Daniel Zapico, THEORBO
Daniel Zapico was born in 1983 in Asturias (Spain). Since his early youth he has studied the field of Early Music, specializing in the theorbo in 1999. Along with Xavier Díaz-Latorre, he graduated from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). He has also studied with Rolf Lislevand, Hopkinson Smith, Robert Barto, Eduardo Egüez, Laura Mónica Pustilnik, Luca Pianca, Juan Carlos de Mulder, and Juan Carlos Rivera. In 2012 he earned a Masters degree in Musicology, Musical Education and Interpretation of Early Music from the Autonomous University of Barcelona(Spain) receiving unanimous praise for his degree project about Robert de Visée.
As a founding member of the ensemble Forma Antiqva, he has played extensively in important festivals throughout Spain and in several concert tours in Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Japan, Serbia and Singapore, earning the acclaim of both audiences and critics. He has recorded seven albums as a member of Forma Antiqva: Bizarro!!, Insólito Estupor, Sopra Scarlatti, Amore x Amore, Concerto Zapico, The Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi, and the recently released Opera Zapico. This last project was featured in the influential music magazines Scherzo and Pizzicato Supersonic. Forma Antiqva is currently the resident ensemble at the Auditorio Palacio de Congresos Príncipe Felipe in Oviedo (Asturias, Spain) and is the exclusive artist for the German label Winter&Winter.
He performs with Enrique Solinís and his brother Pablo Zapico in Pulsata3. This ensemble won the INJUVE Musical Circuits competition in 2004. He also collaborates with La Caravaggia (winners of the international contest Les Sacqueboutiers in Toulouse in 2006), La Ritirata (finalist with honors in the competition Josep Mirabent in Sitges 2008), and with the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla (winner of the National Music Prize 2011). He has worked, in concert engagements, with important musicians including Emilio Moreno (El Concierto Español), Christina Pluhar (LArpeggiata), Michael Hofstetter (Orquesta del Liceu Barcelona), Leonardo García Alarcón (Cappella Mediterranea), Ara Malikian, Fahmi Alqhai (Accademia del Piacere), Manfredo Kraemer (Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla), Andrea De Carlo (Mare Nostrum), Andrea Marchiol (BRock), Riccardo Muti, Kenneth Weiss, Gabriel Garrido, Enrico Onofri, Petra Müllejans, Margaret Faultless, Chiara Banchini, and Attilio Cremonesi (Orquesta del Gran Teatro La Fenice).
In 2006 Daniel received an award from the Académie Baroque Européenne dAmbronay for his performance as main theorbo in the opera Ercole Amante, directed by Gabriel Garrido. In 2007, the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) awarded him, as main theorbo, for two separate tours of Ercole Armante, directed by Christina Pluhar and Margaret Faultless, respectively.
In 2008, he toured again with EUBO (with Enrico Onofri) renewing a professional relationship with Onofri with whom he had previously performed on BBC Radio3s In Tune program. In August 2009 he completed projects with Chiara Banchini and, in November 2009, a tour with Petra Müllejans.
Highlights of his recordings include the Virgin Classics CD-DVD Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi with LArpeggiata and a recording for the television channel Mezzo with La Caravaggia during the Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne (REMA) showcase.
He has, since 2008, taught Early Plucked Instruments at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Zaragoza (Spain). In 2009 he began teaching at the Academia de Música Antigua de Gijón (AMAG) and has conducted masterclassess at the University of Melbourne (Australia), Le Rocher de Palmer (Cenon, France), The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore), and the VII International Seminar of Albarracín(Spain) in addition to two transcription seminars at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (Spain) in 2012 and 2013.
Daniel Zapico was awarded the distinction of Asturiano del Mes by the newspaper La Nueva España, the Grupo del Año 2010? by the Televisión del Principado de Asturias, the Serondaya Prize for Cultural Innovation in Asturias, and the Premio de la Música en Asturias.