Azahar Ensemble, wind quintet

André Cebrián Garea, flute

María Alba Carmona Tobella, oboe

Antonio Lagares Abeal, horn

María José García Zamora, bassoon

Miquel Ramos Salvadó, clarinet

 

The Azahar Ensemble has been awarded several prices, among others at the renowned ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Since then, the quintet has already performed at numerous concert venues in Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Canada and the Dominican Republic. After concerts at Berlin Philharmonie, in Cologne at the WDR, at Vienna Musikverein, Salzburg Mozarteum, as well as in Baden-Baden, Innsbruck, at the Philharmonie Essen and at the Rheingau Festival, the Mozartfest Würzburg and at the Honens Piano Competition in Canada the quintet continues to perform throughout Europe (among others at the Elbphilharmonie, in Rotterdam and Zurich). In 2021 the ensemble premiered a new work by Gija Kancheli. Numerous concerts by the ensemble were recorded and broadcasted all across Europe, including Bayerischer Rundfunk, Südwestrundfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Radio Clásica España, Schweizer Radio, France Musique and Catalunya Música.

All five instrumentalists collaborate regularly with orchestras like the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestra of the Liceu Barcelona, the Philharmonic Orchestra Lübeck, the Münchner Kammerorchester, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Camerata Bern and the Bkammerorchester Basel. Miquel Ramos Salvadó and Antonio Lagares Abeal work as freelance musicians. André Cebrian Garea is solo flutist at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, María José García Zamora, solo bassoonist at the Komische Oper Berlin and Maria Alba Carmona Tobella oboist at the Philharmonia Zurich (Zurich Opera Orchestra) and is - same as Miquel Ramos - a member of the ensemble Spira Mirabilis. Founded during their time in the National Youth Orchestra of Spain in 2010, the quintet was granted a scholarship from the “Fundación JONDE/BBVA” which enabled the young musicians to study chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik Basel (Switzerland) with Sergio Azzolini. The ensemble's debut CD, a recording of works by Joaquín Turina, has been releasedin cooperation with Deutschlandradio.

Azahar, derived from the Arabic az-zahr, is the name of the white, aromatically fragrant blossoms of the citrus and particularly orange trees.