Raquel Castro Pego. Violín
She received training in Spain (under the guidance of Lev Chistiakov) and London (Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of Detlef Hahn). She completed her studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, Jacobs School of Music, and thanks to the help of a Fulbright scholarship, atteined the Masters in Music with honors under the tutelage of Mauricio Fuks. During her studies in Bloomington Mrs. Castro worked as an Assistant Instructor of the University of Indiana. After graduation, she was invited as a professor at the University of Indiana as part of the Mimi Zweig team of professors at the “Summer String Academy” and also as a guest teacher to replace Master Fuks.
She has been a professor at the Superior School of Catalonia since September 2004. As an outstanding pedagogue, her students enjoy national and international success as prize winners in various competitions, members of important orchestras, ensembles. He also works by training teachers in Spain, to cultivate professional education at the highest level. He regularly teaches courses and master classes nationally and internationally.Raquel Castro Pego enjoys a versatile career as a pedagogue and violinist. He performs regularly at numerous festivals: Classica Havana, Cuba, Ciao in Chengdu, China, ¨Kefar Blum¨ Israel, ¨Luosto¨ in Finland, Cividale Chamber Music in Italy, Magic Terrain in Croatia, and in Spain: International Monumental City Festival of Cáceres , Panticosa Festival, Forum Musikae, Matadepera Festival in Catalonia, Via Láctea, Aremore and Ponte das Artes Festival in Galicia and Sunnmore Chamber Music Festival in Norway, among others. In 2015 he performs solo concerts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Catalan Chamber Orchestra performing the Mozart Concertante Symphony with the violist Yuval Gotlibovich. Also with the Catalan Chamber Orchestra, he premiered and recorded for Naxos the work of composer Ramón Paus, Elegía I, the drift, together with the violist Yuval Gotlibovich and the Esmuc Chamber Choir.
Maria Victoria Fernández, violin
Born in Córdoba, Victoria is considered to be one of the most remarkable values of the music in our country.
She studies in the “Conservatory Superior Municipal de Música” of Barcelona , achieving “Honours’ Prize” in her degree.
GonçalComellas’s pupil, with whom she takes part in several concerts and festivals. She broadens her studies with Enric Casals, who anticipates her a brilliant career, and Emmanuel Hurwitz and FèlixAndreyewsky in London. Yehudi Menuhin listens to her and describes her as a great talented violinist.
In 1983 she is awarded the second prize in the first National Contest of Musical interpretation in Spain and in 1986 she wins unanimously the first prize in the Contest “Isidro Gyenes” in Madrid.
She is awarded a scholarship by the prestigious Foundation Fulbright.
As a soloist, she has performed with Soloists’s Orchestra of Bratislava, Orchestra Ciudad of Córdoba, Orchestra of Cámara Reina Sofia, Orchestra del Palau de la MúsicaCatalana in Barcelona, of which she was concertmaster, as she is at present in the Chamber Orchestra GonçalComellas.
She has also played in the Palau de la Música with Boris Belkin interpreting Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. She had a great success in the integral audition of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in Barcelona, and in the interpretation of Mozart’s Concertante Sinfonia with Norbert Blume, first viola in the BBC Orchestra.
Leader in several chamber ensembles, she has performed in prestigious european festivals such as the one of Munich (Germany), Como (Italy) and Pau Casals of El Vendrell (Spain) et al.
Simultaneously she develops an important pedagogical activity at the conservatories of Girona and Terrace. She has also been a violin teacher at the International Course of Music of Cervera. She has performed regularly at the Festival with the pianist Danièle Dechenne and the cellist Jean Decros, with whom she has interpreted Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.
Her interpretation of Brahms’s Concerto has been enthusiastically acclaimed as well as Brahms’s piano Quintets at the Palau de la MúsicaCatalana.