Amparo Lacruz, violoncello
She has been awarded different scholarships by the Fundación Banco Exterior, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Fulbright Foundation, and she studied at the Royal Superior Music Conservatory in Madrid with Pedro Corostola, at the Guildhall School in London with Stefan Popov and at the Chicago Roosevelt University with Kim Scholes. She is a former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, as well as of the String Sextet of the Fundación Banco Exterior.
She showed a great interest in chamber music and in contemporary music creation since her early beginnings. In 1989 she formed the Grupo Manon, in which she worked intensely for ten years, recording and premiering many pieces by contemporary Spanish authors such as Cristóbal Halffter, Luís de Pablo, Antón García Abril, José Luís Turina, Joan Guinjoan, Benet Casablancas, Joaquín Homs and Josep Soler. They were recognized by the critics as the one of the best chamber ensembles of its generation.
She was also a member of the Instrumental Ensemble Barcelona 216 and she collaborated with the Valencia Instrumental Ensemble, with the TaiMAgranada and with the Klangforum from Wien.
As a member of Trio Kandinsky since 1999, she has performed at the main concert halls and festivals in Spain: the Santander International Festival, the Manuel de Falla festival in Granada, the Alicante Contemporary Music Festival, at the National Auditorium in Madrid, at the Fine Arts Society in Madrid, at the Musical Season at the "Fundación la Caixa" in Barcelona, at the Palau de la Música Catalana, at L’Auditori in Barcelona, at the Palau in Valencia, at the Contemporary Music Festival in the Canary Islands, at the International Festival in Torroella de Montgrí and at the Aniversaris series of the Fundación Caixa de Catalunya, among others. With regard to her performances abroad, she has performed in France, England, Belgium, Italy, Finland, Norway, Chec Republic, Germany, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Perú, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, China and Japan.
The Joan Guinjoan Monographic cd received the Prize for the best chamber music cd of the year 2010 by the magazine CD Compact. The Trio Kandinsky has also recorded for Columna Musica the cds ‘’Schoenberg & Barcelona’’ and Clara Schumann & Johannes Brahms’’.
Her concerts have been broadcasted by Radio Nacional de España, by Cataluña Música, by the TV channel Canal 33, by Radiotelevisione Italiana, by Radio France and by Euroradio. Her recording of Sonata and Trio by Robert Gerhard for the Italian record company Stradivarius was acclaimed by critics worldwide.
She teaches at the Barcelona Opera House (Lyceum) and has given classes at the advanced courses of Cervera i Camprodon, (Catalonia), the Valencia Youth Orchestra Meetings, at the National Youth Orchestra of Catalonia, at the National Youth Orquestra of Spain, and has been invited to give master – classes at the Kunitachi College (Tokyo), Hanghzhou University (China) and Morelia Conservatory (Mexic)