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2pm – 5pm in The Studio. Suitable for ages 12+. Free, drop in.

About this event

Join us for this special masterclass on the virginals by award-winning musician Catalina Vicens.


  • Virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, Naples, 1668

About Catalina Vicens

Award-winning musician, Catalina Vicens, a native of Chile and now resident in Basel, Switzerland, started her international career at an early age. By the age of 20 she had already played in the main concert-halls in more than ten countries in North and South America, including the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires Argentina, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the Teatro Municipal do São Paulo.

Catalina studied harpsichord with Lionel Party (Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia), Robert Hill (Musikhochschule Freiburg) and Andrea Marcon and Jesper Christensen (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis). She later specialized in medieval music with Corina Marti, obtaining a Master's degree in Medieval Keyboard Instruments (an international first), and in Contemporary Music Performance (with historical keyboards) at the Musik Akademie Basel.

During her graduate studies, she undertook individual research on the harpsichord and organ literature from Renaissance Italy, England and Switzerland, which led her to commence recently a PhD degree at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium and the Leiden University, The Netherlands. She has also been invited to give several courses and master-classes and to be part of the jury at international competitions.

Her fascination for sound and rhythm also led Catalina to study Iranian percussion with Madjid Khaladj and historical timpani and percussion with Pedro Estevan, Michael Metzler, Philip Tarr and Glen Velez among others. Her desire to explore the sound possibilities of the instruments she plays has brought her close collaborations with composers.

Vicens performs and records regularly as a member of ensembles of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and New music in Europe, USA and South America. She is the artistic director of Servir Antico, with whom she aims to recover the less-known repertoire and intellectual heritage of the humanistic period (13th-16th century). As an orchestra member, she has performed under the direction of well-known conductors such as Otto-Werner Müller, Gottfried von der Goltz, Andrea Marcon, Skip Sempé and Carlos Miguel Prieto. Besides her busy performing career, Catalina holds a position as organist in Switzerland