ESTHER ROPÓN- Piano
Born in Tenerife, she studied in the Canary Islands, Barcelona and Berlin. Pianist and professor at the Professional Conservatory of Music of Tenerife, she is also a cultural manager and researcher.
She began her piano studies at the Tenerife Music Conservatory and after finishing the intermediate grade with the highest marks, she moved to Barcelona to continue at the Music Conservatory of Barcelona. In 2002 she obtained the Superior Degree in the specialty of Piano and the Superior Degree in the specialty of Solfeo, Music Theory, Transposition and Accompaniment. Later she took postgraduate courses at the International Center for Piano Studies under the direction of Edith Fischer and Jorge Pepi-Alós. In Berlin she continued her studies with Laszlo Simon and in Switzerland she regularly participated in the International Piano Course at the Hindemith Foundation with professors Paul Badura-Skoda, Giuseppe Maiorca and Bernd Zack, among others. She also completed a postgraduate degree in Cultural Management and Planning at the University of La Laguna and a Master's in Cultural Management at the Open University of Catalonia.
She has given recitals individually and as part of chamber groups throughout the Canary Islands, in various Spanish cities such as Lleida, Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, as well as in Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden. She has recorded the album 'Mujeres del XXI' which collects works by contemporary Canarian female composers, a work that was presented on a concert tour of Japan, and has participated in the multidisciplinary project 'En el tapete del mar', the result of which was the recording of a CD-book presented on a concert tour of the Canary Islands, Sweden and Turkey.
Considered by German critics as a “young ambassador of Spanish music”, she has developed extensive concert activity in this country, performing in Hamburg, Stuttgart, Hannover, Leipzig and, especially, Berlin, in venues such as Konzerthaus, Instituto Iberoamericano (Preußischer Kulturbesitz ), Otto Braun Saal, Rathaus, Alte Börse and Schwarzschen Villa, among others. Always open to new challenges, in her eagerness to bring classical music closer to the whole of society, she has worked on Radio Clásica of Radio Nacional de España, where she has directed and presented the musical diffusion program ‘The music that inspires us’. As a teacher and researcher, she has published about the role of women in contemporary creation and about the educational programs of the Symphony Orchestras, a topic on which she continues to work today. She has been invited to give lectures at cultural management conferences at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
She has recently published, in collaboration with the Auditorio de Tenerife, her third album ‘From East to West’ with a repertoire focused on chamber music for two pianos from the 20th century, together with the pianist Laura Gordo.
IRINA PEÑA SÁNCHEZ- Violin
Born in Telde, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, she began to study violin at the age of 7.
After completing the Professional Degree in violin at the Superior Conservatory of Las Palmas, she entered the Reina Sofía School of Music under the tutelage of Zakhar Bron and Yuri Volgin. She has received master classes from Jean Jacques Kantorow, Silvia Marcovici, Rainer Schmidt, David Zafer, Yair Kless, Marta Gulyas, Walter Levin and Gerard Caussé among others.
Later she studied for the Higher Degree at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Peter Brunt and Alexander Kerr, concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, graduating with high marks.
As a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), she has played in the most prestigious venues in Europe under the baton of conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrey Boreyko and Sir Colin Davis.
Her passion for chamber music has led her to offer concerts in New York, Beijing, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Toulouse and several cities in Morocco and Spain. She has collaborated with Quantum Ensemble, ATADEM and Ateneo La Laguna, of which she was an artist in residence in 2019.
In 2017 she offered violin and piano recitals in the Canary Islands within the International Music Festival of the Canary Islands.
She is a member of the Cadaqués Orchestra and has been invited to collaborate as second violin soloist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Catalonia. She has also collaborated with the Residentie Orkest in the Hague.
She is currently a Second Violin Soloist in the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, of which she has been a member since 2008.
Irina plays an Austrian violin built by Franz Geissenhof in about 1800.
JOHANNA KEGEL ZAMORA- Cello
She was born in S/C. de Tenerife and began her musical studies at the age of seven at the Tenerife Music Conservatory with Professor Jurak Janosik.
In 1991 she joined the Young National Orchestra of Spain, where she was First Cello for two years. She continued her musical studies in Madrid in 1992 with the teacher Maria Macedo; in London in 1994, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and later in Barcelona, with maestro Marçal Cervera.
As a soloist, it is worth highlighting her intervention in the Cycle of Young Performers of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Alejandro Posada in 1992.
She has won several awards, including the First Award for Interpretation of the January XII Friendship Circle XII and the Paul Casals Scholarship.
She is currently a member of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra since 1997 and belongs to various chamber music groups.