Endowed with a curious and versatile spirit, Eloy is a pianist, fortepianist and harpsichordist. After obtaining a solid piano education in his hometown (Pamplona) and in Musikene (San Sebastián), Eloy was awarded a scholarship by the Government of Navarra, the Humboldt Foundation (Hezekiah Wardwell Prize) and the Nuffic Foundation (Excellence Programme), continuing his studies at the Hague and Groningen Conservatories, the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen (Germany) and at the Schola Cantorum in Basel (Switzerland). Guided by teachers such as Johan Hofmann, Paul Komen and Edoardo Torbianelli, Eloy Orzaiz graduated with the highest marks in various Master's studies. These studies not only provided him with a remarkable technical and artistic basis, but also gave him a deeper knowledge various styles, aesthetics and repertoires ranging from the Renaissance to the present day.
In the 2012-2013 season Eloy was the harpsichord player of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) and in 2014 he was named lauréat of the Royaumont Foundation. He is able to play a wide variety of historical keyboard instruments from English, Viennese and French models, instruments to which he feels a special affinity.
Chamber music is another of his passions. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Suggia Piano Trio and performs on stage with artists such as Amandine Beyer and María Cristina Kiehr. He also founded together with the violinist Marta Martínez ¨El Parnasillo¨, a duo specialized in the rediscovery of the repertoire for violin and historical keyboards of the 18th and 19th centuries. In 2019 Marta and Eloy were finalists in the International Competition of Early Music in York (England).
In parallel to his concert activity in different European countries, he regularly participates in festivals such as Peter de Groot (Netherlands) and Nouvelle Athènes (France).
Since 2014 Eloy has been a harpsichord professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Navarra and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt (Germany). Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt (Germany).
Concerts Aurore, Basilea (CH)
22.10.2020 – 26-.10.2020
Workshop The keyboard sonata with violin accompaniment. Nouvelle Athènes, Paris
En el mirall canviant de la mar blava,
Tot s’hi reflecta igual, tot s’hi enmiralla
Que diferent mon cor!
Oh ma estimada!
El blau hermós del cel, la turbonada,
Els focs del sol ponent, la lluna pálida.
Que diferent mon cor!
Oh ma estimada!
APEL·LES MESTRES I OÑÓS
Marta Ramírez García-Mina and Eloy Orzaiz Galarza met at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in 2015. They are both originary from Pamplona (Navarra, Spain) and are currently based in Basel (Switzerland). Their shared interest in the vast repertoire for violin and keyboard has lead them to explore works that range from the early 17th century until the middle of the 19th, both with harpsichord and fortepiano.
Recent projects include programmes showing the different roles of both instruments (Solo, Continuo, Obbligato), concerts which include lesser-known but highly expressive spanish music (Sebastian de Alberto and other composers of the Spanish Royal Chapel, such as Francisco Corselli), and recitals which show the evolution of the sonata for violin and keyboard.
«El Parnasillo» was finalist of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2019, one of the most important competitions in the field of early music, a true springboard for emerging talents. The spanish duo was one of the 9 ensembles chosen out of 58.
El Parnasillo became member of the association "La Nouvelle Athènes" (Paris) that promotes and disseminates historical keyboards. The duo has recently participated in the inauguration of the restoration of an Erard square-piano of 1806 offering two concerts at the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Reid Hall. Likewise, in cooperation with this association the duo will be teaching a series of masterclasses focusing on the Sonata for keyboard with violin accompaniment.