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Miniminiaturas Gabriel Ordás and Biography

Miniminiaturas is the result of a project that aims to contribute to bringing contemporary music closer to an audience unfamiliar with this genre. For this, its composer, Gabriel Ordás resorted to the social networks, specifically Instagram, offering users the possibility of proposing different titles and themes. These have served as inspiration for the creation of very brief musical pieces for solo piano.

Fortunately, the good reception of the proposal made necessary a selection process for the suggested topics. To carry it out, Gabriel chosen those that were more attractive either for its depth or for its expressive potential.

Fiesta, Etéreo, Unicorn… are sketches drawn in a spontaneous and fresh way that, in addition to allowing him to delve into piano writing, at an interpretive level they have given him a repertoire variety that he hopes to be able to make use of in different situations.

Gabriel Ordás (Oviedo, 1999) began his musical apprenticeship at the age of 3 in the family, at 5 he enters the EMMO, where at the age of 11 he premieres his own work for string orchestra and is distinguished with Honourable Mention.

Although he shows a precocious interest in musical creation, in terms of the “compose craft” The intervention of Fernando Agüeria, who guided him since 2011, is decisive. Thus, he ends higher studies of Composition under the guidance of Professor Manuel Martínez Burgos at the CONSMUPA (2021) with a record of excellence, having received praise and congratulations for his works by international figures such as David Lockington, Óliver Díaz, José Peris, Leonardo Balada, Aldo Ceccato and Jorge Muñiz among others.  The latter would premiere in Indiana (USA) Ordás’ works in 2015 and 2016.

In the field of creation, he has been awarded the “Marino Gutiérrez” of Composition 2020, the Extraordinary Prize for Artistic Teaching Superiores de Asturias 20/21 and, recently, the AMAS in the category of Film Music 2021, together with Jorge Diego Valera. 

Among his more than 60 works registered, many symphonic premieres carried out by professional orchestras such as OFIL, OSPA or the Oltenia Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania); two chamber operas at the request of the Cultural Association “La Castalia”, and commissions from various symphonic-choral works by the University of Oviedo for their subsequent premiere at the Cathedral of this city.  Also, the presentation of “Luces de un cielo nocturno”, a work commissioned by the RTVE Orchestra through SGAE and AEOS, is postponed due to the sanitary crisis and will take place, by said orchestra, next season 2022/2023.

As a violinist, having begun the study of the instrument at the age of 6 with Gayané Pogosova, he has been a student of Lev Chistyakov since he was 9 (both teachers of the Virtuosi of Moscow), intervening as a soloist with the OSPA in several concerts held at the Auditorium “Principe Felipe” of Oviedo. He receives, in addition to many other distinctions, the Prize Extraordinary Prize for Professional Artistic Education 2016 in Asturias and the National Prize for Professional Artistic Education of that same year. To this day he continues to develop his violinist facet before prestigious entities and, as a member of different groups chamber music, he achieves multiple successes and awards. Such is the case of the Chamber Music Award CONSMUPA-Fundación Caja Rural 2019, with the trio 4Tercios; or the ISLIM Award 2020, as member of a violin and piano duo, both groups of which he is a founding member.

Parallel to the above, in his role as a pianist, he finished the Intermediate Grade at the CPM in Oviedo by the hand of Francisco Jaime Pantín obtaining the End of Degree Award, as well as the Extraordinary of Professional Artistic Education of Asturias.

Currently, he is continuing higher piano studies at CONSMUPA under the tutelage of Martín Acevedo with an outstanding record and, simultaneously, he is studying the Master of Composition for audio-visual medias at the Katarina Gurska in Madrid.

Rebecca Saunders at Casa da Música (Porto)

Rebecca Saunders is undoubtedly the composer chosen at Casa da Música (Porto), to perform her works in the coming months, some of which will be performed for the first time in Portugal.

Rebecca Saunders was born in London and lives in Berlin. He studied composition at the University of Edinburgh with Nigel Osborne and in Germany with Wolfgang Rihm.

He has received numerous composition prizes, including the Ernst von Siemens Förderpreis, the musicaviva ard and bmw prize, the Paul Hindemith Prize, the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Chamber Music Composition in 2008, and the GEMA Prize for Instrumental Music in 2010. .

In 2009 she became a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts and in the 2009/10 season she was composer-in-residence at the Staaskapelle Dresden. He taught at the Darmstadt Courses in 2010, where he returned in 2012, and at Impuls in Graz (2011) and Music Days in Ostrava (2009).

Upcoming concerts at Casa da Música (Porto)