Spanish cellist Millán Abeledo Malheiro, born in Galicia in 1990, started learning the cello with Tatiana Cucerenco at the age of 8. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with “Distinction” at CSMA (Conservatoire of Music of Aragón) with A.L.Quintana and B. Switalska and continued his studies under the guidance of prestigious Prof. Natalia Shakhovskaya at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. In 2013 he was admitted at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in Prof. Troels Svane’s class.
He has worked with Asier Polo, Arto Noras, Xavier Gagnepain, Ferenc Rados, Günter Pichler, Heinrich Schiff, Heime Müller, Franz Helmerson, and Quiroga Quartet, among others.
Millán has been awarded several scholarships such as BBVA Foundation and Segundo Gil Dávila Fundation and has won several prizes, last of which was the First Prize in the Santa Cecilia International Competition.
He currently develops an intense chamber music activity working with different ensembles and as a former member of the string octet Bambú Ensemble. Millán also holds a position as a tutti player at the Real Filharmonía de Galicia orchestra.
Pianist Elisa Martín Bragado, born in Madrid in 1990, completed her studies with Prof. Carlos Domínguez in Madrid, after which she was awarded the Extraordinary Piano Prize. She finished her Bachelor’s Degree at CSMA (Conservatoire of Music of Aragon) with the highest qualifications under the guidance of Iván Cítera and Miguel Ángel Ortega Chavaldas. She worked simultaneously with Prof. Nino Kereselidze.
Elisa has actively participated in a great deal of piano master classes with many well-known professors: Josep Colom, Imre Rohman, Andras Kemenes, David Kuyken, Frank Wibaut, Eldar Nebolsin, Claudio Martínez-Mehner, Alexander Kandelaki, Ángel Sanzo, to name some. She is also a laureate of competitions such as Hazen Piano Competition and Jacinto Guerrero. Elisa currently combines her chamber music playing and teaching with her piano pedagogy studies with M. McCarthy.
As a duo they have been playing together since 2013 and have given recitals all around Spain, France, Germany and Portugal. They have taken part in chamber music master classes with Kennedy Moretti, Luis del Valle, Deniz Arman Gelenbe, Cibrán Sierra, Xavier Gagnepain and Rita Wagner. Next season they have several projects in France and Spain.
“In the fullness of their youth, Millán and Elisa show once again extraordinary maturity. Millán displays a rare blend of accuracy and fantasy combined with passion and balance. His cello and his music speak and sing with all his heart. Elisa has that precious gift of phrasing and beauty of sound. They are truly outstanding and have a brilliant future.”
Angel Luis Quintana, cellist
“The melodic natural talent is always alive in this duo. The lyricism of the cello is never lost, from the passionate Cassadó to the anguished Largo of the Sonata, from the sensual Piazzolla to the evocative Rachmaninov. Abeledo’s refined phrasing is always hopeful, even in the darkest moments of Shostakovich. Elisa Martín, makes an impeccable duo with the cellist, showing great talent and clear phrasing, always at the service of music. Melancholy impregnates this CD, recorded by a duo whose youth would be difficult to guess, given the maturity of their performance.”
Suzana Stefanovich, cellist
“He is in possession of a warm noble expressive sound and a musical instinct and understanding which has enable him to master an extensive and varied repertoire. His sense of musical expression and phrasing is always very natural and convincing, and he communicates extremely well with audiences.”
Troels Svane, cellist