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Seduced by the music of new creation, Manuel Santapau has been endowed with a stamp out of the ordinary in the musical. In addition to having been awarded in several national and international competitions and having obtained the highest grades in the Superior Conservatory of Murcia, and later in Valencia, he is part of the Orquestra Simfònica de Castellón as a soloist.

During all that time, his interest and open-mindedness lead him from the classical world, which will always be present and from which he was lucky enough to receive the classes and advice for several years from Maestro Marçal Cervera, to the contemporary world, being a collaborator of ensembles like Grup Instrumental de Valencia or the Ensemble d'Arts and founding member of the Ensemble Espai Sonor. Thanks to this, it leads him to develop the knowledge and research of current forms of expression and to participate in important international festivals such as Música Nova (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Festival SMASH (Salamanca, Spain), ENSEMS (Valencia, Spain), Festival Opus (Bordeaux, France), Mostra Sonora (Valencia, Spain), Spiral Cycle (Paris, France) or the Klang Cycle (Helsinki, Finland).

The encounters with Jose Manuel López López, Voro García, Luís de Pablo, Héctor Parra, Alberto Posadas, Aureliano Cattaneo, Elena Mendoza and Georg Friedrich Haas, mark their evolution profoundly.

His pedagogical activities are developed in such diverse media as the Superior Conservatory of Castellón, the Professional Conservatory of Requena (Valencia), ESMAR (Escuela Superior de Música de Alto Rendimiento), the CellosMagics Campus and the different courses and workshops where he is invited to give master classes every year.

Manuel Santapau has recorded with the Ensemble Espai Sonor several albums for the Stradivarius record label.

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