Eligio Luis Quinteiro : theorbo

Eligio Luis Quinteiro was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). He studied classical guitar with Olimpiades Garcia and Joaquin Prats at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and with Demetrio Ballesteros at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, obtaining his degree (Titulo de Profesor Superior de Guitarra y Vihuela) in 1993.

He began studying the lute and theorbo in 1989 with Eugene Ferre in the Conservatoire National de Region de Toulouse (France), attending masterclasses with Paul O’Dette, Hopkinson Smith and Jose Miguel Moreno. In 1997 he moved to London to follow a postgraduate course in Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

He is co-founder and artistic director of the ensembles Capilla Cayrasco and Camerata Cayrasco, and is in great demand as a soloist and as accompanist for recitals of baroque song (on theorbo) and romantic lied (on guitar). As a specialist in basso continuo Eligio Luis is a member of the early music ensembles I Fagiolini (R. Hollingworth), La Serenissima (A. Chandler), Ex Cathedra (J. Skidmore), The Sixteen (H. Christophers), Gabrieli Consort & Players (P. McCreesh), St. James’s Baroque and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment; he also has worked with modern orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra. With all these groups he has recorded and/or performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and festivals.

Eligio Luis has been invited to teach at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Canarias, the Conservatorio Profesional de Musica ‘Padre Antonio Soler’ in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, where he has given masterclasses in historical performance, chamber music, choral ensemble, basso continuo, lute & guitar.

He has collaborated with the musicologist Lothar Siemens transcribing sacred works by the Spanish Baroque composer Diego Duron (1653-1731), maestro de capilla in Las Palmas Cathedral (Canary Islands). His forthcoming projects include recordings with La Serenissima, La Grande Chapelle and with the sackbut player Adam Woolf. He has recorded for the labels Glossa, Erato, Chandos, ASV Gaudeamus, AVIE Records, Hyperion, Linn Records, CORO, Naxos, Vanguard Classics, EMI, Lauda, The Classical Recording Company and Channel Classics, including duo recordings (with J. M. Moreno) of music by John Dowland and Luys Milan for Glossa.

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