Madrid Soloists Chamber Orchestra is a newly founded, versatile ensemble based in Madrid. The members of the orchestra are players of the highest level and international experience, led by Hungarian violinist Gabor Szabo. Madrid Soloists Chamber Orchestra focuses its attention on the traditional classical repertoire, targeting a new form of approaching and presenting it, from the baroque period to the contemporary production including excursions into jazz and crossover music.
Gabor Szabo(Concert Master)
Born in 1974 in Budapest, Gabor started his violin studies at the age of seven. He is the winner of numerous national and international violin competitions: First Prize at the Budapest National Violin Competition, First Prize at the Zathureczky National Violin Competition, First Prize International Chamber Music Competition in the string trio category (USA). He won 2nd Prize and the Special Prize for the best Paganini Caprice at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition (Hungary) and 3rd Prize at the Hubay National Violin Competition.
Since 1993 Szabo has been a permanent soloist and recording artist of the Hungarian National Radio and has made more than 70 live recordings. His recitals are regularly broadcast by European television companies. Gabor Szabo has performed as soloist with many renowned orchestras such as the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Budapest Chamber Orchestra, the Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, THE London&Viena Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Santa Cecilia, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Galicia among others, with such a conductors as Andras Ligeti, Janos Kovacs, Eduard Schmieder, Dmitri Loos, Gabor Hollerung, Adam Medveczky, Valeria Csanyi, Tamas Benedek and Zsolt Hamar, among others. In 1996 he performed by special invitation for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Gabor Szabo is known for his wide-ranging repertoire, extending from Vivaldi to contemporary composers. As a recitalist Gabor Szabo has performed in more than twenty European countries, as well as the United States and South America. His duo partner is the Italian pianist and chamber musician, Domenico Codispoti. Szabo held the position of Concertmaster in the Budapest Symphony Orchestra (MAV) and soon after he was appointed Concertmaster of the Camerata Budapest Chamber Orchestra. From 1998-99 he held that position in the Opera Teatro Municipal in Sao Paulo, Brazil and he was principal violinist in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia in La Coruna, Spain. Szabo frequently cooperates with orchestras as concertmaster in many European countries. As a leader he has worked with many renowned conductors such as Jean Jacques Kantorow, Vasily Petrenko, Rumon Gamba, Adam Medveczky, John Nelson, Andras Ligeti, VictorPablo Perez, Carlo Rizzi, Jesus Lopez Cobos, George Pehlivanian, Dmitry Loos and Jakub Hrusa, among others.His future engagements as a soloist will lead him to concert halls in Spain, Italy, Hungary and the USA. Since 2008 Gabor Szabo resides in Madrid, Spain.
Dimitri Tsirin(Principal Cellist)
Dmitri Tsirin (cello, Russia) is prize-winner of several important international cello competitions (Rostropovich in Paris, Leonard Rosevin Washington, Tchaikovsky in Moscow), Dmitri Tsirin studied withvprofessor N. Shahkovskaya and N. Gutman and took lessons from D. Shafran and M. Rostropovich. As a soloist, he has played with Nort Dutch Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Berlin Rudfunk Orchester etc. Dmitri has offered a lot of masterclasses in Russia, Israel, Denmark and Spain. He has participated at prestigious chamber music festivals (Kuhmo, Esbjerg) playing with great musicians like: Michail Lidsky, Ernst Kovacic, Christian Altenburger, Boris Beresovsky and Marianna Shirinian. On recommendation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitri received a J.B.Guadaninicello from the Russian State collection.
Natalia Margulis(Principal Cellist)
Natalia debuted with a concert at the National Auditorium in Madrid, Spain, Megaron Hall in Thessaloniki, Greece, the Walton Arts Center in Arkansas, USA, Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles, USA, and others. She has performed with the Greek National Orchestra, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Cologne Youth Orchestra, and performed at festivals such as the Santander Festival, Verbier Academy and the Eilat Chamber Music Festival. As a member of the "Margulis Trio" she has received the diploma in the Competition of '99 Osaka Chamber Music, and in 2004 the diploma of the international competition "Maria Canals" in Barcelona. She interpreted Beethoven's Triple Concert in the United States, broadcast on radio and television recorded by Spanish Radio. She was invited to give master classes at the International Music Seminar in Vertiscos, Greece. It has been chosen to offer the most important concert that takes place every year at "La Chapelle" in Brussels and played at the "Palais des Beaux Arts" in Brussels. He is currently a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid. (Royal Theatre).
Wenting Kang(Principal Viola)
The Chinese violist Wenting Kang appeared as an “excellent violist” who “possesses a dark glowing sound” in New York Times after her performance in the Marlboro Music Festival tour performance at Carnegie Hall. Kang’s playing also has been described as “elegant, precise and not without expressive intensity” as well as “pure, muscular tone-passionate without ever losing a sense of control” in Boston Musical Intelligencer.
As a soloist, Westing Kang performed with Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and Tokyo TOHO Gakuen Orchestra, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She has given solo performances in prestigious concert venues such as Jordan Hall in Boston, Kioi Hall and Ishibashi Memorial Hall in Tokyo.
Paul Cortese (Principal Viola)
Paul Cortese, an active protagonist of his instrument, graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with the famed violist Joseph dePasquale.
Previously, under the tutelage of Stanley Nosal, Guillermo Perich, John Garvey, and Burton Fine, he pursued his studies at the University of Illinois and the New England Conservatory in Boston.
While completing his studies, Cortese performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony, and was offered the Principal Viola position in the Teatro alla Scala. In 1986 he became the leader of the viola section of the Gothenburg Symphony orchestra under their music director Neeme Järvi. He made his debut with orchestra in Alice Tully Hall in New York in 1991. Although he has been guest principal viola in over a dozen European orchestras, Cortese dedicates an increasing amount of time to solo and chamber music playing.
Cortese has performed extensively in the US, Canada, and the European Union, collaborating with numerous chamber music groups such as the Kandinsky Trio, the Trio Arbós, and various string quartets, participating in international music festivals such as Tanglewood, Evian, Banff, Musicades of Lyon, Granada, Grand Teton, and many others. He has performed on numerous occasions with Context, a flexible chamber group of historically informed interpretation in the US. In Spain, he has been a member of the Beethoven Klavierquartett for over fifteen years, and has recently been performing with the Jacques Thibaud String Trio.
Cortese has recorded works by Elliot Carter, William Bergsma, Alan Hovaness, Vincent Persichetti, and George Rochberg , Shostakovich, Martinu, and works by Otto Luening, Witold Lutoslawski, Rebecca Clarke, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Walter Piston, and Roy Harris, Milhaud, Ernest Bloch, Debussy, etc. for DG, Chandos, ASV, Crystal, and many others, most notably the complete works of Paul Hindemith, in honor of his centenary, with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London on the ASV label, the only recording of its kind.
Born in Wisconsin to Italian parents, Paul currently lives in Barcelona, Spain, where he is professor of viola and chamber music at the conservatory of the Liceo , along with a regular masterclass in the Arcos Academy in Madrid. He has been collaborating with the Baltic Youth Philharmonic, Kristjan Järvi, music director, and has taught masterclasses in Spain, Italy, France, Vietnam, the US, Poland, Latvia, Germany, and Estonia. He currently plays a viola constructed for him by the fine Spanish maker Agustín Clemente of Madrid in the year 2006, along with an Iginio Sderci viola of Florence, 1972
Erik Martinez Olivo (Principal Double Bass)
Born in San Fernando de Apure (Venezuela) in 1998. He
began his double bass studies at
10 years in the National System of Youth Orchestra and Choirs and Children of
Venezuela, in San Fernando de Apure. In 2011 he entered into the Latin American
Academy of Double Bass in Caracas as a student of Maestro Félix Petit. In 2015
he obtained the "Honorable Mention" in the ISB Contest (International
Society of Bassists) in Colorado (USA) in the 15-18 category years. He has been
a member of the Double Bass Row of the Youth Symphony Orchestra from Caracas,
with whom he has participated in different tours, playing in important Rooms in
Europe, Asia and the USA. Since 2016 he studies at the School Superior of Music
Reina Sofía, in the Chair of Double Bass Editorial Unit, under the tutelage of
Professor Duncan McTier and Antonio García Araque. Had taken master classes
with Wies de Boeve, Janne Saksala and Matthew Mcdonald, has participated in the
J.M. Sperger International Double Bass Competition in Germany and the “Concorso
Bottesini” in Crema, Italy. He has collaborated in several times with the Simón
Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and has been directed by directors such as Zubin Metha, Gustavo Dudamel, Placido
Domingo, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Pablo Heras-Casado and Péter Eötvös. In
2017 he was recorded on Spanish Radio and Television playing chamber music for
S.M. the Queen Doña Sofía. He has played as a soloist with the Aragua Symphony
Orchestra and the Maracay Youth Orchestra. In the 2018-2019 academic year he
received the student award most outstanding of his professorship at the hands
of Queen Sofia.
Has has worked on music camera field with different
teachers and international artists like Klaus Thunemann, Hansjörg
Schellenberger, Márta Gulyás, Ivan Monighetti, Nobuko Imai, Marco Rizzi,
Reinhold Friedrich, Lucas Macías, Radovan Vlatkovic, Gustavo Nuñez, Latica Honda-Rosenber, Claudio Martínez Menher, Dag
Jensen, Pascual Moraguès, Peter Csaba, Heime Müller, Andrea Lieberknecht and
Leticia Moreno. He has also participated at
the Santander Music and Academy Meeting 2019.
Beatrix Urban (Violin - Viola)
She finished her musical studies at the prestigious Ferenc Liszt Higher
School of Music as violin teacher, music teacher of the Kodály Method and choir
Then she continuous her violin studies with Dutch violinist Marjoleine da
Starke, second prize winner in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium contest, and also
her viola studies with Russian soloist Irina Ivanova, soloist at the Mariinsky
She collaborates with prestigious international soloists and conductors,
such as the first oboe of the Berlin Philharmonic Albrecht Mayer with whom he
collaborated in a chamber concert in Palma de Mallorca with an international cast.
She has collaborated on several occasions on Spanish and foreign television
with her string quartet.
Her orchestral experience includes tours of Europe, Asia, America.
Gergely Kuklis (Violin)
Gergely Kuklis graduated at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest in 1997.
He began his professional career at the Budapest Festival Orchestra and
at the Real Filharmonia de Galicia. After spending three years as a
concertmaster of the Hungarian Concert Orchestra (MÁV), he was nominated as concertmaster
for the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000, a position he held for
more than one and a half decades.
As a Section leader or concertmaster Gergely played concerts and made
recordings with the Hungarian Radio Symhony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra in
Belfast, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Sir
George Solti Chamber Orchestra, the Budapest Strings, the Orfeo Orchestra and
the Aura Musicale.
Gergely has performed extensively with internationally acclaimed
philharmonic orchestras and ensebles, such as the Malaysian Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Concerto Armonico baroque ensemble, the Franz Liszt Chamber
Orchestra, the Hungarian Virtuosi and
the Luminosa Strings in Galway.
From 2014 he was the artistic leader of the European Union Chamber
Orchestra for two years.
Gergely featured in numerous CD and DVD recordings, having worked with
world famous conductors and film music composers.
As a soloist and chamber musician he played in the most prestigious
concert halls of Europe and Asia.
Beside performing actively, Gergely
embarked on a teaching career as well. He taught at the Bartók
Conservatory in Budapest for two years between 1998 and 2000. Gergely is currently
based in Galway, Ireland as performer and music teacher.
Paolo Catalano (Violin)
Graduated from the Professional Conservatory of Music "Padre Antonio Soler" San Lorenzo del Escorial (Madrid) under the Violin professorship of Polina Kotliarskaya. Conduct Specialization Courses, Violin and Chamber Music Masterclasses with Rafael Khismatulin, Ara Malikian, Polina Kotliarskaya, Ana Comesaña, Uto Ughi, Félix Andrievsky, Ruggiero Ricci, Víctor Martín, Vartan Manoogian, José Luis García Asensio, Olivier Charlier. He has offered shared recitals and chamber concerts in Spain, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, France, Italy and Venezuela. As an Orchestra Teacher he has collaborated in various Orchestras at national and international level under the direction of renowned Masters and since 2003 he regularly collaborates with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra.
Christy Chen (Violin)
American violinist Christy Chen, born in Los Angeles, California, earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Mauricio Fuks, and holds a Master of Music degree from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, where she studied with Elisabeth Kufferath. Other previous mentors include Wei He and Li Lin.
Christy is an internationally active musician that has performed in many prestigious concert venues in North America, Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Finland, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, and Costa Rica. She has also enjoyed performing at international festivals such as Music Academy of the West, Music @ Menlo, and Musical Artistry Goslar. She has played as a substitute violinist on numerous occasions with the Hannover Staatsoper, and has also been invited to play with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Most recently, Christy has been based in Madrid, performing orchestra and chamber music as a first violinist of the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia and Délica Chamber Orchestra, in the most prominent venues throughout Spain such as the National Auditorium, Teatro Real de Madrid, Auditorium of Zaragoza, L’Auditori de Barcelona, and the Palau de la Música Catalana.
María García Ruíz (Violin)
She begins her musical career at eight years old, in Madrid. She
finishes her middle grade studies at the Rodolfo Halffter Conservatory, with
the highest marks in orchestra and violin subjects.
She studied at the País Vasco Conservatory, "Musikene", with Simone Bernardini, famous violinist and
conductor, member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. And from his associate
professor, Christophe Horak, principal of second violins in the Berlin
Philharmonic Orchestra. She completed her studies with Keiko Wataya and David
In other musical styles, she stands out as a member of the Ara Malikian Chamber Orchestra from its
foundation from 2015, and her participation in the Kursaal, in one of the most
prestigious jazz festivals in Europe, Jazzaldia (Donostia Jazz Festival).
She has collaborated with many orchestras such as the Kammerphilarmonie Frankfurt Orchestra or the Royal
Theater Symphony Orchestra. Also, she played with prestigious international
conductors and soloists.
She has been a member of the
Madrid Soloists Chamber Orchestra since its creation in 2017.
Currently she combines her acting
career with violin pedagogy.
Jorge Núñez Colell (Violin)
Spanish violinist born in Bucharest in 1998. He
began his violin studies at 8 years old. He has participated in various
international interpretation music courses. He has received masterclasses from Josep
Lluis Puig, Joaquín Torre and Nicolás Chumachenco. He has collaborated with
various musical groups and pedagogical concerts. He also participated with the
Jorcam, and at the age of 14 he entered in the Carlos III University Orchestra
under the direction of conductor Manuel Coves, of which he was concertmaster in
He has also played under the baton of Cristóbal
Soler and Vladimir Ponkin.
He is currently studying violin with Zohrab
Tadevosyan at the Katarina Gurska Higher Center.
Since 2020 he is part of the Madrid Soloists