Biography

Ana Arnaz. Soprano

Ana began her musical studies as a young child in her hometown of Huesca, Spain. There she had her first exposure to choral singing and piano, focusing on music of the Spanish renaissance and the classic works of Händel, Bach, Mozart, Purcell, Schütz and Buxtehude.

These first years of musical education determined the course of her later career. After graduating with honors from the Conservatorio del Liceo in Barcelona, Ana continued her studies with Dominique Vellard and Richard Levitt at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland.

Ana’s studies with Vellard kindled her interest in the music of oral traditions. Together, they have been researching the Spanish repertoire. Ana is drawn to this type of music because of its richness and the keys that it offers for the interpretation of certain early music repertoires. The ensemble Vox Suavis, in which she has been performing until 2016 with Dominique Vellard and Baptiste Romain, was dedicated to this music.

In 2016 Ana founded a new ensemble with three other early music singers: Paloma Gutiérrez del Arroyo, June Telletxea and Anne Marie Lablaude. Named Cantaderas the group interprets traditional women’s’ vocal repertoire and accompanies themselves on hand percussion ranging from frame drums to tables and chairs. The ensemble is happy to present its first CD As festas do Anno in September 2019.

Her recordings include Il primo libro de Francesca Caccini,(which was supported by Swiss National Radio) and La voz del olvido, recorded with Vox suavis on the French label Aparte. In this CD the 7 Cantigas de Amigo are framed by pieces from Spanish oral traditions.

Ana Arnaz performs regularly in European festivals in France (Festival de Musique Sacrée de Perpignan, Festival international du Thoronet, La folle Journée de Nantes, Via Aeterna), Holland (AMUZ), Germany (Uckermärkische Musikwochen), Spain (Fundación Juan March, Festival Internacional del Camino de Santiago, International music Festival Espazos Sonoros) and Switzerland with  Cantaderas, La Cecchina and Gilles Binchois. She has also performed XX century music with the violinist Colleen Jennings, with whom she founded the ensemble Ex Luce color. Ana has given as well concerts of Spanish renaissance and baroque music at festivals such as the Houston Early Music Festival and the St. Gaudens Festival. She sings regularly in Switzerland with the Orchestra Crescendo performing later repertoire from Mendelssohn, Gounod, Fauré and Spohr.

An active instructor, Ana currently teaches early music singing at the Music school of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She also teaches singing at the Cistercian Monastery of Hauterive in Fribourg, Switzerland. Every year since 2017 she is invited at the “Escuela de Música medieval y de tradición oral” in Madrid to offer workshops about traditional Spanish repertoires.