Come listen: take a seat or even better, lay on the grass, look at the sky and let the sound of the celesta help you forget about everything. Breath in, Debussy, breath out, Satie…
When asked, most people don’t know what a celesta is, but actually they most likely have heard it many times before: think of the “Dance of the sugar plum fairy” from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and “Hedwig’s Theme” from Harry Potter by John Williams. The sound of the celesta is often described as "dreamy" and "magical". The inventor of this instrument found it "celestial". Hence the name!
Celia García-García came into contact with the celesta performing Debussy's original version of the Chansons de Bilitis during her classical piano studies at Musikene (San Sebastián, Spain) in 2004. After moving to The Netherlands to complete her Bachelor and Master studies, she specialized in orchestral playing.
The frequent orchestral performances on celesta increased her love for the instrument and led to a deeper understanding of the characteristics of the instrument. After hundreds of concerts and recordings, she is established as the first ever celesta soloist and the first Schiedmayer Artist.
Celia has recorded the first solo celesta album ever, which will be released by TRPTK in August 2022. The recording took place at the most quiet recording studio in the world (Galaxy Studios) on an instrument kindly provided by Schiedmayer, the only celesta manufacturer in the world.
In June 2022 Celia prèmiered the composition Sugar Sugar, a composition for solo celesta by Vanessa Lann specially written for her.
Celia's engagements as a celestist include solo recitals at Festival Oranjewoud, Festival Toetsenparade, and the Classical Rave in De Bijloke in Gent; a performance of "De Dichter" with Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer and the Paradiso Orchestra in Amsterdam, a live performance of Dance of the sugar plum fairy with Matangi Quartet on Podium Witteman, recitals with soprano Bernadeta Astari at Ruigoord Klassiek and with bass-trombonist Brandt Attema at Heerenhuyskamerconcert (Rotterdam), a concert tour with violin player Myrthe Helder in 2020-21, and numerous orchestral concerts with professional orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Nederlands Kamerorkest, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
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