Noemí Fúnez Palencia

Noemí Fúnez Palencia

Born in Madrid (Spain) in 1999. Since 2017, she studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Fundación BBVA Viola Chair with professor Diemut Poppen. She has been granted tuition scholarships by AIE-Sociedad de Artistas Intérpretes o Ejecutantes de España and Fundación Albéniz. In 2020 she received the Diploma to the most outstanding student of her chair.

She began her viola studies at the age of five with the Suzuki method under the guidance of Carlos Albuisech and María Jesús Cano. She later entered the Federico Moreno Torroba Centre for Music Education, where she studied viola with Cristina Díaz and received a final grade award. Meanwhile, she studied accordion with professors such as Esteban Algora. She has attended several improvement and summer courses with Tatjana Masurenko, Paul Silverthorne and Laure Gaudron in the International Ayllón Music Course, Fundación Príncipe de Asturias and the Villa de Lerma Musical Project. She has been awarded third prize at Madrid’s “La Noche” Festival-Competition. She has also taken part in the Project 10 Orchestra under the baton of Yuri Nasushkin and in the Atlantis Musi-k Project under the direction of Manuel Tévar, among others.

As a student of the School, she has received masterclasses from Hariolf Schlichtig, Lawrence Power, Tabea Zimmermann and Alexander Lonquich. She has also been a member of the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jaime Martín, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Plácido Domingo, Péter Eötvös, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and András Schiff. She has been part of the Cosan Ensemble, the Fundación Mutua Madrileña String Consort and the Dvořák and Wanderer Ensembles. She is currently a member of the Banco de España Arriaga Ensemble and the Dvořák Quartet, in addition to the Piazzola Ensemble with whom she plays the accordion.