The cellist Gabriel Ureña develops a brilliant international career as a soloist being recognized by critics as “a musician full of sensibility, with a reflexive performance and an intense sonority” (“Ureña, the lonely genius”, La Nueva España).
Awarded in several occasions, he has won, among others, the First Prize at the Arquillos Cello Competition of Jaén (Spain) in the category under 16 years old, the First Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition "Ciudad de Manresa” (2007), the Honorable Mention at the Caja Madrid Competition, as a member of the Schumann Quintet (2008), or the First Prize in the absolute category at the Arquillos Cello Competition of Jaén (Spain) (2009).
He began his musical training in Spain with professors such as Alexander Osokin, Moscow’s Virtuous, who became his mentor over all his studies. He obtained his Bachelor degree at the Oviedo Conservatoire in 2011 with honours, winning the Graduation Prize “Ángel Muñiz Toca”.
He studied a postgraduate course at the Fiesole Music School, thanks to a Maestro Claudio Abbado Scholarship, and received his Master degree at the Vienna Conservatoire, both under the direction of Natalia Gutman. In recent years he has also studied with renowned artists such as Natalia Shakovskaya, Ivan Monighetti, Amit Peled, Wolfgang Boettcher o Gary Hoffman.
At the early age of 19, he became the youngest principal of the all Spanish orchestras obtaining the post of cello soloist at the Oviedo Filarmonía Orchestra. At the same time, from age of 15 he has developed his career as a soloist with leading orchestras and in recitals in Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Austria, where he made his debut at the Musikverein in Vienna.
He has shared the stage with artists such as Leo Nucci, Edita Gruberoba, Ainhoa Arteta, Ruggero Raimondi, Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Flórez, Ilya Gringolts, Benjamin Schmid, the Labèque-Sisters, Natalia Gutman or Midori, in venues such as the Auditorio Nacional of Madrid (Spain), Theâtre des Champs-Elysées of Paris (France), the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe of Oviedo (Spain) or the Opera of Vienna (Austria).
Highlights of the last season included two recitals at the Seoul Arts Center of Seoul (South Korea), his performance of the Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the London City Orchestra in London or his debuts at two major venues in Spain : the Palau de la Música Catalana of Barcelona and at the Teatro de la Maestranza of Sevilla.
Among his projets for the current season there is his new concert at the Musikverein of Vienna.
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