Review on The Straits Times of Singapore: “Virtuoso prowess on flute and piano”

Review of  the premiere of Sonata for flute and piano by Spanish flutist Roberto Alvarez in The Straits Times of Singapore:

“The concert opened with Elisenda Fábregas Flute Sonata, four movements of rhythmically tricky and aurally piquant musical textures. Its exoticism was an offshoot of the sound worlds of Debussy and Messiaen, dreamy and impressionistic in the slow movement, but picked up pace in the fleet-footed scherzo, an exercise in staccato playing that extended without a break into the finale.  Both Alvarez and pianist Shane Thio were pushed to wits’ end to overcome the complexities, but acquitted themselves marvelously.”

Colores Andaluces for Cello and Piano

Meininger-Trio -NCA (New Classical Adventure Records)

Album titled Dert Seelenvogel – Soulbird 60247-NCA

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano has been recorded by Milos Mlejnik, Violoncello andpiano, Rainer Gepp, piano, of the Meininger-Trio on the album Dert Seelenvogel – Soulbird!. This album also includes music by Astrid Spitznagel, Cecilia McDowall, and Stefans Grove.

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano is published by Hofmeister MusikVerlag.

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Colores Andaluces for Cello and Piano

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano has been recorded by Milos Mlejnik, Violoncello and piano, Rainer Gepp, piano, of the Meininger-Trio on the album Dert Seelenvogel – Soulbird!. This album also includes music by Astrid Spitznagel, Cecilia McDowall, and Stefans Grove.

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano is published by Hofmeister MusikVerlag.


Two new works for violin

written for Hungarian concert violinist

Rodrigo Puskás

Ancient Walls for solo violin (2012) 
Wandering spirit for violin and piano (2013) 

Hungarian concert violinist Rodrigo Puskás superb artistry and distintive style of playing, characterized by a ‘beautifully moving and warm’ singing tone, along with breathtaking virtuosity, inspired the composer to write two works for him.

Ancient walls (2012) is a one-movement work for the violin that echoes the sounds of the ancient world. The title is a metaphor for the ‘walls’ that, literally and figuratively, sometimes separate cultures and people from each other; and also alludes to the common European heritage shared by Puskás and the composer, both natives of fiercely independent cultures that have struggled over time to retain their identity.
Ancient Walls is published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag. 

Wandering spirit for violin and piano (2013) is a musical metaphor for the quest for truth, which is symbolized musically by moments of discovery, with longing and soaring solo lines in the violin, and moments of struggle marked by dissonant interaction between the violin and the piano. This work ends with a bright major harmony through which both the music resolves and the quest comes to an end.
Wandering spirit is published by Hidden Oaks Music Company.  



Listen to the Premiere of Terra Mater (2011)

on Youtube 

Wonju Philharmonic

Young-Min Park, Music Director and Conductor
October 20, 2011

Terra Mater

is a compact one movement dramatic work for symphony orchestra (approx. 10′) that deals symbolically with the creative and destructive powers of nature.

Terra Mater follows the footsteps of Voices of the Rainforest (2007), another work dealing with nature. However the content and gestures of Terra Mater have a deeper sense of urgency. I have always felt that the earth is an organism just like we are, and as such it deserves our respect. If we fail to take care of the earth it may lead to our own destruction. Beneath the dramatic gestures of Terra Mater there is an underlying and compelling lament that surfaces at crucial points of the piece connecting the various strains and providing structure. I have wanted to write an orchestral work on this topic for long time and I welcome this opportunity with excitement. The recent weather events in all parts of the world make nature a ‘hot’ topic and I am eager to make a contribution in musical terms. I live now in Seoul and last summer I had the chance to experience the Asian monsoon season; it was apparently one of the hottest and rainiest summers on record in Seoul. This extreme Korean weather reminded me of the Texas summer storms at most violent. To me there is nothing more awesome and overwhelming than the power of nature. I can understand how ealier civilizations, much more connected with nature than we are, worshipped many elements of the physical world with its capacity to create and destroy.

Goyescas for flute and guitar (2009)

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Marina Piccinini, flute and Emanuele Segre, guitar

I.     Pregón
II.    La familia de Carlos IV (The family of Charles IV)
III.   Las majas en el balcón (The maiden on the balcony)
IV.   El sueño (The dream)
V.    La fragua (The foundry)
VI.   Toque
VII. La gallina ciega (Blind man’s bluff)



Published by Hidden Oaks Music Co.


Homenatge a Mompou for piano (2007)

Marcel Worms, piano

Homenaje a Mompou was commissioned by Dutch pianist Marcel Worms. The premiere took place at a Mompou Festival in Amsterdam in November 2007 and subsequent concerts in Holland, including Hertogenbosch, and the U.S.

“I have always felt very close to Mompou’s music. I performed for him in Barcelona in 1978 right before going to study piano at the Juilliard School in New York City. A few years back, Mompou had performed and lectured on his music at The Juilliard School and he was well remembered and respected there. Mompou was a very imposing and tall man, with very large hands, but with a very gentle and quiet personality. While in New York I studied and performed most of Mompou’s music. The Catalan melodies in his music made me very nostalgic of my country. Later on, the study of Mompou’s music proved to be a powerful influence on my own compositional style. When in the summer of 2006 Marcel Worms approached me with the idea of writing an Homage to Mompou for the 25th anniversary of his death I was thrilled!” (Elisenda Fabregas)

Homenaje a Mompou is a set of three short pieces:

I. Crits en el carrer (Screams in the street)
II. Tengo una muneca vestida de azul (I have a doll with a blue dress)
III. Jocs de carrer (Street games)

PROGRAM NOTES    Available for purchase

Colores Andaluces (2006) for cello and piano

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano is now published by

Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag in Germany.

At one of the performances of Voces de mi tierra by the Meininger-Trio, Francoise Groben, the cellist, praised my treatment of Spanish music. The result was this collection of short pieces in the Spanish style. Francoise Groben premiered this work at Celloherbst in Germany on October 13, 2006.

PROGRAM NOTES    Available for purchase



Eric Himy – Homage to Mozart 2006

Recording of Elisenda Fabregas Hommage à Mozart (Premiere 2006) by pianist Eric Himy; recording also includes works by Mozart, Salieri/Himy and Ramette.



Sonata #1 for Violin and Piano (1994)

Kobayashi/Gray Duo Albany Records – TROY 1081

See review in Strings Magazine (March 2009 issue)

Sonata #1 for violin and piano (1994) has been recorded by the Kobayashi/Gray Duo on the album Feminissimo!. This album also includes music by Pauline Viardot-Garcia, Emma Lou Diemmer, Meira Warshauer, Grazyna Bacewicz, Vitezlava Kapralova, Florence Price, Signe Lund and Anna Priscilla Risher.

Sonata #1 for violin and piano is published by Hidden Oaks Music Company (VP101).
Kobayashi/Gray Duo has been performing Fábregas’s sonata since 2003, including: South African College of Music, University of Cape Town; Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland; 2005 Music Teachers National Association in Seattle; International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) 15th Annual Chamber Music Concert in Washington, D. C.; and 2006 ASTA/NSOA National Conference in Kansas City, MO. 

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