Music director, recorder player and improviser, Vicente Parrilla was born in Seville in 1977. He graduated from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2001. Since 2004, he has been appointed as professor of recorder at Conservatorio Superior de Música «Manuel Castillo» of Seville.
As a performing musician, he has been ensemble More Hispano’s artistic director since its foundation in 1998 and makes frequent collaborations with diverse early music ensembles, as well as with world-class jazz and flamenco musicians. Since 2005, Vicente Parrilla has specialised in historical improvisation, working with the aim of developing some of the instrumental, aural and mnemonic skills necessary to bring back to life the improvisational skills that ancient music performers once had. He has regularly presented the results in front of today’s audiences through the entirely improvised performance of every piece included in his concert programmes, besides documenting it in a number of CD recordings.
As a teacher, Vicente Parrilla holds the chair of recorder at the Conservatory of Seville and has over 15–years’ experience in working in higher music education. During that period he has built up a recorder class in Seville that has attracted students from several Spanish cities and regions, as well as regular and Erasmus students from Germany, Switzerland and Argentina.
Vicente Parrilla’s web publishing literacy has enabled him to thoroughly document the activities of the Seville recorder class on a dedicated website since 2011: flautadepico.consev.es.
Education & Diplomas
- 2019–2023: PhD in historical improvisation at docARTES Doctoral Programme in Musical Arts (Ghent, Belgium), LUCA Faculty of the Arts and KU Leuven. David Burn, supervisor (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). Philippe Canguilhem, co-supervisor (Université de Tours)
- 2017–2018: Master’s Degree in Musicology, Musical Education and Interpretation of Early Music. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) & Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC)
- 2001–2002: Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). Performance studies with Pedro Memelsdorff
- 1997–2001: Conservatorium van Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Muziek 1e fase, Blokfluit Diploma. Class of prof. Walter van Hauwe
- 1995–1997: Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag (The Netherlands). Performance studies with Jeanette van Wingerden. Additional recorder lessons with Marion Verbruggen, Michael Barker and Sébastien Marq
- 1986–1995: Conservatorio Superior de Música «Manuel Castillo», Seville (Spain). Título de Profesor de Flauta de pico (Recorder Teacher Diploma). Performance studies with Guillermo Peñalver. Additional recorder lessons with Aldo Abreu
- 2019–2020: Danish National Academy of Music (Syddansk Musikkonservatorium). Recorder and historical improvisation professor. Contemporary Creative Artist program (Advanced Postgraduate Diploma)
- 2004–2019: Chair of Recorder Studies at Conservatorio Superior de Música «Manuel Castillo», Seville, Spain. Currently on leave.
Seminars, Guest Teaching and Presentations
- 2020: Basle, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, January 22–23. Recorder workshop and lecture: Modo & practica del diminuire. Diminutions in Sylvestro Ganassi’s Fontegara (1535).
- 2019: Amsterdam, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, October 24. Historical improvisation and diminution masterclass during the Open Recorder Days Festival
- 2018: Geneva, Haute école de musique de Genève, March 9–11. Project L'énigme Ganassi : diminutions et proportions dans « La Fontegara » de Silvestro Ganassi, pratique ou spéculation ?
- 2017: Faro, Conservatório Regional do Algarve Maria Campina, May 20. Workshop A Flauta e a Improvisação
- 2017: Esbjerg, Syddansk Musikkonservatorium (Danish National Academy of Music), May 13. Workshop Improvising today on historical repertoires. A primer for early music performers
- 2014: Madrid, Conservatorio Profesional de Música Arturo Soria, February 17. Recorder and chamber music master-classes
- 2009: Seville, Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla (FeMÀS), March 26. Seminar Práctica y teoría de la improvisación en el renacimiento y principios del siglo XVII
- 2009: Zaragoza, Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, May 16–17. Seminar Madrigales Rotos: Glosa e improvisación sobre madrigales y canciones célebres del Renacimiento
- 2008: Huelva, XV Muestra de Música Antigua Castillo de Aracena, June 29–July 6. Recorder and chamber music master-classes
- 2007: Madrid, Conservatorio Federico Moreno Torroba, I Semana de Música Antigua, June 15. Lecture & concert: Yr a oydo
- 2007: Huelva, XIV Muestra de Música Antigua Castillo de Aracena, July 1–8. Recorder and chamber music master-classes
- 2006: Huelva, XIII Muestra de Música Antigua Castillo de Aracena, July 2–9. Recorder and chamber music master-classes
- 2006: Cuenca, Conservatorio Profesional de Música Pedro Aranaz, March 21–22. Recorder and chamber music master-classes
Vicente Parrilla began his concert career at a very early age, making his first CD recording with his own ensemble More Hispano at the age of 20. In addition to leading his group and a number of other projects, his versatility as a performer has allowed him to collaborate with a wide selection of ensembles and musicians with very different backgrounds: jazz pianist Enrico Pieranunzi; jazz bassists Barry Guy & Pablo Martín Caminero. Flamenco artists Rocío Márquez, Patricia Guerrero, María José Pérez, Arcángel & Miguel Ángel Cortés. And early music ensembles such as Euskal Barrokensemble, Accademia del Piacere, Orphenica Lyra, Capella de Ministrers, The Royal Wind Music, Speculum, Artefactum, Seville’s Baroque Orchestra (performing as a soloist) and Madrid’s Symphonic orchestra. He has appeared in festivals and prominent concert halls in Spain, Ireland, England, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, The Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Brazil & Mexico.
As director of More Hispano
- Glosas (2011). Carpe Diem Records CD-16285
- Yr a oydo (2010). Carpe Diem Records CD-16279
- Canzoni, Fantasie et Correnti (1999). Lindoro MPC-0703
- Juan Sebastián Elkano (2019). With Euskal Barrokensemble (Enrike Solinís). Alia Vox Diversa AV9933
- El Amor Brujo (2017). With Euskal Barrokensemble (Enrike Solinís). Alia Vox Diversa AV9921
- Colores del Sur (2013). With Euskal Barrokensemble (Enrike Solinís). Glossa Platinum GCD P33301
- Las idas y las vueltas (2012). With Accademia del Piacere (Fahmi Alqhai). Glossa Platinum GCD P33203
- Nuevos Mundos (2012). With Música Prima. Lindoro NL3013
- Amori di Marte (2011). With Accademia del Piacere (Fahmi Alqhai). Alqhai & Alqhai 003
- Splendor. Cancionero de El Escorial vol. IV (2010). With Speculum (Ernesto Schmied). Openmusic OPM2010A
- Le Lacrime di Eros (2008). With Accademia del Piacere (Fahmi Alqhai). Alqhai & Alqhai 001
- Saltos, brincos y reverencias (2008). With Artefactum. Pasarela CDP4/1094 NL3013
- Iudicii Signum (2002). With Capella de Ministrers (Carles Magraner). CDM 0203
Musical Awards (More Hispano / Vicente Parrilla)
Glosas, Carpe Diem Records CD-16285, 2011
- E (Excepcional) de Scherzo
- Nomination International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) 2012
Yr a oydo, Carpe Diem Records CD-16279, 2010
- E (Excepcional) de Scherzo
- Nomination International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) 2011
- PhD in historical improvisation (2019–2023). docARTES Doctoral Programme in Musical Arts (Ghent, Belgium). David Burn (supervisor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Philippe Canguilhem (co-supervisor, Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès)
- Master’s thesis. “With much new information but without documentation.” Fact and fiction in Silvestro Ganassi’s undocumented biographies (2018). Supervisor: Pedro Memelsdorff. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) & Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC)
- Bachelor’s thesis “La voce humana... del flauto”: A performer’s reading of Sylvestro Ganassi’s Fontegara (1999). Method (Leergan): From the eye to the ear: an attempt to raise our eyes from the score (May 2001). Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA)
Online Articles (selection)
- Six Transcribed Improvisations on La Spagna, September 12, 2017
- The Fred Morgan recorder catalogue, December 24, 2016
- Beautiful Recorders, December 29, 2015
- The world’s most important photograph of a recorder, December 27, 2015
- A comprehensive list of publications by Bob Marvin, December 15, 2015
- Fred Morgan’s fingering charts for ‘Ganassi’ type recorders, August 25, 2015
- My Fred Morgan story, April 8, 2015
- ‘Care of Recorders’ by Bob Marvin, April 4, 2015
- Fred Morgan’s ‘playing in’ process for new recorders: way to go!, September 13, 2013
- Download My Embellishments: The GLOSAS CD sheet music, now available as a free download, July 5, 2013
- flautadepico.com (forthcoming)
Whereas for most period-instrument bands improvisation means judiciously adding ornaments, Mr. Parrilla and company go all out. Mr. Parrilla, on recorder, takes turns with the other instrumentalists elaborating on the composers’ melodies, often adding modal touches and varying the rhythms, much as a virtuosic jazz band would do with a group of standards.
— The New York Times, February 17, 2011
Vicente Parrilla has so consumed the model books that he can now speak their musical language with confidence and freedom and create truly modern performances. Parrilla should be considered among the most expressive and technically proficient modern recorder players.
— American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2011