Who we are
Apothéose is a space of celebration, reflection and experimentation for its members. Laura Quesada and Carla Sanfélix had it clear when they met and played together one of the wonderful pieces by Couperin, something magical had been born and they did not want to leave it there. From that experience and the love for what they did and what they longed to do, the ensemble L'Apothéose was born at the end of 2015, joining later the great adventure Asís Márquez.
From its beginnings, they wanted to take the historical interpretation to the highest level, maintaining clear ideas and joining all their Knowledge to convey to the listener the emotional content and rhetoric of each composer. They receive the recognition of the public in each concert for its vigorousness and expression, and have been 2nd prize in the Förderpreis Alte Musik Saarland of Saarbrücken, as well as group selected for the Van Wassenaer International Competition 2016 in Utrecht.
Its interpreters have a solid classical and historicist academic training and have been part of ensembles such as the Capilla Real de Madrid, La Madrileña, Bachorkester Mainz, Ars Combinatoria and La Spagna among others. As a group, they have received advice from Jana Semerádová, Jaap ter Linden, Wilbert Hazelzet, Kristin von Goltz, Richard Egarr, Jesper Christensen, Alberto Martinez or Guillermo Peñalver.
Its chamber music repertoire ranges from the early baroque to the end of classicism, traveling through all the great European nations and their different styles.
L'Apothéose is a space of celebration, reflection and experimentation for its members. Laura Quesada and Carla Sanfélix had it clear when they met and played together one of the wonderful pieces by Couperin, something magical had been born and they did not want to leave it there. From that experience and the love for what they did and what they longed to do, the ensemble L'Apothéose was born at the end of 2015, joining later the great adventure Asís Márquez.
From its beginnings, they wanted to take the historical interpretation to the highest level, maintaining clear ideas and joining all the knowledge that nowadays have available to convey to the listener all the emotional content and rhetoric of each composer. Its interpreters have a solid classical and historicist academic training and have been part of ensembles such as the Royal Chapel of Madrid, La Madrileña, Bachorkester Mainz, Ars Combinatoria and La Spagna among others.
The career of the group is brief but intense. They receive the recognition of the public in each concert for its vigorousness and expression. They have been 2nd prize in the Förderpreis Alte Musik Saarland of Saarbrücken, as well as group selected for the Van Wassennaer International Competition 2016 in Utrecht. In their way, they have shared stage with great musicians like Giovani Antonini, Ton Koopman, Jaap ter Linden or Wilbert Hazelzet and received advice from others as Kristin von Goltz, Richard Egarr, Jesper Christensen, Alberto Martinez or Guillermo Peñalver.
Its chamber music repertoire ranges from the early baroque to the end of classicism, traveling through all the great European nations with their different styles.
Currently she is studying Master in baroque cello, viola da gamba and historical interpretation in HfMDK Frankfurt with Kristin von der Goltz and Heidi Groeger. She has also studied with Jaap Ter Linden and Andreas Greger. She has concluded the Bachelor Degree in Baroque Cello with José Manuel Hernández. In 2008 she finished a Master of Music in Performance at Trinity College of Music with Natalia Pavlutskaya and David Kenedy. In 2005 she completed the Cello Bachelor Degree in the CSMA with Ángel Luis Quintana and David Apellániz.
Professionally, she has been member of the Spanish National Orchestra (ONE) during five years and has made collaborations with several orchestras like Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Ensemble Interrogatio, Nereydas or Enigma Ensemble.
She is part of La Madrileña and has been founding member of L’Apothéose awarded with the Second Prize in the Förderpreis Alte Musik Saarland (Saarbrücken, Germany) and Semi-finalist of the Van Wassenaer International Competition (Utrecht, Netherlands). Additionally, she has shown great interest in the pedagogical field and she has worked teaching in Conservatorio Profesional Martín Tenllado (Málaga), Andrés Segovia (Linares) and in Cavatina Music School (Madrid).
In 2005 she won the Ibercaja Young Musicians Competition. In 2007 was Highly Commended at “The Vivian Joseph Classical Bowed Strings Concerto Competition” (London). Furthermore, in the same year, she won “The Nick Roth Memorial Prize for String Ensemble Playing” for her work as principal cellist of the TCM String Ensemble. She has shared stage with musicians like Giovanni Antonini, Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Jaap Ter Linden, Jean-Christoph Spinosi, Paul McCreesh, Kristin von der Goltz, Eva Maria Pollerus or Michael Schneider and has received advise from Bruno Cocset, Richard Egarr, Jesper Christensen, Karl Kaiser, Alberto Martínez, Guillermo Peñalver, Hiro Kurosaki and Josetxu Obregón among others.
Laura Quesada (Madrid, Spain) starts her musical passion at the age of 4 playing piano. Later, she is admitted at the Centro Integrado de Enseñanzas Artísticas “Padre Antonio Soler” (S.L.Escorial, Spain) where she studied piano, harpsichord and flute and finished her professional diploma with honorable mention in Composition.
Afterwards, she studies flute and piccolo in Belgium at the Royal Conservatory of Mons with Marc Grauwels and in France at L'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Mihi Kim, where she gets her Bacc and Master degrees with magna cum laude.
She has performed in several orchestras: European Royal Ensemble, EuroAsia Orchestra, Comunidad de Madrid Youth Orchestra, Presjovem Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Orchestre Clasique Santa Cecile… as harpsichord, flute and traverso player on international tours as well as soloist.
She is laureate at different international competitions (Förderpreis Alte Musik Competition in Saarland, Le Parnasse competition in Paris...) and has recorded for the music label Naxos with Marc Grauwels. She has also participated in several studio sessions as professional musician.
Laura has studied with Diego Ares, Alberto Martinez Molina, Guillermo Peñalver, Frank Theuns, Richard Egarr, Josep Domènech, Guido Morini, Beatrice Martin, Jacques Ogg, Aurele Nicolet, Pierre-Ives Artaud, Sophie Cherrier, Julia Gallego, and Emily Beynon among others.
Currently, she is founding member of L’Apothéose, studies harpsichord and traverso at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Madrid and works as private teacher, composer, professional studio musician and traverse flute and harpsichordist performs in several early music orchestras.
Asis was born in Madrid in 1987 and started playing piano when he was 5 years old. In 2007 he started studying harpsichord, basso continuo and composition in the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid”. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with Professor Alberto Martínez Molina, he was accepted in 2009 in the harpsichord and basso continuo Masters program in “Conservatorium van Amsterdam” with Professor Richard Egarr. He finished his Masters in 2013.
He has taken active part in masterclasses given by specialists such as Manuel Carra, Guillermo González, Árpád Bodó, Anne Marie Dragosits, Miklós Spányi, Menno van Delft, Alfredo Bernardini, Jed Wentz, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Andrew King, Emma Kirkby, Maggie Cole, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini or Richard Egarr.
He has been invited to festivals such as “Reincken Festival Oude Muziek Deventer” (The Netherlands, 2012), “Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada” (2008 y 2011) and “XVIII Muestra de Música Antigua ‘Castillo de Aracena’” (2011), among others. He has been awarded the “Premio Joven Bach 2014” by the “Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid”.
Graduated in Choral Conducting from the “Universidad Carlos III de Madrid”, he is assistant conductor of the University’s choir since 2009. This choir is conducted by Nuria Fernández Herranz. He is member of the “Joven Coro Nacional de España” (JOCONDE) since 2014.
He often collaborates with other ensembles like “Capilla Real de Madrid, “Collegium Marianum” (Czech Republic), “Coro Nacional de España”, “Delirium Mvsica” (with whom he has just recorded “Delirios”, based on european ciacconas and follias from the XVII and XVIII centuries), “Música Liberata” and “La Spagna”. He is the harpsichordist in L’Apotheóse and harpsichordist and co-director in Ensemble “ArcoTasto”, which will be presenting its first recording “Le Grand Voyage: de Köthen a La Habana” soon, with music by B. De Selma y Salaverde, J. S. Bach, M. Marais, A. Soler and C. Álvarez.
From 2014, he conducts the ensemble “Scuola del Sospir”, devoted to the interpretation of the vocal music by Claudio Monteverdi.
He has performed in many renowned venues such as Teatro Real de Madrid, “Kostel sv. Simona a Judy” (Prague), Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, Teatro Ateneo de Madrid... amongst others.
Victor Martínez Soto,
Cartagena (Murcia), 1987. He studied violin with Diego Sanz, Laura Rodriguez, Rezart Kapetani, Lina Tur and Nicholas Chumachenco in Cartagena Conservatoire, the Conservatoire of Music of Murcia and in the High Conservatoire of Music of Aragon.
He has worked in various orchestras and ensembles such as Murcia Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Cadaqués, the Reina Sofia Chamber Orchestra, the baroque group "Zarabanda" and the Orchestra Spira Mirabilis.
In the chamber music field, he has been formed with teachers like Marta Gulyas, Michael Thomas, Philippe Vasseur, Ageet Zweistra, Kennedy Moretti, Cuarteto Quiroga and Cuarteto Casals.
Gets in touch with the world of historical performance, focusing on the Classical and Romantic periods, in 2009, when he attends the Formation supérieure de l'orchester au métier classique et Romantique at the Centre de recherche et européen musical practice in Saintes (France) under the supervision of Virginie Descharmes, Alessandro Moccia and under Philippe Herreweghe’s artistic direction.
Regarding merit, he gets an honorable mention in the "Entre cuerdas y metales" competition in Cartagena (2002). With the quintet Akian he gets third prize and the special prize of the public in the "Teodoro Ballo" competition in Zaragoza (2008). In 2012 he won first prize in the National Competition for Young Performers "Ciudad de Xátiva".
Today is part of L'invenzione Orchestra, the Baroque Orchestra "La Spagna" and Orchestra "Musica Humana". He is as well professor of violin at the College of Santa Maria La Blanca and in Salamanca Conservatoire.
G.F. Handel, Sonata in G major HWV 363b - I
G.F. Handel, Sonata in G major HWV 363b - II
G.F. Handel, Sonata in G major HWV 363b - III
G.F. Handel, Sonata in G major HWV 363b IV y V
Bourré and Menuet
Haendel, Triosonata HWV 386b ; Op.2 No.1 - I
Haendel, Triosonata HWV 386b ; Op.2 No.1 - II
201615/07 - 30/08 Preparation Period
31/08 - 05/09 Van Wassenaer International Competition (Utrecht)
12/09 - 24/09 Recording Session (Madrid)
15/10 - Showcase in FEIMA (Murcia)
16/10 - Concert at Torre de Estrada in Val de San Vicente (Cantabria).
December 2016 - January 2017 - Recording period.
2017April 2nd - XXII Ciclo de Música Sacra de Badajoz
May 7th - Concert in Picassent (Valencia)
May 11th to 16th - Göttingen Händel Competition (Germany)
June 11th to 12th - International Early Music Competition In Loire Valley