Antonio Torres Olmo
(Photo by Olivier Baes)
Antonio Torres Olmo began his studies at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música "Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco" in Albacete with Vicente Benlloch and Jose Francisco Giménez. He received the highest qualification and the “End of school” award as well as a special prize from the Castilla-La Mancha regional competition. He went on to study at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Córdoba with Angel Santafé, graduating again with the highest qualification. Antonio continued his studies at the École Normale de Musique in Paris with Felipe Canales, obtaining the Diplôme Supérieur d'Execution and the Diplôme Supérieur d'Enseignement, with special mentions from the jury. He also completed a master’s degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris, studying with Thierry Barbé.
In 2013, Antonio won first prize at the Premio de Interpretación Musical in Paris, the first time that a double bassist won the competition since its creation in 1991. During 2015 and 2016 he was a resident player with the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris.
Antonio has studied with many distinguished double bassists, including Dorin Marc, Giuseppe Ettorre, Petru Iuga, Esko Laine, Rinat Ibragimov, Francois Rabbath, Jean-Edmond Bacquet, Volkan Orhon, Andrew Ackerman, Zarik Kurkchyan, Lucian Ciorata, Vitan Ivanov, and Wolfgang Guttler. He has worked with many orchestras, including the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta de Córdoba, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, ADDA Sinfónica, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, Orchestre Lamoureux, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hulencourt Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine, and the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris. He has worked with conductors including Lawrence Foster, Matthias Pintscher, George Pelivanian, Walter Weller, Vladímir Áshkenazi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lutz Köller, Pablo González, Philippe Jordan, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
In 2018 Antonio was appointed as a professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música ‘Manuel Castillo’ of Seville.
Antonio has participated in numerous recordings broadcast by Radio Nacional de España, Televisión Española, Radio France, and Radio Classique. He has also performed in 8 albums, including one with the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris featuring the music of Ravel, and his first solo album recorded by IBS Classical, Double Bass Recital, receiving excellent reviews in magazines such as Ritmo and Melómano.
Antonio plays a French double bass built in Mirecourt by Barbé ‘Père’, c.1800. He uses a bow by the Italian bowmaker Walter Barbiero.