Miguel Bonal

Miguel Bonal was born in Zaragoza in 1999. Thanks to his parents, from the age of four he had his first contact with music, studying piano and musical language at a local school. Motivated by the sonority of the viola da gamba, and after listening to several recordings of music by Marin Marais and Henry Purcell, at the age of 7 years old, he started his studies of viola da gamba at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Zaragoza to begin viola da gamba studies with Fernando Marín.

At the age of 18, his interest in and desire to dedicate himself professionally to this instrument led him to study viola da gamba in the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, in Barcelona, with Emmanuel Balssa, finishing with Honorary Certificate. During those four years he began to study the baroque cello in parallel.

In 2021 he moved to The Hague, The Netherlands, to do a Master's degree in viola da gamba at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, with Mieneke van der Velden. He completed her studies with Cum Laude and distinction, having demonstrated "great virtuosity and musicality".

Miguel has received advice from famous violagambists such as Guido Balestracci, Marianne Muller, Myriam Rignol, Noelia Reverte, Vittorio Ghielmi and Wieland Kuijken, among others. He occasionally collaborates and works with Olivier Fortin (director of Ensemble Masques), Eduardo López Banzo (director of Al Ayre Español), Leonor de Lera (director of L'estro D'orfeo) and Manuel Minguillón (director of Collegium Musicum Madrid). 

Among his concerts, it is worth mentioning his participation in the Fundación Juan March, in the Oude Muziek of Utrecht, the Folle Journée in Nantes, the Festival de Musica Antica de Urbino, the Göttingen International Haendel Festival, and the Sociedades Filarmónicas de Segovia y and Zaragoza, among others. 

Miguel has been awarded in several national competitions, such as the Concurso de Juventudes Musicales España 2020 (where he received three awards: the First Prize, the EMCY Prize and the Úbeda and Baeza Festival Prize), or at the Primer Palau 2021 (where he received one of the Áccesit, the Critics Award and the Catalunya Música Award), held at the Palau de la Música Catalana. The Catalunya Música Prize enabled him to record his first solo album entitled "Del silencio a la emoción", which includes the arrangement of Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega.

He has a great predilection for consort music for viola da gamba. He believes that the sonority of the viola da gamba family (soprano, tenor, bass and double bass) playing together produces a sonorous atmosphere full of harmony and consonance. For this reason, he is already working on transcriptions of Spanish music for this instrumentation.  

Since 2021, Miguel has been project manager for Patrimonio Sonoroan entity that he created together with his brother Carlos Bonal, for the creation of different festivals in Aragon: the Muribalta Festival (Ribera Alta del Ebro Music, Heritage and Gastronomy Festival), the Festival Zaragoza Antigua and the Curso de Música Antigua de Patrimonio Sonoro. In addition, they have already produced two documentaries that rescue and compile the life and work of two influential composers from Alagón (a town to which they are very attached due to family ties): Miguel Arnaudas and Florencio Lahoz.

Miguel Bonal is director and founding member of the Camerata Patrimonio Sonoro, an ensemble with which they have already made two recordings for the record label Patrimonio Sonoro: "Evocaciones Instrumentales" (Spanish and Italian music from the 16th to 18th centuries), and "A la mode française" (French baroque music for viola da gamba, baroque cello and harpsichord).

Through the record label and publishing house "Patrimonio Sonoro" they disseminate and publicise all this work. Another fundamental factor in the work of the organisation is the dissemination of ancient or traditional music in rural areas, especially for people who, due to certain circumstances, cannot enjoy this art form.

Miguel is convinced that the viola da gamba allows him to connect with people in a direct and truthful way. For this reason, he looks for new ideas and approaches that do not anchor the instrument and its repertoire to a specific era. He believes that "Music is a light that guides our path, a precious legacy to be preserved and a gift to be loved.



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