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Luis Fiestas, violin
Laura Kajander-Fiestas, viola
Marion Göbel, violoncello
Fabrizio Zanella, violin
Tchawdar Tontchev, violin
Cuarteto nuevAmerica was created
mostly to perform the music of Luis Fiestas. At the moment it consists
of Luis Fiestas, Fabrizio Zanella, Laura Kajander-Fiestas and Marion Göbel.
Luis Fiestas, violin, composer
Luis Fiestas who
was born in Piura, Peru in 1966. As a child he learnt violin and clarinet
from his father, and in his youth he played with his brothers in church
services in Piura and most of all as a popular musician in local groups.
He began his formal
education as a violinist at the age of 17 in the Conservatory of Lima.
There he performed as the young soloist of the Conservatory orchestra
and as the soloist of the Camerata de Lima Orchestra.
For a while in 1987
he studied in Stuttgart, Germany, but was forced to return home. Two years
later he returned to Europe. This time he studied for three years in Salzburg,
Austria, in the master class of Ruggiero Ricci.
Currently Luis Fiestas
plays the violin in the orchestra of the National Opera of Finland.
His composing career began essentially in the uear 1998. The first pieces
for string quartet, in a very folklore-influenced style, were performed
at a benefit concert for the victims of the floods caused by the "El
Niño". Ever since, Latin America has yielded an unlimited
means of expression in his compositions within the framework of a typically-European
classical string quartet.
Laura Kajander studied viola in the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Den Haag
conservatory and the Sibelius Academy. She has been taught by Thomas Riebl,
Vladimir Mendellssohn, Jürgen Geise, Bruno Giuranna and Jouko Mansnerus
and chamber-music with Hagen-quartet. She finished her diploma in 1998.
She has played and recorded with several chamber-music groups, like Wiener-Akademie,
the Bach-orchestra of Salzburg, Sinfonietta Salzburg, 6th Floor Baroque
Orchestra, Finnish-Estonian Baroque Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta,
in Finland and most countries in the Central Europe. As a soloist of an
orchestra she has played in Peru and Kajaani.
Marion Göbel studied in Sibelius Academy and in Tel Aviv, Israel
with Varpu Siirala and Marcel Bergman. She got her diploma in 1987. She
has plenty of experience as a chamber musician in several quartets and
chamber orchestras, like Vox Artis -chamber orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta
and Herzlia Chamber Orchestra in Israel. Currently she teaches in the
West Helsinki Music Institute and is an active free-lance musician.
Fabrizio Zanella studied violin in the Conservatory of Buenos Aires. 1983-1985
he continued his studies with Oleg Krisa in the Tshaikovski-Conservatory
in Moscow. He has also participated in many master-classes with such teachers
as L. Spiller, N. Braining, A. Lysy and D. Sitkovetski. Fabrizio Zanella
worked in the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra since 1982. 1986-1995
he was the fourth violinist of the first violins. He was a member of the
Buenos Aires -quartet 1989-1992 and leader of the second violin, first
violinist or a soloist in the Orquesta de camara Mayo. In Finland he has
worked for example in the Lahti and Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras.
He has been playing in the RSO since
1996 and is now the leader of the orchestra's 2nd violin.