THE CASSADÓ DUO
The Cassadó Duo began their artistic trajectory in 2000 and quickly gained international critical acclaim and public recognition. They have performed in the principal concert halls of Spain, South America, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Italia, Portugal, Israel and Canada.
The Duo combines the great classical music repertory with a repertory of Spanish music. They will soon record the complete works of Gaspar Cassadó and Ricardo Lamote de Grignon for cello and piano.
Biography of Damián Martínez Marco,
Cellist Damian Martínez Marco distinguished himself at an early age, earning a recommendation from Mstislav Rostropovich to Her Majesty the Queen Doña Sofía. He received awards at the Bourg Madame international competition in France and the Julio Cardona international competition in Portugal.
He has degrees from the Guildhall School of Music in London,the Indiana University School of Music in the United States and Musikhochschule Stuttgart in Germany. He studied with María de Macedo, Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot and Natalia Gutman.
Damian has performed as soloist with most of the Spanish orchestras as well as the Symphonic Orchestra of Tomsk in Siberia, the Czech Chamber Orchestra, the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Guayaquil Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of masters Pedro Halffter, Gloria Isabel Ramos, Juan Jose Olives, Lawrence Foster, Theodor Guschlbauer, Anne Manson, David Harutyunyan, Peter Rundel, and Krzysztof Penderecki. He has toured in France, Germany, England, the United States, Finland, Sweden, Morocco, Lithuania, Estonia, Japan, South America, Israel and Canada.
He has shared the stage with Christian Zacharias, Ivan Monighetti, Mischa Maisky, Cuarteto Brodsky and Natalia Gutman. He has been solo cellist for the Radio Televisión Española Orchestra in Madrid and the Symphonic Orchestra in Barcelona. He has recorded for Claves, Naxos and ASV.
Damian is helping to develop the next generation of musicians by teaching in the Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña Esmuc and the Escuela Superior de Música del País Vasco Musikene as well as regularly giving guest master classes at a variety of institutions and universities.
He plays a cello made by David Tecchler in Rome c.1730, and another made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume in Paris in 1863.
Biography of Marta Moll de Alba,
Pianist Marta Moll de Alba, from the Canary Islands, is considered to be one of the brilliant pianists of her generation. She obtained her degree “Título Superior de Piano” in Barcelona. With a scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, she moved to Germany and studied in the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg with Tibor Szász and Vitaly Margulis. She obtained the Künstlerische Ausbildung in the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Köln. She also studied in the Rubinstein Akademie with Leontina Margulis and took master classes with Rudolf Kehrer, Vitaly Margulis, Arbo Valdma, Vladimir Krainev, Dimitry Bashkirov, and György Sebök.
She is a specialist in Spanish repertory, undertaking in 2003 a Master of Spanish Music in the Academia Marshall, directed by Alicia de Larrocha, from whom she continued to receive coaching afterward.
Marta has performed as soloist in Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, South America, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Canada on stages such as the Steinway Haus Düsseldorf, Wiener Musikverein, Richter Galerie Tel Aviv, the Cairo Opera, Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Palau de la Música Catalana, Auditorio Valladolid and Sociedad Filarmónica Bilbao.
She has won competitions in Barcelona, Porto, Bilbao and Mannheim. In 2006, the Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País awarded her the “Premio Gran Canaria”.
Marta currently works intensely as a soloist as well as chamber musician and is a teacher in Musikene, Escuela Superior de Música del País Vasco.