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Dani Espasa

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Doubtless, one of the most versatile musician of early music nowadays. Born in La Canonja (near Tarragona), he learned piano at the Conservatories of Tarragona and Barcelona, and Architecture at the E.T.S.A. of Barcelona. He has worked as a composer, as a pianist and as a musical conductor of theatre, dance and TV (TV3 and TVE). In addition to being the producer and composer of many of Lídia Pujol’s albums, he is also the musical conductor, pianist and accordion player for the singer Maria del Mar Bonet. He has conducted the contemporary music ensemble BCN216, and he has premiered and recorded piano pieces by the composer Joan Albert Amargós. Since 2003 he is collaborator pianist and harpsichordist of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC).

After finishing his studies in harpsichord and continuo at the ESMUC with Béatrice Martin, some courses with Pierre Hantaï and Olivier Beaumont, and chamber music studies with J. Savall, P. Memelsdorff, J. P. Canihac and M. Kraemer, he started an intense activity in baroque, renaissance and medieval ensembles. It was then when he worked with the Acadèmia 1750, Mala Punica, La Hispanoflamenca, Les Sacqueboutiers de oulouse and La Caravaggia. He has performed in prestigious music festivals and concert halls of Europe, America and Asia. Since 2005 he is the conductor of VESPRES D’ARNADÍ.

 

Pere Saragossa

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Born in La Vila Joiosa (Valencia-Spain), he studied oboe in the Conservatoires of Alicante, Valencia and Barcelona. In his 21 years old he won the place as oboe player in the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, playing in more than 750 concerts till 1999. Then he began the study of the historical oboes with Xavier Blanch, Paul Dombrech and Renate Hildebran.

In 2006 was graduated in Early Music Performance in the ESMUC in Barcelona, studying there with Alfredo Bernardini.

In 2005 Pere founded the baroque group Vespres d’Arnadí and the agency and label MUSIEPOCA.

In 2013 founded the Renaissance group Lucentum XVI. He has played with ensembles as Accademia Bizantina, Ensemble Matheus, Europa Galante, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Stockholm Barokorkester, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Le Concert des Nations, Austrian Baroque Company, among others.

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