|Duo Jones & Maruri, Spain/UK, 2008|
Tour Dates: 15 Dec - 23 Dec, 2008
Agustin Maruri - Guitar
Since British cellist Michael Kevin Jones and Spanish guitarist Agustín Maruri decided to experiment in the chamber music field and play some music together in a summer concert series in
Michael Jones and Agustín Maruri have since played concerts in Europe, North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean,
Agustín Maruri has investigated the original historic repertoire for this unusual combination and their discography includes a first world recording of rare compositions from the nineteenth century for cello and guitar, presenting music by Leonhard Von Call, Thomas Matiegka and Friedrich Dotzauer. They have also recorded the original repertoire of the twentieth century for this combination and have inspired living composers to write for them such as Pedro Sáenz, Francesco Telli, Erik Marchelie, Nicholas Marshall, Jose María Sáncez-Verdú, Stefano Catalano and Drew Hemenger.
In 1996 due to their special success in
In 1999 Agustín Maruri started a collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
Agustin Maruri, Guitar
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, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Argentina, México, Chile, Cuba, Panama, Guatemala, Santo Domingo, Paraguay, Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Morocco, Senegal, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.
He has performed in halls such as The Grand Theatre (
He has given masterclasess as invited Profesor at the
Among the composer who have written for him are, Francesco Telli, Pedro Sáenz, Jose Maria Sánchez Verdú, Josep Pascual, Erik Marchelie, Manuel Seco, Zhangbing, Paul Coles, etc.
Maruri has premier 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
His discography , (23 CD), is distributed worldwide receiving audiences and critics recognition.His last recording dedicated to Andrés Segovia's original compositions has been awarded at the International Guitar Festival of Valencia in 2007.
Michael Kevin Jones, Violoncello
British-born cellist Michael Kevin Jones started playing the cello at the age of 13. By the age of 16 he had decided on a career playing the cello. His first teachers were Pauline Ballard and Dulce Haigh Marshall . He studied at Dartington College of Arts with Michael Evans before going on to the Royal College of Music in London where he was a pupil of Joan Dickson for four years. During his time in London he won prizes for solo and chamber music playing and was chosen to perform for the British Royal Family.
In 1984 he decided to study with the great teacher Johannes Goritski in Germany, and was awarded a German Government Scholarship to do so. This was the start of the transition from student to professional. While still a student Michael became solo cellist for the German Chamber Academy, playing concerts all over the world and in major music festivals such as Salzburg, Lockenhaus and Kuhmo. At this time he also studied full time, participating in the solo masterclass courses at the Hindemith Foundation in Switzerland, studying chamber music with the Amadeus, Vermeer and
After recording The Charm of Spain, an anthology of 19th century Spanish melodies, for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2000 using an 1850 Vuillaume cello from the Musical Instruments Collection , Michael was invited back in 2002 to record the complete suites for cello by J. S. Bach, this time using a privately loaned Antonio Stradivarius cello.
Michael Jones enjoys diverse types of music and has played with many different types of performing groups, from the Virtuosi of Moscow, and the New York Philharmonia Virtuosi to Lindsay Kemp Contemporary Dance Company and Popular Singer Carlos Cano.