Felix Ardanaz has developed an intense international activity as a conductor, both in the symphonic and operatic fields. Recent engagements include concerts at the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia with singers of the Mariinsky Theatre, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Smetana Hall (Prague), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Wigmore Hall (London), Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), National Auditorium (Madrid), Prado Museum, Guggemheim Museum, Aspen Festival, among others.
He has worked at the Metropolitan Opera House, Opera di Roma and the Royal Opera House (London) as assistant conductor. Additionally, he has conducted more than 15 opera titles. The last titles he undertook were “Carmen” (Saint Petersburg Philharmonia), “Cosi fan tutte” and “Eugene Onegin” (North Czech Philharmonic).
As a symphonic conductor, Ardanaz has worked with a broad number of orchestras, among them: Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Saint Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic; North Czech Philharmonic and Morovian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic); Berlin Sinfonietta; Aspen Festval Orchesta; Bilbao Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonic Orchestra of the Basque Country; Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra; Asturias Symphony Orchestra; Extremadura Philharmonic Orchestra, Murcia Symphony Orchestra, La Rioja Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta; London Classical Soloists Orchestra; Proarte Orchestra in Vienna; Symphony Orchestra of the Spanish Radio and Television, among others.
After finishing his Piano and Conducting Degrees in the Basque Country (Musikene), he specialized in conducting at the Frederic Chopin University in Warsaw and the Ecole Normale in Paris. Afterwards, he obtained a Masters with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London and completed an Artist Diploma at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He was a conducting fellow at Aspen Festival, and studied at Tanglewood Music Institute as well. His conducting mentors are Yves Abel, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano, Simeon Pironkoff, Johannes Debus and Alexander Polianichko.
His discography consists of five albums with works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and the great masters of the French Baroque school. His performances have been transmitted by the following radio stations: France Musique, BBC, Classical Music America and the Spanish National Radio. He has received multiple prizes at international competions, as well as the Critics’ Award of the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, “Golden Melomano” recording award in Spain, and the Fulbright grant.
His style has been praised by international critics: “The essence of the new music generation” (Melomano); “an innate musical an technical complicity with each work” (Scherzo); “passion and sincerity in its purest state” (Ritmo); “superlative adjectives aren’t enough to describe his musical artistry” (Fanfare); "Stylistically flexible and ideally adapted performance“ (Klassik, Vienna); "Felix Ardanaz shined with his personality, delicacy and freshness (Le Monde); “his mastery and music command place him near the greatest performers” (The Classical Music Sentinel); “With great naturalness, good taste and style” (Pianiste, France); “personality out of the ordinary, with a broad number of musical resources” (Point Culture, Belgium); “artist of an intense energy and great lyricism” (Opera World); “no subtleness escapes the complete command of this Spanish star” (The Whole Note, Canada).
His repertoire as a conductor expands from the Baroque era to contemporary music, but is currently focused on the romantic period and early 20th century. Felix Ardanaz shows an interdisciplinary approach to art. He enlarged his artistic background by studying architecture for five years in Paris, and a doctoral degree in Art History. Ardanaz is involved in various programs to help the new generation of musicians, reach new audiences and make classical music accessible.
- Concert at Berlin Philharmonie with clarinetist Kevin Spagnolo, first winner of the Geneva International Music Competition.
- Recent engagement, conducting the Symphony Orchestra of the Spanish Radio and Television:
Works by A. Dvorak (Symphony Nº.9, "The New World", B. Bartok (Concerto for two pianos and Percussion) and Montsalvatge. Teatro Monumental (Madrid).
- Interview at Melomano Magazine: "From Saint Petersbourg to the Spanish National Orchestra" (VIEW FULL INTERVIEW)
- Debut with Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Radio House (Saint Petersburg). Works by Tchaikovsky (5th Symphony) and Shostakovich (5th Symphony).
- Debut at Musikverein (Vienna), accompanying singers Kevin Amiel (tenor) and Alexandra Yangel (mezzo). Review available at Klassik magazine (Vienna).
- Concert with Murcia Philharmonic Orchestra. Works by Glinka (Rusland and Ludmila), Shostakovich (9th Symphony) and Chopin (Piano Concerto Nº1).
- Concert at the great hall of Zaragoza's Auditorium (Mozart Hall).
- Debut at Berlin Philharmonie, accompanying SongHa Choi (violin) and Christoph Croisé (cello).
- Concert with Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra. Works by Smetana (Ma Vlast) and Brahms (Hungarian Dances).
- Ardanaz returns to Carnegie Hall, 7 July 2018.
- Opera "Carmen" by G. Bizet at Saint Petersburg Philharmonia. Singers from Mariinsky Theatre.
- Concert with Saint Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, works by Brahms and Shostakovich.
“The essence of the new music generation”
“An innate musical an technical complicity with each work”
“Superlative adjectives aren’t enough to describe his musical artistry”
"Stylistically flexible and ideally adapted performance“
"Felix Ardanaz shined with his personality, delicacy and freshness"
(Le Monde, France)
“Passion and sincerity in its purest state”
“His mastery and music command place him near the greatest performers”
(The Classical Music Sentinel, USA)
“With great naturalness, good taste and style”
(Pianiste International, France)
"A technically irreproachable and intensively lived performance"
(ABC Journal, Spain)
“Personality out of the ordinary, with a broad number of musical resources”
(Point Culture, Belgium)
“Artist of an intense energy and great lyricism”
"No subtleness escapes the complete command of this Spanish star”
(The Whole Note, Canada)
"He presented an extremely demanding program, showing his unique and distinctive personality"
(The Catalan Music Magazine)
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination and life to everything”
“Music is the shorthand of emotion”
“Music is not in the notes, but in the silence between”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"Music begins where words end"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe