Los Musicos de su Alteza

Música barroca española - Los Músicos de Su Alteza
Los Músicos de Su Alteza is a Spanish vocal and instrumental ensemble with a flexible number of members (from a duo to a large orchestra and choir, depending on the repertoire), founded by Luis Antonio González in 1992 with the aim and commitment of recovering the most significant works of the Spanish musical heritage from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Los Músicos de Su Alteza is the historical name of an important chamber ensemble based in Saragossa from 1660 to 1677, years in which the 'Second Don Juan de Austria' -a son of the Spanish king Philip IV and the actress Maria Calderón, an amateur musician himself- lived in Saragossa as General Vicar -Governor- of Aragón. The historical ensemble enhanced creativity in Spanish music by his active national presence and exchanges with the rest of Europe.

The present Los Músicos de Su Alteza work closely with scholars and musicologists and combine historical accuracy (critical study of musical sources, research on the historical musical practice and rhetoric, use of original instruments...) with energy, expressiveness and passion for the music that the audiences appreciate instantly, transmitting the works composed in the past with greater vividness and emotion.

Los Músicos de Su Alteza have recovered more than a hundred unreleased Spanish compositions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which have included in their repertoire and that the current audiences can enjoy through concerts and recordings. They have paid particular attention to composers until recently almost unknown, but which have been true revelations, as Joseph Ruiz Samaniego (fl. 1653-1670) and José de Nebra (1702-1768). Their repertoire also includes relevant works of European music from Monteverdi to Viennese Classicism. Occasionally they offer programs that exceed these time limits, with late medieval, Renaissance and contemporary music.

Los Músicos de Su Alteza have appeared at prestigious festivals and venues in Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Romania, México, Tunis, etc.(including the Festivals of Ambronay, Lyon, Sablé, Lessay, Arques La Bataille, Fribourg, Naples'Maggio dei Monumenti, Sassari's Festival Spaziomusica...). In 2008, the group performed Joseph Ruiz Samaniego's Villancicos during a nine concert tour on the way to Compostelle, both in France and in Spain. They regularly collaborate with the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical of the Ministry of Culture of Spain, performing tours in Spanish festivals and concert halls (Granada, Sevilla, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Cuenca, Almagro, Salamanca, León, Oviedo, Gijón...). From 2000 Los Músicos de Su Alteza have had residence in the Festival Música Antigua en la Real Capilla de Santa Isabel, supported by Saragossa's Local Authority and Council. Recent highlights include debuts at the OudeMuziek festival in Utrecht, a tour of Benelux with Oudemuziek and a tour of Europe including an appearance at De Bijloke in Gand and Auditorium in Dijon. In March 2015, they will make their debut performance at London's Wigmore Hall.

Their discography -from 1996 onwards- has received great acclaim and awards such as Diapason d'Or, Premio CD-Compact, Muse d'Or, La Clef and Prelude Classical Music Awards. After making interesting recordings (like the Miserere de Nebra, Música Antigua Aranjuez 2006) for various labels, since 2008 they record for ALPHA: their first CD for this label features a selection of Villancicos by Joseph Ruiz Samaniego, under the title: La Vida es Sueño. Other CDs include Amor Aumenta el Valor by José de Nebra and Il Tormento e l'estasi, a collection of Italian oratorios and cantatas by Luigi Rossi, Domenico Mazzochi and Giacomo Carissimi. Their concerts are also regularly broadcast on national radios such as Radio Suisse Romande, Espace 2 in Switzerland, France-Musique in France, Radio Clásica in Spain...

Los Músicos de Su Alteza were honoured with a prize at the 9th International Competition Van Wassenaer for early music ensembles in Den Hague in 1996, and have received the Spanish awards Fundación Uncastillo and Defensor de Zaragoza. They collaborate regularly with the CSIC (Spanish Council for Scientific Research), and they have also received grants from the Orange Foundation, the Government of Aragon and the Spanish Ministry of Culture

Luis Antonio González, artistic director
Luis Antonio González, artistic director of Los Músicos de Su Alteza, is an organist, harpsichordist, conductor and PhD in Musicology. He works as a Musicologist at the CSIC (Spanish Council for Scientific Research), where he has been Editor of Anuario Musical, the most renowned Spanish musicological review. As a scholar he has made more than 150 publications, leads various research projects and is regularly invited to give seminars, conferences, lectures and recitals on historical musical practice (Universities of Oviedo, Barcelona, Saragossa, Extremadura, Cádiz, Politécnica de Valencia, Internacional de Andalucía, UNAM -Nacional Autonoma de Mexico-, CUNY -City University of New York-, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Mozarteum in Salzburg, CENIDIM, ESMuC, International Early Music Course Daroca, International Organ Academy of Mexico, Laboratorio di Musica Antica di Quartu St.'Elena, etc. ). As a soloist or conductor he has performed in Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Romania, USA, Mexico and Tunisia. His discography comprises a dozen titles. He has been granted with awards as the National Awards "Rafael Mitjana" Musicology and "King Juan Carlos I" Humanities. He is also Academic Member (Fellow) of the Royal Academy of Noble and Fine Arts of San Luis.