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Teaching Staff

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Serguei Fatkulin

Teacher in Novosibirsk until 1985 and teacher in the Music Training Professional School at the Chaikovsky Conservatory and the Musical Academy Gnessina.

He was a member of the Novosibirsk quartet, of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra until 1994.

He was then invited by Professor Zahkar Bron to be his assistant at the Queen Sofia Higher School of Music in Madrid. He is also invited to teach at the Lübeck Conservatory and at the Cologne Higher School (Germany).

He founded his own school in Madrid, the Fatkulin Academy.

From then on, he is one of the professors in great demand for teaching students in Spain and abroad. He is regularly invited to give summer classes, Master Courses and Masterly Classes in countries such as: Russia, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Austria, England and France.


Anna Baget

Catalonian violinist, trained in Barcelona under the direction of Gerard Claret and Goncal Comellas. She continued her studies at the Indiana University (U.S.A.)   where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Violin and Pedagogy studying with Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron and Mimi Zweig.

As a soloist, she has played with the Chamber Orchestra "Solistas de Catalunya", the Quito Symphonic Orchestra and the "Pablo Sarasate" Symphonic Orchestra in Pamplona. She forms a duet with pianist Aníbal Bañados.

She is violin teacher at the Music Professional Conservatory “Adolfo Salazar”, Madrid  and the Queen Sofia Higher School of Music in Madrid. She is also violin teacher at the “Summer String Academy” at Indiana University, USA and at the summer classes “Cátedra de Música Emili Pujol” in Cervera.

Her interest in pedagogy has led her to develop systematic training techniques for string teachers. She is regularly invited to give classes in: Ministry of Education and Science, Spanish Young National Orchestra, Madrid Government, Basque Country University, Alcalá de Henares University, Castilla la Mancha University, “Music Stage of Cambra”, ”Course for music professors and teachers Stage 2000” from “La Caixa”, Jaén University, Tarragona Government, Music Schools of the Barcelona City Council. In the spring of 2002 she was invited to give masterly  classes at the Gossec Conservatory in Paris and to make a concerts tour with her pupils in different cultural organizations in Paris.


Aitor Hevia

He started learning violin under the guidance of his father, J. Ramón Hevia. He continued his studies with I. Nashouskin, finishing his degree at the “Conservatorio Superior de Música de Oviedo”. He would later study with Keiko Wataya at the “Conservatorium van Amsterdam” where he graduated “Cum Laude”. He attended violin masterclasses with A. Mikline, León Ara, Boris Garlitzky, Ilya Grubert and Charles-André Linale.

He has been awarded scholarships by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, the Principality of Asturias and “Cajastur”.

His recording of Vivaldi´s Four Seasons together with Forma Antiqva has been recently release to critical acclaim. “The best Four Seasons on history” (Diverdi. Eduardo Torrico.)

As soloist he has performed with several orchestras, both in Spain and abroad, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Sibelius Concerto and Prokofiev Concerto nº 1. He has been member of the JONDE ( Spanish National Youth Orchestra ) and EUYO ( European Union Youth Orchestra ), working with conductors such C. Maria Giulini, Sir Collin Davis, B. Haitink and V. Ashkenazy.

Since his early steps as a musician, he was fascinated by chamber music, finding a unique way of expression. In 2003 he founded the Cuarteto Quiroga, now established as one of the most dynamic groups of its generation. The ensemble regularly appears at mail halls and festivals in Europe and America, among others Wigmore Hall London, Philarmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Doelen Rotterdam, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Auditori Barcelona, Palau de la Musica, Heidelberg Frühling, Stockholmis Nybrokajen, Frick Collection New York, Teatro Solís Montevideo, Buenos Aires, etc…

In 2007 the Cuarteto Quiroga was awarded the Spanish National Radio Cultural Prize ( Premio Ojo Crítico ). Studies with Professors Rainer Schmidt, Walter Levine and Hatto Beyerle have deeply influence the musical personality of both Aitor Hevia and the Cuarteto Quiroga.

Deeply committed with teaching, Aitor Hevia has been Keiko Wataya´s assistant at her violin class of Musikene.

He is currently string quartet teacher at the “Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón” and at the International Summer Academy of Llanes.


Cibrán Sierra

He was born in Ourense  in 1979. He has obtained a University Degree in Violin and Chamber Music at the Vigo Music Conservatory, a Master in Fine Arts at the Gothenburg University (Sweden) and an Artist Diploma at the Oberlin University, USA.

He has studied with professors Malin Broman, Per Enoksson and Milan Vitek, granted a scholarship by the Caixa Galicia and Segundo Gil Dávila Foundations.

He was awarded with the First Prize at the”2001 Volrdrich International Competition” (Sweden), and the”Smithsonian Stradivarius Internship” (Washington DC, 2002), First Prize at the ”Xóvenes Concertistas” Competition in Galicia 1998, and winner of the ”Concerto Competition” at the Gothenburg University. He was finalist at the Permanent Competition of Young Musicians, 2000 and at the ”Concerto Competition” in Oberlin, USA.

During year 2003/04  he studied a Master in Music with professor Keiko Wataya at the Amsterdam  Conservatory, granted a scholarship by the Caixanova Foundation.

He has performed as a soloist several times with Orchestras from Spain and Sweden, he has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and has collaborated with several orchestras such as the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Sweden, the Galicia Symphonic Orchestra and the Huaröds Chamber Orchestra (Sweden).

He has recorded for NAXOS, Isidor Records Sweden and Punteiro.

In season 2004/2005 he made his soloist debut with the Concert no.1 by Bela Bartok accompanied by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra at the National Auditory of Sweden.

He is currently violin of the Quiroga Quartet, and he occupies the Chair of Chamber music / Quartet of String of the Top Conservatoire of Music of Aragon.


David Hevia

Born in Oviedo on 11-08-1982. Performs his musical studies at the Conservatory of Music Eduardo Martinez Torner of Oviedo, with his father Jose Ramón Hevia Álvarez, obtaining the highest grades throughout his career. At the same time receive lectures from outstanding teachers as Boris Garlitsky, Alexei Mikline, Rainer Sonne, Ilya Grubert among others.

He is a member of orchestral training for young people, such as JOSCO, JOSPA, JONDE and participates in the city of Oviedo Symphony Orchestra (OSCO). With conductors like; Leon Spirer, Fabio Biondi and Amayak Durgaryan. With performances as a soloist in some of them.

Later post-graduate studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Cajastur and Principado of Asturias scholarship by the eminent pedagogue Keiko Wataya, where they complete their training with groups of chamber and orchestral formations receiving masterclases among others by Alexander Kerr, concertmaster of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

In 2004 Wins Award Special mention in the Eighth National City Xátiva. Year in which interprets numerous recitals in cycles Cajastur along with the pianist Olga Semoushina.

It is admitted into the School Reina Sofia in Madrid in 2005 and studying with Rainer Schmidt, a member of the Hagen Quartet and his assistant Ana Baget. Completing his training chamber music under the tutelage of Marta Gulyás.

He is currently a teacher in the Conservatorio Profesional de Música "Eduardo Martínez Torner" of Oviedo, combining their teaching with the interpretation.


Sawa Fatkulin

Sawa Fatkulin was born in Sverdlovsk, Rusia en 1981. He began his violin studies at the age of 6, under the direction of his after, Sergui Fatkulin, at the Music School dependent of the Moscow Conservatory. Later, he completed his musical training at the College of Music of Reina Sofia, at the Violin Chair of the Telefónica Foundation with professor Zahkar Bron, Holder of the said chair, where he received the Certificate of Honor as a member of the Best Chamber Group of the School, from the hand of her Majesty the Queen Lady Sofía.

Between 2001 and 2003 he completed his training with the professor Grigori Zhislin at the Conservatory of Wurzburg (Germany) and later finished his studies with a Certificate of Honor at the Advanced Conservatory of Yekaterinburg.

Also, he has received master classes from M. Fuks, D. Zafer, P. Munteanu, O. Krysa, P. Vernikov, A. Niechiporuk, V. Repin, V. Tretiakov, J.L.G. Asensio, and D. Poppen. He has given numerous concerts in Germany, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Brazil, and Russia, a country in which he has performed as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nizhni Novgorod on various occasions. He has participated as a soloist and concertmaster in various recordings and concerts with the the Valencian Baroque Orchestra and with the Scarlatti Quintette.

Also is remarkable his activity as first violin of various chamber groups, among which the Arima quartet, with whom he made tours and concerts in Mexico, the Netherlands, and Luxemburg, the Alberti Trio, with whom he won the First Prize for the Arnuero Chamber Music Contest (Spain) and has given numerous concerts in Spain, France, and Italy.

Currently he is member of the Concordiae Trio, an emerging formation whose repertoire ranges from the most representative works of the Baroque, Classicism, and Romanticism to the music of our time, and with whom he has achieved success in numerous European stages, having been awarded in numerous national and international competitions, such as the International Chamber Music Competition of Pinerolo, Italy; the International Competition “The Role of Music of Capellades”, Barcelona; The National Competition of Chamber Music of Lucena; The Competition of Chamber Music and Lied “Ciutat de Berga”; “Music Prize of the City of Manresa”, Competition of Chamber Music “Montserrat Alavedra” of Terrassa, among others.

Recently, the Concordiae Trio has been selected for the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme, in Aldeburgh (England).

Parallel to his artistic activity, since 18 years old he has been developing his teaching career in various private Spanish schools, combining the basis of Russian schooling with other more recent methodologies. Since 1997 he has worked with his father, Sergei Fatkulin, en the Fatkulin Academy Centers of Advanced Performance of Madrid and Bonn, in which they have trained brilliant students, holders of numerous international prizes, among those who stand out are Carla Marrero, Alicia Randó, José Fraguas, and Jaime Maceira. Also, since 2008 he has taught in several masterclasses on various editions of the Katarina Gurska New Generation Musical Summer International Course (Segovia and Madrid), International Course of Llanes (Austurias), International Course Eduardo Ocón (Málaga), and has collaborated as an invited professor with the Valencian Baroque Orchestra (Alicante). He is currently based as violin professor at the Katarina Gurska Center for Advanced Musical Studies, where students of five years old take the initial steps at the Elementary Grade, to the Medium and Superior Grades.



Ashan Pillai

ASHAN PILLAI is now widely recognised as one of the leading violists and pedagogues based in Southern Europe. Early competition successes led to critically acclaimed recital debuts in London and New York (Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Carnegie Hall) and long collaborations as soloist and chamber musician with Christopher Hogwood, Christian Zacarias and Pinchas Zukerman amongst others. As a result he has performed throughout the world as chamber musician and soloist in the most important festivals including, Schleswig Holstein (Germany), Casals (Spain, Puerto Rico and France), Kuhkmo (Finland), Ravinia, Aspen, Tanglewood, Sarasota (United States), Salzburg (Austria), The Proms (London) etc, and as soloist with the English, Scottish, Andorran , Czech Chamber Orchestras, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon, Ensemble Modern ( Frankfurt)and London and New York Musici.

Ashan Pillai, born in Srilanka of British nationality, studied in London (Royal Academy of Music), Los Angeles (University of Southern California) and New York (Juilliard School) with John White, Karen Tuttle and Donald McInnes. Between 1994 and 1997 he won special prizes at Tertis and Rome International Competitions as well as Royal Overseas League, Park Lane Group and Artist International. He was a founding member of Mobius Chamber Ensemble, and member of the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble and violist in the Zukerman Chamber Players in its quintet form. He has recorded prolifically for EMI, Bel, Naxos, ASV, Verso, Columna, Altara, Oehms Classics and SGAE labels and his discography includes the most comprehensive collection of Spanish repertoire for solo viola and viola and piano. He has premiered many chamber works including some by Wolfgang Rihm, Gavin Bryars and Krystof Penderecki and many works by Spanish composers including Leonardo Balada, Anton Garcia Abril, Jordi Cervello, Lluis Benejam, Francisco Felta and Benet Casablancas among others.

From 1995-2000 he was assistant principal viola in the English Chamber Orchestra and from 2000 based in Barcelona as Principal Viola in the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Profesor of Viola at Conservatory Superior (ESMUC) and the Liceo Conservatories in Barcelona and visiting Professor at the University Alfonso X in Madrid. He has given and regularly gives masterclasses throughout the world.

He plays a Gregg Alf viola (after Gaspar de Salo) made in 1992 in Michigan.


Josep Puchades

Violist of the Cuarteto Quiroga and Chamber Music teacher at the Conservatorio Superior de Aragón, Josep Puchades, is also a member of the prestigious Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

From 2006 to 2010, he was Solo Viola at the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana under maestros Lorin Maazel and Zubin Metha, getting invitations from various European Orchestras and working regurarly with maestros like Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Harding etc..

As a Chamber musicians he's been featured in Europe and USA in festivals such as Tanglewood, Norfolk, Schleswig-Holstein, IMS Prussia Cove, IMAS.

He has been viola professor at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid and gave a Master of music in Pedagogy by Universidad de Valencia, being also invited in many masterclasses and youth orchestras.

He has been awarded 3ª Price in the II International Viola Competition Wien 2004, 1ª price in the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition,USA,2002, the Yale University Alumni association Price and made solo appearances with orchestras such as Radio Symphonieorchester Wien,Yale Philharmonia and Jove Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Born in Valencia, Spain. Josep Puchades holds a bachelors degree from “R.C.S.M. Madrid”, a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma from “Yale University” and a Postgraduate degree from “Universität Mozarteum Salzburg”,studying with Luis Llácer, Jesse Levine, Tokyo String Quartet and Thomas Riebl.



Aldo Mata

He was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1973, where he started to study cello at the age of eight with Maria de Macedo and later on also with Elias Arizcuren. At early age he plays solo recitals in Paris (France) and Madrid. From 1991 to 1994 he studied at Escuela Reina Sofia with Ivan Monighetti. At the same time he played for different maestros in Master-Classes: Rostropovich, Gutman, Starker, Helmerson, Greenhouse, Isserlis, etc.  During those years he played in the most important concert-halls in Spain, being recorded by Sony his performance of Mendelssohn´s Second Cello Sonata with the pianist Eldar Nebolsin.

In 1996 he obtains under the direction of Kim Scholes his Master in cello “with honors” in the Chicago Musical College. In the year 2000 he receives the Doctor degree in cello from the University of Indiana (Bloomington) where he studied with Janos Starker, Tsutsumi, and Hokanson.

He has been awarded several prizes in competitions: Juventudes Musicales, Chicago Musical College, Popper Competition, etc. He has played as soloist with orchestra in EEUU and Spain the concertos by Dvorak, Haydn, Beethoven´s Triple, Tchaikovsky´s Rococo Variations, etc. He has been awarded with scholarships by Fullbright, Juventudes Musicales, AIE, Albeniz , etc.

From 2001 he is co-principal cellist of the Castilla-Leon Symphony Orchestra with whom he made his solo debut performing Brahms’ Double Concerto. In 2002 he obtains the position of chairman of the cello department at the Superior Conservatory of Salamanca.

His performances of Kodaly Solo Sonata and other solo works have been very well received by the critics. Future recitals include performances in Spain, Croatia, Italy, and South America.

He has been invited to play Dvorak Cello Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia as well as Strauss Don Quixote and Elgar Concerto.

In 2004 he was invited as professor by the Cello Forum of Madrid. He is the cellist of the Granados String Ensemble with whom he has extensively toured. Nowadays he plays a cello built in Piacenza by Giuseppe Nadotti in 1787.


Helena Poggio

Born in Madrid, Helena Poggio studied at the Escuela Superior de Múscia Reina Sofía under the direction of Frans Helmerson. She later continued her studies in the USA at Indiana University and at the Juilliard School in New York. She has attended master classes with N.Shakovskaya, D. Geringas, B. Greenhouse, J. Starker and B. Pergamenschikov among others. Helena has been awarded prizes at various national and international competitions in Spain, Portugal and the USA and has been recorded for Spanish National Radio. As an orchestra member she has worked with conductors such as J.Levine, K.Masur, L.Maazel, Z.Metha or Sir Colin Davis in various orchestras.

Helena has always been passionate about chamber music and strongly believes it is one of the best ways to learn, develop and share music with colleagues, students and audiences. Her chamber music teachers R. Schmidt, W. Levin and H. Beyerle have profoundly influenced and shaped her way of understanding music.

As a member of the Cuarteto Quiroga since the beginning of their studies, she has won prizes at several of the most prestigious intenational competitions for String Quartet as well as the Spanish Radio Culture Prize “Ojo Crítico”. The Cuarteto Quiroga tours regularly across Europe, the USA and South America and has released four CD titles (Cobra Records, Harmonia Mundi) with unanimous applause from critics and audiences. It is considered one of the most dynamic, bold and important quartets of Europe’s newest generation.

Fulbright scholar Helena enjoys teaching chamber music as much as performing with the Cuarteto Quiroga. She currently has a post at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón and at the International Summer Course of Llanes (Asturias). She has been a jury member of the Bordeaux Intenational String Quartet Competition as well as the spanish “Juventudes Musicales” Competition



Fernando Arias

"They say a certain age and experiences are needed to play with heart and honesty. With Fernando Arias, that`s just a lie"

“Avui”, March 2009

Since his success in 2006 at competitions such as JJMM (Jugend Musiziert) or Barcelona`s "Primer Palau", or Liezen International Cello Competition (Austria), Fernando Arias is one of the most relevant musicians of his generation in European musical field.

Born in 1987, Fernando Arias was accepted at the age of 14 at the "Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía", where he studied with Prof. Natalia Shakhovskaya and received from Her Majesty the Queen of Spain the "Best Student" award of the violoncello chair. He then moved to Berlin to pursue a Masters Degree with Prof. Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

Fernando is an enthusiastic chamber musician, with musical partners such as Seth Knopp, David Kadouch, Rainer Schmidt, Karl Leister, Peter Frankl or Donald Weilerstein. He has received most valuable advice from Prof. Eberhard Feltz. He has offered recital in Spain and Germany’s most important halls, and also in other countries like United States, Tunisia, Germany, France, Holland, Portugal or Serbia. He has played as a soloist along with major orchestras in Spain and abroad. Recent and future commitments include his appearances with Beethoven Triple, Schostakovich 1st, SaintSaens, Tchaikovsky or Gulda concertos. He has recorded for major media, and released his first album, entitled “Three Sonatas, one life”, with Columna Música and pianist Luis del Valle.

In the summer of 2012 Fernando joined faculty of Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, and from academic year 2012/13 he is Professor of Violoncello in Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (Spain).



JOSEP PUCHADES (viola) HELENA POGGIO (violoncello)

Cuarteto Quiroga   

The Quiroga String Quartet was born following the advice and support of the later Charles-André Linale. The quartet takes its name from the great Galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, one of the most important string players of Spanish music history, together with Pau Casals and Pablo Sarasate.

Since its foundation, the quartet has studied with Professor Rainer Schmidt, first at Madrid’s EscuelaReinaSofia and then at the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel, together with Prof. Walter Levin. Other important influences are András Keller, Johannes Meissl, Erich Höbarth, Günther Pichler, György Kurtág, Eberhard Feltz and Hatto Beyerle, with whom they work regularly nowadays.
Top-Prizewinner of several major international string quartet competitions (Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Geneva, Paris, Barcelona) tours regularly in major halls and festivals of Europe and South-America (a.o. Wigmore Hall London, Philarmonie Berlin, Les Invalides Paris, Concertgebouw Doelen Rotterdam, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Heidelberger Frühling, Quintessence Aachen, Kaisersaal Frankfurt, Davos Festival, Auditori de Barcelona, Teatro Solís Montevideo, Buenos Aires, etc.) and has recorded and been broadcast by RNE, SWR2, SwedishRadio, FranceMusique, WDR, MEZZO TV, etc. The Quartet was awarded the Spanish National Radio Culture Prize (Ojo Crítico) in 2007. The quartet collaborates with artists such as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Alain Meunier, Tobias Carron, Jeremy Menuhin, Chen Halevy, Claire Desert, Jensen Horn-SinLam, David Kadouch and Alfredo Perl, among others.
Currently they are quartet-in-residence at the Fundación Museo Cerralbo in Madrid, they teach yearly at the International Summer Academy of Llanes (Asturias) and they hold the string quartet faculty chair at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, Zaragoza




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