CELLO OCTET CONJUNTO IBRICO / cond.: Elias Arizcuren BIOGRAPHY The Cello Octet CONJUNTO IBRICO is a ‘full time’ ensemble, a unique formation in the world of classical music. Founded in 1989, it resides in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). The name of the ensemble reflects the nationality of its artistic director and the choice of a part of their repertoire. With the release of its 5th CD, the aim of the Octet has been fully attained: besides the colourful and spectacular works of Villa-Lobos, Turina or De Falla, the introduction of original compositions by some of the outstanding composers of today, such as De Pablo, Halffter, Xenakis, Boulez, Prt, Donatoni, Denisov, Nobre and others, in close cooperation, in order to enrich the repertoire permanently. The CONJUNTO IBRICO has received warm encouragement from Mstislav Rostropovich and Yo-Yo Ma. One critic wrote that it had reached the ‘perfection and sound associated with the best chamber ensembles of middle-Europe’. The Octet cooperates on a regular base with the great voices of our time, such as Teresa Berganza and Mara Bayo. Beside performances in many European countries and major festivals, the Cello Octet CONJUNTO IBRICO gave concerts in the U.S.A. and Canada. Elias ARIZCUREN- conductor Elias Arizcuren is one the leading cellists and pedagogues in Europe. He was born in Spain and received his first lessons from his father. He studied with Gaspar Cassad, Andr Navarra and Sandor Vgh. Since 1968 he lives and works in the Netherlands where he founded the Mendelssohn Trio, an ensemble of international reputation. He made several recordings and published a video method on ‘cello technique’ and books on ‘cello history’. Elias Arizcuren gives masterclasses in various countries, is a member of the jury in international competitions and teaches at the conservatory of Utrecht.