Carlos Leal Cardin – cello Carlos was born in Madrid in 1989. He is currently studying at the Schola Cantorum of Basel with Christophe Coin and previously obtained the master and bachelor degrees as a student of Lucia Swarts at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In the last years Carlos has had contact with some of the most outstanding musicians of the Early Music movement receiving lessons and masterclasses from Albert Brüggen, Jaap ter Linden, Roel Dieltiens, Catherine Jones, Hidemi Suzuki, Malcolm Bilson, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Amandine Beyer and Anner Bylsma -performing Beethoven’s sonata op.102/2 in his 80th anniversary. He has played with leading ensembles as the Nederlands Bachvereniging, the Orchestra of the 18th Century and B’rock; as well as recorded with Vox Luminis, La Sfera Armoniosa and Bach’s Johannes Passion for the online project allofbach.com Carlos holds an increasing activity in the field of chamber music, performing in Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria in the chamber music halls of the Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), De Doelen (Rotterdam), Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht) or Arnold Schoenberg Center (Vienna). As orchestra musician Carlos has collaborated with the Spanish National Orchestra (ONE) -academist in the period 2014-2016- and the Residentie Orkest/The Hague Philharmonic and has served as cello section leader of the youth orchestras of Spain (Jonde) and Madrid (Jorcam). Beside his experience as performer Carlos has taught at the Young Talent School of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and has given masterclasses in Portugal (EPABI, Covilhã).