CSM Galicia String Professors


Viola Associate Professor

He began his musical studies at age 5 at the Special School of Music in Kazan and later with G.H. Hodjaev. In 1988 he entered the State Conservatory and in 1994 he obtained the solo violin, orchestra artist and violin teacher diplomas. He was a Concertino in the Student Symphony Orchestra, was part of the Chamber Orchestra “La Primavera”, played in the Kazan Philharmonic State Orchestra and was a member of Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, of the Moscow Orchestra, of the State Symphony Orchestra and of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Royal Philharmonic of Galicia. 

You can read his full CV here.

You can read her full CV here.


Violin Associate Professor

Born in India, Deborah studied at the Universität für Musik und Dartsellende Kunst (Vienna).
She has collaborated with orchestras from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, England, Japan, India and Spain.

Co-founder of the Orphelion ensemble, with whom she has done numerous tours and recordings.

She is currently a violinist in the Galician Symphony Orchestra and teacher of the Youth Orchestra of the Galician Symphony Orchestra and JONDE.

You can read his full CV here.


Violoncello Associate Professor

He studied at the CSMA (Zaragoza), continued studying at the Reina Sofía Higher School of Music (Madrid) and at the Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany). He has received the 1st National Violoncello Contest Prize (Carcaixent) and the 1st Santa Cecilia 2014 Contest Award (Portugal), among others. He has collaborated with the National Orchestra of Spain, the Galician Symphony, the Reina Sofía Chamber Orchestra, the Del Palau de les Arts or the Tsingtao International Music Festival Orchestra (China), among others. He is part of the Royal Philharmony of Galicia and is a violoncello teacher at the Berenguela School of Music

You can read his full CV here.


Double bass Associate Professor

He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of North Texas (USA) and upon completion, he studied the Master of Music at New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, USA). Subsequently, he completed two years of Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas (USA). He was in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra as sub-principal and in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In Hong Kong he taught orchestral repertoire at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In the United States he has also collaborated with other orchestras such as Fort Worth Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Portland Symphony or New World Symphony. Throughout his career he has acted as the main double bass for the Galicia Symphony, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon (Portugal) and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Fukuoka (Japan). 

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Double bass Associate Professor

He studied higher double bass at the Superior Conservatory of A Coruña and continued with a Continuous Training Course in the Esmuc. Then he obtained the Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music in London and completed a Master in Solo Performance at the Katarina Gurska Higher Center. He has collaborated with different orchestras such as the Galicia Symphony, the Royal Philharmony of Galicia, the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, etc. During his career he has been awarded the 2nd prize in the XI Toledo Provincial Contest for string instruments, the 3rd Excellence of the Paideia Foundation and the same in the International Music Competition London Grand Prize Virtuoso, among others. 

You can read his full CV here.

You can read his full CV here.


Violoncello Associate Professor

Cellist Liina Leijala was born in 1984 in Keuruu, Finland. She has studied at the Sibelius-Akatemia, at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

She has collaborated with orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists Chamber Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

Nowadays is the director of the Barenboim-Said Foundation Center, professor of cello at the Wiener Musikakademie and at the Barenboim Said Foundation Center. She is a cellist at Trio Global.

You can read his full CV here.


Violin Guest Professor

He studied with Unnur Palsdottir, with Tatiana Liberova and with Yuri Nasushkin. He expands his training and also receives early music classes with Jaap Schröder, Barry Sargent and Rinaldo Alesandrini. He has participated in different projects and recordings for TV, cinema, radio and the recording industry.

He is currently a teacher, member of different groups and conductor of the Xove Orquesta Filharmónica da Cidade de Pontevedra.


Viola Main Guest Professor

Julio López was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He studied viola at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany) with a scholarship from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

He has been invited to different orchestras such as the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is a member of the Tertis Viola Ensemble with which he recorded an acclaimed CD with the OehmsClassics label.

He is currently a violist of the Münchner Philharmoniker.

You can read his full CV here.

You can read his full CV here.


Violoncello Main Guest Professor

Violoncello Soloist of the National Orchestra of Spain, Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceu de Barcelona and Guest Professor at the Conservatorio de Rotterdam.

He has won the First Prize of different National Contests (Musical Youth, General Directorate of Music and Theater). He regularly participates in prestigious Chamber Cycles with groups such as Plural Ensemble, Zarabanda, and Camerata Sa Nostra and in International Festivals such as Presences 2000 (Paris), A Tempo (Caracas), Dublin, USA etc.
He was part of the Cloister of Music Teachers in Compostela between 2013 and 2018 and recently of the International Jury A. Janigro (Croatia).
He plays a J. Guadagnini “Il Soldato” instrument donated by the COLUMBUS FOUNDATION.

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