The Jimenez- Higuero Cello and Piano Duo started its artistic career in 1997, having their first public performance in Canena (Jaén), in its VI Music Festival and Granada, in the XIII International Days of Musical Interpretation. From this point an increasing activity of recitals began, taking them to perform in most of Andalucia and Spain, especially in the music festivals of Motril, Avila, Guadix, Sevilla, Granada and in the Contemporary Music Festival of Málaga, with some of these concerts having been broadcasted by the National Radio of Spain (Málaga, January 19th of 2005).
Their repertoire includes all the written music for cello and piano from the baroque period to today´s music, having composers like José García Román ( National Prize of Music in 1997) dedicating pieces to them (“Evocación para violonchelo y piano”, in 2005).
The duo´s principal objective is to dedicate to the detailed and intense work demanded by the wide repertoire written for these instruments as well as its diffusion, especially of those pieces inspired by popular Spanish music and written by Spanish composers.
The critics have written about them:
“…a prodigious duo; together they manage a perfect ensemble, reaching a degree of musical partnership that translates into brilliant results…”, “…they offered unforgettable versions with the warm sound of Cesar Jimenez’s cello and the splendid piano version that Juan Antonio Higuero was able to transmit…” (Diario Ideal, 24 July 1997).
“…a highly rated duo…”, “… both César Jiménez and Juan Antonio Higuero proved their master of quality and technique, receiving a warm applause from the audience…” ( Diario de Avila, 21 January 1999).
“… These years of continuous work have made their unquestionable musical skills grow remarkably…” (Diario Ideal, 26 July 1999).
CÉSAR JIMÉNEZ (cello)
He began his musical studies in the Granada High School Musical and finished them in the Córdoba High School Musical under Professor Álvaro Campos, receiving the Superior Degree Prize for Cello and Chamber Music.
Further studies include working with Reimund Korupp, Professor at the Mannheim Superior Music School and first cellist of the Heidelberg Philarmonic, as well as other courses with Stanislav Apolin, Timothy Hugh and Asier Polo, among others.
He has performed with orchestras such as the City of Granada Orquestra, Málaga Philarmonic and Sevilla Royal Symphony.
He is member of several chamber ensembles like the Arsis Quartet, Atlántida String Quartet and the Mediterraneo Piano Quartet.
As a soloist he has performed with the Manuel de Falla Orchestra, Málaga Symphony, City of Melilla Symphony and University of Málaga Orchestra.
He is currently principal cello of the Manuel de Falla Orchestra, position he has held since its foundation in 1996, and since 1999 Cello and Chamber Music Professor at the Málaga High School Musical.
JUAN ANTONIO HIGUERO (piano)
Born in Granada, he received Superior Degrees of Piano, Music theory and Chamber music in the superior conservatories of Granada and Málaga respectively, finishing his piano career with Professor Juan José Pérez Torrecillas.
He has assisted many piano and choir conducting courses with great masters, performing as soloist in Southeast Spain, Lincoln (United Kingdom) and Brussels.
As a pianist he has performed with the City of Granada Orchestra, and as an accompanist of the City of Granada Choir, touring Poland, Germany, the UK and Portugal, and as a conductor of the choir he´s performed in Belgium and Sweden.
He has formed a four hands piano duo with his sister Alicia and he has been member of several vocal and chamber ensembles.
He has been piano accompanist for singers in many international courses, performing concerts with many vocal soloists.
He has been Professor of Piano since 1997, currently at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música “Victoria Eugenia “in Granada.