Aarón Zapico & Aitor Hevia

Biography Aarón Zapico & Aitor Hevia

Aarón Zapico - Harpsichordist
Born in Asturias, Spain, in 1978, {Aarón Zapico} is one of the most active Spanish harpsichord players. Having obtained the highest grades in piano at the Oviedo Conservatory, he began to take interest in the early music field, attending courses and seminars with renowned specialists. He completed his solo harpsichord diploma with the unanimous praise of the tribunal of The Royal Conservatory of The Hague under the direction of Jacques Ogg and assisted by grants from different institutions.

In 1999 he founded the Baroque music ensemble {Forma Antiqva}, hailed by the specialized press as “the visible forerunner of the new generation of Early Music in Spain.”. Currently he is the harpsichord player and director of this ensemble with whom perform at the most prestigious Spanish festivals as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, Singapore, Australia, Italy, Holland, Greece, France, The Czech Republic, China, Japan and Serbia. Until now they have recorded Bizarro!!, Insólito Estupor, Sopra Scarlatti, Amore x Amore and Concerto Zapico which are all widely acclaimed by specialized critics (Supersonic de Pizzicato, Excepcional by Scherzo, Recomendado by CD Compact, Excelente by Ritmo, Prelude Classical Music Awards 2009, Best Group 2010 by Televisión del Principado de Asturias, nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2010 or the Premio al mejor disco de música vocal barroca 2008 - 2009 by CD Compact). {Forma Antiqva} is ensemble - in - residence at Oviedo Auditorium in Spain.

Currently, {Forma Antiqva} and {Aarón Zapico} are exclusive artists of the German label {Winter & Winter}.

Apart from his solo concerts (Siglos de Oro in Almagro, Fundación March in Madrid, Festival de Sta. Isabel in Zaragoza, Festival de Música Cidade de Lugo, Salamanca University...), he has collaborated with formations as heterogenic as Accademia del Piacere, El Concierto Español, La Caravaggia, Camerata Iberia, Euskal Barrokensemble, Xacona, Orpheon Consort Wien, La Ritirata, La Real Cámara, Real Filharmonía de Galicia or Asturias and Galicia Symphony Orchestras, under the direction of Frans Brüggen, Emilio Moreno, Victor Pablo Pérez, Pablo González or Fahmi Alqhai.

He has conducted several productions and premieres at festivals such as the Pórtico de Zamora Festival, Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca or Festival Internacional de Música y Danza in Granada. In 2010 he was the artistic assistant to Kenneth Weiss for the representations of L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Campoamor Theatre and Arriaga Theatre Opera Seasons.

A close relationship is maintained with the countertenor and actor Xavier Sabata, with whom he released in 2007 Undercastration, a revolutionary programme mesh of cabaret, theatre and concert.

He has worked as a teacher of Historical Interpretation of Early Music at the CSM in Oviedo, has been Harpsichord and Basso Continuo teacher at the CPM and the CSM in Murcia and associated teacher of early music in Aracena, Gijón, Univ. of Salamanca, Univ. of Extremadura or Daroca. Moreover he has given Master classes at the University of Melbourne, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Singapore, the Festival de Música Antigua in Gijón, Le Rocher de Palmer in Bordeaux or the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Principado de Asturias. Since november 2009 he is the artistic director of the Early Music Academy in Gijón, Spain and since 2011 he is the artistic director of the Early Music Festival of this city.

He has recorded for Winter & Winter, Arsis, RNE, Columna Música, Catalunya Música, France Musique, Australian Broadcasting, Czech Radio and TVE.

Currently, Aarón Zapico is harpsichord teacher at the {Conservatorio Superior de Música del Principado de Asturias}.

His first solo album, phantasia, with works from Frescobaldi or Froberger, is been hailed by the specialized press (Excellent for Ritmo, Exceptional for Scherzo Magazine or the Pizzicato Supersonic Award).

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