Performed by: Alicia Griffiths
At the beginning of 1946, García Leoz composed an Impromptu para arpa dedicated to Maria Lola Higueras. The composition, which was never published, was missing until he contacted Ms. Higueras during the writing of Jesús García Leoz, un legado interrumpido (1904-1953) by Laura Celaya Álvarez. Maria Lola Higueras donated the score to the General Archive of Navarre, where it is currently kept. The work was premiered by Higueras on March 31, 1946 in a recital at the Winter Concerts at the Pereda Theater in Santander. She never ceased to perform it until her retirement in 1955.
15 September 2020.
Born in Pamplona into a musical family, her grandfather, Manuel Turrillas, was a great composer of popular Navarrese music. Alicia began to play classical guitar at age 7, and harp at 13. After finishing her secondary studies at the Pablo Sarasate Conservatory, she moved to Wales to study harp at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She continued her studies with a Master in Musical Performance under Gabriella Dall’Olio, and at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London under Frances Kelly (baroque harp). Alicia plays regularly with the Navarre Symphony Orchestra and has been part of the Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, the London Mahler Orchestra, the Whitehall Orchestra, the Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Orchestral Society, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country Youth Orchestra and the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra, among others. In 2011, she received the John Marson Prize for Harp Studies, through which she gave her début recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.
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