Amarilis Dueñas Castán
Amarilis Dueñas Castán (Valladolid, March 28th 1998) began with her musical studies at the age of three. At five, she started with cello playing. At the age of 16, she obtained the Cello Professional Music Title and at two years later she obtained the Viola da Gamba Professional Music Title in Salamanca. Currently, she studies with Maria Kliegel at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz aus Köln (Cologne, Germany).
She has participated in different performances (with her three instruments) in countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden and Algeria. She has also attended as active student to many international masterclasses of modern & baroque cello and viola da gamba. Some of her latest performances were at Palacio Real del Pardo and Teatro Carlos III in the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, organised by Patrimonio Nacional in Spain.
In 2008 she won the first prize at the contest Ruperto Chapí in Villena (in the mode of Elementary Level) and two months later she won the first prize at the XI Encuentro de Intérpretes Noveles Villa de Sahagún (for people under 17). That year she began her studies with Javier Aguirre, her former teacher, and met international soloist Maria Kliegel, who has since then become her master. She has also worked with teachers such as Ángel Luis Quintana, David Apellániz, Israel Fausto Martínez, Asier Polo, Damián Martínez, José Enrique Bouché, Miguel Jiménez, Aldo Mata, Jordi Creus, Montse Aldomá, Marius Díaz, Beatriz Blanco, Guillermo Pastrana, Peter Bruns, Roel Dieltiens, Monique Heidema and María de Macedo. In 2010 she won the first prize in the Primer Concurso de Interpretación Claudio Prieto (solo mode). In April 2014, Amarilis Dueñas Castán was awarded at the Jeunesse Musicales Competition of Spain obtaining the Special Jury Mention. During the summer of 2014, she made her debut as soloist with the Joven Orquesta Sinfónica Punta del Este.
Since 2012, Amarilis Dueñas Castán has also explored the world of early music considering the historical interpretation criteria with historical instruments. In that year she received the first prize at the "Segundo Concurso de Jovens Intérpretes de Música Antiga Conde Oeiras" (Lisbon, Portugal). Her teacher of baroque cello and viola da gamba (at Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Salamanca) is Javier Aguirre, well known within both instruments. She has also received lessons from teachers such as Jordi Savall, Roel Dieltiens, Lucia Swarts, Jaap Ter Linden, Bruno Cocset, Alejandro Marías or Fernando Marín; and also from musicians of other instruments such as Emma Kirkby, Elizabeth Svarstad, Peter Holtslag, Thomas Boysen, Antonio Carrilho, Orlanda Vélez Isidro, Rafael Bonavita, Katalin Hrivnak, Samuel Maíllo or Orlando D'Achille. Regularly, she receives lessons from Kristin von der Goltz, Ketil Haugsand and Bernhard Forck. She made her debut as a baroque cello soloist in Portugal with the portuguese orchestra "Concerto Ibérico" in June 2014. In April 2015, she played the complete set of Vivaldi's Cello Sonatas with a Galram cello from 1769 at the Music Museum of Portugal. In September 2015, she played with Duo Tremendo med vänner at the Kulturnatten in Katolska Domkyrkan (Stockholm) and Helga Trefaldighetskyrka (Uppsala) with the entitled programm Barockpärlor. Since 2016, Amarilis Dueñas plays regularly with the baroque orchestra "Bach Collegium Salamanca" within the project Bach Studium, which is conceived for the divulgation of J.S. Bach's cantatas in the city of Salamanca (Spain).
Amarilis Dueñas is took part of Proyecto MusaE (young musicians in Spanish national museums) in 2016 and since summer 2015, she collaborates with Spanish musician Amancio Prada in some of his performances and recordings.