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"The quality of his music, beauty of sound, as well as his sensibility and technique to approach different aesthetics of music, always at the service of the expressiveness of music."

Plácido Domingo. January 2015

"A great performer."

Pierre Boulez. August 2013

Fermín Villanueva was born in 1993 in Pamplona. He graduated in 2012 from the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country where he studied with Asier Polo. Villanueva also earned an honorary master's degree in 2014 at the 'Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy' University of Music in Leipzig under the guidance of Peter Bruns. From 2016 to 2018 he continued his cello studies with Professor Reinhard Latzko at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where he earned a postgraduate degree.


Villanueva has won numerous national and international competitions. From 2012 to 2016 he was a scholarship recipient of the LMN Yehudi Menuhin Society and supported by the “Alexander von Humboldt Foundation” in 2015. The spanish management entity of musicians AIE represented Villanueva in 2016.


As a soloist, he has performed with the Basque National Symphony Orchestra, International Camerata of Madrid, Robert-Schumann-Sinfonieorchester, Wetzlar Sinfonieorchester, UA Symphony Orchester, Leipziger Sinfonieorchester, Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the RTVE Symphony Orchestra.


Fermín has given concerts internationally at numerous venues and festivals including the Musika-Música in Bilbao, International Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, ‘Quincena Musical’ in San Sebastián, Leipziger Notenspur, BachFest in Leipzig, Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Born am Darß Musikfestival, ‘Serenates’ in Valencia, Vilabertran Schubertiade, Russisches-Kammermusikfest in Hamburg, 40. Fränkische Musiktage Alzenau, Bell'Arte Frankfurt RheinMain, EuroRadio Concert, International Festival of Granada, International Festival of Albacete, International Festival of Mahó, the Ginastera International Festival in Bangkok and the Juan March Foundation in Madrid.


Villanueva is a beloved chamber music partner in a wide variety of musical styles and member of several ensembles.
As an orchestral musician, he gained experience with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Vienna Cathedral Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philips Symphony Orchestra – where he mentors the cello group since 2017. Villanueva is assistant 1st Solo Cellist of the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2018.


He has collaborated with composers Elisenda Fábregas, Dieter Ammann and Pierre Boulez as well as premiered works by Jordi Cervelló, Max Murray, Stephan König, Christian Mason, Martin Kürschner, Steffen Schleiermacher, Josep Planells and Horatiu Radulescu.


Villanueva's performances were broadcasted live by RNE, TVE, Catalunya Música, ClassicFM Bulgaria, EITB, InfoTVLeipzig, MDR, SR2 KulturRadio, BR-Klassik and Radio România Cultural.

"Fermín Villanueva is one of the youngest who is well established in the kaleidoscope of Spanish music, both because of his great talent, as well as his technique and musicality."

Jordi Roch i Bosch. December 2014

“Fermín is a very gifted and advanced cellist with highly-developed instrumental technique as well as with a wide range of mental, stylistic and musical skills to express his musical ideas on the cello.”

Peter Bruns. January 2015