Alejandro Marías

Alejandro Marías was born in Madrid in 1984, and graduated in cello and viola da gamba from Madrid’s Real Conservatorio Superior de Música, having begun his studies with Enrique Correa and Maria de Macedo. He moved to France to specialise in Classical and Romantic historical performance practice, before gaining a place at Geneva’s Haute École de Musique, where he completed master’s degrees in both Baroque cello performance and viola da gamba performance, under the guidance of Bruno Cocset and Guido Balestracci respectively. He has also taken classes with such eminent cellists as Christophe Coin, Anner Bylsma and Jaap Ter Linden and gambists Wieland Kuijken, Jordi Savall and Hille Perl.

Alejandro Marías teaches viola da gamba at Seville’s Conservatorio Superior de Música, as well as being artistic director of La Spagna and a member of the Cuarteto Francisco de Goya, and performing with groups such as Zarabanda and Forma Antiqva. He has appeared with different chamber ensembles in around twenty countries. As a soloist he regularly gives concerts and recitals and has made a number of recordings. He has been particularly highly praised for his performances of the viola da gamba solos in the Bach Passions. 

He has worked with such leading conductors as Philippe Herreweghe, Marc Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Bruno Weil, Sigiswald Kuijken, Hervé Niquet, Lucy van Dael, Paul Agnew, Enrico Onofri and David Stern, and has made recordings for Warner, Winter & Winter and Columna Música, as well as for various radio and TV stations in Europe, America and North Africa. In 2017 he recorded his first album as soloist and conductor, A Tribute to Telemann, which includes three works for viola da gamba and orchestra, and has received worldwide critical acclaim.