Another portrait: Eduard JENER by Toni Ricart

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Last sunday I shot Eduard Jener portrait.

Eduard has been my neighbor for many years, and is the undisputed cultural chronicler of Sant Cugat. During the last 25 years he has written critiques of all the concerts, plays and performing arts in general, celebrated in the city, with a precise and very personal style.

Santi Aubert, new musician portrait. by Toni Ricart

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I know Santi since we were small kids. We went at the same school, many many years ago.


Santi Aubert was born in Olot. He studied with Maria Massià and Gerard Claret in Barcelona. He entered the professional world combining very diverse activities, accompanying singers, recording a lot of advertising, film music and participating in plays.

He was a member of the Chamber Orchestra of the Palau de la Música Catalana and of the contemporary music group Bcn 216. He collaborated for about 15 years with the Barcelona and National Symphony Orchestra of Catalonia and the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Towards 1985, he began his interest in ancient music, a field that has become his main current activity, having collaborated with numerous baroque orchestras, both in Europe and Spain and with several groups of chamber music.

He is currently artistic director of the Orquestra Barroca Catalana and since 1993 he has been a member of Le Concert des Nations directed by Jordi Savall.

With these trainings he has performed throughout Spain, Europe, South America, the United States, Canada and Asia. He has been recorded by Astrée-auvidis, Glossa, Alia Vox, K 617, TVC, Catalunya Ràdio, TVE and Radio Nacional de España and several European television and radio stations.

one more portrait: Hanoch Piven by Toni Ricart

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Yesterday morning I shot the portrait of my good friend Hanoch Piven. Hanoch is a very special artist, who creates illustrations using objects. Check his site to enter wonderful Piven world.

The witty illustrations of Hanoch Piven have appeared since 1992 in most major American magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, in many European publications from The London Times to Der Spiegel and in Israel, mainly in the daily Haaretz.

Piven's artwork, which engages the viewer’s active participation, has expanded into diverse other areas, such as children's books, apps for the iPad, advertising campaigns and TV programs.

Piven has lectured extensively about creativity and its application to various aspects of life in diverse platforms across the world, from Teach for All Global Conference to Tedx Conference in Jerusalem

Throughout the last 15 years Piven has conducted workshops for children and adults alike. The workshop allows to easily experience a creative process and enables introspection and communication through the creation of a collage with common objects. 

Jordi Rallo. New musician portrait by Toni Ricart

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This morning I’ve driven to Camallera, a small village in beautiful Empordà (Girona) to portray Jordi Rallo, a great percussion player.
Jordi studied indian tabla with Uttam-das in Rishikesh (Índia) and darbouka in the Conservatoire de Musique Traditionelle in Tunis and he won a wide knowledge scholarship in the Kalakchetra school of Fine Arts in Madras, India.

He has played with Maria del Mar Bonet, Milton Nascimento, Nacho Duato Company, Shiam Sunder, Javier Mas, Paul Horn, Conrad Setó, Enrique Morente, Carles Benavent, Chicuelo, Luigi Cabanach, Neila Benbey, Toti Soler and many others.

Shooting Trio Cepheus in Barcelona by Toni Ricart

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Trio Cepheus was born in 2017 when each of the members received a "Young Promises" grant from the Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation to carry out higher music studies at the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Liceu in Barcelona. Previously, they have all studied music at the IEA Oriol Martorell, where they met for the first time. They have received masterclasses from people from all over the world such as Stephanie Baer (New York University).
Recently, they have won the 1st prize at the XIII chamber music competition "Higini Anglès de la Diputació de Tarragona", in Reus. Currently studying with Paul Cortese.

Cepheus Trio musicians are:
Camila Maza Sierra, violin
Àlex Olmedo Duynslaeger, cello
Nil Solé Bachs, piano

New musician portrait: Toni Saigi Chupi by Toni Ricart

This morning I shot the portrait of my friend Chupi at BSO, his impressive studio in Barcelona.

Chupi, with his personal style of Hammond organ, is a pioneer of Funk music in Catalonia and a very charismatic artist on the stage. It has become popular in Spain and Latin America for its collaboration during the last years with the Pop group 'Jarabe de Palo'. He is also an award-winning composer of advertising spots (Cannes, San Sebastian) and music for cinema (Festival de Valladolid 2001). He was chosen by his peers (The Association of Musicians of Jazz and Creative Music) in 2000 as the best Catalan keyboardist.

Photo session with Atenea Quartet by Toni Ricart

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The young members of the Atenea Quartet, rewarded musicians and outstanding students of Higher Music Studies, began their collaboration in 2017 with the tutelage of the Quartet Casals. In the spring of 2018, they win a quartet place participating in the prestigious festival of Musical Jeunesses in Weikersheim (September 2018, Germany), where they have received classes from Heime Müller, Donald and Viviane Weilerstein and the Quartet Casals.

Atenea Quartet members are:
Andrea Santiago, violin
Gil Sisquella, violin
Bernat Santacana, viola
Alex Olmedo, cello

Andrea Santiago. New portrait by Toni Ricart

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Almost finishing my musicians project and preparing the book.

I shot Andrea’s portrait, during the Atenea Quartet photo session.

Andrea Santiago began violin studies at the age of 8 with Maria Gonzalez. At the age of 11, she entered the IEA Oriol Martorell School in Barcelona with Professor Heriberto Fonseca obtaining the highest qualification. Currently studying higher music studies with Vera Martínez Mehner at ESMUC.

She has received classes by Daniel Cubero, Helena Satué, Gwendoline Masin, Eva Graubin, Virginie Robilliard, Agustín Leonara, Iason Keramidis, Sergey Teslya, Ingolf Turban, Daniel Sepec, Heime Müller and Latica Honda Rosenberg.

She has played with orchestras such as: JOCG under the baton of Michal Nesterowicz and Jaime Martin, IRO (International Regions Symphony Orchestra) conductor Sebastian Tewinkel, JONC Alevins (as a concertino from the years 2015 to 2016) with Juanjo Mena and Manel Valdivieso as directors , the JONC with Pablo González as conductor, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Esmuc (2016-2017) conducted by Edmond Colomer and Francesc Prat, Camerata Casals (Quartet Casals) and the OCP (Chamber Orchestra of the Penedés) as a concertino.

She was invited to play in a Berliner Philharmoniker's project, conducted by Sir Simmon Rattle, on May 21, 2018.

She has made recitals with musicians like Fedor Veselov, Irina Veselova and concert with Diana Baker and Svetana Tovstukha.

She has been a member of several chamber groups. With the Trio Wieniawsky, she has received classes from Joan Antoni Pich, Daniel Ligorio and Katia Michel. With the "Lux Quartet" she won the Q4STAGE 2016 Award. She is currently part of the Atenea Quartet, which receives the tutelage of the Casals Quartet at ESMUC, being selected to participate in the Musical Jeunesses festival in Weikersheim with Heime Müller , Donald and Viviane Weilerstein and Quartet Casals.