La Bella Habana
New album by the all-female Cuban string ensemble Camerata Romeu and its director Zeniada Romeu with stunning interpretations of compositions by Astor Piazolla, Jose White, Moises Simons, Publio Medina and more.
Belonging to the third generation of a family of remarkable Cuban musicians, Zeniada Romeu became the first woman to graduate with Gonzalo Romeu as Orchestra Conductor at the Higher Institute of Art of Cuba in 1982. She attended master classes with professors Koch and Gert Frischmuth in Cuba and Germany, and after a decade conducting large symphonic orchestras and choirs in Spain and Cuba, she founded the Camerata Romeu in1993. The all-female string orchestra (under the sponsorship of the Pablo Milanés Foundation) follows a very unique concept by focusing its repertoire on Cuban and Latin American composers and has been interpreting or accompanying artists such as Egberto Gismonti, Horacio Franco, Ben Sung, Eman and Harold Lopez-Nussa, Gonzalo Romeu, but also performed with international musicians like the opera singer Barbara Hendricks or the swedish violinist Arve Tellefsen.
In 1994, the Historian of the City of Havana, Don Eusebio Leal, allowed the orchestra to use the Minor Basilica of San Francisco de Asís as permanent headquarters - a unmistakeable proof of the high respect and reputation the ensemble has been enjoying in its Cuban home right from the start.
So far, Zeniada Romeu and her ensemble have released 19 albums and won several Cubadisco awards including the Cuba Disco Honor Award, the Order for Cuban Culture plus international prizes like the Marseille Medal, the Philadelphia Bell, a diploma as Illustrious Guest of the City of Los Angeles and Havana, the Giraldilla, Awards Lucas and have been nominated two times for the Latin Grammy.
The new album "La Bella Habana", celebratring Havana's 500th anniversary this year, is once more a vital document of Camerata Romeu's unique and fresh approach towards classical music - skilled instrumentalists, joyful interpretations and performances that go way beyond the regular classical concert.
- La Bella Cubana
- Chivo Que Rompe Tambo
- Cuan Hermosa Naturaleza
- Camerata En Guaguanco
- Final Obligado
- Gil Y Hamilton
- La Bella Habana
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