BIO

Spanish composer Borja Mariño is closely linked to the world of the voice. His career as a pianist has led him to important theatres and concert halls together with many singers, and many of them, now friends and colleagues, perform his music. Mariño is developing one of the most promising careers in the lyric scene of his country, as well as in the orchestral and chamber music.

Born in Vigo (Galicia), the pianist and composer Borja Mariño completed his studies in Madrid, where he established his residence. His professional activities have oriented him towards opera: he works as a répétiteur in many theatres as well as a vocal coach. Such collaborations have influenced his music, where the Concert song has a considerable weight. Among the interpreters who have been interested in his music we can find Saioa Hernández, Nadine Benjamin, Francisco Corujo, Mariola Cantarero, Beatriz Díaz, Theresa Karcher, Gabriel Alonso, Beatriz Lanza, Carmen Solís, Patricia Illera, Begoña Gómez, Marta Bauzà, Mirta Arrua, Santiago Sirur, Patricia Blanco, Carolina Gómez...

 

He has explored different sound textures such as the composition for cello and electronic pedals (Praza d'Almeida, Tarde de choiva), compositions for harp with voice or in instrumental trio (No espazo, Cançó trista) or the string quartet and harpsichord, such as the one that he composed on  the famous monologue of Life is a dream, specially thought for the baroque music specialist Franco Fagioli. On poetry of the Golden Age he also wrote the cycle Tres páginas de Fuenteovejuna (Three Pages of Fuenteovejuna). During the confinement he devised Music in Quarantine for flute and clarinet, inspired by the experiences of two musicians in confinement: Pilar Constancio and Luis Miguel Méndez.

Mariño has strong links to the stage world: he has prepared, performed and composed music for theatre. In addition, he has made some musical arrangements for chamber orchestra (L'heure espagnole, The Republic of Love) as well as he has written original music for shows such as El pimiento Verdi, directed by the playwright Albert Boadella. From the collaboration with the Children's Stories Pyel Company, emerged some arrangements (Peter and the Wolf Play in the Orchestra) and a project on demand: The Little Prince. This piece has been performed on numerous occasions, on stages such as the Spanish National Auditorium in Madrid or the Reina Sofía Music School. It was also recorded by the Enara Wind Quintet. Later, Mariño prepared a new version for orchestra. In addition, he has arranged many of his songs for this larger group, highlighting the Four Sephardic Songs, performed by the soprano Saioa Hernández.

Nacido en Vigo (Galicia) el pianista y compositor Borja Mariño completó sus estudios en Madrid, donde estableció su ciudad de residencia. Sus actividades profesionales le han orientado hacia la ópera, donde realiza una importante labor como maestro repetidor en muchos teatros así como coach de cantantes, colaboraciones que han influido en su música, donde la Canción de concierto tiene un peso específico muy importante. Entre los intérpretes que se han interesado por su música figuran las voces de Saioa Hernández, Nadine Benjamin, Francisco Corujo, Mariola Cantarero, Beatriz Díaz, Theresa Karcher, Gabriel Alonso, Beatriz Lanza, Carmen Solís, Patricia Illera, Begoña Gómez, Marta Bauzà, Mirta Arrua, Santiago Sirur, Patricia Blanco, Carolina Gómez... 

 

Ha explorado diferentes espacios sonoros como la composición para violoncello y pedales electrónicos (Praza d'Almeida, Tarde de choiva), las composiciones para arpa con voz o en trío instrumental (No espazo, Cançó trista), el cuarteto de cuerda y clave como su Monologo de La vida es sueño para el especialista en música barroca Franco Fagioli. Sobre poesía del siglo de oro escribió también el ciclo 3 páginas de Fuenteovejuna. Durante la pandemia ideó "Música en cuarentena" para flauta y clarinete, inspirada en las vivencias de dos músicos en el confinamiento: Pilar Constancio y Luis Miguel Méndez. 

Le unen fuertes vínculos con el mundo teatral; ha preparado, interpretado y compuesto música para teatro. Además de la orquestación para pequeñas formaciones (L'heure espagnole, The republic of love) ha escrito música original para obras como El pimiento Verdi, dirigida por Albert Boadella. De la colaboración con la Compañía de cuentos infantiles Pyel surgieron arreglos (Pedro y el Lobo tocan en la orquesta) y un encargo: El principito que ha sido interpretada en numerosas ocasiones, en escenarios como el Auditorio Nacional de Madrid o la Escuela Reina Sofía y ha grabado el Quinteto de viento Enara. Posteriormente Mariño preparó una versión como Suite de orquesta. Además, muchas de sus canciones tienen versiones orquestales, destacando las Cuatro canciones sefardíes que ha interpretado la soprano Saioa Hernández.