The CBSO is delighted to announce that Lorenzo Meseguer Luján has been appointed to the role of Tutti Cello. He will join the orchestra from 5 January 2018.
Lorenzo Meseguer Luján (Murcia, 1990) was awarded “Pro-musician of the Year” 2015 by the Association Promúsica of Murcia (Spain).
He began his musical education at the Conservatory in his home town and then he continued to study at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Iagoba Fnalo, where he graduated with Honours. Later he received a grant by BBVA Foundation to study at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, where he finished a MA being one of the most brilliant students under the guidance of the renowned cellist Enrico Bronzi. In 2015 he received a grant by “Santander Universities UK” and he completed his postgraduate studies with Honours at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Lorenzo has been awarded in numerous national and international contests, including “Liezen International Wettbewerb” (Austria), first prize at the XXVII International Music Festival in Portogruaro (Venice), first prize at the Ciutat de Xátiva Contest, first prize and special award of the Don Juan de Borbón Foundation at the V Florián de Ocampo Spanish National Cello Competition, the II National Contest Illa de Menorca Fidah, the National Chamber Music Competition of Manresa, the National Cello Contest of Arquillos, the V National Competition “Intercentros Melómano”, among others.
He did his debut as soloist at the early age of 12. From that moment, he has increased his activity and he recorded compositions by J. Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, C. Saint-Saëns, E. Elgar and E. Lalo for the Spanish National Radio. He opened the concert season 2011/12 at the Auditorium of Murcia playing the concert nº1 by D. Shostakovich with the Symphony Orchestra of the Region of Murcia. He has also performed, more recently, the concerto for cello by A. Dvorak, with an enthusiastic response.
Furthermore, his interest in chamber music has led him to study with Rainer Schmid (Hagen Quartet), Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio), Emerson Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Minetti Quartet, Trio di Parma, and at the Mcgill University of Montreal (Canada). He has shared the stage with musicians like Guy Braunstein, Kolja Blacher, Gordan Nikolich, Wolfgang Redik, Nicholas Altstaed, Arabella Steinbacher, Elisabeth Scholl, Scharoun Ensemble from the Berlin Philarmonic; and he has performed at some festivals in Europe and North America. Among these festivals, it is relevant to mention Santa Cecilia Festival (Portogruaro, Venice), Bayreuth (Nüremberg), Rutesheim (Stuttgart), Summer Festival in Segovia (Spain), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Hamburg), Zermmat Festival 2013 and 2014 (Switzerland) invited by the members of the Berlin Philarmonic, Toronto Summer Festival 2014 (Canada), Rheingau Festival 2015, and Juan March Foundation 2016.
In an orchestral context, he has performed with various orchestras around North America, Europe, China and South America and he has been member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE in Spanish), the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra (SHMF), and the Sandor Vegh Kammerorchester Salzburg, as cello soloist. He is also a founding member of the Camerata de Murcia.
During the period 2014-2016, he became academic of the historic group “Balthasar Neumann Ensemble” in Freiburg (Germany), conducted by the prestigious conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and under the patronage of him.
He has also been member of the Castilla y Leon Symphony Orchestra (2015-2017) and he has performed under conductors as Semyon Bichkov, Leopold Hager, P. Zuckerman, Gordan Nikolich, Christoph Eschenbach, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Neeme Järvi, C. Hogwood, Ivan Fischer, Vasily Petrenko, Lutz Koler, Jesús López Cobos, Pablo Heras-Casado, Mario Venzago...
Due to his keen interest in teaching, he has been teaching as an invited guest of at the Costa Rica National Youth Orchestra, at Luigi Boccherini Festival and at Liceo Mozartiano in La Habana (Cuba). It is also important to note the recording of his first album “Perspectiven” (Salzburg, 2013) including solo cello pieces by Reger, Ysaÿe and Ligeti.
Lorenzo plays an instrument by Richard Duke (London, 1770).