Daniel Zapico (b. 1983 in Asturias, Spain) directed his studies towards the field of Early Music, specializing in the theorbo in 1999. He graduated in the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) with Xavier Díaz-Latorre. He has also studied with Rolf Lislevand, Hopkinson Smith, Robert Barto, Eduardo Egüez, Laura Mónica Pustilnik, Luca Pianca, Juan Carlos de Mulder or Juan Carlos Rivera, among others. In 2012 Zapico obtained a master in Musicology, Musical Education and Interpretation of Early Music in the Autonomous University of Barcelona with the unanimous congratulation of the tribunal for his project about Robert de Visée.
As a founding member of the ensemble Forma Antiqva, Zapico has played extensively in important festivals throughout Spain and in several concert tours in Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Japan, Panama, Peru, Serbia and Singapore, achieving great success between audience and critics. With Forma Antiqva he has recorded seven albums: Bizarro!!, Insólito Estupor, Sopra Scarlatti, Amore x Amore, Concerto Zapico, The Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi and the recently released Opera Zapico, awarded in some of the most important magazines of music as Scherzo or Pizzicato Supersonic. Forma Antiqva is currently the resident ensemble at the Auditorio – Palacio de Congresos “Príncipe Felipe” in Oviedo (Asturias, Spain) and exclusive artist for the German label Winter&Winter.
Together with Enrique Solinís and his brother Pablo Zapico he plays in Pulsata3, elected in competition for the INJUVE Musical Circuits in 2004. Zapico also works with La Caravaggia (winners of the international contest “Les Sacqueboutiers” in Toulouse in 2006), with La Ritirata (finalist with honours in the competition Josep Mirabent in Sitges 2008) and with the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla (National Music Prize 2011). Concert engagements have included to work with important figures in the music scene as Emilio Moreno (El Concierto Español), Christina Pluhar (L’Arpeggiata), Michael Hofstetter (Orquesta del Liceu Barcelona), Leonardo García Alarcón (Cappella Mediterranea), Ara Malikian, Fahmi Alqhai (Accademia del Piacere), Manfredo Kraemer (Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla), Andrea De Carlo (Mare Nostrum), Andrea Marchiol (B’Rock), Riccardo Muti, Kenneth Weiss, Gabriel Garrido, Enrico Onofri, Petra Müllejans, Margaret Faultless, Chiara Banchini, Attilio Cremonesi (Orquesta del Gran Teatro La Fenice) or Philippe Pierlot (Ricercar Consort).
Zapico was selected by the Académie Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay for the opera Ercole Amante, directed by Gabriel Garrido in 2006, and in 2007 by the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) as main theorbo for two different tours throughout Europe, directed by Christina Pluhar and Margaret Faultless. He has been invited regularly by this orchestra (EUBO) to participate in a tour at the end of 2008 with Enrico Onofri, with whom he performed in live in the programme “In Tune” of the BBC Radio3, also to a project with Chiara Banchini (August 2009) and a tour with Petra Müllejans (November 2009).
Highlights of Zapico’s recordings include the CD-DVD Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi with L’Arpeggiata for Virgin Classics and the recording for the television channel Mezzo with La Caravaggia, during the REMA showcase (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne).
Since 2008 Zapico has worked as a teacher of Early Plucked Instruments in the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Zaragoza (Spain), and since 2009 he has also worked in the Academia de Música Antigua de Gijón (AMAG). Zapico has given several masterclassess in the University of Melbourne (Australia), Le Rocher de Palmer (Cenon, France), The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore) and the VII International Seminar of Albarracín (Spain), as well as two transcription seminars at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (Spain) in 2012 and 2013.
Zapico was awarded the distinction of “Asturiano del Mes” by the La Nueva España newspaper, as well as the “Grupo del Año 2010″ by the Televisión del Principado de Asturias, the Serondaya Prize for the Cultural Innovation in Asturias and the “Premio de la Música en Asturias”.