Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel

ADRIÁN RODRÍGUEZ VAN DER SPOEL was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1963. He became acquainted with traditional and folk music first in a somewhat intuitive way and gradually through academic training. Eventually he redirected his attention in his studies to early Western music and its historic interpretation. Later on, he moved to The Netherlands where he studied composition and choir direction with Daniel Reuss, Daan Manneke, Paul van Nevel and Jos van Veldhoven at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

In 2001 he started with MÚSICA TEMPRANA, an ensemble specializing mainly in the interpretation of music from the colonial period in Latin America and Spain. He has also done a lot of research on the theme of Latin American and Spanish renaissance music and is the author of Bailes, Tonadas & cachuas; la música del Códice Trujillo del Perú en el siglo XVIII.

As artistic leader and director of choirs and baroque orchestras as well as composer, singer, guitarist, percussionist and researcher Adrián is active in a large segment of the musical world. As a guest director he has worked with ensembles like Anthonello and Contraponto from Japan and with Conjunto Promúsica in Argentina.

He was invited as specialist guest teacher by the Conservatories of Tilburg, Utrecht and The Hague and by the Argentinian Catholic University, the Conservatory Manuel de Falla in Buenos Aires and the Escuela Universitaria de Música at his place of birth Rosario. Also he has taught choir direction at the Kurt Thomas course in The Netherlands.

He has directed The Passions of J.S. Bach and the staged operas La Liberazzione di Ruggiero of Francesca Caccini, Dido & Aeneas of Henry Purcell and the madrigal comedy Il Festino of Adriano Banchieri.

During the opening of the Early Music Festival in Utrecht in 2005 the monumental motet for 40 voices Spem in Alium van Thomas Tallis was performed under his direction and three years later a staged version of the Ensaladas of Mateo Flecha was performed at the Festival of 2008.