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Benedicte Palko

Concerts at "Espacio Turina"
12.06.2017, 20:30h
Calle Laraña, 4, Seville
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Piano quartet, E-Flat Mayor, KV 493
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegretto
Antonin Dvorak:  Piano quartet, nº 2, op. 87, B.162
1. Allegro con fuoco
2. Lento
3. Allegro moderato, grazioso
4. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo
Benedicte Palko, piano
Antonio Viñuales Pérez, violin***
Alberto Rodriguez Herrero, viola***
Salvador Bolón Edo, cello***

* Artists from Festival Turina

** Scholarship winners Festival Turina (2007-2015)

*** Young musicians 5º Festival Turina

**** Young musicians from Spain  (presented end of October 2016) 



in a quartet program


Pianist BENEDICTE PALKO was born in Stavanger, Norway, of Norwegian-Hungarian parents, and is permanently living in Seville, Spain, since 2002. She chooses her musical projects with care, always true to her heart, and with a desire to live a profound musicianship in her relation with the audience and her musical partners.


Benedicte Palko is well known for her technically brilliance and beauty of tone and melody. Her ability of an honest and profound music-making has not gone unnoticed among audiences and press reviews wherever she performs. Her repertoire covers a wide range of styles from baroque to contemporary music, but her musical identity is with the classic and romantic repertoire. She has had several works written specially for her.


Benedicte Palko is the founder and artistic leader of the “International Chamber Music Festival – Joaquín Turina”, which takes place in Seville, Spain, every second year. Here she has performed with musicians such as Esther Hoppe, Nicolas Dautricourt, Mirijam Contzen, Priya Mitchell, Gary Hoffman, István Vardái, Julian Steckel, Torleif Thedéen, James Dunham, Yura Lee, José Luis Estellés, Gordan Nikoliç, KUSS Quartet...


Benedicte Palko is a demanded chamber musician and has shown herself as a highly appreciated partner for many renown musicians. She forms duos with cellist Lluís Claret and violinists Antonio Viñuales Pérez. From 2017 she will collaborate in duos with violinist Nicolas Dautricourt, 4-hands with pianist Daniel del Pino, and perfom in a piano trio with violinist Esther Hoppe and cellist Christian Poltéra. She has given recitals, chamber music concerts and appeared as soloist with orchestra in Scandinavia, Finland, Russia, Latvia, Holland, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain and USA.


Benedicte Palko has a sincere pedagogical interest and is very active as a teacher. She forms part of the faculty at the Superior Centre of Music PROGRESO MUSICAL in Madrid, teaching piano in both Superior and Masters degrees. In Seville she has her own piano class with students from all over Andalusia and Spain, and she is a professor at MUSIKENE, the superior conservatory of the Basque country, in chamber music and the repertory of violin and piano. She gives master classes regularly in Spain and in different, European countries, and her students, pianists as well as chamber music groups, are among the finest young musicians in Spain of today. 


Benedicte Palko studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music with prof. Einar Steen-Nökleberg. She continued her studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Prof. Jose Ribera, where she completed diploma and soloist studies with her official soloist debut in November 1998. A US-Fulbright Foundation scholarship made possible for Benedicte Palko to study with the legendary pianist and teacher Distinguished Prof. György Sebök, for 2 years at Indiana University School of Music Bloomington, USA. Here she completed the highest diploma for soloists: Artist Diploma.


Benedicte has recorded the Sonata in f-minor by Prokofieff and preludes for violin and piano by Shostakovich with violinist Sakari Tepponen, and appears in numerous live recordings for National Spanish and Norwegian Broadcast.

ANTONIO VIÑUALES PÉREZ​, violín, was born in Huesca in 1992. As a finalist he won the award for "Best Artist of Spanish Music" in the 2013 edition of the International Violin Competition ”Violines por la Paz”.  In 2011 Antonio Viñuales won the prize for the best performer of string players and the third prize at the 10th Spanish, National Competition of Interpreters "Intercentros Melómano", and in 2009 he won a scholarship contest dedicated to continuing studies for young performers given by IBERCAJA. 

Since 2012 he has been member of the JONDE (National Youth Orchestra of Spain), acting as concertmaster. In various occasions he has appeared as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Huesca. 

Antonio Viñuales started his musical education at the Music School "Miguel Fleta" in his hometown with the violin teacher Suavek Arszynski. He continued this studies at the Huesca Conservatory with professor Sergio Franco, awarded with the highest mark by the end of his studies in 2008. 

Antonio Viñuales is a member of "Trio San Sebastián", with which he has performed in concert series such as "Quincena Musical of San Sebastián" and the ”Juan March Foundation”. He is also a member of the "Quartet Crumb”, with whom he has participated in the "2013 Orlando Festival" in Holland, receiving lessons from Luc-Marie Aguera and the ”Quiroga Quartet”. In 2007 Antonio obtained the 2nd prize in the Chamber Music Competition "City of Teruel" in the category of String Quartet. 

Antonio has received masterclasses and guidance from professors like Ferenc Rados, Caudio Martínez Mehner, Sergio Azzolini, Anton Kernjak, Rainer Schmidt, David Kuijken, Joaquin Torre, Victor Parra, David Zafer, Keiko Wataya, Pedro Gandia, Andoni Mercero, Enrico Gatti, Simon Bernardini, Benedicte Palko and Péter Nagy.

He has also collaborated with the Band-Art Orchestra, Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Cabaletta, the Orquesta de Cámara del Maestrazgo, and youth orchestras as EGO (Youth Orchestra of the Basque Country). With these orchestras he has performed in major concert halls in Spain like the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Mozart Hall of the Auditorio de Zaragoza, Kursaal Auditorium in San Sebastian and Bilbao Euskalduna. In 2013 he was admitted in the list of Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. 

In June 2014 Antonio Viñuales completed his Bachelor studies at the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Basque Country (MUSIKENE) with Professor Catalin Bucataru, and completed as well his Masters degree at the «Hochschule für Musik" in Basel, with Professor Rainer Schmidt in May 2016. 

ALBERTO RODRIGUEZ HERRERO, VIOLA, is born in Madrid where his began his musical studies at the Conservatory of Music "Joaquín Turina" with Professor Ignacio Gonzalez.


He continues his advances advanced music specialisation in viola at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country, Musikene, with professors David Quiggle, Alejandro Garrido and Natasha Tchitch.


He was a member of several orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and Basel Sinfonietta, working with directors like  Pablo González, Juanjo Mena, George Pehlivanian, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach o Manfred Honeck. 


In 2012 and 2013 he was given a scholarship from the JONDE Foundation BBVA and completes a Masters in Performance at the Hochschule für Musik "Felix Mendelssohn" in Leipzig, where he studied with the violist Tatjana Masurenko.


Also a very active in chamber musician, Alberto is influenced by teachers such as Gabriel Loidi, Andoni Mercero, Anton Kernjak or Sergio Azzolini. He has been awarded in the Chamber Music Contest "Felix Mendelssohn" in Leipzig both in 2012 and 2013, and he has participated in festivals such as Festival Turina de Sevilla and «Klangraum Marlboro» in Riehen. 

Moved by another passion; pedagogy, in 2014 Alberto started a Masters in Education at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel with the violist Silvia Simionescu. He has conducted various educational projects in Switzerland, Costa Rica and El Salvador, and is a professor of viola in the orchestra program "Overcoming Suisse" and at the conservatory of Bern.

SALVARO BOLÓN EDO, CELLO. Born in Valencia (Spain) in 1992.

Salvador Bolón commenced his musical studies in Valencia, under Prof. Salvador Novejarque. He obtained his Bachelor in Musical Performance under Prof. Asier Polo in “Musikene” San Sebastián, Spain. After, he was accepted into the class of Prof. Ivan Monighetti and Prof. Sol Gabetta with whom he studied Master Arts i Performance in Basel Music Academy. From the academic year 2017/18 Salvador studies a masters degree at the Reina Sofía Superior Conservatory of Music in Madrid.

He is member of Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Palau de les Arts in Valencia since 2015.

He received masterclasses in Spain, Germany, Austria, Holland, France or Switzerland from cello and chamber music professors as Rainer Schmidt, Sergio Azzolini, Andoni Mercero, Benedicte Palko, Anton Kernjak, Claudio Martínez Menner, Rafal Jezierski, Emil Rovner, Maria Casado, Reinhard Latzko, Charles Tunnell, Götz Teusch, Enrico Dindo, Ludwig Quandt, Asier Polo, Gary Hoffman, Torleif Thedeén or Ferenc Rados.

Salvador has obtained many international awards in cello and chamber music such as Jeunesse Musicales chamber music prize in 2015, Honour Menction at the III International Chamber Music Competition in Riba-Roja del Turia, First Prize at International Competition for young performers “Ciutat de Llíria”, First Prize at Soloists Competition of José Iturbi, Professional Music Award and Award-Scholarship to the best academic record of “José Iturbi” conservatoire, Regional Professional Music Award 2010 granted by the Generalitat Valenciana.

He has participated in orchestras like Orquestra Filharmònica de la Universitat de València, National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), or Bankia Symphony Orchestra (OSB) always as a 1. Solo Cello. Participating both in Symphonic and chamber music tours.

Activity as a soloist includes concerts and recordings with Spanish National Radio (RNE) with Bankia Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Valencia University, National Youth Orchestra of Spain, José Iturbi Orchestra or Valencia Symphony Orchestra etc. Performing concerts by Boccherini, Haydn, Saint Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Hindemith...

He collaborate as a Cello player and Solo Cello with Basque National Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Spain or Basel Sinfonieorchester.


His chamber music activity includes concerts and masterclasses in several cycles, concerts and Festivals with Trio San Sebastián (Piano Trio), Cuarteto Crumb (String Quartet) or Duo Bolon-Maldonado (Cello-Piano Duo). 


As a member of Trio San Sebastián he has participated in the Internationale Sommerakademie für Kammermusik Niedersachsen en Nordhorn (Germany) and has received lessons from professors Stephan Imorde, Luc-Marie Aguera and Georg Klütsch. With Trio San Sebastián has participated among other activities, in the closing concert of Quincena Musical of San Sebastián, in Juan March Foundation in Madrid and in the Botín Foundation in Santander too, where they played in a live concert for Spanish National Radio (RNE). Since 2012 the Trio San Sebastián is part of Davidsbuendler program to support young chamber music ensembles.

As a member of Cuarteto Crumb he has participated in the Orlando Festival in Holland, with Professor Luc-Marie Aguera (Ysaye Quartet) and memebers of Cuarteto Quiroga. Some concerts included performances at Herleen Theater, Maastrich Bibliothek, Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, Teatros del Canal de Madrid or Festival Musika-Musica de Bilbao. As member of the Crumb Quartet, he has been invited by Prof. Aguera to be part of his Quartet class in Paris Regional Conservatoire for 2014 year.

As member of Duo Bolon-Maldonado, he obtained the Chamber Music prize in Jeunesse Musicales competition in 2015. They perform recitals in Festival Turina in Sevilla, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France or Spain.

He has been part of the Academy of National Orchestra of Spain.

He often play in chamber music with artists like Sol Gabetta, Yura Lee, Fabio Biondi, Monika Leskovar, Nicolas Dautricourt, Kristóf Baráti, Esther Hoppe, Bengt Forsberg, Ivan Monighetti, Asier Polo, Gary Hoffman, Benedicte Palko, Itsván Vardái, Elina Grança, Ferenc Rados or Anton Kernjak.

He has been cello Prof. in Sinem in Costa Rica, and has been awarded a scholarship by “José Iturbi” conservatoire, University of Valencia and BBVA Bank.

Salvador Bolón plays an English instrument by Benjamin Banks ca.1790. 

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