Music for Viola and Piano
Ana Valero and Sergey Smirnov work together since 2013.
They perform regularly across The Netherlands, including appearances in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam (during Dutch Classical Talent and Dutch Viola Society events) the Statenzaal in Zwolle and the Muziekcentrum in Enschede, among many others venues.Through a selection of different programs, chosen from the beautiful viola and piano chamber music repertoire, as well as from original arrangements, the experience can be quite diverse for the audience.
Proposals span from a selection of Spanish virtuoso repertoire and tangos, to 20th-century lyricism including works by Hindemith, Britten, and Bartók. The concerts can bring inspiration from the bohemian life style of the French cabaret in the 20’s with Poulenc and other composers from that time, or pure romanticism with 19th Century composers like Brahms, Schuman, Bruch, and Vieuxtemps.
Ibero-American music for viola and guitar
In the project En las dos Orillas (In both shores) Alenta duo explores the large amount of classical music compositions, inspired by Spanish and Latin American folkloric music. The duo guides us on a journey through seven countries from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Works by Falla, Granados, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Sarasate, Domeniconi… will fusion elegance with the strong character of the Ibero-American spirit.
With a fresh and non-conventional perspective, through the uncommon viola and guitar duo setting, Alenta Duo exalts the expression and voice of the Ibero-American culture. Melodies inspired by the old cultures brought to life through the unique sonority of this combination of instruments. The dark sound of the viola and the spiritual pulse of the guitar, bring in an intimate experience the fusion between traditional folklore and classical music.
New Classical Quartet
Formed by international soloists and based in Spanish capital Madrid, this piano & strings quartet offers a refreshed approach to classical music. This unique ensemble was born out of the desire to bring this genre to a larger audience. Combining rebellion and elegance in equal parts it opens a new way in a world of conventional and established paths.
Black Opals create a whole new experience of a classical music concert. Built upon a strong classical music foundation the quartet combines some of the gems of the piano-quartet repertoire with special arrangements, written by or for Black Opals, of some of the popular hits that made history during the 20th Century. This young, versatile and adventurous project enriches the concept of classical music widening its language to the modern world. Black Opal’s strings make jazz, rock, and pop shine with inventiveness and artistry. At the same time, great music from the past feels more alive than ever.
Named after the precious mineral, the quartet glimmers with infinite colours in its core. Multiple tonalities, that inspired the gaiety of its spirit. Among avant-garde strokes and sparkling energy, Black Opals talk about transgression and the rupture of routine. This initiative longs for a change. Wants to share the magic and beauty of classical music with those who see it as something distant and unreachable.
Bass clarinet, viola, and piano Contemporary music
Horák Conexion is an atypical chamber music ensemble: Specialised in contemporary music and composed by bass clarinet, viola, and piano.
Due to the originality of its setting, and the reduced existent repertoire written for it, the trio works constantly with recognized composers from various countries. Some compositions born from these collaborations are compiled in the CD record “A long wave in common”, produced in 2015 under the classical music label iTinerant.
The project aims to establish a close relationship with the audience, seeking to communicate and inspire. With a game of stage lighting, theatrical effects and choosing an attractive repertoire, the performance wants to be an unforgettable experience. Horák Conexion is seeking to become a bridge of communication between a bigger audience and the contemporary music.