The youthful Yara trio

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Ana María Villamizar

Originally from Bogotá (Colombia), I started singing in the children's choir of the Colombian Opera. From competitions won to performances in the most important halls of the city, I wanted more experiences and to learn other musical universes.


I came to Switzerland in 2011 to perfect myself in contemporary singing with the teaching of Luisa Castellani at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano. My interest in the multitude of vocal possibilities leads me to explore the repertoire of the 20th and 21st century through works such as Sequenza III and Folk songs by Luciano Berio, Aria by John Cage, Stripsody by Cathy Berberian, Récitations by Georges Aperghis, La fabbrica illuminata by Luigi Nono, Tierkreis by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg, among others. And installed in Geneva since 2014, to currently collaborate in the creation of young composers of the Geneva University of Music.

Ezequiel Cappellano

Born in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1991, he began playing music at the age of 12 in a music ensemble atelier with professor Diego Rábago, learning the basics of different instruments. Then he took guitar lessons during 10 years in his hometown and played with his rock band « Pájaros de Cristal », with which he recorded two albums and given lot of concerts.


In 2015 he graduated from a bachelor's degree in Sociology at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMDP) and decide to move to Switzerland for study composition. He was accepted at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique, Danse et Théâtre de Genève (CPMDT) to study composition and music theory with composer and orchestra conductor Arturo Corrales (El Salvador / Switzerland), giving his first steps in contemporary music. Two years later, he began to study at the Bern University of Arts (HKB) with composer Xavier Dayer (Switzerland) as well as with Simon Steen Andersen (Danemark), Stefan Prins (Belgium) und Gilbert Nouno (France). Also he takes sitar lessons with Maestro Ikhlaq Hussain (Pakistan / United States) with whom he learns the basics of hindustani classical music and the technique of the sitar. 


Apart from his studies he gives guitar and ensemble lessons and he is involved in several music projects as guitarist, arranger or composer. Click here to check it out !


His main project is « Yumbrel ensemble », of which he is the founder: it is a fusion sextet composed by accordion, viola, saxophone, electric bass, drums, electric guitar and synthesizer, created to perform the Cappellano's music.


Recently he has co-founded the association « Meraki » with soprano Ana María Villamizar, a group of musicians with the aim of promote the musical activity with emphasis on the production, diffusion and teaching of world music but also classical and contemporary music. 


In october 2020, Cappellano created the Atahualpa Studio, a 40 sqm completely equipped for making music productions, recordings, rehearsals, streaming-concerts and lessons in Geneva. 

Natanael Ferreira

Natanael Ferreira began studying the piano at the age of nine. He then began to teach himself the viola with the help of his uncle, a conductor. Shortly after joining the Youth Orchestra of Goias in Brazil, he toured Europe as first viola, later earning a scholarship to study at the academy of the São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra. In 2013 he won first prize at the Campos do Jordão Winter Festival in Brazil and began his studies with Miguel da Silva at the Haute Ecole de Musique Genève the following year. In 2015 he won several prizes at the Académie Ravel as well as third prize at the 2018 Rahn Musikpreis. Natanael Ferreira was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in 2016 and often performs with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He regularly gives concerts in Switzerland, France and Belgium with such musicians as Régis Pasquier, Miguel da Silva, Henri Demarquette, Lorenzo Gatto, Marc Coppey, Ilya Gringolts and Heinz Holliger.


During the 2018-2019 season, he was regurly invited to perform at La Belle Saison and Les Folles Journées de Nantes. He will soon release his first CD with clarinettist Vitor Fernandes and pianist Elio Coria. He plays a viola from the El Pasito Foundation and is supported by the Music Academy of Villecroze.


During the 2018-2019 season, he will perform in La Belle Saison, Les Folles Journées de Nantes and will soon release his first recording with clarinettist Vitor Fernandes and pianist Elio Coria. He plays a viola from the El Pasito Foundation and is supported by the Académie Villecroze.


In 2019 he entered the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel as artist in residence in the class of Miguel da Silva and as a chamber musician with the Aurora Piano Quartet.