Renascencias: I.Proemio


Eneko Vadillo

We could say that Eneko Vadillo (Malaga, 1973), would embody a third very peculiar wave called neo-spectralist and eclectic. This is due to biographical and professional reasons, including his time at the Royal College of Music in London where he worked with Magnus Lindberg, Julian Anderson, George Benjamin and Jonathan Harvey between 2001 and 2004 and at the IRCAM during the 2008-2009 academic year. Beyond their possible uselessness when trying to name and delimit a compositional position which is always dynamic and in progress, these terms can help us to describe Vadillo’s attitude to sound and composition, as shown by the pieces making up this record.


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Eneko Vadillo was born in Malaga following piano performance, composition and conducting at Malaga Conservatory of music and Madrid Royal conservatory of Music, two masters in composition and composition for screen and media (Royal college of music, London), specialized training courses ((Bayreuth, Darmstadt, Accademia chigiana, Dartington, Royaumont and centre Acanthes) culminating in 2008-2009 with the completion of the annual Cursus I on computer-assisted composition at IRCAM (Paris). Over the years, Eneko´s creative activity has been diversified in various fields and media, focusing on contemporary instrumental music and audiovisual works of diverse character and genre (documentary by the director Samuel Alarcón “The city of signs”, “Dark and lucent”, “La Caja de Medea”, multidisciplinary video dance ”Los mundos Lisérgicos”). Awarded with several prestigious creation scholarships (BBVA Foundation grants for artistic creation 2015) and various artistic residencies (Royal Academy of Spain in Rome -Ministry of Culture, international forum for young composers-Montreal forum nem 2002, Casa de Velázquez 2010, ensemble aleph 2000), in 2011 he was Composer in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music – New York, with a grant from the Fulbright Cultural Exchange Commission-Ministry of Culture. He is the recipient of the 2005 Reina Sofía Prize for Musical Composition, among other varied and prestigious distinctions. Earned a PhD in Music History and Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Eneko Vadillo has published several research articles in the field of scientific analytical musicology. He has given countless master classes and conferences on the relationship between technology and music and has published several albums with his works, as well a book published in Visión Libros: Symphonism in the 20th and 21st centuries: inheritances and models. He has been professor at Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music, Zaragoza, Granada and Malaga and visiting professor at University of Malaga and Master in Musical Composition with New Technologies at UNIR.


The trajectory of the Sevillian group endorses its commitment with the interpretation of the unlimited repertoire of our time, of great aesthetic variety and greater artistic and historical relevance, and yet generally absent from the usual programming. Giving an idea of the national and international dimension of the ensemble, beyond the members that form it, it is worth mentioning its participation in festivals and European venues such as the Taschenopern Festival in Salzburg (Austria), Eröffnungsfest der Salzburger Festpiele (Inaugural Festival of the Salzburg, 2005), Solitär Saal of the University “Mozarteum” (Salzburg), Musique en Cité (s) (Marseille, France), Concert Hall of the Chopin University of Warsaw (Poland), having performed in Spain in the Contemporary Music Cycle of the Seville City Council, Contemporary Music of Córdoba, Arts Festival No Camiño de Lugo, International Music Festival “A orillas del Guadalquivir” of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Guitar Festival of Seville, Mostra Sonora de Sueca in Valencia, Smash Festival of Salamanca, Ciclo de Música Para el Tercer Milenio of Madrid, Proyecto Rafel Festival (Rafelbunyol, Valencia), among others, and in halls such as Teatro Villamarta of Jerez, Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid, Auditorium 400 of the Reina Sofía Museum of Madrid, Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando de Madrid, Conservatory of Bilbao, Alhambra Theater of Granada. Especially noteworthy, for the programs presented and for the number of editions in which the ensemble has participated, has been its presence in the Ciclos de Música Contemporánea of Junta de Andalucía in the Central Theater of Seville (2007-08 and 2010-17), highlighting the premieres in Spain of works like “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Philip Glass, “In vain” by GF Haas, “ASKO Concerto” by Elliott Carter, “Ballet mécanique” (original version) by G. Antheil, “Proverb” by Steve Reich or “Clouds of forgetting, Clouds of unknowing” by John L. Adams. It also organizes its own Cycle in the city of Seville (with the support of the University of Seville), of which this year marks its ninth edition. The ensemble also has 4 CDs in the record market, with monographs dedicated to José María Sánchez Verdú (Verso, 2009), chosen “Exceptional Album of March 2010” by the magazine Scherzo, and another one to Schönberg (Naxos, 2011), containing the other two CDs of young Spanish composers (2010 and 2011), edited by Injuve. In 2019 Zahir begins an artistic collaboration with IBS Classical label, the first album of which has been “Anatomías”, dedicated to music for soloists and ensembles by Luis de Pablo. Future releases in 2020 and 2021 include monographs by César Camarero, Reinhard Febel and Leos Janácek.


Born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, he graduated in Piano, Chamber Music and Accompaniment at the Conservatorio Superior de Música “Manuel Castillo” of Seville, with the highest grades, Harmony and Chamber Music Extraordinary Awards and Honors in Piano. He continues his training at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg (Austria), with a scholarship granted by the Junta of Andalucía. There, he broadened his piano studies (Peter Lang / Karl Wagner) and Clave (Elisabeth Chojnacka), and graduates with the highest distinction in Composition (Reinhard Febel), Choir Conducting (Karl Kamper) and Orchestra Conducting (Dennis Russell Davies / Jorge Rotter), obtaining the degrees of Magister Artium (Master) in the three disciplines. He also receives guidance from personalities such as Joseph Seiger, Joseph Paratore, Frédéric Gevers, Ramón Coll or Rolf Plagge (Piano); Reiner Schmidt (Chamber Music); Cristóbal Halffter, Beat Furrer, Franco Donatoni, George Crumb, Jesus Rueda, José Manuel López or Tomás Marco (Composition); Arturo Tamayo or Neil Thompson (Orchestra Direction). Associate conductor at the National Opera de Paris Bastille, he has worked among others with the Mozarteum University Orchestra, Brucknerorchester-Linz, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Paris Opera Orchestra, Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Camerata Saygun Istanbul, Chamber Philharmonic W. Lutoslawski in Lomza (Poland), Presjovem Orchestra, Orchestra of the AEO of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, OENM (Österrichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik), Tonkünstler Ensemble in Vienna, Sax Ensemble, etc., in venues such as the Villamarta Theater in Jerez, Teatro de la Maestranza, Teatro Lope de Vega in Seville (“Così fan tutte “by Mozart), Auditorium 400 of the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid), Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), Teatro Central (Seville), Great Room of the Mozarteum (Salzburg), Brucknersaal (Linz), Cemal Resit Rey (Istanbul), Concert Hall of the F. Chopin University (Warsaw), Endler Hall of the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), etc. Director and founder of the Zahir Ensemble group and Musical Director of the Taschenopern Festival of Salzburg. Academic Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts “Santa Isabel de Hungría” in Seville. He is a professor at the Seville Conservatory, and director at the Conjunta Symphony Orchestra (OSC) of the “Manuel Castillo” Conservatory and the University of Seville. As a composer he has premiered works in Germany, Austria, Spain, South Africa, Scotland and Serbia. Recordings for Haas (Cologne, Germany), Sello Autor, Verso (monograph Sánchez-Verdú, chosen by the magazine Scherzo Exceptional Record of March-2011), Canticum and Naxos (monograph Arnold Schoenberg).