Ignacio Alcover, born in Barcelona, is the founder of Musica Aperta and serves as its Artistic Director. He has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and the Far East. He was the soloist in the Boston Premiere of Henri Dutilleux's "...Tout un Monde Lointain..." for cello and orchestra and has recorded for Centaur Records and 4-TAY label. In addition Mr. Alcover has collaborated in the theater as a performer and composer for the production of the two-man show "Un Home Apassionat" presented on both sides of the Atlantic. Critically acclaimed by the press, it was described by the Diario de Barcelona as "...an authentic and marvelous appeal to the intelligence and sensitivity..." He was also a member of the Grup Instrumental Catalá, a contemporary music ensemble in residence at the Fundacion Miro in Barcelona, responsible for more than one hundred world premieres. In Washington, he has appeared in concert and recorded with groups that range from traditional contemporary ensembles such as the XXI Century Consort to the rock techno group Thievery Corporation.
Mr. Alcover has been the recipient of grants from the Fundacion Juan March and the Fulbright Commission. He has served on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and served as Faculty Chairman at the Washington Conservatory of Music. Currently a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and the Washington National Opera, he was awarded La Cruz de Oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Católica by King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 2008.