Biography

Born in Irun, in 1971, received his musical education in France at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Bayonne – Côte Basque, under the direction of the violoncellist and prestigious teacher, Jacques Doué, where he was awarded the Médaille d’Or and Prix d’Honneur, for perfection. The rapid progress and development of this young violoncellist took him on a concert tour of France interpreting the Edouard Lalo concert as soloist, and the French press saw in him “a musician to be reckoned with among the new generation of musicians”. In 1989, he moved to Paris where, in the musical world of the French capital, he continued his training with violoncellists such as Xavier Gagnepain and Phillippe Müller, with whom he completed his very solid musical education. For years he participated in the Summer Academies of Flaine and Les Arcs, in the French Alps, where he learnt from the French professors Roland Pidoux, Cristophe Henkel and the Brazilian Pedro Alcántara, who oriented him in the study of the “Alexander Technique”. Between 1997 and 2000 he was chosen to participate in the Maurice Ravel International Academy of St. Jean de Luz, where he studied with Lluís Claret, Phillippe Müller, Bruno Pasquier, Peter Csaba… Has done courses and Master Classes with musicians such as M. Tortelier, J. Savall. T. Hugh. Ll. Claret, M. Cervera… Has been a member of the Regional Orchestra of Bayonne - Côte Basque, where he has accompanied soloists of the category of Maurice André, Jean Pierre Wallez. In 1992, he moved to Barcelona where he did the Senior Violoncello and Chamber Music Course, and was also awarded the Premio de Honor in both disciplines. In 1995, after successfully completing State Exams, he became a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Vallés, where he became assistant soloist, under the direction of Salvador Mas, Edmon Colomer, Salvador Brotons… With his vocation for teaching, he has been, since 1992, professor at the Juan Pedro Carrero School in Barcelona, and has been regularly invited to the courses at the Château de Flamanville, La Réole, La Trinité sur Mer, Château de Pire sur Seiche and Avignon, in France, as well as the “Verano Musical de los Pirineos – Vilaller”, and Cartagena University in Spain. In 1997, after successfully completing State Exams he also became Special Violoncello Teacher at the Conservatory of Irun, and in 2000, after another competition of merit, was appointed Professor of Violoncello at the Senior Conservatory of Music at the Liceu of Barcelona. In June, 2001, he was invited as a member of the “Violoncello Quartet of Barcelona”, under the direction of Lluís Claret, to take part in the eagerly awaited inauguration of the Casals Museum, alongside Montserrat Caballé and Mstislav Rostropovitch, before the King and Queen of Spain, and in the distinguished presence of Marta Casals. He is also a member of several music groups, which has given a broader dimension to an important musical career as soloist and also taken him to Cuba, as a guest of the Ministry of Culture, to participate in the areas of teaching, chamber music and as a soloist, in the city of Havana. He has been invited several times at The Hartford University and Greater Academy of The Arts in Conneticut ( U.S.A )to teach and to play concerts with the pianist Bridget de Moura Castro. Together with the pianist Ludovica Mosca has toured in Mexico, University of Chiapas and Las Rosas Conservatory-Morelia, playing Duo Cello-Piano and Cello-Castagnettes as well as giving both Master Classes and lectures, his new record is “Violoncello Castañolero”. He has record all the Guitar Boccherini Quintets with Almodis chamber group in 2005 ( Columna Musica ), and his first record for cello and piano is “El Cant dels Ocells” ( The song of the Birds ) whit Tensy Krismant ( Ayva Musica ).He records the Bach Sonatas with organ after the restauration of the Cavaillé-Coll organ from 1876 in the Church of Irun with José Manuel Azkue, “Bach en Irun” and the documentary about the restauration and the Bach Sonatas 10027-28-29. He records all the pieces by Gaspar Cassadó cellist-composer with Ludovica Mosca pianist. His cello latin duos are in “Huapango”, record with Marta Roma cellist with music by Samuel Maynez Mexican composer. This cd have the audio, video art and manuscripts of the composer. His 6 Cello Suites become “Bach y el Mar, cello Suites in Hondarribia” 6 documentaries about diferents things like nature, handcraft, gastronomy, sport, history and the sea. Iñaki Etxepare plays a François Lejeune Violoncello made in Paris in 1760 and a Italian Milan School Cello from XVIII century with bows by E. Pajeot and E. Sartory.