José Ignacio López García (Violin), was born on April 6th, 1995, in Seville, Spain. He began his musical studies at the age of eight at the Elementary Conservatory of Music of Triana, Seville, with Miguel Angel Abad Mendoza. He continued his studies with Macarena Martínez López at the professional conservatory Francisco Guerrero, where he performed together with the orchestra of this conservatory. He graduated in Musikene, the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country, under the teaching of Keiko Wataya and Liana Gourdjia, wtih whom he entered in a postgraduate course. He is currently a student for a master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Professor Tero Latvala.
He studied at the Barenboim Said Academy, with violinists such as Michael Barenboim, Axel Wilzcok, Mathis Fischer, Peter Klaus and Pablo Martos. He has participated in different courses, among them the “Curso Internacional de Música Alcalá de los Gazules” with David le Page, “Curso internacional de música de Llanes” with Anna Baget and the Quiroga Quartet, and “Curso internacional Manuel de Falla” in Granada, with Kevork Mardirossian and Guy Ben-Ziony. He has regularly received lessons from Tamara Bektemirova, assistant concertmaster of the Seville Symphony Orchestra, or Branislav Sise. In the summer of 2017, he was selected as a scholarship holder to participate in the Turina festival where he studied with Tobias Feldmann and Phillipe Graffin. He receives regular lessons from Stefan Horvath in Basel, with whom he has also participated in the “Muzica la altitudine” masterclasses in Transylvania. He has also received lessons from James Ehnes, Tatiana Samouil or Levon Ambartsumian.
He is a founding member of the Saltés quartet and the Niburutz quintet wining several prizes such as the first prize “Real Maestranza de Caballería” in the Visitación Magarzo competition in 2012, or the chamber music prize of the International Music Course of Llanes, awarded by the Quiroga quartet. He is also a founding member of the Sibelius quartet, with which he has performed at festivals organized by Juventudes Musicales de España and at the international music and dance festival of Granada (FEX).
Recently he has also participated in a large number of orchestras, including the Youth Orchestra of Andalusia, in which he has held positions of responsibilityn several occasions, the Orquesta Bética de Cámara, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, and the Musikene Orchestra, of which he has been kontzetmeister. He has performed with conductors such as Pablo González, Mª del Mar Muñoz, Michael Thomas, Juan García, Manuel Hernández Silva, Pedro Halffter, Eduardo Portales, Antoni Ros-Marbà and Arturo Tamayo.
He has been an active member of the JONDE (Joven Orquesta Nacional de España) and has participated in numerous projects among which stands out the Tarab quartet under tuhe tuition of professor Andoni Mercero in Musikene, and has recorded for Radio Clásica of Spain, after winning the Rookie box competition (2018), the Morton quintet working with Karsten Dobers and taking part in the Musical Fortnight of Donostia in 2019, and the Lombo quintet, participating in several concerts, such as the one organized by musical youth of Bilbao. He receives regular chamber music lessons from Benedicte Palko and Josu Okiñena.
He is currently immersed in the development of two ensembles, Kasumi Trio and Arima Quartet, at the Sibelius Academy under the tutelage of Marti Rauttio, Marko Ylonen, Petri Aarnio and Antti Tikkanen, perfortming in Musikkitalo, National Auditorium of Finland in Helsinki. With Kasumi Trio he has won first prize in Medici International Music competition 2021 and second prize in Moscow International Chamber Music Competition 2021. With Arima Quartet he became semifinalist in Trondheim 2021 String Quartet Competition.