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VELA, Ester

Barcelona 1972

She obtained advanced diplomas in solfeggio, piano and chamber music at the Barcelona Superior Conservatoire. She has performed in several towns throughout Spain, remarking her performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana, and also at the EPTA Congress for Music for two Pianos in Namur, Belgium. In the summer of 1999 she performed Spanish music in Philippines, in the PBS Concert Hall in Cebu and in the Cervantes Institute of Manila.

With her sister Eulàlia form the Duo Vela and they have won several prizes for piano (the 5th and 6th Berga and the 27th Vilafranca Competitions, and those held at the Barcelona Superior Conservatoire), for composition (ACD in Barcelona in 1992, 93, 95 and 96) and for chamber music (10th Mostra by the Generalitat Government of Catalonia, 2nd Castellterçol Competition and 4th L'ARJAU Competition). Their repertory ranges from baroque to contemporary music, and they have given first performances of important Spanish composers like J. Mª Mestres Quadreny; Mª R. Ribas, M. Ros, X. Boliart, D.M. González de la Rubia, Mercè Torrents, Anna Bofill, Consuelo Colomer, Delfin Colomé, F. Wort, A. Guinovart, A.O. Sabater and F. Taverna-Bech.

The sisters have been awarded grants by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1995, 1997), the Spanish Ministry of Culture (1995), the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture (1997) and the AIE, Interprets and Executants Association (1998, 1999 and 2000).

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