Amarilis Dueñas Castán

Enjoying Beethoven "am Rhein"
(Ketil Haugsand)

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 and Rainer Zipperling 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. Some of her latest performances were in Trondheim, at the Olavsfestdagene and at the 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 Natalia Gutman, Peter Bruns, Roel Dieltiens, and María de Macedo. In 2010 she won the first prize in the Primer Concurso de Interpretación Claudio Prieto (solo mode). In 2014, Amarilis Dueñas Castán was awarded at the Jeunesse Musicales Competition of Spain obtaining the Special Jury Mention. In 2018, she obtained an Honourable Mention at the International Pau Casals Award.


Early Music:

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, Lucia Swarts, Jaap Ter Linden and Bruno Cocset; and also from musicians of other instruments such as Emma Kirkby, Bernhard Forck and Gottfired von der Goltz. Regularly, she receives lessons from Kristin von der Goltz and Ketil Haugsand. 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 July 2018 she played Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri at the Olavsfestdagene in Trondheim, Norway


Her main chamber music activity is done with pianist Diego Rivera and the baroque ensemble La Réjouissance, which was selected as scholar at the Werner Richard - Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung in July 2019.