Pablo Sosa del Rosario, flute
Alejandro Fariña Martín, clarinet
Hugo Rodríguez Arteaga, bassoon
Ricardo Rodríguez García, French horn

Short description:

The Spanish wind quartet Academia de los Afectos is one of the highlights of the 2018/2019 season of the "Motif" concerts. The four artists live and work in the Netherlands, where they are among the most sought-after specialists in early music, but all of them are native to the Canary Islands and will present music by the extremely popular Canarian composer Theobaldo Power.
The concert is organized with the kind support of the Cervantes Institute in Sofia.

The Artists:

Academia de los Afectos was created by the complicity of some students colleagues from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag in 2014. These young musicians have enthusiasm to create an Early Music Ensemble intended to express and convey the emotions to the public. This ensemble on period instruments invites to meet and enjoy a historical recreation of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The interest about recovering this repertoire and passion for music characterize this ensemble and make it a special opportunity to enjoy this music. They have received coaching by very important early music experts as Eric Hoeprich, Donna Agrell, Wilbert Hazelzet, Kate Clark or Frank de Bruin.
The group has already performed several times in different festivals, such as “Bach Festival, Puerto de la Cruz” (Tenerife, Spain), “Ciclo de Jóvenes Intérpretes” (Gran Canaria, Spain) and they also have performed in diverse places around the Netherlands. Academia de los Afectos has been selected as a Fabulous Fringe Ensemble and they will play in the next Early Music Festival in Utrecht and the Early Music Festival in Brugge.
All his members work with the most remarkable groups in the European Early Music scene.


Pablo Sosa:

Pablo was born in 1991 in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife. He started to study flute in the conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where he finished his Intermediate degree with Catherine Biteur with honors and special award. In 2009 he was admitted in the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. He studied with Manuel Rodríguez Arribas and he graduated in 2013 with honors. While he was studying in Madrid he became interested in early music and he started to play traverso. In 2013 he was admitted for the Early Music Performance Master in Barcelona, where he studied traverso with Marc Hantai. In June 2017 he finished the master course of baroque and classical flute in Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag with Wilbert Hazelzet and Kate Clark with honors and distinction.
He takes part of The Goldfinch Ensemble, who got the first prize in the International Händel Festpiele Gottingen Competition in 2016 and the second prize in the International Early Music Competition in Loire Valley, with William Christie chairing the jury in 2015. Their international career was launched in 2015 when they played in festivals throughout Europe such as Festival de Sablé (FR), Festival de Ambronay (FR), Festival di Natale Pavia (IT), York Early Music Festival (ENG), Lagos Early Music Festival (PT) among others. Also, they have been selected for the EEEmerging project, a program supported by the European Union to support promising young European ensembles. In April 2017, the Goldfinch Ensemble will receive the ‘Chapelconcert Chamber Music Prize’ (Goirle).
He has played in some early music orchestras and ensembles like Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Balthasar Neumann Orchestra, Australian Romantic&Classical Orchestra, Bach Orchestra and Choir of the Netherlands, Armonia Atenea, Luthers Bach Ensemble among others.

Alejandro Fariña:

Alejandro Fariña Martín was born in 1989 in Tenerife (Spain). He began to study clarinet when he was 8 years old in the conservatory of Tenerife, where he finished the intermediate degree with Celedonio Serrano. In 2009 he was admitted in the Royal conservatory of Madrid. He studied clarinet with Adolfo Garcés and pedagogical studies with Antonio Torrado at the same time. He finished the bachelor in 2013. During this period he participated in some masterclasses with Fabio Di Càsola, Sergio Bossi, Philippe Berrod or Javier Martinez.In 2014 he started to study master in clarinet in the Royal conservatory of The Hague with Pierre Wounderberg and the orchestral master with the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague as well.

He is also interested in historical informed performance practice. For this reason, he is studying in the class of Eric Hoeprich at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (The Hague). Also he has received lessons from Lorenzo Coppola, Nicola Boud or Guy van Waas. He has already played with different early music ensembles such as Trondheim Barokk Orchestra, Barockorchester der HFK Bremen, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Orchestra of the 18th century and La Academia de los Afectos. He has worked together with Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Victor Pablo Pérez, Marcin Sompoliński or Kenneth Montgomery.

Hugo Rodríguez:

Hugo Rodríguez Arteaga began studying bassoon in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, in 1999 with Prof. Maximiano Vera. In 2007 studied in Conservatorio Superior de Canarias with Ana Sánchez Clemente and finished with honors. After 2011 he studied historical bassoons and orchestral  conducting in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In 2017 he finished Master studies in The Hague with honors and distinction.

He plays in ensembles as the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Die Kölner Akademie, MusicAEterna, Capella Cracoviensis, Lutherse Bach Orchester, Les Vents Atlantiques, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Vox Luminis and more several groups. He has worked together with Frans Bruggen, Teodor Currentzis, James Coonlon, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alfredo Bernardini, Marcus Creed, Harry Christophers, Alessandro de Marchi, Michael Alexander Willems, Pietro Rizzo, more active conductors.

Nowadays, he performs with several of the mentioned and other ensembles.  On the research field, he is coworking on study of early small-sized bassoons and also on the Romantic performance practice on wind instruments.

Ricardo Rodríguez:

Ricardo Rodríguez García was born in El Paso, on the island of La Palma (Spain), where he started, at the age of 8, his music career in the municipal band.

He performs regularly as an early horn specialist with ensembles such as Europa Galante (Italy), the Freiburger Barockorchester (Germany), Ensemble Pygmalion (France), Le Cercle de l’Harmonie (France), Il Pomo d’Oro (Switzerland), MusicAeterna (Russia), Arion Orchestre Baroque (Canada), Das Neue Orchester (Germany), Millenium Orchestra (Belgium), the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla (Spain), Trondheim Barokk (Norway), Opera Settecento (United Kingdom), and Forma Antiqua (Spain). Additionally, he is the professor of natural horn and orchestral repertoire at the Centro Superior de Enseñanza Musical Katarina Gurska, in Madrid.

In addition to his work on the natural horn, he has worked with several Spanish orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Español, and the Orquesta Nacional de España. Abroad, he collaborated with Spira Mirabilis (Italy), the Geneva Camerata (Switzerland), and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra (Vietnam).

He studied at the conservatories of Tenerife, Joaquín Turina in Madrid, Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, and the Brass Academy of Alicante, under the supervision of Manuel Antonio Fernández and Nuri Guarnaschelli. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Early Music, with specialty in natural horn performance, from the Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña and the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, under the guidance of Javier Bonet.


Eugène WALCKIERS (1793-1866)
Quartet for flute, clarinet, bassoon and horn, op. 48
I. Allegretto 
II. Andante 
III. Scherzo. Poco presto 
IV. Finale. Allegretto non troppo

Kaspar KUMMER (1795-1870)
Trio for flute, clarinet and bassoon, op. 32
I. Allegro 
II.Andante grazioso, Trio 
III. Rondo. Allegretto
Teobaldo POWER (1848-1884)
(Arranged by Hugo Rodríguez Arteaga)
Cantos Canarios


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