Taking the name of Schumann’s imaginary society, Davidsbuendler was created in 2011 by the young Spanish entrepreneur Jesús Herrera. Its initial purpose was to create concert, educational and promotional opportunities for young musicians, with the support of the great pianists Aldo Ciccolini and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. While keeping this spirit throughout different programmes, it has since evolved to also provide support to festivals and concert series for their artistic planning, as well as developing its implication with other varied projects, such as GeoClassical and support to the charity Brass for Africa.
Support for young musicians
Recording productions for young performers
Through various collaborators and partners, especially with the Interpretation Prize of the Collège d’Espagne in Paris among others, Davidsbuendler has released various albums with independent labels such as Solfa Records, IBS, Brilliant Classics and Odradek, featuring a varied range of instrumentalists, from piano, to saxophone, double bass and bassoon.
Programme of Support for Young Concert Pianists
Monthly masterclasses with world-leading pedagogues and soloists at no cost for a list of 7 young pianists chosen through audition. Over 20 other scholarships for other one-time participants.
Numerous concert opportunities for the selected participants and career advise / marketing material provided.
December 2011 to August 2013
Universität Mozarteum Salzburg
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
Concert pianist and Honorary President of Davidsbuendler
Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris
Franz Liszt Academy Budapest
Royal College of Music London
Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Fulbright College – University Arkansas
Selected participants: Néstor Bayona, Tommaso Cogato, Noelia Fernández Rodiles, Ricardo Forcinito, Carlos Goicoechea, Louiza Hamadi, Alberto Martín.
Programme of Support for Young Chamber Music Ensembles
In coordination with Davidsbuendler’s Chamber Music Concert Series with soloists from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at Conde Duque Auditorium in Madrid, a selected number of young chamber music ensembles received free tuition from members of this fabulous orchestra. This concert series had precious support from Götz Teutsch (former Berlin Philharmonic solo cellist) and Cordelia Höfer.
Educational Programme for Highly Talented Piano Students
With the aim to create a centre for highly gifted young talents in Spain, and thus giving a boost to the educational opportunities for Spanish piano students aged 10 to 18, a series of monthly intensive meetings was organised with Cordelia Höfer (Professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg).
Selected participants: David Álvarez, Paula Belzunegui, Pablo Cascallana, Juan Martínez Espina, María Luisa Muñoz, Carmen Pérez Salmoral, Kristina Plaza.
Spanish Tour with the Symphony Orchestra of the Düsseldorf Heinrich Heine University
The University Orchestra of Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf was founded in 1987 by a small group of music loving students. Since then the Orchestra has been conducted by Silke Löhr and became one of the cultural representatives of the city.
In 2016 Davidsbuendler took it on tour collaborating with Spanish pianist Noelia Rodiles as a soloist, performing at the Düsseldorf Tonhalle, Mönchengladbach, Zaragoza Auditorium, Valls, Pamplona, Málaga and Palma de Mallorca, providing an invaluable personal and musical experience to almost 100 young performers.
Concert Series and Festivals
58è Festival de Pollença
2013/14 – PRESENT
Creation and artistic direction
Chamber music and Piano series at Conde Duque Auditorium Madrid
Creation and artistic direction
Recital series at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris
Creation and general management
GeoClassical is an app developed in a beta version in 2014. Relevant data concerning the history of classical music may be viewed through referenciation through time on world maps. It allows multiple uses, such as showing the different artistic tendencies developing in each part of the world in specific years, the areas of activity of certain composers throughout their lives or the artistic growth of a specific country of the user’s choice.
Brass for Africa
Brass for Africa is an award-winning charity that delivers music education with integrated life-skills training to over 1,000 disadvantaged children and young people in Uganda, Liberia and Rwanda.
Working in partnership with over 20 community-based organisations, a local team of teachers are all African and alumni of the programmes themselves. They teach music, and through an integrated life-skills curriculum, nurture transferable skills such as self-confidence, perseverance, concentration and communication.
Music is an incredibly powerful tool to engage and transform and Brass for Africa uses music to champion four strategic goals of; workplace readiness, community empowerment, disability inclusion and gender equality.
It wants to equip children, young people and their communities with the skills to fulfil their potential and thrive.
Davidsbuendler partners with Brass for Africa, offering financial donations, institutional advocacy and on-the-ground tuition.
Jesús Herrera was born in Southern Spain and studied in Málaga, at the PSPBB and Sorbonne in Paris and Salzburg Mozarteum, graduating in Piano, Musicology and Music Management. After focussing on performing, in 2009 he started running a concert series in France, and later creating Davidsbuendler, keeping its activities running up until today. During this period, he had internships at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, and Agence Artistique Jacques Thélen in Paris, later becoming an Artist Manager at Conciertos Augusto in Madrid and Intermusica in London, working with many of the leading concert artists and orchestras of our time. Apart from attending concerts, Jesús is passionate about learning languages, and travelling.