shepherdesses, queens, nuns, young lovers, heartbroken lovers and a long list of characters have sung and recounted their joys or misadventures through inspiring texts set to music. How not to underline, in addition, the infinite number of works dedicated to the ideal woman par excellence: The Virgin Mary. They are as highly admirable as all those composers eclipsed or eradicated from History who, little by little, are recovering the honor that corresponds to them.
The Renaissance and Baroque Singing workshop will be focused, from the historical, technical, stylistic and expressive point of view, on the study of the repertoire that covers, fundamentally, between the 15th and 18th centuries and that revolves around women, whether because they bear their stamp or because they musically reflect their psyche, their experiences, their feelings or even the way they were viewed by the society of their time.
The sessions invite students to contribute pieces of special interest to them, although individual or collective work material may be proposed, based on the level accredited by each one.
Born in Cáceres. Her solid musical career, which spans from the Middle Ages to the latest avant-garde, has taken her all over the world. She has performed as a soprano soloist with orchestras such as Radiotelevisión Española and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, among others. She also collaborates regularly with groups such as the Coro Nacional de España, Pygmalion, Collegium 1704, Al Ayre Español, Capella de Ministrers, Aquel Trovar, Ensemble Elyma, Musica Ficta & Ensemble Fontegara, Capilla Jerónimo de Carrión, Cinco Siglos, La Bellemont, Gradualia, Collegium Musicum Madrid, the Camerata Antonio Soler and Ímpetus. Her performances have been broadcast by channels and broadcasters such as Televisión Española, Radio Nacional de España, Radio Clásica, France Musique, Mezzo, Arte, Catalunya Clàssica and Canal Extremadura. She has been conducted by maestros such as Sir Colin Davis, Gabriel Garrido, William Christie, Raphael Pichon, Václav Luks, Fabio Luisi, Eduardo López Banzo, Carles Magraner, Ivor Bolton, Juanjo Mena, Michel Corboz, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Antoni Ros Marbà, Jordi Casas, Josep Pons, David Afkham, Eiji Oue, José Ramón Encinar, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez and Peter Philips. He has more than a dozen albums on the market, which have been very well received by critics and audiences alike, and has received several national and international awards as a performer. During her formative years, she obtained the Advanced Singing Degree, with outstanding qualifications, at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona under the instruction of Carmen Bustamante. She took advanced courses with María Cristina Kiehr, Rosa Domínguez, Richard Levitt, Raquel Lojendio, María Espada, Carlos Mena and Gloria Fabuel. She also holds a degree in History and Science of Music (with Honours), a degree in History of Art and an Honours Degree in Music Business. She holds a Master’s degree in Music Research and Pedagogy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she was awarded a scholarship as a Research Staff Trainee in the Department of Didactics of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression. She has given masterclasses and workshops, both in Spain and abroad, not only related to singing and musical performance but also to the field of Social Media & Community Management, a sector in which she is a well-known specialist and in which she collaborates with different artists and leading cultural institutions.
JOAN BORONAT, correpetitor. Formed in the music high schools ESMuC in Barcelona and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, and with a concert life that includes international cycles and festivals, Joan Boronat Sanz is presented to us as a curious and open-minded musician, that experiments constantly on the poetical and rhetorical possibilities of basso continuo within the ensemble music context, as well as exploring the routes of the solo performance.
His current musical agenda combines international concerts and recordings both as soloist and chamber/orchestral performer with renowned ensembles like La Cetra Barockorchester Basel (Andrea Marcon), Collegium 1704 Prague (Vaclav Luks), Musica Fiorita (Daniela Dolci), La Sctinilla Zürich (Ricardo Minasi), Concerto Köln… combining this concert life as well with pedagogy; research on Spanish basso continuo, traditional Scottish music in the Baroque era, the music developed by Jesuits in 16th century Japan; collaborations with theater, visual arts and electronic music and the correpetitor position at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.