20:00 – 22:00
1-30 OKTOBER 2019
Guillermo Pérez (es) – organetto
Bertrand Cuiller (fr) – cembalo
Early Moderns English Music 1500-1550
– Songs, Consorts & Grounds by Preston, Aston, Henry VIII a.o.
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Guillermo Pérez (Barcelona, 1980) is a conductor, researcher, specialist of early keyboards and virtuoso player of the organetto, the iconic and expressive portative organ from the 14th and 15th centuries’ European music culture. He graduated from Barcelona and Seville Conservatories and studied later in Milan, Rome and Toulouse. During the last 15 years he developed his own technique, becoming one of the rare specialists of his instrument with a very personal style, refined and poetic. With his ensemble Tasto Solo, he creates innovative programs, with astonishing sonorities, which the group performs regularly in most part of top European festivals and concerts venues. He also collaborates with prestigious international groups including Mala Punica, J. Savall & Hespèrion XXI, Micrologus, The Unicorn Ensemble, Diabolus in Musica, ClubMediéval. He recorded over 20 CDs for Aeon, Alia-Vox, Musica Ficta, Naïve, Passacaille, Pneuma, Raum-Klang, Ricercar and Zig-Zag Territoires labels.
Guillermo Pérez is very committed to teaching organetto, medieval and early Renaissance music. Between 2010 and 2013 he organized the “International Cursus of Medieval Music” at the Centre Itinérant de Recherche sur les Musiques Anciennes(CIRMA) in Moissac, France. From 2011 to 2015 he has been a guest teacher at the Centro Studi Europeo di Musica Medievale“Adolfo Broegg” in Spello, Italy. Between 2013 and 2016 he has taught medieval music at Toulouse Le Mirail University. In 2017 and 2018 he leads a project on medieval motets conducting a group of young singers from Girona’s Conservatory in Spain. He also lectures and offers workshops at main institutions including Wien, Moscow and Orsay Conservatoires, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the Academia de Órgano Julián de la Orden, The Grieg Academy University of Bergen and the Essen Folkwang Universität der Künste. He is at present teaching organettoand medieval music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brusselsand Renaissance diminutions at the Pôle des Arts Baroquesof Toulouse Conservatory.
Guillermo Pérez is currently presenting new programs covering his work as a performer and researcher on repertoires from 1300 to 1550. He is also engaged on contemporary music in collaboration with the renowned Spanish composer José-María Sánchez-Verdú, including the world premieres of Totentanz-Buch(2015, Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca), Tous les Regretz(2016, Museo del Prado – Exposición El Bosco), and Chanson bleue(upcoming release). Since 2016, he (re)constructs with the Italian organ maker Walter Chinaglia medieval and early Renaissance organetti and organ models. In 2012 they brought to life a surprising organ designed by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503 and preserved in one of his personal notebooks, the Codex Madrid II (fol. 76r) from the Biblioteca Nacional de España.
Bertrand Cuiller is a harpsichordist and musical director of Le Caravansérail. Born into a family of musicians, he began studying the harpsichord with his mother at the age of eight. When he was thirteen he met Pierre Hantaï, who became his mentor for several years. He also studied the harpsichord with Christophe Rousset at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique de Paris. Fascinated by the sound of the horn, he learnt to play both the Baroque and the modern instrument. In 1998, at the age of nineteen, he won third prize at the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition.
As a harpsichordist, Bertrand Cuiller has a particular affection for the English composers William Byrd and John Bull, whose works he has recorded for Mirare and Alpha (Mr Tomkins his Lessons of Worthe and Pescodd Time).
He has also recorded for these labels concertos by J. S. Bach with the Stradivaria ensemble and a Scarlatti-Soler album. All of his recordings have been warmly received by press and public alike. His most recent solo recording, the complete harpsichord works of Rameau, won the ‘Choc’ of the Year 2015 award from Classica magazine. His recently launched collaboration with harmonia mundi will allow him to realise a large-scale project over several years focusing on the complete harpsichord works of François Couperin.
He performs as a chamber musician with Bruno Cocset and Les Basses Réunies, the violinist Sophie Gent and the recorder player Marine Sablonnière. In 2012/13 Bertrand Cuiller conducted John Blow’s opera Venus and Adonis with Céline Scheen, Marc Mauillon and Les Musiciens du Paradis. Following this conducting experience, he founded Le Caravansérail with the aim of working on composers of whom he is particularly fond and whose music he wishes to explore with larger forces. Bertrand Cuiller and Le Caravansérail were in residence at the Fondation Royaumont from 2014 to 2017, which enabled them to create several programmes, including A Fancy and J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
Led by director, founder, and organetto master Guillermo Pérez, Tasto Solo approaches its performances with refinement and virtuosity, combining historical research, creativity, and a passion for discovering the music of the late medieval and early renaissance periods. The ensemble explores the detail of this exquisite repertoire through its individual musical language, comprised of dramatic rhythm, mise-en-scène, improvisation, and a playful dialogue between performers. Each concert is a unique event that captivates its audience, equally seducing seasoned connoisseurs or those unversed in the repertoire.
Tasto Solo’s acclaimed discography includes two volumes from a triptych project devoted to 15th century keyboard music, “Meyster ob allen Meystern” and “Le chant de leschiquier”, as well as a new disc devoted to early 16th century works, “Early Modern English Music: 1500-1550” (all released on Passacaille label). These recordings have received multiple international press awards including the Diapason d’Or, ICMA Nomination, Amadeus “CD of the Month”, Ritmo & Audio Classica’s “Excellent”, Pizzicato’s “Supersonic”, Scherzo’s “Exceptional”, France Musique “Coup de Coeur”.
Since its international debut in 2006, Tasto Solo has performed across Europe, from the Portuguese Palácio Nacional in Sintra to Saint Petersburg’s Early Music Foundation; in Vilnius’ Bernardine church, Ljubljana’s castle, near the Norwegian fjords in Bergen to the feet of the magnificent Austrian Alps. The ensemble is regularly invited to play in the prestigious concert halls and early music festivals of Europe, including L’Auditori de Barcelona, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wiener Konzerhaus, Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, the Fondation Royaumont, Antwerpen Laus Polyphoniae, Festival de Saintes, Concertgebouw Brugge, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Festival de Ribeauvillé, Cantar di Pietre, Wratislavia Cantans, Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla, Printemps des Arts de Nantes, Voix et Route Romane, Montalbâne Festival, among many others.
In 2019, Tasto Solo will perform concerts throughout Europe with instrumental and vocal programs from trecento Italian music to the masters of early 16th century polyphony.
COPENHAGEN RENAISSANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019 støttes af Statens Kunstfond, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, Sonning Fonden, Nikolai og Felix Fonden m.fl.
Samarbejdspartnere: KoncertKirken, Trinitatis Kirke, Garnisons Kirke m.fl.