By Marta Ceron
Magdalena Cerezo Falces, Born in 1988 in Madrid, Magdalena Cerezo received her first piano lessons from Sofia Nebolsina and continued her musical education with Giuseppe Mancini and other teachers.
From 2006 to 2011 she studied at the University of Music Salamanca with Sophia Hase, Eduardo Ponce, Héctor J. Sánchez (chamber music) and Alberto Rosado (contemporary music), and obtained the bachelor degree with honors.
Particularly interested in chamber music and contemporary music, she plays regularly with several ensembles and orchestras in Spain such as the Salamanca’s University of Music Contemporary Ensemble or the Spanish Youth Orchestra (JONDE). In these projects Magdalena has worked with conductors and composers such as Zsolt Nagy, Jean-Paul Dessy, Fabián Panisello, Ramón Humet, or José Luis Turina, and performed at remarkable festivals like the 20th anniversary of Madrid’s National Concert Hall, the new music Festival” Smash Ensemble ” or the contemporary music Festival of Alicante.
In 2006 she gave her debut as a soloist with the Padre Antonio Soler Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has played on important stages, including the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, the Teatro Monumental de Madrid, the Zentrum for Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM), the Theater Schwetzingen, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the Berlin Konzerthaus or the Berlin Philharmonie, and in several countries, such as Spain, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany and France.
Magdalena obtained in December 2013 her piano solo master’s degree at the University of Music Karlsruhe with Dr.h.c.Kalle Randalu, and in December 2015 a second master degree in chamber music with honors, in the class of Prof. Markus Stange. Since April 2016 she specialises in contemporary music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart with Prof. Nicolas Hodges.
In the contemporary music field, she has worked with artists such as Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger, Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders, Mauricio Sotelo, Trio Accanto, Gerhard Stäbler or José María Sánchez-Verdú. Together with the great clarinetist Eduard Brunner, she has premiered numerous chamber music works of Wolfgang Rihm’s composition class.
In 2004 and 2005 she won the Spanish Youth Competition “Intercentros”, in the categories piano solo and chamber music. In 2007 she won the first prize of the competition “Padre Antonio Soler” and in 2012 she received an honorific mention as a graduate of the University of Music Salamanca. Since 2013, Magdalena has been supported by the spanish artistic fundation AIE. Since 2014, she is a member of the German Youth Orchestra (Junge Deutsche Philharmonie) and an artist of the german agency Concertina. In June 2015 she was selected to participate at the Ensemble Academy Freiburg with the Ensemble Recherche. In January 2016 she won the first prize of the Kulturfonds Baden competition for the interpretation of Wolfgang Rihm’s music.
During the Summer 2016 she takes part at the festival Freispiel-Un / Ruhe of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with concerts in Berlin (Radialsystem V), Weimar and Darmstadt (closing concert of the summer courses 2016), under the direction of Sylvain Cambreling and with the prestigious dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests. There she works intensively with the composer Rebecca Saunders and performs her piano solo works in Berlin and Weimar besides the orchestra program.
Magdalena’s performances have been broadcasted by spanish and german radio and television.
In 2014 she grounded the Nivola Piano Duo with the spanish pianist Guzmán Nieto, with the aim of raising awareness of the spanish repertoire in Germany. The duo works with the teachers Markus Stange and Roberto Domingos and has offered concerts in Germany and France receiving positive press reviews. In addition, the Nivola Klavierduo has received a scholarship by the foundation Live Music Now, and it’s been invited to play at the contemporary music festival ZeitGenuss 2016 (Karlsruhe) works by Ligeti, Reich, Dieter Schnebel and Gerhard Stäbler (premiere).
In addition, Magdalena does an intense pedagogical work at the Tonkultur Music School in Karlsruhe as a teacher for piano and chamber music.
Under her upcomig projects are the festival “Apropos…España”, supported by Kunstiftung Baden Württemberg and in which she will be performing both as a soloist and as an ensemble musician under the baton of Arturo Tamayo, a solo performance in Frankfurt’s Romanfabrik for the cycle “The musical energy of the language” and the participation at the IMPULS Academy of contemporary music in Graz.
During her musical career, she has received instruction and guidance from musicians such as Josep Colom, Elza Kolodin, Dinorah Varsi, Oleg Stepanov, Natasha Vlassenko, Boris Berman, Ferenc Rados, Kennedy Moretti, Eduard Brunner, Gérard Buquet, Oliver Wille, Fauré Quartett, Eduardo Hubert, Lorenzo Coppola, Luca Chiantore, Carmen Piazzini, Ralf Gothóni, Heinz Holliger, Leslie Howard, Beat Furrer, Wolfgang Rihm, Angelika Luz, Hartmut Höll, Megumi Kasakawa (Ensemble Modern), Jean-Pierre Collot, Barbara Maurer, Martin Fahlenbock ( Ensemble Recherche), Ueli Wiget (Ensemble Modern), Trio Accanto and Helmut Lachenmann.