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Quantum Ensemble

The Quantum Ensemble, Ensemble-in-Residence at the Auditorio of Tenerife, is a flexible and collaborative instrumental group founded by its core unit, three Canarian musicians with extensive and renowned international careers: David Ballesteros (violin), Cristo Barrios (clarinet) and Gustavo Diaz-Jerez (piano).

The group has a modern conception of classical music performance, as more flexible and closer to the audience. Based on academic rigor and love of repertoire, they try to bring music to a broader audience through the discovery of new works and a more open style staging. Its programs, always creative and puzzling, usually combine music with other artistic disciplines such as dance, free improvisation, poetry or visual art.

For these programs the group is expanded with collaborating musicians and renowned soloists, as the pianist Javier Negrin, baroque violinist Hiro Kurosaki, violist Cecilia Bercovich,  cellist Asier Polo and Angel Luis Quintana, flutist Júlia Gállego, guitarist Adam Levin, harpsichordist Alberto Martinez, percussionists Paco Diaz and Carlos Llácer, etc.

In the ensemble's concerts there is always a direct dialogue with the audience to locate each work in context, through the experiences of the musicians themselves. In addition, in line with the social and human approach of Quantum Ensemble, the synergies of these musicians are fully used to perform master classes and workshops at conservatories and other educational institutions, with special emphasis on the most. disadvantaged groups

David Ballesteros: Violinist member of the London Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of Gordan Nicolitch at BandArt Chamber Orchestra. As a professor of violin, chamber music and orchestral repertoire he collaborates with "El Sistema" and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela since 2008, the National Youth Orchestra of Spain since 2009, the Jove Orquesta de Catalunya, Musikene, the International Youth Orchestra Oviedo, Lucena Festival, Pablo Casals Festival and Eastern Youth Orchestra of the USA.

Cristo Barrios: Renowned clarinetist who has performed in several of the most important international venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Konzerthaus Vienna, etc. In addition, he has taught master classes at conservatories as important as the Sibelius Academy, Zurich University of Arts or the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He has worked with the composers Pierre Boulez, Tom Johnson, Helmut Lachenmann, etc.

Gustavo Díaz-Jerez: Pianist, composer and one of the greatest exponents of interpretation and musical creation in Spain. He has performed in many major concert halls in the world (Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, etc.) and has been soloist with most of the leading Spanish orchestras (OFGC, OST, RTVE, Galicia ...) and foreign formations (Budapest Festival Orchestra, Symphony of Turin, Northern Symphonia, Berliner Symphoniker, etc.) under the baton of directors such as Skrowaczevski, Fischer, Bamert, Lü Jia, Herbig, Encinar, and Victor Pablo Perez, among others.

Cecilia Bércovich: A versatile violin and viola performer. With a varied musical career, she is currently the violinist of the Trio Arbós. She has also acted as concertmaster under the baton of maestros such as Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Krystof Penderecki and Peter Eötvös at festivals in Lucerne, MITO Turin or the Wagner Festspiele in Bayreuth, which invited her after winning the 2013 Wagner Award in Spain. She plays regularly in major national venues (Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional, Sala Mozart, Palau de Les Arts) and prestigious international venues (Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, Salle Pleyel in Paris and the Royal Festival Hall in London).

Ángel Luis Quintana: Principal Cello at the National Orchestra of Spain, Professor at the Conservatory of Music of Liceo de Barcelona and Visiting Professor at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. He participates regularly in the most prestigious chamber music series and in Pedagogy and interpretation courses. He has also been Solo Cellist of the Orchestra of RTVE and the Reina Sofia Chamber Orchestra, Professor of the Conservatory of Guadalajara and Assistant Professor of the “Sony” Chair of Violoncello directed by Maestro Frans Helmerson at the Reina Sofía School of Music. He is also a regular collaborator of "Plural Ensemble" and member of Early Music ensemble "Zarabanda".