Sauti duo was established at the end of 2018 by the percussion soloists Magdalena Myrczik and David Almagro with the idea of presenting to the public the timbral richness of percussion instruments such as marimba or vibraphone, generally unknown to the audience not specialized in the musical field. For that, they are using a variated program that ranges from arrangements of works written by classical and modern composers to contemporary pieces dedicated originally for percussion instruments.
Another great interest that this young duo lies in the need to promote the music (especially the contemporary) of their countries of origin, Poland and Spain both inside and outside the duo, which has led them to carry out projects such as the first recording of Braid of Andromeda (Mateusz Ryczek) or the recent commission of a concerto for two marimbas and wind orchestra to the composer Fran Barajas, commission supported by the German association Marimba Festiva for the promotion of this instrument.
Despite being a recent duo, their performances have already been praised for their great union and interpretative quality, for what they are winners of the 1st prize of the Villa de Cox national chamber music competition and the 3rd prize of the international chamber music competition Percute. They are also characterized for their projects with other artists, including their cooperation with the American percussionist Felix Reyes, with whom they form Symmetrio.
It also highlights their relationship with the Spanish luthier firm Morgan Mallets, with which they maintain a continuous collaboration.
Magdalena was born in Poland in 1993. She completed her undergraduate and master’s studies in Wroclaw for later completing a master’s in Alicante, all of them with the highest qualifications. She has participated in numerous music courses receiving lessons from great soloists such as Katarzyna Mycka, Svet Stoyanov, or Jean Geffroy. She is the winner of several awards, the most important of which are: 2nd prize in the “International Marimba Festiva competition”, 1st prize in the “Villa de Cox Interpretation Competition” and the 1st prize in “The American Protegé Concerto Competition” (in duo with flutist Kalina Majewska as FlowStick Ensemble).
Likewise, she has also performed multiple concerts and masterclasses as a soloist or as a member of chamber groups and orchestras in various countries of Europe, in China, Japan, and North America. Besides Sauti Duo and Symmetrio, she shares a project with flutist Kalina Majewska as Flowstick Ensemble. She is also a member of the contemporary music orchestra Sound Factory Orchestra.
Thanks to her travels and her personal interests, Magdalena has also managed to accumulate a large number of experiences that have led her to establish a humanistic ideology, acquiring great flexibility in dealing with different cultures and musical styles.
Born in 1995, he completed his percussion undergraduate and master’s studies in Alicante, both finishing with high marks. In addition, during these studies, he has received influences from different soloists and orchestral percussionists through his numerous trips abroad in different courses and festivals, participating in important events such as “Marimba Festiva Congress and Competition”, “Italy PAS” or “IKMMA”.
Professionally, David has also developed an international activity, being his two most important projects Sauti Duo and Symmetrio, with whom he has performed concerts in different countries of Europe and the United States. He has performed as well as an orchestral musician in different countries of Europe.
It also highlights that thanks to his experiences and interests inside and outside the field of music, David has managed to form his own musical identity with which he intends to transcend the musical fact.