Born in Ourense (Galicia), violinist Cibrán Sierra studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Vigo, Galicia (B.Mus.), Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Netherlands (M.Mus.), Oberlin College, US (Artist Diploma) and the University of Göteborg, Sweden (Soloist Diploma). He specialized in chamber music with postgraduate studies at the Basel Musikhochschule, Switzerland, the Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid and the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA). Main violin teachers include Deborah Hamburger, Milan Vitek, Per Enoksson and Keiko Wataya. Chamber music studies with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), have profoundly influenced his musical personality.
He has been awarded several prizes as violinist, such as the Guido Vecchi Prize (Göteborg, 2003), 1st Prize at Voldrich Competition (Sweden), Bärenreiter Prize (Jenuesses Musicales, Spain 2000) or Dean’s Talent Award (Oberlin, USA, 2002) , etc. As soloist he’s appeared with orchestras in Spain and Scandinavia, most notably with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (GSO, performing Bartók’s 1st violin concerto). In Gothenburg he also offered the premiére of Roger Johansson’s Violin Concerto (2004) which was dedicated to him. He has also given recitals in Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Netherlands, USA, etc. and collaborated with several esembles and chamber music groups such as Quartet Casals, Meta4, Quatuor Ardeo or the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Notable chamber music partners include Eric Hoeprich, Roger Chase, Cecilia Bernardini, Eric de Wit, Darío Mariño, Javier Perianes, David Kadouch, Víctor del Valle and members of the Alban Berg, Hagen, Meta4 and Doric string quartets.
As guest concertmaster and principal he has appeared with several orchestras and historical performance ensembles (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra-GSO, Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, The Oberlin Opera, Forma Antiqva, La Tempestad, Academia de las Luces, Oviedo Filarmonía and several others), collaborates with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and has thus worked closely with conductors such as Frans Brüggen, John Eliot Gardiner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustavo Dudamel, Lawrence Foster, Andrew Manze, Hannu Lintu, Aarón Zapico, James Ross, Sir Colin Davis or Jordi Savall, among others.
With the firm commitment of paying tribute to the great Galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, he founded Cuarteto Quiroga, prizewinner of several of the most prestigious international competitions for String Quartet (Bordeaux, Geneva, Paolo Borciani, Beijing, Paris), the Spanish National Music Prize 2018, the Spanish Radio Culture Prize (Ojo Crítico 2007) and the Gold Medal of the Palau in Barcelona. Cuarteto Quiroga tours regularly worldwide, performing at the most important venues and festivals of the international scene (Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Frick Collection and Lincoln Center New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Doelen Rotterdam, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Beijing National Concert Hall, Teatro Solís Montevideo, Nybrokajen Stockholm, Il Gonfallone di Roma, etc.), has recently released four CD titles for Cobra and Harmonia Mundi which have won the unanimous applause from critics and audiences, as well as several awards, and is considered one of the most dynamic, bold and important quartets of Europe’s newest genereation.
Cibrán Sierra was founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Season “Sen Batuta” held in his Galician hometown of Ourense between 2007 and 2013. A very commited pedagogue, he has worked at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and currently holds the String Quartet chair at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón in Zaragoza, Spain and collaborates regularly as chamber music teacher with the Spanish National Youth Orchesta (JONDE). He is frequesntly invited to give lectures or teach chamber music masterclasses in universities and conservatories worlwide (USA, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Colombia, etc.) as well as member of jury in several music competitions.
He has published several articles and essays about chamber music, programming, and music education in several music magazines and newspapers and is the author of the book “El Cuarteto de Cuerda: Laboratorio para una sociedad ilustrada” (The String Quartet, Laboratory for an Enlightened Society) edited in 2014 by Alianza Editorial, one of the leading publishing houses in the spanish speaking world.
He plays the Nicola Amati “Arnold Rosé” violin (Cremona, 1682), thanks to the generous loan of Paola Modiano’s heirs.
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