"From the first meeting I was struck with his tenacity, professionalism and innate musicianship"
Peter Stark (Professor of conducting Royal College of Music, London. Rehearsal Director EUYO)
Asier Puga (1989), music and artistic director of the Ciklus Ensemble and the “Gregorio Solabarrieta” Chamber Orchestra, has been trained as an orchestra conductor with maestros like Peter Stark, Robin O’Neill and Howard Williams at the Royal College of Music in London, obtaining the highest mark (Distinction), and in Spain with Arturo Tamayo, Manel Valdivieso and Enrique García Asensio at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country (Musikene). He strengthened his knowledge attending masterclasses of maestros such as Pierre Boulez (Lucerne Festival Academy), Diego Masson (London Sinfonietta) and Martin André (RCM).
Asier Puga has conducted the Basque Country Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Explore Ensemble, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Burgos Symphony Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic Orchestra, RCM Symphonic Orchestra, Liceu XXI (Conservatori Liceu), Classical Orchestra of Lanzarote, Symphonic Wind Band of Vitoria and Bilbao, Bizkaia Symphony Orchestra and RCM New Ensemble. Asier has performed in several renowned festivals, such as Kursaal Auditorium, Palau de la Música de Valencia, San Sebastián Musical Fortnight, Kings Place, Juan March Foundation, Britten Theatre, Carmelo Bernaola Music Festival, Euskalduna Palace, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, SMASH International Music Festival, Alexandra Palace, Guggenheim Musem, among others.
In 2014 Asier made his debut as opera conductor with Armida by F. J. Haydn, and in 2015 he conducted the premiere of “Singularity”, the third opera of the English composer Michael Oliva. Asier has studied répétiteur with Maciej Pikulski. Due to his increasing interest about the voice, Asier has worked with many singers, such us Helena Orcoyen, Ana Nebot, Valentín Petrovici, Paula Iragorri, Maria Ostroukhova, José Miguel Baena, among others. It should be pointed out that Asier worked with the English baritone and stage director Simon Butteriss, in his semi-stage production of Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen by Mahler and Brettl-Lieder by Schoenberg, at the Britten Theatre in London, meeting great success both from the public and critics.
Asier Puga has been assistant conductor of Robert Treviño, Peter Stark, Andrew Gourlay, John Wilson, Johannes Harneit, Michael Rosewell and Martin André, among others.
Asier was selected as one of the three conductors accepted to take part at the prestigious London Sinfonietta Academy 2016, where he received masterclasses from the renowned conductor Diego Masson and the memebers of the London Sinfonietta.
Asier Puga has studied composition with Ramon Lazkano and Gabriel Erkoreka, attending masterclasses of composers such as Steve Reich, Felix Ibarrondo, Johannes Maria Staud, Elena Mendoza and Jesús Torres.
At the invitation of the University of Burgos, in 2017, 2018 and again in 2019 Asier will direct a conducting course for apprentices, within the Summer Courses University of Burgos.
Due to his great interest about contemporary music, Asier has conducted the premier of 40 new works as much in Spain as England, and he has worked with renewed composers such us Chaya Czernowin, José Luis Campana, Iñaki Estrada, Lisa Illean, Michael Oliva, Benjamin Oliver, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, among others. Asier, is co-author of the play-writing “Gesualdo visto por la vanguardia” for the Juan March Foundation, and “Gargantúa”, as well as editor of Ciklus Ensemble project “Dialogues”, in which articles about contemporary art are commissioned and published.