A musical tour of the Iberian Peninsula for two
The performance will last for 1 hour 10 minutes with intermission. The performance will be followed by a sharing session with the artists.
With -Serenata Espanola”””” the French harpist Xavier de Maistre has joined forces with the legendary castanet player lucero Tena to form an exciting duo.
Xavier De Maistre. internationally celebrated solo harpist regularly succeeding in redefining the bounds of what is possible on his instrument and lucero Tena. legendary Mexican Spanish flamenco dancer and castanet player. met for the first time In Madrid In 2019. Ever since the dazzling combination of harp and castanets has formed a unique duo in concert halls. From the meeting was born an unusual and unprecedented dynamic and together they have performed all over the world. including Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (main hall). Berlin Boulez-Saal. Dusseldorf Tonhalle, NDNHannover (CroBer Sendesaal). Madrid Auditorio Nacional and Monaco Opera – Salle Gamier.
Xavier de Maistre : Harp
Lucero Tena : Castanets
Xavier de Maistre began studying harp aged nine. He studied in Paris and in 1998 he was awarded first prize at the International Harp Competition in Bloomington, Indiana, immediately becoming the first French musician to join the ranks of the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2001 Xavier de Maistre has taught at the Hamburg Academy of Music. He also gives regular masterclasses at New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Tokyo’s Toho University and London’s Trinity College of Music.
Xavier de Maistre has appeared with major orchestras under the direction of such eminent conductors as Bertrand de Billy, Lionel Bringuier, Daniele Gatti, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Daniel Harding, Kristjan Järvi, Philippe Jordan, Riccardo Muti, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle and Yuri Temirkanov. He performs at many leading international festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Salzburg Festival, Budapest Spring Festival and Mostly Mozart in New York. He collaborates with such chamber music partners as Diana Damrau, Daniel Müller-Schott and Baiba Skride.
De Maistre has an exclusive recording contract with Sony Music. Releases have included music by Haydn, Rodrigo, Ginastera and Debussy – the latter for which he was awarded the Echo Klassik Award 2009 as “Instrumentalist of the Year”. In 2012 his album “Notte Veneziana” entered the top ten in the classical music charts. His most recent releases include a DVD with Diana Damrau and a CD recording of Mozart piano concertos arranged for harp. In 2015 “Moldau – The Romantic Album”, a recital CD featuring Slavonic repertoire received high critical acclaim. „La Harpe Reine“ with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie was released in October 2016 (harmonia mundi). A new solo CD with Spanish repertoire will be available in spring 2018 (Sony).
Lucero Tena has marked a personal, unmistakable style to her performance of the castanets, and she has distinguished herself for her promoting and incorporating this instrument into the big concert halls as solo instrument of concert works. Under this meaning she has created the name of Castanets Soloist, proper to her activities.
Lucero Tena has performed as soloist in concert halls around the five continents, under the baton of conductors such as Loren Maazel, Mstislazv Rostropovich, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Jesús López Cobos, Sergiu Comissiona, Franz-Paul Decker, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Peter Guth, García Navarro and Adrian Leaper, among others.
Apart from her recitals, accompanied with classic guitar or with piano, Lucero Tena has performed as soloist of prestigious orchestras, such as the Israel Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole of Toulouse, Lyon Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk of Munich, Spanish National Orchestra; Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, with always much acclaim from the public and the critics, success which was repeated on occasion of the farewell concert of this Orchestra in Lausanne; Madrid RTVE Orchestra with which Lucero Tena collaborated, in January 2002 in Madrid, for the official concert of the Spanish Presidency of the EEC; Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga in the Festival of Nerja; Galicia Symphony Orchestra or Orchestras of Strasburg and Ottawa among others.