Pablo Zapico, early plucked instruments

He was born in 1983 in Asturias. In 2006 he finished his Superior plucked string studies at the ESMuC (Barcelona) with Xavier Díaz-Latorre, obtaining the highest qualification. In 2007 he also completed his Continuing Education studies and in 2012 a master’s degree in Musicology, musical education and interpretation of Early Music from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has also received masterclasses from prestigious performers such as Laura M. Pustilnik, R. Lislevand, E. Egüez, J. Griffiths, J. C. Rivera, J. C. de Mulder, L. Pianca, H. Smith or T. Satoh.

Pablo Zapico participates as a continuo player and soloist in Forma Antiqva, La Real Cámara, El Concierto Español, La Ritirata, Musica Ficta, La Reverencia, Estil Concertant, Cappella Mediterranea, Orchestra of the Gran Teatro La Fenice, Accademia del Piacere, Académie Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay, European Union Baroque Orchestra or Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, among others; and under the direction of Benjamin Bayl, Attilio Cremonesi, William Christie, Andrea De Carlo, Gabriel Garrido, Leonardo García Alarcón, Andrea Marcon, Pedro Memelsdorff, Emilio Moreno, Enrico Onofri, Christina Pluhar, Massimiliano Toni, Kenneth Weiss and Aarón Zapico.

He has recorded more than a dozen albums for labels such as Musifactor, Arsis, Sociedad de Musicología Española (SEdeM), Vanitas or the prestigious Munich label Winter & Winter. He has also made live recordings for Radio France Musique, BBC, RTVE or Catalunya Música. Along with his brothers Aarón and Daniel, he was nominated three times for the prestigious ICMA awards (International Classical Music Awards) in 2010, 2011 and 2013 for his albums Amore x Amore, Concerto Zapico and Opera Zapico in the category of best baroque instrumental music CD. In 2018 he won the awards for Best Record Production from GEMA for Crudo Amor and Best Classical Music Album at the MIN Awards for Concerto Zapico Vol. 2.

He participates in the most important festivals on the peninsula and has toured internationally in the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Republic of Serbia, Greece, Turkey, China, Japan, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, Bogotá, Panama, Mexico and Australia, among others.

As a teacher, he has given master classes at The University of Melbourne (Australia), Le Rocher de Palmer (France), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore), Albarracín International Early Music Seminar (Spain), Lima School of Educators (Peru), University of Santiago de Chile (Chile), Yaşar Üniversitesi of Izmir (Turkey), University of Music of Panama or at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid. He was also invited in May 2008 as Continuo Assistant to the seminar Musica e dissimulazioni nel Seicento Europeo, directed by Pedro Memelsdorff and held on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, city of Venice.

He is currently working on the publication of his book Método Completo de Bajo Continuo”, a complete method of learning accompaniment in Baroque music. Course taught at the Spanish conservatories of Albarracín, Gijón, Granada, Jaén, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Salamanca, Santander, Segovia, Seville and Zaragoza; for students or teachers.

As a professor, he has taught Basso Continuo and Renaissance and Baroque Plucked String Instruments at the CMUS Manuel Quiroga in Pontevedra from 2008 to 2010, at the CMUS Arturo Soria in Madrid from 2011 to 2012 and at the CIEM Federico Moreno Torroba in Madrid from 2012 to 2019. He is currently a professor since 2009 at the Early Music Academy of Gijón (AMAG) and since 2019 a specialist professor at the Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears.

Pablo Zapico has been awarded the distinction of Asturian of the Month from the newspaper La Nueva España, with the award for Group of the Year 2010 from Principality of Asturias Television, with the 2012 Asturias Music Awards, with the 2012 Serondaya Award for Cultural Innovation, with the Best Baroque Music Group 2018 award from GEMA and, recently, with the Gold Medal of the European Forum Cum Laude 2019.

In June 2021 he is awarded the prestigious Leonardo Scholarship to researchers and creators of the BBVA Foundation for the «Recording of unpublished tonadillas of ‘La Caramba’» with Forma Antiqva.

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Artículo Hispanica Lyra (SdV) - 2013, núm. 18 ZAPICO, Pablo. «Pavanas por la D, con partidas al aire español de Gaspar Sanz. Edición interpretativa». Hispanica Lyra. 2013, núm. 18, p. 23-27. (comprar)
ZAPICO, Pablo. «Técnica de Rasgueado Vol. 1». Hispanica Lyra. 2015, núm. 21, p. 20-24. (comprar)
ZAPICO, Pablo. «Técnica de Rasgueado Vol. 2». Hispanica Lyra. 2017, núm. 23, p. 26-27. (comprar)
ZAPICO, Pablo. «Técnica de Rasgueado Vol. 3». Hispanica Lyra. 2018, núm. 24, p. 16-18. (comprar)
ZAPICO, Pablo. «Técnica de Rasgueado Vol. 4». Hispanica Lyra. 2019, núm. 25, p. 17-19. (comprar)