Rising star series



DÚO CASSADÓ started their artistic endeavour in the year 2000, since then they have been presented with numerous plaudits and have had praise heaped upon them from the public as well as critics alike.
Damian Martínez, considered one of the best cellists of his generation, was recognized and recommended by Mstislav Rostropovich. They were also recommended by Alicia de Larrocha as the most brilliant duo, represents of the Spanish chamber music.

Marta & Damian have performed in some of the most prestigious auditoriums all over the world from Europe to Asia, from America to Africa, and have managed to form a duo that has combined a talented cellist exuding warmth and finesse and a pianist of refined sensibility.

Warner Classics presented “Rapsodia del Sur” recorded by Dúo Cassadó, a tribute to the great composer Gaspar Cassadó and “Rojo”, a fascinating journey through the different sound spectrum of this colour.
The cellist Damian Martinez started to make a name for himself at a very early age, hence his recommendation by Mstislav Rostropovich to the Queen Sofía. He has won numerous international accolades in Spain, Portugal and France, and is widely known for his “expressive sensibility” and “ornate tone”.
He has performed as a soloist with well-renowned conductors such as, Lawrence Foster, Theodor Guschlbauer, Peter Rundel, Krzysztof Penderecki, Pedro Halffter, Gloria Ramos, Juan Jose Olives, Frank Beermann, Tomás Garrido, Antoni Ros Marbá, Anne Manson and David Harutyunyan. He has also shared the stage with Natalia Gutman, Mischa Maisky and Christian Zacharias.
At the age of twenty, he became principal cello soloist for the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra and from 2001 to 2005 he joined as principal cellist the acclaimed Barcelona Symphony Orchestra OBC.
He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music, Indiana University and Musikhochschule Stuttgart, under the direction of Janos Starker, Natalia Gutman, Maria de Macedo and Aldo Parisot with the support of Juventudes Musicales de Madrid, Pau Casals Foundation, Ritz Foundation, Indiana University, Banff Centre of Arts Canada and Yale University. He is professor at Esmuc and Musikene.
Damian has performed tours in France, Germany, England, United States of America, Finland, Sweden, Morocco, Lithuania, Estonia, Japan, China, North Korea, Colombia, Ecuador, Israel and Canada.
He has recorded for Warner Classics, Claves, Naxos and ASV.
Damian plays a David Tecchler built in Rome c. 1730 and a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume made in Paris in 1863.
Marta Moll de Alba is widely considered as one of the finest pianists of her generation. Through her fledgling career she has already been able to garner much praise as well as picking up several awards along the way in Barcelona, Porto and Mannheim. In 2006 the “Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País” bestowed upon her the “Premio Gran Canaria” award.
Under the tutelage of Alicia de Larrocha, Leontina Margulis, Cecilio Tieles, Margarita Guerra and Tibor Szász she was allowed to discover her own artistic vision and expression.
After graduating from university in Spain she then took the decision to nurture her development even more as an outstanding musician by moving to Germany on a scholarship from Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, where she studied in Freiburg and in Cologne.
Marta has played in concert venues all over the world, from Europe to Asia, from America to Africa. Her piano repertoire is extensive and varied. Audiences are regularly overawed by her magnetic stage presence and alluring performances. She teaches at Musikene.