Los Musicos de su Alteza
In 1992 Luis Antonio González founded Los Músicos de Su Alteza with the intention of recovering the best Spanish music from the 17th and 18th centuries in the finest possible artistic and historically accurate conditions, within the context of international music of those centuries (from Monteverdi to the classic Viennese, with a special focus on Bach) and by applying criteria supported by musicological research. From the beginning, long-term collaborations were established between the members of the ensemble, many of which continue today, and which always search for communication, understanding and cooperation, beyond that of normal collaborations between freelance musicians. The ensemble has also been based in Saragossa (Aragón, Spain) since its beginnings. 1996 represented the first breakthrough in the career of Los Músicos de Su Alteza: they won an award at the Van Wassenaer Festival in The Hague and began collaborations with several record labels in Spain (Arsis—for which they recorded their first CD in 1996—and Prames) France (Hortus) and the United States (Dorian Records). During these first years, there was a special emphasis on the recovery of Spanish vocal music from the 17th century, especially that of a composer who was practically unknown and who proved to be a revelation: Joseph Ruiz Samaniego. In 2000, they founded the Festival Música Antigua en la Real Capilla de Santa Isabel, with the support of the Provincial Government of Saragossa, which they organised until 2011, and began a new phase by creating the first Baroque orchestra in Aragón. This new orchestral ensemble would hereby allow them to present a broader, more ambitious repertoire, including cantatas, suites and concerts by Bach or concerti grossi by Händel, and even symphonies by Haydn. With this expansion of the instrumental and vocal ensemble, they were able to take on the task of recovering the music of José de Nebra, one of the most important Spanish composers of all time, and they revived his works in all genres (the opera Amor aumenta el valor -released on the label Alpha-, the autos sacramentales El diablo mudo and La divina Filotea, Oficio y Misa de Difuntos, Miserere a dúo -recorded for Música Antigua Aranjuez-, villancicos y cantadas…). They also began their collaboration in stage productions (Cuarenta horas, La divina Filotea, Il vigilante Dio), which they combined with conventional concerts and new recordings for the label Alpha (Outhere Music), which they began to work with in 2008. During this time, Los Músicos de Su Alteza have performed on stage with considerable success at the largest festivals in Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, Mexico, Romania and Tunisia. In recent years, Los Músicos de Su Alteza have shared their experience with young musicians through courses and workshops. Consequently they have led several projects at the Conservatory of Music of Aragón(CSMA), the Conservatorio de las Rosas (Morelia, Mexico) and the International Early Music Festival in Daroca (Spain). From 2017 onwards Los Músicos de Su Alteza are Resident Ensemble in the Audditorium of Saragossa (Spain).