Raquel Castro Pego / Violín
Raquel Castro Pego enjoys a versatile career as a performer and violin teacher.
Mrs. Castro, during 2005 and 2006, was the first violin soloist of ENEMC (National Contemporary Ensemble of Spain), where she has performed numerous premieres and performed in Spain's most important venues.
As a performer, Mrs. Castro has toured through much of the middle east to represent the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra in special chamber music concerts to celebrate their 50 year anniversary throughout the Arab World.
She plays chamber music with international artists such as Lluís Claret, Matteo Corio, Yuval Gotlibovich, Jonathan Gotlibovich, Kevork Mardirossian, Lee Philips, David Etheve, Svi Plesser, Michel Letiec and Garnati Ensemble in many countries, more recently in Italy, Israel, Slovenia, Croatia, France and Spain.
Her orchestral experience includes “ Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias”, “RealFilarmonía de Galicia”, “Gran Teatro del Liceo” (Barcelona), Spaniard Orchestra, Orion Symphony Orchestra (London), Evansville Symphony Orchestra (USA). She has performed under the batons of Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle and many others.
She appeared as guest artist and soloist in numerous national and international festivals such as International Music Festival of Aremore, “Vía Láctea” Music Festival, Kfar Blum (Israel),International Festival Terra Magica in Porêc (Croatia), in the Series of concerts Ottagono (Italy), Festival of Olot, Ponte das Arts Festival, Garnsati Festival in Granada, and Sonar Festival (Barcelona).
She was featured on "Diálogo coa vida, diálogo de muller ", a TV special on succesful woman in Spain, on channel TVG.
She received training in Spain (under the guidance of Lev Chistiakov) and London (Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of Detlef Hahn). She completed her studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, Jacobs School of Music, and thanks to the help ofa Fulbright scholarship, atteined the Masters in Music with honors under the tutelage of Mauricio Fuks. During her studies in Bloomington Mrs. Castro has worked as an Assistant Instructor.
Since her graduation, she has been invited as teacher to Indiana University as part of Mimi Zweig´s team in her Summer String Academy, and as a Guest Professor as a substitute to Professor Fuks during a sabattical leave. Mrs. Castro, has gained national reputation as one of Spains leading pedagogue. Her students enjoy national and international success, as prize winners in various competitions, members of important Orchestras, ensembles etc.
Mrs.Castro is also working in the formation of teachers in Spain, to cultivate high standard professional teaching at all levels. She has been a guest teacher in “ Conservatorio Superior de Música de A Coruña, “Conservatorio de Grado Professional” in Pontevedra, Ferrol, A Coruña, Málaga, Vic, Vilaseca, Reus and Tarragona.
She taught Masterclass alongside international faculty at “ Juventudes Musicales” inIgualada, for Garnati Festival in Granada , for the Forum of Orihuelaand Summer Courses in Porêc (Croatia ), in Ponte das Artes (Pontedeume ) andInternational workshops of violin as the Forum Musikae (Madrid), the Forum of Torrelodones and “l'Estate Musicale dell'Accademia” in Bergamo (Italy).
Mrs. Castro often performs in the musical series of these course festivals. Since 2004 she is professor of violin at the E.S.M.U.C. in Catalonia.