Al Ayre Español
Artistic Director: Eduardo López Banzo
Al Ayre Español was created in 1988 by Eduardo López Banzo. The ensemble has become not only an internationally known formation but a performing philosophy that Eduardo López Banzo has been establishing with his musicians and now it is recognised, demanded and acclaimed all over the world and awarded the National Prize of Music in 2004 by the Spanish Government.
Over these 30 years Al Ayre Español has performed on the most famous stages of the world: Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Musikverein and Konzerthaus of Vienna, Konzerthaus and Philharmonic of Berlin, Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Cité de la Musique of Paris, Tonhalle of Düsseldorf, Teatro Real and Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, Palau de la Música Catalana and Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, Laeiszhalle of Hamburg, Library of Congress of Washington, Palais des Beaux Arts of Brussels, Arsenal de Metz, etc.
Likewise, it has been invited to the most important festivals: Easter Festival of Baden Baden, Bachfest of Leipzig, Early Music Festival of Utrecht, Internationale Festtage Alter Musik of Stuttgart, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Dresdner Musikfestpiele, Toulouse les Orgues, Festival of Ambronay, Handel Festival of Halle, Festival International d’opera baroque de Beaune, Festival de Saintes, Festival Internacional Cervantino (México), Festival Monteverdi de Cremona, Authentica of Israel, Antiquarium Festival of Moscow, Sacred Music Festival of Oslo, Prague Spring, Festival Internacional en el Camino de Santiago, Festival de Santander, Quincena de San Sebastián, Hong Kong Arts Festival, etc.
The ensemble has recorded 20 albums for the following labels: Almaviva, Fidelio, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Harmonia Mundi France, Naïve-Ambroisie and Challenge Records.
Al Ayre Español counts with the sponsorship of Industrias Químicas del Ebro and the Ministry of Culture of Spain, keeping a residence agreement with the Auditorio de Zaragoza since 2004 and is Ambassador of Saragossa since 2011.
Eduardo López Banzo
Born in Saragossa in 1961, he studied organ and harpsichord with José Luis González Uriol, and in Amsterdam with Jacques van Oortmersen and Gustav Leonhardt, who encouraged him to work supporting Spanish Baroque music. Leading his group he has performed in the most prestigious halls all over the world, although he has also been frequently invited to be the conductor with renowned symphonic orchestras and with historic instruments.
In the field of opera, Eduardo López Banzo is one of the current main specialists in the dramatic production of Handel, having participated in stage productions in the Asociación de Amigos de la Ópera de Bilbao (ABAO-OLBE) with Al Ayre Español, in the Palau de les Arts de Valencia with the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana and in the Kiel Opera (Germany) with the Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel.
As a pedagogue, he is demanded to give master classes and specialisation courses in the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Opera Studio), Saragossa (Courses in Jaca) and Salamanca, as well as for the Higher School of Singing of Madrid, the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical (Ministry of Culture in Spain), the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, the Fondazione Cini of Venice and Amsterdam Conservatory.
Eduardo López Banzo is a Favorite Son of Saragossa since October 2010.