Joan Enric Lluna
Leonard Bernstein has always loomed large among the musicians who have most fascinated me. Not only did he demonstrate huge vitality and charisma as a conductor, and compose the wonderful music that is his legacy, but he worked tirelessly as a communicator and “pedagogue”. His explanations of wide-ranging aspects of music to the viewers of his television programme for children, his lectures at Harvard University and his books have all been an enormous source of information. In recognition of the centenary of his birth, we dedicate to him this recording of his works for clarinet. At the same time, we pay homage to another musician whom I greatly admire – Benny Goodman – and include two other works directly linked to the theme of this CD – the impact of jazz on Bernstein’s output. For this recording I have worked with some excellent musicians and friends to whom I would like to give my thanks for their contribution and huge talent: Juan Carlos Garvayo on piano, Voro Bolón on cello, Toni García on double bass and Ignasi Doménech on drums.
Joan Enric Lluna
Joan Enric Lluna, one of Spain’s leading musicians, combines his work as a clarinettist with orchestral conducting and teaching. Joan made his début as a conductor with several orchestras in Spain and the UK with great acclaim,and has performed as a conductor-soloist with orchestras as the Manchester Camerata, Orquestra de Cadaqués, Orquesta de Valencia, etc. Joan recently conducted 2 concerts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cadaqués Orchestra at the Palau de la Música with great succes. He has commitments as a conductor and soloist-conductor for the next two seasons along European orchestras such as the Berliner Camerata in the Berlin Philharmonic Kammermusiksaal, the new ADDA Simfònica in Alicante and the OCV at the Palau de les Arts. His commitment to Chamber Music has taken him to perform regularly with string quartets such as the Alexander, Tokyo, Brodsky, or Jerusalem; to share trio with Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe or Lluís Claret and Josep María Colom among others, and collaborate with first class international artists. His appearances at the City of London Festival, Festival Classique in The Hague, San Francisco Chamber Music series, Berlin’s Konzerthaus or the Liceo de Cámara in Madrid have been of special notice. Joan has premiered and commissioned a number of chamber works by composers like César Cano, J. Torres, I. Zebeljan’s , P. Barker, D. del Puerto and H. Khoury among others. In 2005 Joan formed Moonwinds, and he directs since 2009 the International Festival “Residències de Música de Cambra” in Godella, Valencia (Spain). He is regularly invited to give master classes and recitals in major Music centres such as California State University, Royal College and Royal Academy in London or Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow.
JUAN CARLOS GARVAYO, international concert pianist, founder member of the “Trio Arbós”, he has made more than 50 recordings. He is one of the most awarded Spanish musicians, among them the National Music Award, Juan Carlos is one of the most important promoters of Contemporary Music in Spain. SALVADOR BOLÓN, cellist in the Valencian Community Orchestra-Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, and ex member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Spanish National Youth Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, and guest in the London Symphony Orchestra, having played recently under Sir Simon Rattle. TONI GARCÍA ARAQUE, principal doublebass at the Spanish National Orchestra, winner of the Nicanor Zabaleta virtuosi competition, guest at many international orchestras, Toni is a professor at the Reina Sofía High Music School in Madrid. IGNÀSI DOMENECH RAMOS, co-principal percussionist at the Valencian Community Orchestra-Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, guest principal in the Süddeutschphilharmonie Konstanz (Germany), Bayerische Rundunfunk Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Euskadi Orchestra among others.