MARINA ALTA ORCHESTRA (OMA)
Marina Alta Orchestra (O.M.A.)
The Orchestra “OMA” (Orquestra de la Marina
Alta), created in 1998 by the orchestra conductor Francesc Estevez was
born with the challenge of covering an important hole in the culture of
our area. The Orchestra is connected with MACMA, made up by the 33
municipalities of the Marina Alta area.
The Orchestra played a concert in august 22nd in 1998 in the 10th
International Music Week in Denia, with the representation of the opera of
Mozart Bastien und Bastiene. Since now the orchestra has played more than
100 concerts in all the municipalities of the area, with its two groups:
OMA and JOMA( young section). Two important concerts were played in Calpe,
with tenor José Sempere and in Ondara because of the inauguration of their
Municipal Halls. In the case of Calp, the concert was recorded and a CD of
arias of opera was edited. The orchestra has shared stage with so
prestigious solo players: David Menéndez, Carmen Avivar, Isidro Anaya, J.
A. Allemany, Vicens Prats, Thomas Indermühle, Wolgang Meyer, Joan Enric
Lluna, Miquel Pérez, Cristina Martí, Boris Monoszon, Eriko Takezawa and
Josep Vicent Giner. The Orchestra has recorded two CD’s one with the works
for string of W.A. Mozart and the other with the music of the Royal
Fireworks and Aquatic Music of GF Handel.
CRISTINA MARTÍ · gitarre
He was born in Pedreguer in 1983. She studies
guitar at the Conservatoire Tenor Cortis of Denia, with Concha Ballester
and obtains a especial award at the end of the degree. She won the first
prize in the tenth edition of the Contest “Concurs de Joves Intèrprets
Ruperto Chapí de Villena”as well as the best guitarist of the Valencian
Land in the 11th edition of the Contest Francesc Tarrega of Villa Real.
She takes part in post-graduated courses with José Tomás, Carles Trepat,
Manuel Barrueco, Hopkinson Smith, and Josep Vicent Giner. Now she
continues her education at the Conservatoire “Superior Oscar Espla “of
Alicante with professor Ignacio Rodes.
JUAN RAMÓN PÉREZ · recorder
Juan Ramón Pérez
He was born in Cuenca in 1963. He obtains his
degree on Music and Recorder at Royal Conservatoire of Music in Madrid
with highest marks.
He has been given post-graduated classes related to different styles in
the history of that instrument: medieval, renaissance, baroque and 20th
century. He was student of concert players in Antique Music as Álvaro
Marías, Ricardo Kanji, Baldrik Deeremberg and Jordi Savall among others.
Along these years, he has been member of Trio de Música Clásica La
Tarantela and the Trío de Música Antigua Il Dolcimelo. Now he takes part
in Accademia Arcadia (Baroque) and Sforzinda (Renaissance flute sextet).
He has been teacher of music in Secondary School.
FRANCESC ESTÉVEZ · director
Born in Ondara (Alicante) he stars his musical
studies at the Conservaotire “Superior de Musica de Alicante”, where he
attends the specialities of Piano, Violin, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue,
Composition, and Orchestration, with teachers Amando Blanquer. Afterwards
he takes part in Composition and Conducting courses with teachers Antón
García Abril and Enrique García Asensio. He improves his technique with
Helmuth Rilling, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Karl Österreicher and
Richard Edlinger. In 1998 he is elected by Harfot University (Connecticut,
USA) in order to study Orchestra Direction with professors Harold Faberman,
Kennet Kiesler, Daniel Lewis and Jonh Corigliano. In 1998 he founds the
orchestra “Orquestra de la Marina Alta (OMA)”, He has recorded the CD
Recital Opera, with tenor José Sempere, the Works for string of W.A.
Mozart and the music of the Royal Fireworks and Aquatic Music of GF Handel
as conductor of the orchestra “Orquestra de la Marina Alta”.
JAUME SIGNES · trumpet
He has studied at the Conservatories “Oscar
Espla” of Alicante and “Superior “ of Valencia, where he obtains the
degree on trumpet.
He has attended post-graduated courses with José Mª Ortí, P. Thibaud, M.
Mellaerts, J. Millar, J. Harjanne, E. Aubier.
He has played several concerts with the trio “Trio Ciudad de Huesca” and
the quintet “Quintet Oscar Esplà of Alicante”. He also has played as solo
placer in several orchestral groups. He has been conductor of the bands:
Banda Unió Musical de Beniarbeig, Banda La Paz of San Joan and has taken
part as a visitor conductor in several conductor groups. He is professor
of trumpet at the Conservatoire “Conservatori Superior de Musica d’Alacant”.
RAFAEL TORTAJADA · trombonist
He was born in Benaguacil, Valencia, in 1975.He
started studying Music at the age of six, under the direction of this own
father, Rafael Tortajada Durá, who was a Professor at the Conservatoire in
Valencia and trombon soloist in the Orchestra of Valencia.
He was given the awards with special distinction in the lines of trombone,
bass saxhorn and chamber music.
In 1990 the Association of Artists, Interpreters and Players in Spain (A.I.E)
awarded him a scholarship to expand his education in Barcelona with Miguel
Rivera (trombone soloist in the City of Barcelona Orchestra). He has
perfected his studies with A. Rosin, M. Bequet and B. Slokar.
He is an usual collaborator in several Spanish orchestras. He belongs to
the wind soloists ensemble Mare Nostrum. He visited and participated in
the Mid West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, which was celebrated
He has given improvement courses for brass instrumentalists.
He is a Trombone Professor at the Superior Music Conservatoire Oscar Esplá
in Alicante since 1998.
JOSEP VICENT GINER · organ
Josep Vicent Giner
He is an organ and harpsichord player born in
Denia. He studied with teachers Rynko Ottes, Javier Artigues, Josep Mª Mas
i Bonet and Michael Radulescu. He finished his studies of high level with
the highest marks, among them, a special award at the end of the degree,
the academic grade “Magister Artium” of the University of Vienna with the
qualification “cum laude“ and the award “Premi al Mèrit Artístic del
Ministeri de Ciència i Cultura Austríac”.
He regularly offers concerts in the Iberian Peninsula as well as Europe,
both as organ and harpsichord player with programmes of renaissance,
baroque, romantic, chamber and contemporary music (playing for the first
time works of Amando Blanquer and Josef Lammerz). As visitor teacher he
teaches seminars and courses of interpretation. He is professor of the
Conservatoire “Superior de Musica de Alicante”.
JOSÉ L. GONZÁLEZ URIOL · organ
José L. González Uriol
José L.González Uriol was born in Saragossa. He
is an Organ and Harpsichord Professor at the Superior Music Conservatoire
in Saragossa. He is well known all over the world as an expert on
He has perfectionated his musical studies with splendid Professors such as
Montserrat Torrent (Barcelona), Macario Santiago Kastner (Lisbon), Luigi
F. Tagliavini (Bolonia) and Gustav Leonhardt (Amsterdam)
He has been invited to play in the most important International Festivals
and Concert Halls in the world and he has taken part of the Jury in the
most prestigious European competitions. He has travelled through the five
continents due to his concert tours.
He has made a large number of albums as an specialist in old Spanish
Among them, the double CD dedicated to Antonio de Cabezón, which was
played on the most important historical organs, should be emphasized.
He is the titular organist of the historical organ José de Sesma (1692)
situated in the Infanta´s yard and also of the Spaeth organ situated in
the Royal Chapel of Saint Isabel of Portugal in Saragossa.
He is first-class member of the Ferdinand the Catholic Institution and
founder of its section for Old Music. Since 1979 he has been the Director
of the Old Baroque Music Festival and its courses.
Due to his labour in favor of Music in the Region of Aragon, he has
received important prizes like the Cross of Alphonso the Wise and the
Golden Medal of the City of Aragon.
JOSEP Mª MAS I BONET · organ
Josep Mª Mas i Bonet
Josep Mª Mas i Bonet studied at the Municipal
Conservatoire of Barcelona and finished his course with the award of the
higher level Special Prize for Organ and the Higher Organ Teacher Diploma.
He enrolled in various advanced courses in Holland run by Piet Kee and
Anton Heiller, and in France he did an advanced course with Xavier Darasse.
Between 1974 and 1983 he lived in Basle (Switzerland), where he studied
under Eduard Müller and Anton Heiller, and in 1979 he received the Diploma
de Virtuosismo (soloist’s diploma) of the Basle Conservatoire by a
unanimous decision on the part of the examining board. He also studied
harpsichord and bass at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Later he studied
musicology and interpretation of Iberian Music, ranging from the XVth to
the XVIIIth century, under the guidance of the musicologist M.S. Kastner
with the help of a scholarship granted by the Foundation Calouste
Gulbenkian of Lisbon.
In order to make this music and historical Catalan organs better known, he
founded the International Courses on the Interpretation of Ancient Iberian
Music in the year 1980. These courses are held in Torredembarra and
Montblanc, where he teaches every summer. He gives music lessons in
Iberian music at various European Conservatoires.
He has recorded several compact discs of Iberian music on the organs of
Torredembarra, Montblanc and Sa Pobla in Mallorca for the collection Los
órganos históricos de España, released by the Auvidis – Valois label. He
has made recordings for French, Dutch, Italian and Swiss broadcasting
corporations, as well as for Radio Nacional de España, Catalunya Música
He has given a great number of concerts in Catalonia, throughout Spain and
in almost all of the European countries, also in Turkey and South America.
He is a professor for organ and bass at the Conservatoire of the Liceo,
the Barcelona opera-house, and permanent organist at the Priory Church of
San Pedro in the town of Reus, where he lives.
ORIOL ROMANÍ · clarinet
Born in Barcelona in 1959, his first contact
with music was within his own family. He studied clarinet and
interpretation with Juli Panyella, Thea King, Anton Weimberg, Tony Pay,
Igor Markevitch and Giörgy Sebök. He was founder and co-soloist of the
Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Youth Orchestra) and
member of the Orquestra de Cambra del Teatre Lliure and Barcelona 216
He has performed all over Spain and in the main European countries with
pianists Mary Ruiz-Casaux, Julius Drake and Joan Rubinat, violoncellists
Suzana Stefanovic and Radu Aldulescu, sopranos Montserrat Alavedra and
Juliane Banse, string quartets Casals, Basel's Euler and Barcelona's Homs;
also as a soloist, accompanied by different national and foreign
Joaquim Homs, Xavier Montsalvatge and István Vántus have dedicated works
to him for his solo clarinet recitals, amongst which we must highlight
Meditations, The musical world of Joan Miró and Your voice, my friend-
music by Joaquim Homs inspired by the works of Tagore and Valéry. He has
recorded the entire clarinet work by Joaquim Homs (Columna, 2000).
He has participated in many smaller-scale performances, where music is
linked to theatre, narration, poetry or dance. He is the author of the
books: La música, font de salut (Amalgama, 1998) and Tocats pel jazz (Amalgama,
2000). Together with members of the groups New Orleans Blue Stompers and
Barcelona Swing Serenaders, he was awarded the first prize at the Saint
Raphaël's International New Orleans Jazz Competition (France, 1998).
ESTEBAN ELIZONDO · organ
Esteban Elizondo was born in San Sebastian in
1945. On finishing his piano and organ studies he gets first prize for his
achievements with both instruments. After that he starts at the Higher
College of Music of Vienna where for a period of three years he furthers
his organ studies under Anton Heiller. Later he does various
specialization courses in Haarlem (Holland), in Palma de Mallorca,
Torredembarra and other places.
He starts as a lecturer at the San Sebastian Conservatoire in 1971. From
that moment onwards he works intensively both in the field of teaching and
as an artist, performing as an organist in most European countries, in the
United States, Canada and Japan. He has also worked as a soloist with
various orchestras, playing in concerts written by F. Poulenc, G.F. Händel,
F.X. Brixi, F.J. Haydn, D. Cimarosa and other composers.
Esteban Elizondo is also the founder and coordinator of the International
Course of Romantic Music for Organ, which is held every year in San
Sebastian and visited by organists from all over the world. In addition,
he acts as adviser in respect of the restoration of organs of all styles.
In the last few years he has recorded twelve compact discs, thereby making
known Spanish authors from the XVIth to the XVIIIth century and the music
of the end of the XIXth up to the beginning of the XXth century, which to
a large extent still remains in obscurity. Recently he has recorded for
the very first time the entire works for organ by Jesús Guridi with the
record company Aelus from Germany.
His doctoral thesis entitled The Romatic Movement of Organ Building in the
Basque Country and Navarre has aroused great interest in various European
Symphony Orchestra of Alicante (OSA)
Symphony Orchestra of Alicante(O.S.A.)
The OSA was an initiative of the Culture
Council of the Alicante Town Hall in 1996. Its official presentation
happened in the Teatro Principal of Alicante on the 27th of
November 1996, it was conducted by its titular director Joan Iborra.
Since the creation of the Symphony Orchestra of Alicante, the musical life
of the city and its province has been dramatically enriched. International
well-known soloists have collabo-rated in its concerts. In October 1999,
the OSA toured successfully through Castilla La Mancha.
The quality of OSA components -who have created several chamber groups,
the teaching activities carried out by many of them, the existence of the
Asociación de Amigos de la Sinfónica (Friends of Symphony
Association) that have worked on both organizing music events and
supporting formations of young musicians and composers from Alicante are
good examples of the cultural agitation that the OSA provokes in the City.
Joan Iborra, director
Joan Iborra was educated in the Music
Conser-vatory of Alcoy, Valencia and Madrid. He was a member of the
Musical Youth World Orchestra, World Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta
Nacional de España performing in the five continents and was conducted
by great directors such as Eric Leinsdorf, Karel Ancerl, Witold Rowinsky,
Arthur Fieldler, etc.
Joan Iborra was percussion teacher in the Real Conservatory of Music of
Madrid and since 1984 he has been a teacher in the Superior Conser-vatory
of Music of Alicante. He also collaborates as a teacher and director of
the percussion group of the Joven Orquesta Nacioanl de España (Jonde),
Joven Orquesta de Euskadi, Joven Orquesta de la Generalitat
Valenciana and the Joven Orquesta de Canarias.
He possesses the title of Knight of La orden del Merito Civil
awarded by Juan Carlos the first.
Joan Iborra has been the titular director of the Symphony Orchestra of
Alicante since its beginning in 1996 and Art and Titular director of the
Philharmonic Band of Alicante University. In 2004 he has been named
director of the Superior Conservatory of Music Oscar Esplá in Alicante.