BEATRIZ BLANCO, Violoncello
Praised by critics and audiences alike for her passion, musicality, sensitivity, and technical mastery. The quality and depth of her sound and stage presence have been evident since her debut with the Castilla y León Symphonic Orchestra in 2004.
Awarded at the “Associacion Suisse des Musiciens”, with the Würdigungspreis of the Austrian Government 2013, Antonio Janigro Competiton in Zagreb 2016, the Rahn Musikpreis in Switzerland, her solo career includes performances with the Symphonieorchester Basel, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Argovia Philarmonic, Radio and Television Spanish Orchestra (ORTVE), Málaga Philarmonic Orchestra, Castilla y León Symphonic Orchestra (OSCyL), Orchestra Sinfónica del Vallés (OSV). She has performed in major European concert halls including the Theatre des Champs Elysees (Paris), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Stadt Casino (Basel), Solitär (Salzburg), Tonhalle (Zürich), Lingotto (Torino), Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Palau de la Música and L'Auditori in Barcelona and Palau de las Arts in Valencia.
Since 2008, she has been delving into the cello and piano duo repertoire together with Italian pianist Federico Bosco. They received the first price at the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition 2015, in Verona, Italy, with engagements across Europe for the upcoming seasons, including their debut at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad Switzerland.
Her discography includes “A mon Ami”, cello and piano pieces by F.Chopin and A.Franchomme and “Baroque Portrait”, dedicated to J.S.Bach cello suites and J.Barrière Sonates. In 2020, her newest album "Of love and War" with music around the 1st World War was released.
Combining her concert activity with teaching, she taught at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid before joining the Cello Faculty at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium in Feldkirch, Austria. She is regulary invited to give masterclasses in different Festivals and Academies around Europe.
In 2021 she was appointed Cello Professor at the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen.
Beatriz is since 2019 artistic director of the Festival y Academia Ribeira Sacra in Galicia, Spain, bringing musicians all over the world together to perform chamber music in very unique places and to teach young talented musicians from Spain and abroad.
She studied with Asier Polo in Spain, Ivan Monighetti at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, Clemens Hagen at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and with Thomas Grossenbacher at the Zürcher Hochschule der Kunste.
Beatriz plays a C.Pierray cello (Paris, 1720), on her property thanks to the help of Fr. Dr. Anne Budde.