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2015 Orchestra – Violas

Isabel Juárez Juarranz, Spain

Violist Isabel Juárez is an active musician with both chamber and orchestral groups. She studied in Madrid with Adolfo Hontañón, in Barcelona with Jonathan Brown and in Amsterdam with Marjolein Dispa. Isabel took part in several masterclasses under the guidance of Nobuko Imai, Antonello Farulli, Jürgen Kussmaul, Thomas Riebl, Yuval Gotlibovich, Shunske Sato, Alexander Zemstov and Silvia Simionescu. As an orchestral musician she has worked with Sinfonia Rotterdam, ASKO/Schönberg, Hulencourt Chamber Orchestra, Opus 23 and the Ciconia Consort, and with historically informed groups Musica Amphion, Stile Galante, and the Amsterdam Corelli Collective, selected as an Eeemerging artist 2015. Isabel was an academist in the Ligeti Akademie 2011/12 and the Pacific Music Festival 2014. During the season 2015-16 she is taking part in the traineeship programme of Holland Baroque. With a special interest in chamber music, she focuses now on exploring string trio repertoire with the Merian Trio. Previously she studied with the Casals Quartet, received advice from Kennedy Moretti, the Quiroga and Endellion quartets and participated twice in the international Kammermusik Campus in Weikersheim, with Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet) and the Vogler Quartet.

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Sara Gómez Yunta, Spain

Sara was born in Madrid in 1990 and began her musical studies at age of seven with Adolfo Hontañón, completing her first music diploma with outstanding results. In 2009 she moved to Barcelona to continue her musical studies at the “Conservatorio Liceu” with well-known teacher and soloist Ashan Pillai. She finished her bachelor studies in 2013, again with outstanding results. While completing her degree, she attended several master classes with leading violists including Thuan Do Minh, Nils Mönkemeyer, Donald McInnes, Felix Schwartz, Wilfried Strehle, Yuval Gotlibovich and Pauline Sasche. Now, she is continuing her musical studies in Germany doing a masters degree in baroque viola in the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen with Anton Steck. Sara has been a member of several youth orchestras in Spain including the Madrid Youth Orchestra (JORCAM), Extremadura Youth Orchestra (OJEX), Ars Aetherea Orchestra in Alicante, Iuventas Orchestra in Madrid, St Jerome Orchestra in Madrid, University Barcelona Orchestra (OUB), the Spanish Youth Orchestra (JONDE), and the Vallés Symphony Orchestra in Barcelona, and has also participated in numerous chamber music groups. She has taken part in various music competitions including the Barcelona Music School competition, and the Conservatorio Liceu Chamber Music competition. In 2015 she has been selected to be a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO).

Sara Emanuela Olianas, Italy

Sara Emanuela Olianas was born and grew up in Cagliari, where she started to play modern viola with Dimitri Mattu and obtained her masters degree in 2009. She then continued at the “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” studying for a post-graduate diploma in performance with Antonello Farulli. In 2011 she moved to Santiago de Compostela for a masters degree in Orchestral Technique at the University of Santiago de Compostela with Natalia Madison, and to play with the Real Filharmonia de Galicia. During these years she benefited from the advice of, among others, Lawrence Power, Patrick Juedt, Jürgen Kussmaul, Gérard Caussé, Simonide Braconi, and Philippe Dukes. Alongside modern viola studies, thanks to the NJO String Orchestra on period instruments and Academia de Musica Antigua de USAL (University of Salamanca), she developed a growing interest in early music and now she is particpates in many early music projects allowing her to work with Jaap ter Linden, Enrico Onofri, Pedro Gandía, and Andoni Mercero. Sara was a member of Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana and she is also a Suzuki teacher. She combines her work with several orchestras, including Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquesta Barroca de la Universidad de Salamanca, Orquesta del Principado de Asturias, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Orquesta Vigo 430, with her teaching work with young children.

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Priscila Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Spain

Priscila Rodriguez Cabaleiro began viola lessons at the age of 9 with Isabel Abril Bausela at the Conservatory of her native city Vigo. She won a scholarship from the “Escuela de Altos Estudios Musicales de Galicia” which allowed her to study with musicians of the “Real Filharmonia de Galicia”, including principal viola Tillman Kircher. She played in numerous youth orchestras and with the “Real Filharmonia de Galicia”, with which she still occasionally works. Aged 19 Priscila moved to Germany to study with Emil Cantor at the “Folkwang Universität der Künste” in Essen, from where she graduated with a Diploma. In 2012 Priscila held an internship in the Orchestra of the Staatstheater Braunschweig, then in 2013 at the Dortmunder Philharmoniker. Having always had a passion for early music, Priscila decided to remain in Essen to do a masters in Early Music with Mayumi Hirasaki. She has participated in masterclasses with musicians including David Quiggle, Thuan do Mihn, Amandine Beyer, Richard Gwilt, Hariolf Schlichtig, Jurgen Kussmaul, Gerard Causse and Daniel Barenboim. She has attended various early music courses including the International Bach Academy Stuttgart; Schloß Benrath; Freiburger Barockorchester’s Summer Academy and the academy of the Händel Festspiele Karlsruhe. Priscila has worked with Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik, L’arte del mondo directed by Werner Ehrhardt, Heidelberger Symphoniker under the direction of Thomas Fey, Compania di Punto, Exxential Bach Ensemble, and the Folkwang Kammerorchester. She also is a member of ensembles of different musical styles: the Rock Orchester Ruhergebiet and the ensemble for world music “vinorosso”.