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Born in San Sebastián in 1969, Ángel Luis Castaño studied accordion with Agustín Santano, and began his work as a pioneer of Spanish repertoire for classical accordion in 1992 after returning to Spain from his studies in Paris and Copenhagen with Max Bonnay and Mogens Ellegaard. In 1990 he won the prestigious International Accordion Competition ‘Coupe Mondiale’ in Trossingen, Germany.

He has premiered more than 50 works for the accordion by some of the best-known Spanish contemporary composers, and has performed as a soloist in contemporary music festivals in Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, Hamburg, Rotterdam, London, Edinburgh and Moscow. He has recorded twelve albums of music for the classical accordion, and collaborated with artists such as Mika Väyrynen, Gérard Caussé, David Apellániz and Ananda Sukarlan.

In 2008 he founded contemporary ensemble rejoice! together with composer David del Puerto. Castaño has taught at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón in Zaragoza, and currently teaches at the Professional Conservatory of Music in Madrid. www.alcastano.com

Role: Classical Artist 
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