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Marcos Madrigal, director artistico Habana Clásica

Habana Clásica is presented by the Oficina del Historiador de La Habana / UP Patrimonio Cultural / Gabinete de Patrimonio Musical Esteban Salas / Dirección de Gestión Cultural.
The international classical music gathering, Classical Havana / Habana Clásica brings together musicians from around the world to perform in the historic theaters of Havana under the artistic direction of the great Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal.
Classical Havana is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Classical Havana must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Cuba Journal is the official media partner of Classical Havana.
Some of the wonderful visionary sponsors making Classical Havana possible. Thank you!!

photo by Serban Mestecaneanu

Artists for 2017


Alexander Gilman

“Gilman is a name to watch”, wrote Classic FM Magazin in 2007, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung described him as “an artist who identifies profoundly with the work”. Today Alexander Gilman is among the most renowned violinists and teachers, and since 2013 has been artistic director of the  LGT Young Soloists.

David Nebel

“Child prodigy with promising perspective” (“Wunderkind mit Zukunftsperspektive”) was the headline of an article in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ of January 31, 2006) describing David’s first solo concert with the Camerata Zürich orchestra. At the time, he was 9 years old and played Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (the Spring) with “high musicality and stunning technique.”

Raquel Castro Pego

Raquel Castro Pego enjoys a versatile career both as a performer and prominent pedagogue in her native Spain.

Raquel Castro Pego has premiered numerous works in the major concert halls of Spain as the principal violin soloist with the National Contemporary Ensemble of Spain.


Yuval Gotlibovich

A native of Israel, violist and composer Yuval Gotlibovich was awarded 1st prizes from the International Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, the Aviv Competition, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Yuval Gotlibovich enjoys a broad musical career that spans Europe, the United States and Israel as a leading violist, composer and pedagogue.

Anastasia Shugaeva

Born in Zarinsk, Siberia, “Anastasia Shugaeva has a brilliant violin technique and deep viola sound. Her playing combines the best of the Russian and European music traditions.”

—Yuval Gotlibovich, Professor of Viola, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana


Nikolay Shugaev

Born in Moscow in 1988 into a family of prominent lawyers and philologists, Nikolay Shugaev grew up in an atmosphere filled with a passion for the love of classical music, theatre, literature, and art. He began playing the cello at the age of 5. One of his first teachers and mentors was the renowned pedagogue and cellist Natalia Grishina who instilled in him a deep understanding of the beauty of tone.

Sonja Kraus

Sonja Kraus, originally from Germany, is an international cellist, teacher, and researcher whose musical career has taken her around the world. Early in her career, she frequently performed all over Germany and France with her piano trio. Orchestra tours took her to Japan, Venezuela and more than 10 countries in Europe.


Michel Taddei

Michel Taddei studied double bass with Homer Mensch at the Juilliard School. Other teachers have included Joseph Cascelli, Henry Portnoi, Lawrence Wolfe, and Stuart Sankey, and chamber music studies with Eugene Lehner and Lewis Kaplan. He was invited by Kent Nagano to become Principal Bass with the Opéra National de Lyon (France), while still in graduate school at UC Berkeley. Performances, festivals, tours, and recordings with the Lyon Opera included collaborations with many of the finest artists of our day, including Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Natalie Dessay, and John Eliot Gardiner.


Marina Seltenreich

Marina Seltenreich is co-founder of the LGT Young Soloists. She was born in Saint Petersburg in Russia, and first took piano lessons at the age of six at the art school for gifted children in Saint Petersburg. At the age of 15, Marina Seltenreich moved to Germany and graduated with distinction at the Hochschule für Musik (High School for Music) in Cologne in Prof. Karin Merle’s class. This was followed by two master’s courses, also completed with distinction, at the Musikhochschule Mannheim in the class of Prof. Ragna Schirmer and Prof. Paul Dan. She received additional musical impulses from professors such as Arbo Valdma, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Vladimir Krainev Anthony Spiri and Sorina Aust-Ioan.

Marcos Madrigal

“He gave absolutely superb performances throughout the evening, handling the repertoire like a great master, with superb variety of touch. His entire programme was quite out of this world!”
—Bill Newman, Music & Vision

Marcos Madrigal was born in Havana, Cuba. He graduated with honors in 2007 from the The University of Arts of Cuba (ISA) under the guidance of the renowned professor and pianist Teresita Junco. He attended Master Classes at the University of Music – Conservatory of Lugano and at the International Piano Academy Lake Como, where he had the chance to study with Andreas Staier, Dimitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’ong, John Perry, Malcolm Bilson and especially with M° William Grant Naboré.


Guido López-Gavilán

The Cuban composer and conductor Guido López-Gavilán graduated in 1966 from the choral conducting program at the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Havana and in 1973 from the Orchestral Conducting program at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He has received awards in the most important composition competitions held in Cuba and as a conductor has achieved extraordinary success and received recognition from international critics for outstanding performances in Latin America and Europe.

Daiana García

Daiana García has conducted all the symphony orchestras of Cuba, playing in the most important venues in the country. Since 2011 she has been music director of the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, which under her leadership has performed with prestigious national and international soloists, premiered new works, participated in all editions of Havana’s Leo Brouwer International Festival of Chamber Music, and appeared in the Havana Festival of Contemporary Music and Chamber Music Festival.


Michael Fine

Grammy Award winning recording producer Michael Fine (USA) has worked in music – as a clarinetist, conductor, record label executive, orchestra artistic planner, and most recently as a composer.  The inspirations from his musical memories, his surroundings, and from everyday life, led to his first composition – Quartet Moments combining clear visual elements with a nostalgic look at compositional styles from times past. Fine’s output in the short time he has been composing already includes several orchestra scores and chamber music for several instruments.


Orquesta de cámara Música Eterna

Founded by Guido López-Gavilán in 1995, the Música Eterna string chamber orchestra is composed of artists who graduated from the University of the Arts of Cuba (Instituto Superior de Arte). Since its founding, the group has been attracting ever-growing attention, from at home and abroad. It received an award ‘CUBANDISCO’ from the International Cuban Music Market for its album Barroco Trópico Obtuvo, and has performed in Cuba, Spain, Colombia, the United States, and various other countries around the world.

Chamber Orchestra of Havana

The Chamber Orchestra of Havana is composed of young musicians graduated from the Higher Institute of Art. It made its debut in May 2006 conducted by maestro Iván del Prado, who was its conductor until 2010. During this period the orchestra took part in the recording of the DVD Cuba (2006), by the British rock band Simply Red and in Clásicos de Cuba (2007), together with César López and Habana Ensemble, this CD won the CUBADISCO Grand Prix 2008; both records were made live. In 2010, it recorded the CD “Música para Cuerdas“, under the conduction of maestro Iván del Padro and composed entirely by Cuban composers. This CD won a CUBADISCO Prize in 2013 in the genre of Chamber Music.

photo by Serban Mestecaneanu


Music is a bridge for bringing people together, a way to find a common language.

The word ‘concert’ means to agree and be in harmony. It was in the 17th century that the word ‘concert’ became associated with the musical combining of voices or sounds in a kind of harmony—a joining of forces for a positive, harmonic outcome. And voila! The idea of concert music has been evolving along with society for over three centuries!

Introducing Classical Havana / Habana Clásica, a gathering whose mission is to bring people together from around the world, to create harmony, and to find our common language through classical music—in Havana!

Famous music gatherings around the world are referred to by their city name: Aspen, Verbier, Tanglewood, Bucharest, Yerevan, Lucerne, Bergen, and many more. We would like to place ‘Havana’ on that list!

This spring (April 18 – 23) we plan to present six days of events in Havana:

• Master classes at the conservatory

• Pop-up concerts in the plazas of Havana!

• An interactive concert in a school for children


• Five concerts over three days in the concert halls of Havana

– Two concerts with two of Havana’s chamber orchestras!

– Three concerts featuring 11 artists from around the world!

– Three premieres by our composer-in-residence!

We invite you to join with us in the creation of a new classical music gathering in Havana!

We have a vision for the future of Classical Havana over the next seasons:

• The creation of a program where students come from different countries and make music with the music students of Havana

• The creation of a cultural exchange for a better world! (world peace through music!)

• Distinguished musicians from around the world participating in performances and pedagogy

• The creation of a destination gathering for audiences combined with a cultural experience like no other!

Please join us and help us to make the inaugural year a success by donating on our funding page!!

Classical Havana is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Classical Havana must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you for considering to be part of something new and courageous in music!

We hope to see you in Havana!!

Marcos Madrigal, artistic director

Kathy Geisler, director of operations

photo by Serban Mestecaneanu

Concert Schedule

April 21, 2017 – 16:00

Havana, Cuba

Aula Magna del Colegio San Gerónimo

with Música Eterna Orchestra, Guido López Gavilán, music director

Bach Aria from Goldberg for violin solo with string orchestra (arr. Sitkovetsky)

Paganini Sonata per la Grand Viola

Ysaÿe Sonata for Solo Viola (orig. violin), Op. 27, No. 2 “Jacques Thibaud”: IV. Les furies

Piazzolla Oblivion for cello and strings

Gavilán Cantus for string orchestra

Bottesini Elegy for double bass and strings

Michael Fine – Finale from Suite for strings

Bach Concerto for two violins in D Minor

April 21 2017 – 18:00

Havana, Cuba

Basilica Menor del convento San Francisco de Asis

Popper Hungarian Rhapsody

Bizet / Waxman Carmen Fantasie

Bazzini The Dance of the Goblins (La Ronde des Lutins), Scherzo fantastique, Op. 25

Sarasate Navarra for two violins and piano, Op. 33

Rechtman Short Jazzy Pieces for piano trio: No. 9

Michael Fine Tokyo Rain for cello and piano – World Premiere

Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout”

April 22, 2017 – 16:00

Havana, Cuba

Oratorio San Felipe Neri

Bartok Roumanian Folk Dances

Michael Fine Moments 2 for string quartet

Franck Sonata in A Major for violin and piano

Kreisler Tambourin Chinois, Op.3 for violin and piano

Kreisler Liebesfreud for violin and piano

Elgar La Capricieuse, Op.17 for violin and piano

Bach Sonata for violin solo in G Minor, BWV 1001: Fuga

April 22, 2017 – 18:00

Havana, Cuba

Basilica Menor del convento San Francisco de Asis

with Chamber Orchestra of Havana, Daiana Garcia, music director

Mendelssohn Concerto in D Minor for violin and strings

Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte for viola and strings

Piazzolla Winter

Bach Keyboard Concerto in F Minor

Gavilán Epílogo

Saint-Saëns Rondo Capriccioso

Mosé one string variations Paganini-Rossini

Grieg Holberg Suite

April 23, 2017 – 11:00

Havana, Cuba

Aula Magna del Colegio San Gerónimo

Bach Chromatic Fantasy for viola solo (transcribed by Kodaly)

Barriere Duo for cello and double bass No. 10 in G Major

Haydn String Quartet No. 63 in B-Flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise”

Mozart Adagio and Fugue in G Minor for string trio after Bach BWV 883

Bruckner Intermezzo in D Minor for string quintet, WAB 113

Shugaev Ciao Lugano for strings

Shostakovich Polka for strings

Glass String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”

Bach Aria da Capo e Fine from the Goldberg Variations for string trio (arr. by Gotlibovich)

photo by Serban Mestecaneanu