DURAN Josep Maria Marti
He was born in Vilafranca del Penedès in 1981 and finished his studies of classic guitar at Conservatori Superior de Música of Barcelona under the direction of Jordi Codina.
Later on he continued his studies at the Department of Plugged Stringed Instruments from Renaissance and Baroque at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMuC), with Xavier Díaz Latorre in the speciality of soloist and chamber music and Mónica Pustilnik in the speciality of basso continuo. He as well specialized in baroque opera at La nuova Fabbrica dell'Opera Barroca from Novara, Italy, under the direction of the harpsichordist and conductor Massimiliano Toni and the dancer and choreographer Dedda Cristina Colonna.
He works regularly as a continuo player with Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse (Jean-Pierre Canihac), Café Zimmermann (Pablo Valetti), Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), Academia Montis Regalis (Alessandro di Marchi), La Terza Prattica (Massimiliano Toni), Los Ministriles de Marsias, Orquestra Barroca Catalana, Academia 1750, Vespres d'Arnadí (Daniel Espasa), or Los Mvsicos de Sv Alteza (Luis Antonio González).
He has performed in Catalunya, Spain and Europe in numerous festivals like Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Tage Alter Musik de Herne or Festival d'Ambronay, among others. He has recorded in different occasions for France Music, Radio France, RNE, Catalunya Radio, SONY Int. and Alpha.
With the group Der musikalische Garten he got recently the second prize and special public prize of the International Van Wassenaer Competiton in Amsterdam. In the opera field he has also worked under the direction of conductors like René Jacobs, William Christie, Attilio Cremonesi, Alessandro de Marchi and Leonardo García Alarcón.
He is founding member of Ensemble Méridien. Currently he is studying a Master in Music Performance with Eduardo Egüez at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste of Zurich.