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(Valladolid, 1978) Studied hurdy-gurdy with Rafael Martín, Pascal Lefeuvre, Laurent
Tixier, Isabelle Pignol, Gilles Chabenat, Nigel Eaton, Patrick Boufard, Valentin
Clastrier, Matthias Loibner, etc...  He has played all over the world (Columbia, Algiers, Russia, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Bulgaria, Marrocco, Slovenia, Finland, Switzerland, Holland, Norway, Moldavia, Ucrania...) in prestigious halls and festivals such as the Marrakech, ConcertGebaum in Amsterdam, University of Columbia, Reales Alcazares of Seville, Odessa Jazz Carnival of Ukraine,Arquitects House, Moscow, Amuz inAmber, Stan’s Music Festival of Switzerland, Storas Festiva of Norway, European Jazz Night Festival of Oslo, UER Festival of Finland, Ethno Jazz Festival of Moldavia, Kulturbrauerei Centre of Berlin, Music Nights of the Miro Foundation in Barcelona, etc.  He has collaborated with numerous formations and musicians like Rao Trío, Viellistic Orquestra, Uxía, María Salgado, Laio, Nuke Trio, Wafir Shekeldin Gibril, Pascal Lefeuvre, Valentin Clastrier, Joaquín Saura, Medieval Quartet of Urueña, Paolo Angeli, Tasto Solo...  He has formed part of the Viellistic Orquestra, a hurdy-gurdy group based in France. This project disappeared in 2004, and German formed a duo with the artistic director, Pascal Lefeuvre, also co-founding the Symphonia Quartet, an Iberian hurdy-gurdy quartet together with Rafael Martín, Marc Egea and Pascal Lefeuvre.  In 1999 he was awarded with the “Racimo de Oro” prize for his work in the investigation and diffusion of tradicional music. In 2004 he started his own record label, Producciones Efimeras, with Fernando Fuentes, with which he has paid special attention to Hurdy-gurdy players like Marc Egea or Matthias Loibner.  In 2005 he was chosen to represent the Castilla y Leon region for the PopKomm in Berlin, the most important record company fair of the Central-European
In 2006 he was chosen to represent Spain in the XXV11 edition of the European
Union Radiodifusion Festival (EUR), the organization which groups all of the public radio stations of the continent, celebrated in Finland.  In November 2008, Classical RNE dedicated to him a programme about the hurdy-gurdy, live from the Juan March Foundation of Madrid.  In 2009 he was chosen by the Spanish Embassy to represent Spain at the prestigious European Jazz Nights festival in Oslo.  His Cd “Popular Music of the Civil War”, a hurdy-gurdy and guitar duo with Antonio Bravo, was chosen second-best record of the year 2009 by “Cuadernos de Jazz”, and best international record by the veteran Japanese magazine Jazz Tokio.

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