Eligio Luis Quinteiro  

Eligio Luis Quinteiro was born in Las Palmas (Spain). He started piano lessons at age six, before studying classical guitar with Olímpiades García & Joaquín Prats at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Las Palmas, and with Demetrio Ballesteros at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. He obtained his degree (Título de Profesor Superior de Guitarra y Vihuela) in 1993.

He began studying lute & theorbo in 1989 with Eugène Ferré in the Conservatoire National de Région de Toulouse. He has participated in masterclasses with Sonja Prunnbauer, Paul O’Dette, Hopkinson Smith, Jordi Savall & 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, studying with Nancy Hadden (Renaissance), David Roblou (Continuo & Baroque) & Graham Johnson (Lied & Accompaniment).

He began his conducting studies in 2000 with Alan Hazeldine, continuing with conductors Katie Thomas, Denise Ham & Richard Cooke, and also receiving private tuition from Sir Colin Davis & Raymond Leppard.

Eligio Luis Quinteiro is the artistic director & conductor of the ensembles Capilla Cayrasco & Camerata Cayrasco, appearing also as guest conductor with other orchestras & choirs. He has conducted choral & orchestral projects ranging from Ockeghem to Prokofiev.

As a soloist, he has performed recitals on the guitar, lute & theorbo, performing also as accompanist for recitals of Baroque song (on theorbo) and Romantic lied (on Romantic guitar). Eligio Luis 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, The Sixteen (H. Christophers), The King’s Consort (R. King), Gabrieli Consort & Players (P. McCreesh), Early Opera Company, Ex Cathedra, St. James’s Baroque and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He also works with the London Symphony Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists (J. E. Gardiner), London Mozart Players, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, English National Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Handel Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The English Concert,  Scottish Ensemble, The Hanover Band and La Serenissima. He was the lutenist of the chamber ensemble Florilegium from 2001 to 2007 and currently works with Passacaglia. With all these groups, he has recorded and/or performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and festivals.

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 de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 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 performance practice, chamber music, tunings & temperaments, basso continuo, lute & guitar.

Quinteiro has collaborated with the musicologist Lothar Siemens transcribing sacred works by the Spanish Baroque composer Diego Durón, maestro de capilla in Las Palmas Cathedral. He works occasionally as a music editor.

His forthcoming projects include a Capilla Cayrasco recording of sacred music by Johannes Ockeghem & Josquin Desprez for Barn Cottage Records in April 2016.

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, Novum, The Classical Recording Company, Challenge Classics, Universal Jazz, OBS Prometeo, sfz Music, Channel Classics & Barn Cottage Records, including duo recordings (with J. M. Moreno) of music by John Dowland, Gaspar Sanz & Luys Milán for Glossa, and a collaboration with the singer-songwriter Kate Bush on her disc Aerial for EMI.

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

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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