Ellen Chavez de Leitner, violin & Roberto Capocchi, guitar
Duo Guadalupe, one of New Mexico's most active chamber music ensembles, has released their debut recording. It features Baroque sonatas by G. F. Haendel and Pietro Locatelli, a charming Serenade by Ferdinando Carulli, Nicolo Paganini's "Cantabile" and the Sonata Basque" by Jose de Azpiazu.
Ellen Chavez de Leitner and Roberto Capocchi have been performing together since 2000. Their repertoire includes mostly Baroque Sonatas, Classical Sonatas and Serenades, and Romantic Spanish music. Their debut performance was at the Santuario de Guadalupe in Santa Fe, NM, and the Virgin of Guadalupe is favorite subject of Ms. Leitner's paintings, thus the name "Duo Guadalupe."
Ellen Chavez de Leitner has performed with many orchestras and chamber ensembles in Austria and her native New Mexico. In Austria she was a member of the Albertschweizerhaus Chamber Orchestra, Jeunesse Wien, Huebnerís Kursalon Orchestra, the Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra, and the Graz Philarmonic. In New Mexico, she has played with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Taos Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, and numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles. Her performances as soloist have included many works written for her by Father Jose Maria Blanch, a composer from Barcelona, Spain. She studied at the Conservatory of Vienna, Saint John's College, the University of New Mexico, the College of Santa Fe, and with her most influential mentor, Renata Armani Mencik Skoberne. Ellen is also an award winning santera, painter of religious images in the tradition of northern New Mexico. She has her art and music studio in Chimayo, New Mexico, where her family has lived for nine generations, and where she and her husband Hans have raised their six children.
Guitarist Roberto Capocchi has performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Belgium. He plays and offers workshops at festivals in North and South America, such as the Guitar Northwest, Haydn Festival International, Souza Lima Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Taos Chamber Music Group, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - Music in the Schools, Serenata of Santa Fe, and Violão em Concerto. He has won top prizes in competitions such as the Sholin Memorial, Stevens Guitar Competition, Young Concert Artists, Villa-lobos Competition, Souza Lima Guitar Competition, Aracatuba Festival, Saint Marcelina Chamber Music Competition, and Mozarteum Competition. Combining Classical music, Latin and Brazilian Jazz, from Bach and Brahms to Piazzolla and Jobim, Capocchi's innovative programs often include premieres of music by composers such as Daniel Asia, Giacomo Bartolloni, Paulo de Tarso, and Sergio Assad. He has taught at MUSICI, Souza Lima Conservatory, and University of Arizona, where his students won the Schaeffer Guitar Competition and received scholarships from the Tucson Jazz Society and Universities in Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana and California. He has a private teaching studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Capocchi was born in Brazil, where he received music degrees from the Lins de Vasconcelos Conservatory and Carlos Gomes College. From the University of Arizona, he holds a Master of Music Degree in Music Performance, and a doctorate, (D. M. A. - abd) in Performance and Music Theory. His teachers have included Sandra Costa, Henrique Pinto and Thomas Patterson.
You can find out more at www.capocchimusic.com, or chavezdeleitner.com
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