Eligio Luis Quinteiro  

Eligio Luis Quinteiro was born in Las Palmas (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands). He made his stage debut at the age of eleven, playing the snare drum in the “Toy Symphony” with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria. He studied classical guitar with Olímpiades García and Joaquín Prats at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and with Demetrio Ballesteros at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, obtaining his degree (Título de Profesor Superior de Guitarra y Vihuela) in 1993.

He began studying lute and theorbo in 1989 with Eugène Ferré in the Conservatoire National de Région de Toulouse, attending masterclasses with Paul O’Dette, Hopkinson Smith and José Miguel Moreno. In 1997 he moved to London, where he followed a postgraduate course in Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Eligio Luis has studied conducting with Alan Hazeldine, Katie Thomas and Denise Ham.

He is artistic director of the ensembles Capilla Cayrasco & Camerata Cayrasco, and is in great demand as a soloist and as accompanist for recitals of baroque song (on theorbo) and romantic lied (on romantic guitar). Eligio Luis also plays guitar in operas and symphonic works where the instrument has a specific role (Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Weber’s Oberon, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Verdi’s Otello, Verdi’s Falstaff, Mahler’s Symphony no. 7 & Berg’s Wozzeck).

As a specialist in basso continuo Eligio Luis is a member of I Fagiolini, La Serenissima, The Sixteen (H. Christophers), The King’s Consort (R. King), La Grande Chapelle, Gabrieli Consort & Players (P. McCreesh), Ex Cathedra, St. James’s Baroque and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment; he also works with orchestras such as The English Concert, The Parley of Instruments, Passacaglia, Scottish Ensemble, English Baroque Soloists (J. E. Gardiner), The Hanover Band, Academy of Ancient Music, London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra. He was the lutenist of the chamber ensemble Florilegium from 2001 to 2007. With all these groups he has recorded and/or performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and festivals.

Eligio Luis has been invited to conduct choral and orchestral projects ranging from Palestrina to Mozart.

He has been invited to teach at the Royal College of Music in London, Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias, Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Arturo Soria” in Madrid and the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Padre Antonio Soler in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, where he has given masterclasses and workshops in historical performance, chamber music, historical tunings & temperaments, basso continuo, lute & guitar.

He has collaborated with the musicologist Lothar Siemens transcribing sacred works by the Spanish Baroque composer Diego Durón, maestro de capilla in Las Palmas Cathedral. His forthcoming projects include a series of concerts with Capilla Cayrasco and Camerata Cayrasco in Tenerife and in Cuenca, and a recording as a soloist featuring the lute & the mandolin concertos by Vivaldi with La Serenissima.

He has recorded for the labels Glossa, Erato, Chandos, ASV Gaudeamus, AVIE Records, Hyperion, Linn Records, CORO, Naxos, Heliodor, Signum Classics, Vanguard Classics, EMI, Lauda, The Classical Recording Company, Challenge Classics, Universal Jazz, OBS Prometeo, sfz Music and Channel Classics, including duo recordings (with J. M. Moreno) of music by John Dowland and Luys Milán for Glossa, and a collaboration with the singer Kate Bush on her latest disc Aerial for EMI.

He has also performed for the soundtracks of the films Bedtime Stories (2008) - music by Rupert Gregson-Williams - and The Monk (Le Moine, 2011) - music by Alberto Iglesias.

Eligio Luis Quinteiro has recently been appointed conductor of the new choir of the Instituto Cervantes Dublin (Ireland), The Cervantes Chapel, specialising in Spanish music from the Renaissance to the present day.

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“The continuo is realised with unerring skill and taste: Quinteiro’s theorbo provides a suggestive base around which the soloists swirl.”

W. Yeoman, Classical Source

“Eligio Luis Quinteiro dirige avec précision, finesse, économie: il affirme une maturité artistique étonnante qui saisit par la fluidité et l’opulence intimiste de la sonorité de son ensemble.”

A. Pham, Classiquenews

“Con un grupo humano tan disciplinado, un repertorio tan cuidadosamente escogido y todo ello auspiciado por la magnificente sonoridad de la Catedral, no es de extrañar que nuestro reputado músico y director [Quinteiro] se convirtiera en el perfecto catalizador para que la música fluyera con sobrenatural libertad y precisión, conduciendo con gesto flexible y casi coreográfico a los integrantes de la Capilla Cayrasco hacia elevadas cotas de perfección.”

D.M.M., Voces de Cuenca