Agustin Maruri (guitar, Spain)
He has given concerts in the five continents performing in Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Poland, Finland, England, USA, Canada, Bulgaria, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, Panama, Guatemala, Santo Domingo, Paraguay, Venezuela, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Morocco, Senegal, China, India, Australia, and New Zealand.
He has performed in halls such as The Grand Theatre (La Habana), National Hall (Madrid), Royal Dublin Society, Tuomikirkon (Helsinki), Votivkirche (Vienna), Circulo Artistico Napolitano, Atlapa Hall (Panama), Covarrubias Hall (Mexico), Charles III Theatre (Madrid), India International Centre (New Delhi), Central Superior Conservatoire (Peking), Villa Decius (Kracov), Lincoln Center (New York), John Hancock Center (Chicago), National Gallery (Dublin), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Kunsthal (Rotterdam) and Radio Hall (Wasrsaw), Salle Vincent-d’Indy (Montreal), Nationalmuseum (Stockholm), Konzerthus (Oslo).
Maruri represented Spain in Athens during the concert celebrated by Greek Radio Television in 1989 for the EU Greek Presidency. In 1990 he received the medal of the Spanish College in Paris. In 1995 performed live for the Central Chinese Radio and in 1997 performed for the RTE in Dublin.
He has given master classes as invited Professor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Cork School of Music, the New Delhi School of Music, and the Peking Superior Conservatory.
Among the composer who have written for him are, Francesco Telli, Pedro Sáenz, Jose Maria Sánchez Verdú, Josep Pascual, Erik Marchelie, Manuel Seco, Zhangbing.
Maruri has premiered many guitar works including Torroba’s "Interludios", Francesco Telli’s, "Serenata", etc
His work in the rediscovery of Adam Falckenhagen’s music has received acclaim by the Yuste European Academy, which awarded him in 1996. In 1999 Maruri started a series of recording for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, using the original historical instruments from the Museum’s collection.
His discography (20 CD) is distributed worldwide receiving audiences and critics recognition.
Agustin Maruri recorded his first album in 1990, since then he has completed 20 CDs and continues every year with new programs for the guitar. Both in solo and in chamber music combinations Maruri has recovered an important amount of musical works and composers.
In 1991 Agustin Maruri and British cellist Michael Kevin Jones met in Madrid and started a concert activity that continues successfully today. As a result of this collaboration three albums have been released with original music for this beautiful instrumental combination.
One important aspect in Maruri’s discography is the emphasis on repertoire, research and diffusion of forgotten composers.
Adam Falckenhagen, Wenzeslaus Thomas Matiegka, Leonhard von Call, and many more have been rediscovered for the musical world. Duos with violin, flute and violoncello, trios and quartets, a new chamber music world with guitar never recorded before. Performers like Michael Kevin Jones, Sabine Dreier and Gilles Coliard have given their talents to these unique recordings.
In 1999 Maruri was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to start a series of recordings at the Museum, using the historical instruments collection. Recorded in the Kirtlington Park Room, in these programs Maruri pays a tribute to his native country Spain by recovering in first world recordings Spanish music from the XIX century unknown until now.
Following the recordings using historical instruments, Maruri presents the firsts world recording of Daniel Fortea compositions using a Domingo Esteso guitar of 1928. Also, the Jones Maruri cello guitar duo introduced a new recording of original music for this instrumental combination with original compositions by Erik Marchelie, Ferdinad Rebay, Anton Hauswirth,Radames Gnattali, Drew Hemenger and Walter Jentsch.