EUGENIO TOBALINA, guitarist.
He was born in Bilbao. He studied at Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga Music Conservatory in Bilbao. David Russell and Leo Brower have been of paramount importance for his professional career.
Throughout his whole career he has always been highly interested in contemporary music and those less frequent pieces of music composed for guitar between 19th and 20th centuries. His career covers not only performances such as solo recitals, concerts for guitar and orchestra, recitals with singers, chamber music and electronic music, but also first performances for both unknown repertories and pieces written and dedicated to him.
As a solo player he has performed with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (in 1987 conducted by Enrique García Asensio; in 1992 by Leo Brouwer and in 1996 by José Ramón Encinar), Córdoba Symphony Orchestra (1996 by Leo Brouwer), Basque Country Symphony Orchestra (1998 by Juan José Ocón), and Pablo Sarasate Symphony Orchestra from Pamplona (1998 by Jesús Mª Echevarría).
He created Synaulia Trio (flute, viola and guitar) and he collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles (Cuarteto Pro Arte, Cuarteto Arkadius, Cuarteto de Cuerdas de La Habana, LIM, Grupo Instrumental de la Orquesta de Córdoba, LIEM, Grupo Instrumental y Laboratorio de Música Electroacústica de Vitoria-Gasteiz and Ostots Musika Taldea). He has also accompanied singers such as Alfonso Echeverría, Marta Knörr, María Folco, Itziar Martínez and Maite Arruabarrena.
He has played in the most prestigious festivals and concert halls throughout Spain: Auditorio Nacional (Madrid, 1992), Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, 1996, 97, 98 and 99), Fundación Juan March (Madrid 1998 and 2002), Auditorio Manuel de Falla (Granada, 1990), Festival Córdoba Guitarra (1993, 96, 99 and 2002), Jornadas de Música del Siglo XX (Córdoba, 1999), Quincena Musical (Donostia 1994, 97 and 99), Musikaste (Rentería, 1995, 97, 98 and 2004), Festival de Música Española (León, 1994 and 2005), Festival de Música del Siglo XX (Bilbao, 1990, 93, 95 and 96), Museo Guggenheim (Bilbao, 1999 and 2005), Palacio Euskalduna (Bilbao, 2005), Ciclo de Música del Siglo XX and Jornadas de Música Electroacústica in Vitoria-Gasteiz,… Abroad he has played in Chile (1990 and 91), Venezuela (1990), Germany (1993), France (1994, 96 and 98), Italy (1996), Poland (2000), Hungary (2001) and Taiwan (2002). He has premiered pieces of music by numerous composers, such as Valentín Ruiz (1993 and 96), Ramón Lazkano (1993), Joseba Torre (1993), Antón Larrauri (1994), Manuel Seco de Arpe (1994), Carlos Villasol (1994), Antonio Lauzurika (1994 and 1995), Zuriñe F. Gerenabarrena (1996, 97 and 2000), José Mª Sánchez Verdú (1998), Gabriel Erkoreka (1998), Jesús Torres (1998), Sabin Salaberri (1998 and 2002), Sergio Gutiérrez (2003 and 2004), David del Puerto (2004 and 2006), Alfonso García de la Torre (2004), …
He has recorded Hizpide (2002) with Synaulia Trio. He has collaborated in commercial recordings with Coro Universitario del País Vasco (1993), with LIM (Carmelo Bernaola, 1993; Compositores Vascos Actuales 2nd Series, 1995, and 3rd Series, 1997) and with AIREAN (Homenaje a José de Azpiazu, 2000). Likewise, he has carried out recordings for RNE, RN de Venezuela, Radio Euskadi and TVE.
He has published works in Opera Tres (Cinco piezas antiguas by Rafael Rodríguez Albert, 1999), in CM Ediciones Musicales (Llanto a Manolete by Jesús García Leoz, 2006), in Ediciones Tritó (For whom the bell tolls by Roberto Gerhard/Merion Bowen, 2006 and Seis estudios para guitarra by David del Puerto, 2007) and he has also publications sponsored by Festival Córdoba Guitarra in Ediciones La Posada (La música clásica para guitarra en el siglo XX, 2001 and Andrés Segovia, 2004)
Photos by Manu de Alba