Antonio Torres & Louiza Hamadi
Double bass & Piano Duo
Each person makes their own path, their own journey through the sensations. This is my own way and here the dream I have always had is fulfilled, to record a double bass solo disc. There is nothing that makes me happier than to be able to share it with all of those who will listen to it. In this recording I want to express everything I feel whenever I can enjoy the musical instrument I love the most; the double bass. (Antonio Torres)
Studied music at the “Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco” Conservatory of Music in Albacete under the tuition of Vicente Benlloch and Jose F. Gimenez, finishing with honours and obtaining the Extraordinary Prize “Fin de Grado Medio”, as well as the “Castilla la Mancha Regional Special Award”. He continued his studies at the “Rafael Orozco” Conservatory in Córdoba with Prof. Angel Santa Fe, also graduating with honours. As an addition to this degree, he also graduated from the Master’s course in Pedagogy. Subsequently, he broadened his musical studies with Prof. Felipe Canales at the “École Normale de Musique” in Paris, receiving the “Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution” and the “Diplôme Supérieur d’Enseignement” with a unanimous special mention. He has entered the Double Bass Master’s Course at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) in the class of Prof. Thierry Barbé, soloist of the Paris National Opera. He has won the PIM / INAEM Prize in Paris, being the first double bass player ever to receive this award since its creation. He has also been an academist in the Orchestra of the National Paris Opera during the 2015/16 season. He has received tuition from several renowned double bass players, among them: Andrew Ackerman, Lucian Ciorata, Maggie Urquhart, Esko Laine, Rinat Ibragimov, Petru Iuga, Wolfgang Guttler, Dorin Marc, Giuseppe Ettorre, Enrico Fagone, François Rabbath, Jean-Edmond Bacquet, and the most important influence was given by Zarik Kurkchyan. He has integrated various orchestras such as the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, the Capricho Español Camerata, the Valencia and Cordoba Orchestras, the National Orchestra of Spain, the Lorraine National Orchestra and the Paris National Opera Orchestra. He has worked under conductors such as Manuel Hernandez Silva, Lawrence Foster, Günther Herbig, Lutz Köhler, Atso Almila, George Pehlivanian, Kzystof Urbanski, Philippe Jordan, Neeme Järvi, Walter Weller and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, performing in major halls in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Chicago and New York. He has taken part in many recordings issued by the National Radio of Spain, the Spanish Television, Radio France and Radio Classique. He has also collaborated in the recording of 6 discs, including one with music by Ravel with the Paris National Opera Orchestra. He plays a double bass built in the French city of Mirecourt by luthier Barbé Père, dated from approximately the year 1800. He usually alternates between two bows, one manufactured by the Italian Walter Barbiero and the other by the Frenchman Robert Louis Baille.” tab_2=”Born in 1988 in Algeria, she has lived in Madrid since her childhood, and began her music and piano studies at the age of four with her mother, Marina Hamadi Manukovskaya (concert pianist and piano teacher). From 2004 to 2006 she studied with Professor Nino Kereselidze in Madrid. In 2006 she entered the Conservatory of Aragon (Zaragoza) in the class of Professor Miguel Angel Ortega. During those years she received master classes from Josep Maria Colom, Dominique Weber, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Kennedy Moretti, Begoña Uriarte, Blanca Uribe, Ralff Nattkemper, András Hamary, Kalle Randalu, Almudena Cano and the Casals Quartet. In 2010 she graduated with the highest honours. In 2010 she integrated the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid in the Banco Santander Foundation class with Professor Dimitri Bashkirov. She received a full tuition scholarship from Madrid’s Education Council and the Albéniz Foundation. In 2012 she joined the list of artists of the Davidsbuendler Association (project for high musical proficiency, whose honorary chairman is Maestro Aldo Ciccolini). Her activity as a performer started at a very young age, performing at the age of 8 as a soloist at the Conde Duque Auditorium in Madrid. Since then she has performed regularly throughout Spain and in other countries. Some highlights of these performances include the Zaragoza Auditorium, the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, the Steinway Haus in Munich and her appearances as a soloist with an orchestra at the National Auditorium in Madrid or the Palacio de los Deportes of the Community of Madrid (in an event that attracted more than 12,000 people) as well as being accompanied by the National Orchestra of Algeria and the Opera Orchestra of Beijing under the baton of Yu Feng (2012). In 2013 she made her debut with the National Orchestra of Tunisia. She is a laureate of the National “Teodoro Ballo” Chamber Music Competition, the Vila de Capdepera International Piano Competition (Mallorca), the Ciudad de Linares “Marisa Montiel” National Competition, the International “Eugenia Verdet” Piano Competition In Barcelona, the Münchner Klavierpodium International Competition in Germany or the Ibiza International Competition.