More Hispano’s artistic director, recorder player Vicente Parrilla, has been fully devoted since 2005 to recovering the lost art of improvisation within the early music repertoire.
“Whereas for most period-instrument bands improvisation means judiciously adding ornaments, Mr. Parrilla and company go all out. Mr. Parrilla, on recorder, takes turns with the other instrumentalists elaborating on the composers’ melodies, often adding modal touches and varying the rhythms, much as a virtuosic jazz band would do with a group of standards.”
—The New York Times, February 17, 2011
He began his concert career at a very early age, making his debut CD —a record entirely devoted to Spanish 17th century composer B. de Selma y Salaverde— at the age of 20. In addition to leading his quartet, More Hispano and a number of other projects, he has collaborated with a wide selection of groups and musicians with different backgrounds: jazz pianist Enrico Pieranunzi; jazz bassists Barry Guy & Pablo Martín Caminero; flamenco artists Rocío Márquez, Arcángel, Artefactum, Orphenica Lyra, Capella de Ministrers, El Paraíso Perdido, Seville’s Baroque Orchestra (appearing as a soloist) and Madrid’s Symphonic orchestra. He has also performed in a number of festivals and concert halls in Spain, Ireland, England, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Brazil & Mexico.
Born in 1977, Vicente Parrilla studied the recorder at Seville’s conservatory with Guillermo Peñalver. When he was only 17, he moved to The Netherlands in order to continue his studies, initially with Jeanette van Wingerden at the The Hague’s Koniklijk Conservatorium, and later with Walter van Hauwe at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, graduating in 2001. He completed his studies with Pedro Memelsdorff at Esmuc in Barcelona, besides attending a good number of courses with Aldo Abreu.
Vicente Parrilla has taught the recorder at several masterclasses held at the conservatories of Madrid, Zaragoza and Cuenca, as well as during the XIII, XIV y XV Muestra de Música Antigua Castillo de Aracena (Huelva). Since 2004 I have been regularly teaching Recorder, Ornamentation and Improvisation for Period Instruments at Seville’s Conservatorio Superior de Música.
Vicente Parrilla has recorded three CDs as More Hispano’s leader so far: Canzoni, Fantasie et Correnti (1998); Yr a oydo (2010) & GLOSAS (2011), making guest appearances on a number of recording projects, for labels such as Alia Vox, Glossa, Carpe Diem, Alqhai & Alqhai, Lindoro and CDM. See his complete discography here.
Read more at vicenteparrilla.com