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Dúo Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas - Javier Perianes
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Dúo Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas - Javier Perianes

Two young Spanish musicians: the violoncellist Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas and the pianist Javier Perianes. Both are already consolidating an important international career. Now they have decided to combine their music to form a chamber duo which is working very well.

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas, cello

Born in Munich, Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas studied piano and violoncello in Germany and Spain. From his teachers we can highlight Elías Arizcuren, Lluis Claret and Bernard Greenhouse, who said “Adolfo is a cellist of exceptional ability, both as an instrumentalist and as a superbly gifted musician. I expect that these qualities will bring him a career of great importance.” In 2002 he was awarded the Ravel Prize of the Academie Ravel as soloist and chamber musician.

He has been invited to play at the most renowned international festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival from Germany, Thy Music Festival from Denmark, Palos Verdes Music Festival from California, Taos Music Festival from New Mexico or the Ravinia Festival from Chicago, among others. For five years, “Young Artist international” invited him to participate in the Los Angeles International Laureates Festival. He has performed in recital tours in New York, Boston, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, etc.

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas has collaborated with conductors such as Eduard Schmieder, José Ramón Encinar, Friedrich Haider, Enrique Batiz, Antoni Ros Marbà, Jesús Amigo, Anu Tali, Pablo González or Roberto Minczuk, among others. He has performed in important stages of the international scene as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Ford Theater in Los Angeles, L’ Auditorio and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona or the Bulgaria Hall, among others.

Recently he has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra playing the Concert for violoncello and orchestra by Elgar, within the cycle Ibermúsica.

He has recorded pieces by Rachmaninov, Barber, Piazzolla and Bach with the Verso label.

Javier Perianes, piano

The acclaim accorded to the pianist Javier Perianes by audiences and critics alike confirms his status as one of Spain’s most exciting new artists. Hugely popular with Spanish audiences, he has a growing international reputation.

He is a familiar and sought-after participant at many renowned festivals within Spain, including Santander, Granada, Perelada and San Sebastián.  He has performed in distinguished concert series throughout the world, having made notable appearances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Shanghai Conservatory, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, Palau in Barcelona, recitals at the Ravinia and Gilmore International Festivals in Chicago, La Roque D’Anthéron Festival in France and the Konzerthaus in Berlin.

Javier Perianes has worked with leading conductors including Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jesús López Cobos, Antoni Wit, Daniel Harding and Vassily Petrenko. Highlights of the current season include appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Josep Pons –recorded live as part of a forthcoming recording of the piano music by Manuel de Falla–, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra with Hiroshi Kodama, Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Claus Peter Flor and his debut with the Israel Philharmonic, under Zubin Mehta, including a performance at the Lucerne Festival as well as recitals at the Zurich Tonhalle and at the Moscow December Nights Festival.

Perianes has received critical acclaim for his recordings on Harmonia Mundi of Schubert’s Impromptus and Klavierstücke and Mompou’s Música Callada. His latest disc on this label is devoted to the Keyboard Sonatas of the XVIII century composer Manuel Blasco de Nebra.

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