Alicia Amo begins her musical studies in the speciality of Violin combining with Classical Percussion and Ballet. She obtains the Higher Diploma in Violin in San Sebastián with the best marks and realizes a Master in Violin at the University of Graz. She moves to Basle (Switzerland) to study historical Singing at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Gerd Türk and gets the Bachelor degree and the Master degree with Honors. Alicia has also studied baroque violin and taken part in two Operastudio with Alberto Zedda (Bel Canto) and René Jacobs (Mozart, Susanna role).
She is winner of the Mozart International Opera Competition Granada, Manhattan International Music Competition, Berliner International Music Competition, Francesco Provenzale International Singing Competition in Naples, the principal role in the Atelier Lyrique Strasburg and the residences at Ambronay and Fondazione Cini Venezia.
She performs opera and oratorio from 16th century to 21th century conducted by René Jacobs, Andrea Marcon, Jonathan Cohen, Enrico Onofri, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Raphaël Pichon, Martin Gester, Maxim Emelyanychev, Christian Zacharias, Thomas Hengelbrock, Ton Koopman, Damien Guillon, PabloValetti, Laurence Equilbey, Corrado Rovaris, Giancarlo Andretta, Miguel Romea, José Ramón Encinar, Pablo Heras-Casado, Carlos Mena, Guillermo García-Calvo,. Pablo González, Miguel Á. Gómez-Martínez, Víctor Pablo Pérez, etc.
Alicia is regularly invited by numerous orchestras such as Zürcher Kammerorchester, Café Zimmermann, B’rock Orchester, Balthasar Neumann, Haydn Philharmonie, Insula Orchestra, Bochumer Symphonyker, Le Banquet Celeste, Orchestra di Camera di Lugano, Le Parlement de Musique, Pygmalion Ensemble, La Cetra Basel, Al Ayre Español, Vokalakademie Berlin, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, Orquesta Sinfónica de Granada, Orquesta Sinfónica de Asturias, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid and Orquesta Sinfónica de la Radio-Televisión española among others, and in theaters like Versailles, Nantes, Rennes, Nancy, Bourdeaux, Bilbao, Oviedo, Maestranza (Sevilla), Zarzuela and Auditorio (Madrid), Kursaal (San Sebastián), Ruhrtriennale Bochum, Massimo (Palermo), Innsbruck, Konzerthaus Wien, Schloss Esterházy and Semperoper Dresden.
Conductor and Violin
He was born in San Sebastián, where he began his studies of violin and viola. He continued his studies at the Reina Sofía Higher School of Music in Madrid, the University of Toronto, Hans Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and the Amsterdam Conservatory.
He has won several prizes in competitions, including the Pablo Sarasate National Prize, the Julio Cardona International Competition in Portugal, the Vittorio Gui Contest in Florence or the Bonporti Baroque Violin Prize in Rovereto (Italy).
From the concertmaster’s chair, Andoni Mercero has directed the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Burgos, the Orquesta Barroca de Salamanca and the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. He is a regular concertmaster of the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Al Ayre Español and the Orquesta de Euskadi and has been guest concertmaster of the Opera de Oviedo, the Accademia Bizantina, I Barocchisti, La Risonanza, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Vallés, Capilla Real de Madrid, Le Parlement de Musique, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel and the Kammerorchester Zürich. He also regularly collaborates with groups, such as Cafe Zimmermann, Le Concert des Nations, Il Complesso Barocco and The Rare Fruits Council.
He has performed as a soloist with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Burgos, the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, the Camerata Strumentale di Prato (Italy), La Risonanza (Fabio Bonizzoni) and the Mantua Chamber Orchestra.
Andoni Mercero has always been very active in the field of chamber music, both with the violin and the viola, and has been a member of several groups, such as the Cuarteto Casals or Mensa Harmonica. He founded the ensemble Musica Boscareccia, of which he is a violinist and director.
He also collaborates as a professor with the JONDE (National Youth Orchestra of Spain) and the Academy of Ancient Music of the University of Salamanca.
Andoni Mercero is currently a String Quartet teacher at Musikene (Higher School of Music of the Basque Country).
Harpsichord and organ
Juan Carlos de Mulder
Archilute and guitar
Violin and Viola
Doublebass and Violone
Viola da gamba
Juan Manuel Ibarra
Harpsichord and Organ
Theorbo and guitar
Juan Manuel Quintana
Viola da gamba