Spanish composer, Jesús Torres, has written of Angel Luis
Castaño: " The multifaceted possibilities of the instrument
were introduced to me for the first time by this extraordinary accordionist.
Extraordinary for many things: his extreme sensitivity, bewildering
technique and intelligence, wich made him a complete artist, with
a deep understanding of the essence of each piece, and most importantly,
mastery in communicating it to the audience".
The Spanish accordionist Angel Luis Castaño, is one of the
world´s leading performers. Born in San Sebastian in 1969,
he was educated at the Paris Conservatoire, where he won the Premier
Prix, and at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He has won
many International Competitions, including the International Accordion
Competition "Coupe Mondiale" in Trossingen in 1990.
He has raised the accordion´s reputation as a "serious"
instrument in Spain, collaborating and premiering the music of the
most exciting and original Spanish composers (David del Puerto,
Jesus Rueda, Gonzalo de Olavide, Jesus Torres, Cesar Camarero, Fabian
Panisello, Polo Vallejo, etc
) to allow a deep undestanding
of the instrument´s enormous possibilities, promoting their
music and teaching young European accordionists, many of whom have
gone on to win international competitions and establish important
careers as accordionists.
Since 1993 he has been Professor of the Segovia Conservatory and
now he is Director of Accordion Department at Superior Zaragoza
Conservatory. As well as teaching classical accordion, he enjoys
a busy international career, playing with orchestras and ensembles,
as well as teaming up with other musicians as Ananda Sukarlan, David
Apellaniz, Claude Druelle, Trio Arbos
He has recorded several CDs with original music for accordion by
Sofia Gubaidulina, Yuji Takahashi, Arne Nordheim, Patrick Busseuil,
Jean Ives Bosseur, César Camarero
and also works by
J.S.Bach, I.Stravinsky, M.Moussorgsky, A.Piazzolla
has been instrumental in bringing the accordion to the forefront
of serious music, and his virtuoso performance last night showed
why. His playing ranged from the lightest delicacy to pomp of an
order usually reserved only for the grandest of church organs".
(Edinburgh Evening News).