Amparo Lacruz

www.amparolacruz.com

 

A constant search for new challenges has led Amparo to embrace a lively and inquisitive interest in all-time repertoire, from classical to contemporary. Her interpretations reflect sensitivity, depth and feeling. She plays with a warm, rich sound, nurturing a very expressive phrasing, full of nuance and colour. Two great focal points of her musical life have always been a passion for chamber music and an enthusiastic involvement in teaching. 

 

An important discography gives testimony of her intense activity. Recently, she has published in Columna Musica her complete recording of Bach’s Suites for cello solo.  From her interpretation the critic have highlighted: «clarity and refined technique always at the service of musicality,… elegant in diction,… flowing in the rhythm, deliciously drawn and carefully explained » (Lluís Trullén, Catalan Musical Magazine), «performed without further transcendentalism than the musical, in direct communion with the divinity. Personal versions, neither romantic, grandiloquent, or historicists. Warm, searching and achieving the beauty and fluency of phrasing, without following a previous  fixed script or a  unique  thought» (Ultima Hora, Baleares).

 

Her CDs Winter in flames (Sonatas de Chopin y Bridge) and Brahms & Röntgen, together with the pianist Andreu Riera, have also been acclaimed: «Intensity, brilliance, exquisite intonation and delicate romantic expression» (Jorge de Persia, La Vanguardia) . «Virtuosity and perfect balance at the service of a sincere expressiveness and an interior lyricism, recreated with mastery and beautiful sound» (Javier Pérez Senz, El País).

 

She has introduced Spanish audiences the dance/musical experience Bach x 2 based on Bach’s Cello Suites. About her performance of the Bach Suites the critic wrote: 

"... performed without further transcendentalism than the musical, direct communion with divinity without intermediaries. Neither romantic like Casals, grandiloquent like Rostropovich , or historicist like the Dutch or British purists. Personal versions those of Lacruz. Warm, searching and achieving  the beauty of phrasing, the fluency of  speech.  Without following a previous  fixed script, or a  unique  thought."  (Última Hora, Baleares)

 

Amparo has explored also connexions with the scenic arts, premiering in 2014 at L’Auditori de Barcelona the Suite de l’aigua show featuring a Carlota Baldrís’ composition for solo cello and electronics and a stage design by Joan Font (Els Comediants). She has also toured Spain, Germany and Italy along jazz piano guru Uri Caine presenting his project Wagner and Venice and she has performed numerous concerts in Holland with the prestigious violinist Emmy Verhey and the pianists Paul Komen and Nata Tsvereli.

 

Since 1999, she has been a member of the Kandinsky Trio. They have toured extensively though Europe, America and Asia and their CD of music by Guinjoan was nominated in 2009 as Best Chamber Album by CD COMPACT. Two further CDs, Schoenberg and Barcelona and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms received rave international reviews. 

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After several years of study with distinguished teachers in Spain, England and U.S.A., she became a founder member of Manon, an internationally-known chamber ensemble that performed and recorded a wide range of music almost for ten years. Notorious and much-praised as well was their version of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps. 

 

Her recording of Roberto Gerard’s Sonata for the Italian label Stradivarius has been highly praised. She has broadcasted for numerous radio and TV stations throughout Europe, including Spanish National Radio, Catalunya Musica, Radio France, RAI, Sudwestrundfunk, National Finnish Radio, Euroradio, TV3 and Channel Mezzo. In 2013 she was appointed Artistic Director of the Catalonian festival 'Forum de Santa d'Aro', and in 2014 made her appearance in the prestigious Peter de Grote Festival in Groningen (Netherlands). 

 

Amparo has performed and offered master-classes at the Corea International Cello Festival and presented her cello class at the Cello Biennale 2018 in Amsterdam. She is currently cello and music professor at the Escuela Superior Katarina Gurska de Madrid and Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu de Barcelona.

 

She has given masterclasses at prestigious Universities of the United States (Boston University, Oberlin College, California State University and West Chester), the Tokyo Kunitachi College (Japan), the Shanghai Conservatory (China), Las Rosas Conservatory in Morelia (Mexico), Lima Conservatory (Peru). Other organisations in which she has collaborated include the Cervera International Music Festival, the Albéniz Foundation at Camprodon, the ForumMusikae in Madrid, the National Youth Orchestra of Catalonia (JONC) and the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE).