Amarilis Dueñas Castán

December 2020
Sasha Laguna

Amarilis Dueñas (1998) began with her musical studies at the age of three. She currently  studies at the HfMT Köln with Maria Kliegel – modern cello – and Rainer Zipperling – baroque cello and viola da gamba.

Among her many performances throughout Europe, Amarilis has been awarded in competitions such as International Pau Casals Award and  Jeunesses Musicales Spain. In May 2021, she won the second prize at the "Beethoven in his time" chamber music competition with Trio Alterna, as well as the prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Beethoven; she also received the prize for the best individual performance within the competition.

Her musical education has also been enriched with Jordi Savall, Natalia Gutman and Bruno Cocset, among others.

Amarilis has made several recordings with the orchestra Kölner Akademie and her debut solo álbum “Soliloqvies” was released in 2020, where the critics highlighted her mastery of dynamics, agogics, phrasing and ornamentation.

Dueñas’ work orbits historical interpretation, as her goal as an artist is to get as close as possible to the “authentic” way of playing the different compositions. A life surrounded by treatisies and historical documents, that does not necessarily stick to early music exclusively.

 

Her main chamber music activity is done with the Ensemble La RéjouissanceDuo Sempiterno and Trio Alterna.