Adrian Rodriguez Van der Spoel

‘To perform Latin-American Baroque music requires another practice than that of playing European Baroque. It would otherwise be too forced, too academic. Our repertoire needs a profound knowledge of the rich folk music tradition of Latin America, and a clear insight into the character, temperament, thinking and uniqueness of the continent in general. I play this music just as I play traditional music, with the same natural flow. It is this that I love to share with my audience.

Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel (1963) grew up in Rosario, the second largest city of Argentina. Already at a young age he develops a preference for folk and early music. After completing a music education in Rosario, he follows a course in choir conducting in Buenos Aires. As a member of the wellknown early music ensemble Pro Música, he learns to play various instruments. In 1989 he leaves for The Netherlands, where he continues his music studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam: first choir conducting and composition with Daniel Reuss and Daan Manneke, then specializing in Early Music with Jos van Veldhoven and Paul van Nevel.

Adrián devotes much of his time to studying Latin-American Early Music. His continual search for the genesis and sources of this genre takes him to archives of former missionposts in Bolivia and to old Indian communities. Or lead him to scripts made by an 18th century Spanish bishop who noted down the songs from the streets of Trujillo, Peru, for the Spanish home front. In 1996 Adrián starts ensemble Música Temprana, his ambition being to perform this extraordinary but rarely played repertoire in Dutch and foreign concert halls. 
Besides Música Temprana, Adrián is leader of a number of choirs, and is frequently invited as guest conductor by various ensembles and for projects, in The Netherlands as well as abroad, e.g. Japan. Also, he regularly conducts major baroque works such as J.S. Bach’s Passions, or operas such as Francesca Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’ Isola d’Alcina. He is guest conductor of ensemble Promusica de Rosario, Argentina, and at Rosario’s Bach Festival. In 2005 he conducted chamber opera Don Quichote performed by I Piccoli Holandesi, and received favourable reviews for his performance of Thomas Tallis’s Motet for 40 Voices, Spem in Alium, at the opening night of the Festival Oude Muziek