La Ritirata & Josetxu Obregón
Bilbao | Madrid
Artistic Director: Josetxu Obregón
Management and Production: Carlos Bercebal (firstname.lastname@example.org | (+34) 610 907 981)
This is an ensemble dedicated to the historical performance of early music, created and conducted by the cellist from Bilbao Josetxu Obregón. Winners of the Award ‘El Ojo Crítico’ 2013 of Radio Nacional de España, Premio Codalario 2014, Premio GEMA 2016, Premio Gema de la Crítica 2017 and Culture Award 2017 of the Madrid Region, La Ritirata takes its name from the last movement of the famous Boccherini’s quintet La Musica Notturna delle strade di Madrid and is an ensemble of variable size tackling programmes both from Baroque and Classicism/fist Romanticism, always performing with instruments and criteria of the time.
Throughout its 10 years of career, La Ritirata has performed in prestigious festivals and halls of Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East, like Musikfestspiele Potsdam, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and Tage Alter Musik Regensburg (Germany), Internationalen Barocktage Stift Melk (Austria), China National Theatre (Beijing), Felicja Blumental of Tel Aviv (Israel), Centro Studi Boccherini in Lucca (Italia), Sligo Festival of Baroque Music (Ireland), Valletta International Baroque Festival (Malta), as well as a number of American tours through Mexico, Chile, Colombia Costa Rica, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador. In our country, it regularly attends the main festivals and stages like Universo Barroco and Liceo de Cámara of the CNDM in the Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, Musika-Música/La Folle Journée in the Palacio Euskalduna de Bilbao, Festival de Música Antigua de l’Auditori de Barcelona, Fundación Botín and Festival Internacional de Santander, Ciclo de Grandes Intérpretes de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Festival de Música Antigua de Úbeda y Baeza, Semana de Música Antigua de Estella, etc.
Artists of the Glossa label, their recordings have achieved great success of the critics, receiving the awards ‘Disco Excepcional del Mes’ of Scherzo, ‘Melómano de Oro’, ‘especially recommended’ album of Ritmo, label ‘Recomendado CD Compact’, prize ‘Supersonic Pizzicato’, ‘4 étoiles’ in Classica (France), and great critics in Toccata (Germany), Gramophone and BBC (United Kingdom), etc. Their last discographic works have been Neapolitan Concertos for various instruments (Glossa 2018), Boccherini: String trios op 34 (Reedition Glossa 2017) and Antonio Caldara: The Cervantes Operas (Glossa 2016).
Its director, Josetxu Obregón, was trained in Spain and Holland, studying Baroque cello in Koninklijk Conservatorium (The Hague) and also with Anner Bylsma. Professor of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid and awarded in numerous national and international competitions, he has performed in halls like the Carnegie Hall (New York), Tokyo Opera City and Yokohama Minato-Mirai (Japan), National Theatre (Beijing), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Opéra Royal of Versailles and Salle Gaveau (Paris), Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall (London), etc. He has been a member of groups like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and in the field of historical performance he collaborates with the l’Arpeggiata of Christina Pluhar and Le Concert des Nations of Jordi Savall, with whom he has participated in recordings for Virgin and Alia Vox, among others.