DUO MUSART BARCELONA
RAÚL PRIETO RAMÍREZ, Organ
MARIA TERESA SIERRA, Piano
Two young Spanish keyboard artists formed the Duo MusArt Barcelona in 2007 to fill a vacant niche on the Iberian musical landscape; the combination of piano and organ in full-scale concert performance. Maria Teresa Sierra, a noted concert pianist who trained at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Spain's sensational concert organist who studied in Spain and Germany, are also husband and wife. The high artistic standards and blazing, edge-of-the-seat virtuosity which mark their individual performing permit them as a duo to approach the music with the precision and clarity of a premier chamber ensemble. As Le Monde (Spain) described: “They play as with one mind."
They have performed, always to critical and audience acclaim, at Spain's major concert halls in Madrid (Auditorio Nacional, the Conde Duque Hall, and the Circulo de Bellas Artes) and Barcelona (Palau de la Musica, the main city hall, and the Pau Casals hall), as well as elsewhere in Europe, including Russia, and in the United States. The duo offers a wide repertoire of original works for piano and organ, as well as their own transcriptions of works by Tchaikovsky, Lutoslawski, Horowitz, Liszt, Gershwin, and famous Spanish masterpieces by de Falla and Granados. In addition, they also commission new works by contemporary composers to add to their concert repertoire.
Among the major festivals at which the duo has been featured are the International Barcelona Piano Festival, the International Festival in Segovia, and the Third International Organ Festival in Russia. In June 2016, the duo was featured at the American Guild of Organists’ national convention in Houston. In 2010, they recorded a CD on the Brilliant Classics label at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.
With words such as “sizzling” and “transcendent” used to describe his performances, Raúl Prieto Ramírez is the first Spanish organist in recent times to establish himself among the elite of the international pipe organ scene. His global schedule takes him to major festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and the U.S., for lectures at universities and institutions, collaborations in summer academies, and as jury member at international competitions. Mr. Ramírez possesses a wide and deep knowledge of organ repertoire, styles, and schools, from the 14th-century Robertsbridge Codex to Messiaen and beyond. His transcriptions of Liszt’s piano études and Mephisto Waltz and his interpretations of the music of Buxtehude, Bach, Franck, and Reger have been highly praised by audience and critics. Mr. Ramírez is organist-in-residence at Sursa Concert Hall and on the faculty at Ball State University, Indiana. He continues as the artistic director of the annual summer International Organ Festival in Barcelona.
At the tender age of 14, Maria Teresa Sierra was hand-picked by Russian piano pedagogue Leonid Sintsev for admission to the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia and it was there that the Spanish native developed her deeply sensitive and fiery musical sensibility and acquired the technical proficiency that characterizes the Russian school. Additional studies of contemporary piano literature were with French pedagogue Jean Pierre Dupuy. Ms. Sierra “has the talent to move the audience and transport them…through the sonority she extracts from the piano.” (La Porta Classica, Spain).
Learn more about the duo at www.duomusart.com.
Duo MusArt Barcelona is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.