Few instruments are as close to the present as the accordion does. Its own history has defined it: the chromatic accordion, in its present form, dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, but its great evolution in repertoire has not begun until the middle of the twentieth century. Therefore, it is a young instrument compared to others such as the violin or the flute, but it has been precisely the path it had not traversed what has marked the spectacular growth of the accordion in the last decades. Basque performer Iñaki Alberdi does not hesitate to say that the accordion “is the most relevant instrument of the second half of the 20th century and what has passed of the 21st. It is evolving at a great speed and all composers write for it.” Alberdi warns, however, that “in this process, it is important for the accordionists to get involved and support them.”
Maria Zubimendi: She was born in Zumaia (Gipuzkoa) in 1994. She began her accordion studies with Miren Iñarga and later she studied the accordion specialty in Musikene with Iñaki Alberdi, Aitor Furundarena and Miren Iñarga. She is currently studying a Master in Contemporary Music at the Musikhochschule FHNW in Basel (Switzerland). She has participated in several national and international competitions, among which she has obtained distinctions such as the first prize in the Arrasate National Events, the second prize in the Arrasate Hiria International Competition or the second prize in the Akkordeonwettbewerb Klingenthal. She has collaborated with ensembles such as Zone Experimentale or Pluralensemble and worked with directors such as Arturo Tamayo or José Luis Estellés. She has participated in several festivals, among them Donostiako Musika Hamabostaldia, Bernaola Festival, Religious Week of Cuenca, Musikagileak Contemporary Music Cycle, Klang Basel, Leicht über Linz, etc. She has also made several premieres in the Basque Country, Spain, Switzerland and Austria and nowadays is part of the Zukan Trio.
Olga Morral: She was born in Cerdanyola del Vallés (Barcelona) in 1992. She started her accordion studies with teacher Raquel Prat and later with Pilar Planavila. She finished the Degree in the Superior Center of Music of the Basque Country (Musikene) with Iñaki Alberdi, Miren Iñarga and Aitor Furundarena. She took the Master of Music in Performance at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg with Professor Stefan Hussong. She has given recitals in Spain, France and Germany. As an interpreter she has played in the Musical Fortnight of San Sebastian, in the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada and in the Mozartfest in Würzburg. She has collaborated with the Young National Orchestra of Spain (JONDE) and has participated in various performances with the Orchestra of the Frankfurt Opera. Some of her awards are the Third Prize in the Arrasate Hiria International Accordion Competition, the First Prize in the Permanent Musical Youth Competition in Spain and also the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation scholarship.
Ander Tellería: Considered by the reputable Spanish newspaper ABC as one of the three young interpreters with the greatest projection of our country, his search for new forms of expression has led him to collaborate with composers such as Sanchez-Verdú, Schachtner, Nishimura, Lazkano, Gerenbarrena, Charles, Eslava… Among the recognitions he received are the John Cage International Prize for New Music Players or the first prizes obtained in the competitions of Musical Youth of Spain, International Accordion Competition of Pula (Croatia), etc. Ander Telleria has performed in Argentina, Croatia, France, Germany, Holland, Japan or Switzerland and at festivals as prestigious as the Brucknerfest Linz in Austria. He has played with the National Orchestra of Spain (ONE), Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa (BOS) or the ORTVE, directed by Payaré or Nacho de Paz, in venues such as the Catalan Music Palace, National Auditorium of Music, Monumental Theatre of Madrid or Beethoven Saal of Hannover. Currently he is an accordion teacher at the Higher Music Conservatory of Aragón (CSMA).