The versatility of soprano Raquel Lojendio has enabled her to build up an extensive repertoire, which spans composers as diverse as Bach, Mozart, Stravinsky, Verdi, Shostakovich or Wagner. She has worked with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Juanjo Mena, Jun Märkl, Antoni Wit, Jesús López Cobos, Guillermo García Calvo, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Jiri Kout, Edmon Colomer and Vasily Petrenko. She has performed with all the major Spanish orchestras, and internationally with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Turin, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica “Giuseppe Verdi”, Trieste and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse amongst many others. She studied at the Conservatorio Superior in her native city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, then at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica del Liceo in Barcelona with Carmen Bustamente. She has taken part in masterclasses with María Orán and Krisztina Laki. Raquel Lojendio’s operatic highlights include roles such as Pamina (The Magic Flute), Violetta (La Traviata), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni),Alice (Falstaff) Susanna (Il Segreto di Susanna by Wolf Ferrari), Marguerite (Faust), in theatres such as the Teatro Verdi in Trieste , Teatro Real Madrid, and the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. Her concert repertoire includes Mahler’s Symphonies Nº 2, 4 and 8, Falla’s El Sombrero de Tres Picos, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Menotti’s Muero porque no muero, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Christ on the Mount of Olives, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras, Haydn’s The Creation, Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Frank Martin’s Maria-Triptychon, in venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Tanglewood Festival, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, the Georg Enescu Festival, Bergen’s Grieghallen, the Teatro Municipal in Cali, Halle aux Grains in Toulouse and Bogotá’s Teatro Colón amongst others. She has recorded for major record labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, Licanus, Rtve Música and Chandos. Raquel Lojendio’s other passion is ballet, for which she has gained qualifications from the Royal Academy of Dance in London.
Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet enjoys a prolific recording and international concert career. He regularly works with orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and NHK Symphony orchestras, and collaborates with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Nicholas Collon, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Edward Gardner, and Sir Andrew Davis among others.
Highlights of Bavouzet’s 2019/20 season include the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, a tour of the UK with the Iceland Symphony under Yan Pascal Tortelier and he performs all of the Beethoven piano concerti with the Orchestre National de Lyon. He will also return to Toronto and Seattle symphonies, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and embarks on a tour of Australia to include Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.
Bavouzet will play/direct two Beethoven programmes with both the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. As part of the Post Classical Ensemble’s Haydn Festival in Washington DC, Bavouzet will be presented in recital and concerto and will also give recitals at the Maestro Foundation in Santa Monica and Moscow International Performing Arts Center.
Bavouzet records exclusively for Chandos and his recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Bergen Philharmonic under Edward Gardner was nominated for a Gramophone Award. Ongoing cycles include a five year project to perform and record the complete Mozart Piano Concertos with the Manchester Camerata and Gábor Takács-Nagy as well as the complete Haydn Piano Sonatas. His complete Prokofiev Piano Concertos with BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda won the Concerto category of the 2014 Gramophone Awards.