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Amores Grup de Percussió

Amores Grup de Percussió. Founded in 1989, Amores Grup de Percussió is made up of Pau Ballester, Ángel García and Jesús Salvador “Chapi”. The group takes its name from the work of the same name by John Cage, a composer who has had a strong influence on the group and who they honoured at the Autumn Festival in Madrid (1991) in his presence.

In their long career they have carved out a decisive role in the evolution of music for percussion in Spain, premièring much of the work written for percussion and compositions dedicated to the group.  Their professional track record has always been linked to the work of research, teaching and education, creating percussion performances for schoolchildren over the last 30 years. The most significant international soloists have performed alongside the group. Amores Grup de Percussió have performed in numerous Spanish and European cities as well as in the US, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Mexico, South Korea and Taiwan at the most important percussion and contemporary music festivals, receiving widespread praise from specialist reviewers. They have performed several shows that fuse contemporary percussion with the performing arts: Fénix (2000), Tinajas (2002), Drumcuts (2005), Cosmogonía (2007), and Callejón sin salida (2008), with which they have toured around the world and throughout Spain.  The ensemble has been awarded the Performing Arts Award of the Generalitat Valenciana (Valencia regional Government) for best music for Fénix in 2001 and for Tinajas in 2003, as well as for the Best Original Music for Stage Performance for Ubú in 2005. At the same time, in recent years they have continued touring throughout Spain with different concerts and varied programmes of contemporary percussion, most notably including several premières of works in different editions of the Ensems Festival and their educational shows A colps and Mamma Africa. In 2018, their latest record, Dreizhen: Stochausen & Hildegarda, won an award at the 1st Carles Santos Awards for Valencian Music. Then, in September 2019 the group received the Bankia Award for Valencian Musical Talent in the category of professional Valencian Musical Group. 


Maria Maciá was born in Crevillent, where she began her musical studies, later moving to Valencia where she finished her formal education at the Joaquín Rodrigo Superior Conservatory of Music with the soprano Gloria Fabuel. She was also given further classes by W. Dalton Baldwin, Ana Luisa Chova, Enedina Lloris, Raina Kabaivanska, M. Zanetti, F. Taberner, V.D. Martin, Husan Park, C. Budó and more. She has sung in operas such as Lucia di Lamermoor (Alisa), Norma (Clotilde) with Ana María Sánchez, Marina (Teresa), Il Burbero di Buon Cuore (Angelica), Le Nozze di Fígaro (Susanna), Bastian und Bastiana, Hansel and Gretel and Così fan Tutte (Fiordiligi). In her symphonic repertoire, she has interpreted Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beatus Vir, Requiem by Cimarosa, Requiem by Mozart, Stabat Mater by Rossini, Mass in G major by Schubert, Mass of the Children by Rutter, and more. María Maciá is also a great champion of the Spanish lyric genre of the zarzuela. Indeed, she has performed at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and in other theatres of recognized nationwide prestige such as the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, the Palau de la Música in Valencia, Teatro Español and Teatros del Canal de Madrid, Teatro Romea in Murcia and the Teatro Principal of Alicante. Internationally she has performed in the Teatro Presidente in San Salvador, the Teatro Nacional in Guatemala, Kulturcenter Limfjord in Skive (Denmark) and the Teatro Rubén Darío in Managua (Nicaragua), for example. She won First Prize in the International City of Valencia Contest, was a finalist in the 7th Song Contest for Young Voices at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and First Prize and the Audience’s Prize at the 1st International Solo Voices Contest in Torrevieja.

Èlia Casanova earned her Higher Degree of Song at the Valencia Music Conservatory under the tutorship of Consol Rico, specialising in ancient music, and with a scholarship from the Valencian Music Institute (IVM) she went to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with the prestigious tenor Andrew King. She has won various awards in the field of ancient music, including the Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize, the prize for the best singer of Ancient Music from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Jury’s Special Prize in the International Contest of Ancient Music in Gijón. In 2019 her album L’Universo sulla pelle won the Carles Santos Award for best recovered record.

She has been given classes by Andreas Scholl, Jean Tubéry, Richard Levitt, Maria Jonas, Maria Schiabo, Carlos Mena, Lambert Climent, Robert Expert and more, and has worked with conductors such as Jordi Savall, Fabio Biondi, Massimo Spadano, Carles Magraner and Eduardo López Banzo.  She regularly collaborates as a soloist with specialist ensembles like La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Capella de Ministrers, Qvinta Essençia, Al Ayre Español, Música Ficta, Harmonia del Parnàs, Meditarrània Consort, L’Arcàdia, Delirium Musica, the Amystis chamber choir, Armonia degli Affetti and others. As a soloist, Èlia has performed at the most significant festivals of ancient music and in auditoriums such as the Catalan Palau de Música and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, as well as the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), the Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall (Chicago), the Tang Xianzu Theatre in Fuzhou (China) and the Acropolium in Carthage (Tunisia), to name a few.


Amores Grup de Percussió

September 23, 2020 · ADDA Auditorio de Alicante

Amores Grup de Percussió

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