Aitor Hevia

Mr. Hevia started his violin studies under the guidance of his father, Prof. J. Ramón Hevia and with Prof. Yuri Nasushkin at Oviedo’s Conservatorio Superior de Música. He then followed Posgraduate studies with Prof. Keiko Wataya at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he was awarded his degree Cum Laude. His development as a musician has been shaped and strongly influenced by the tutelage of eminent pedagogues such as Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet) and Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) in studies pursued at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (Madrid), European Chamber Music Academy and the Musikhochschule Basel.

His main concert activity is as a violinist of Cuarteto Quiroga, renowned for its bold and innovative performances, performing in the most prestigious halls of the international scene (Wigmore Hall London, Lincoln Center New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, National Auditorium, Palau de la Música Catalana, Philarmonie Berlin, Mozarteum Salzburg, National Gallery Washington D.C.), Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, Da Camera Los Angeles, Stadtcasino Basel, etc.), sharing music with such celebrated artists as Valentin Erben, Veronika Hagen, Martha Argerich, Javier Perianes, Jörg Widmann, Antje Weithaas, Richard Lester, David Kadouch, etc. Cuarteto Quiroga is a prizewinner of the most important string quartet competitions (Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Geneva, Beijing), and has received the Spanish National Music Award 2018 and the Spanish Radio Culture Prize (Ojo Crítico 2017). With his quartet, Mr. Hevia has had the honour of being artist-in-residence in charge of the Royal Collection of decorated Stradivarius at Madrid’s Royal Palace.

2012 saw the release of his recording as solo violin of Antonio Vivaldi’s Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) together with Forma Antiqva, a CD that has been acclaimed by critics and audiences worldwide: ”The best Four Seasons in history” (Diverdi, Eduardo Torrico), “…the performance of The Four Seasons were never heard as that of the ensemble Forma Antiqva and soloist Aitor Hevia.” (JPC Editorial, Norbert Richter).

Besides his intense chamber music activity, he has appeared as soloist with the Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA), he has been concertmaster of the Spanish Youth Orchestra (JONDE), member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), guest concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and member of the Da Camera orchestra, having the opportunity to work with conductors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Aarón Zapico, Jordi Savall and Pablo González among others.

His firm commitment to violin and chamber music teaching has led him to give masterclasses in courses, festivals, conservatories and universities of Spains, USA, Colombia, The Netherlands, Sweden, etc. He currently holds the String Quartet Chair at the Conservatory of Music of Aragon (CSMA), where he’s taught since 2008, violin teacher at the Orchestral Studies Academy at Barenboim-Said Foundation and teaches regularly violin and string quartet at the Llanes International Music Course.

He plays a Julia Maria Pasch violin, Vienna 2021.