Dedicated to combining accurate historical awareness (through a knowledge of the instruments and
aesthetics of a composer’s time) with the highest levels of artistic quality, La Ritirata is at home in
Baroque musical traditions from all across Europe; Bach and Handel figure in the ensemble’s
programmes as much as Italian and Spanish composers from the courtly traditions of Early Baroque
who feature on the Glossa album Il Spiritillo Brando. And naturally, given the Boccherinian reference
in its name, La Ritirata holds a special place in its heart for the Classical era composer from Lucca
who settled in Spain: programmes of cello sonatas, string trios and other chamber works feature in the
The talent of La Ritirata is taking the group to concert venues and festivals all over the world; recent
examples include the National Theatre of Beijing, the CNART Early Music Festival (México City), the
closing ceremony of the Spanish EU presidency (Tokyo), the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele
(Germany), the Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago (Chile), the Centro Studi Boccherini (Lucca), the
Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, as well as all across Spain including at Musika-Música for
La Folle Journée in the Palacio Euskalduna (Bilbao), the Real Alcázar (Sevilla) and the Auditorio
Nacional de Música in Madrid (in a series organized by the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical). La
Ritirata was also the only Spanish group to be selected for the first ‘Grande Audition’ of the European
Early Music Network, REMA.
La Ritirata’s artistic director, cellist Josetxu Obregón (born in Bilbao), a student of Anner Bylsma
among others, holds a teaching post at the Real Conservatorio Superior in Madrid and is the recipient
of a substantial number of prizes from prestigious national and international competitions; his solo
versatility encompasses all epochs as well as seeing him play with leading European early music
ensembles such as L’Arpeggiata (Christina Pluhar) and Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall).
Regular members of La Ritirata include some of the finest musicians of the younger generations of
historically-informed performers, such as Tamar Lalo, Enrike Solinís and Daniel Zapico, as well as
more-established players such as the renowned Hiro Kurosaki.