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En Cuerdas



Described by the press as an excellent and exemplary musical ensemble, En Cuerdas pursues an active concert schedule in Switzerland, the USA, Mexico, Germany, Norway, Spain, and Brazil.

The duo combines traditional repertoire with modern pieces and arrangements and intensively collaborates with composers and arrangers, with a number of pieces dedicated to their honor.

En Cuerdas commissioned works from renowned composers like Christian Henking (Switzerland), Ronald Pearl (USA), and Eduardo Angulo (Mexico) to compose works for cello and guitar. In 2018 En Cuerdas also commissioned to Dusan Bogdanovic the presumably first ever written work for cello guitar duo and choir.

The duo is the recipient of numerous awards and receives grant support from the City of Dübendorf, the City and Canton of Bern, the Fondation Suisa, the Fondation Suisse des artistes interprètes SIS, and Swisslos. Both musicians have also received a number of individual prizes and grants.

Cornelia Leuthold and David Talamante both studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Grammy Award-winning instructors Jennifer Culp, cellist with the Kronos Quartet, and guitarist and composer Sérgio Assad.

Cornelia Leuthold (M.M.) was born in Switzerland in 1984. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied a Master of Music Degree with former Kronos Quartet cellist Jennifer Culp. Besides her principal instrumental pursuits, she actively studied Baroque cello and Viola da Gamba with renowned Professor Elisabeth Reed.

Cornelia Leuthold also holds a Bachelor and a Master of Music Pedagogy Degree from the Musikhochschule in Lucern, Switzerland. Additionally, she has taken masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Troels Svane, Colin Carr, Wolfgang Böttcher, Janos Starker and Truls Mørk, among others.

Cornelia Leuthold has received numerous scholarships and awards for her artistic merit and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, and Switzerland.

David Talamante (M.M.) was born in Mexico in 1987. He is also a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied a Master of Music Degree with Grammy-winning guitarist, arranger, and composer Sérgio Assad. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree in guitar performance at The University of Arizona with Professor Thomas Patterson and Grammy guitarist David Russell.

Additionally, he has taken masterclasses with Leo Brouwer (Cuba), Sérgio & Odair Assad (Brazil), Marcin Dylla (Poland), Aniello Desiderio (Italy), David Russell (Scotland), among others.

David Talamante has won many awards, prestigious scholarships including a Mexican Government Fund for Foreign Studies (FONCA), guitar competitions and has performed in many concert halls, art galleries, radio and TV stations in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Brazil and Mexico as a soloist and chamber musician.


In season 2018-2019 En Cuerdas wanders around various instrumental territories. With En Cuerdas Trio (cello, guitar, and violin) and En Cuerdas VOX (cello, guitar, and choir)  the duo tours intensively performing a rich and varied musical repertoire in different instrumental settings.

Examples of this are A. Ramirez’s (Misa Criolla), D. Bogdanovic’s (African Sketches), A. Piazzolla’s (Histoire du Tango), K. Belevi’s (Walzes), A. Piazzolla’s (Fuga y Misterio), etc. Additionally, En Cuerdas commissioned the work MEDITERRANEO (2018) to renowned composer Dusan Bogdanovic for cello guitar duo and choir. This is presumably the first-ever written work for this instrumentation and will be premiered in April 2019.


World Sketches

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Program (current season… in progress)

World Sketches

Libertango Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)


Dúo Concertante Eduardo Angulo (*1954)

African Sketch No. 3 Dušan Bogdanović (*1955)

Gitarre Solo

Xodo da Baiana Dilermando Reis (1916-1977)

Gitarre Solo

Tamacún Rodrigo y Gabriela (*1974/*1973)

Arr. En Cuerdas

Polish Sketches Marek Pasieczny (*1980)

I. Majestically (Polonaise)

II. Stealthily (Scherzo)

III. Nobly (Pastoral Song)

IV. Lively (Village Song)

V. Gently flowing (Lullaby)

IV. Joyfully with blustering (Furious Polka)

Intermezzo e Danza finale Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966)

Lento ma non troppo

Cello Solo

Suite Chypre Kemal Belevi (*1954)




Programm mit Vorbehalt: Es könnte noch kleine Änderungen geben.

Program (past season)


Libertango* Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Sonate für Arpeggione A-Moll Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Allegro Moderato

Deep Voices Dušan Bogdanović (*1955)


Allegro „Funky“

Histoire du Tango* Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Café 1930

Night Club 1960

Tamacún* Rodrigo y Gabriela (*1974/*1973)

Tanzologia Atanas Ourkouzounov (*1970) Bulgarian Rock

Suite Chypre Kemal Belevi (*1954)




Two Guitars* Russian Folk Song

* arr. En Cuerdas

Press extracts

Cornelia Leuthold and David Talamante form a great novel duo. The unusual combination of cello and guitar enables colorful and unexpected sounds that should become very popular. En Cuerdas will certainly contribute to the development of this new musical adventure”

- Sérgio Assad, Grammy-winning guitarist and composer. July, 2011

...En Cuerdas builds a bridge between contemporary music and the audiences... Exemplary was how the passionate cello singing tone from Leuthold and the folkloric color of the guitar featured the advantages of this instrumental combination... More colorful than the original in this arrangement of Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango, the first-class cellist Cornelia Leuthold made clear how regional folklore developed to Concert World Music... The excellent guitarist David Talamante used this space to sing hauntingly beautiful on his instrument...”

- Urs Mattenberger, Neue Luzerner Zeitung. May 7, 2012

It has been a pleasure to get to know Cornelia Leuthold and David Talamante in the duo En Cuerdas. Their performances are spirited and vigorous – full of devotion

- Erik Stenstadvold, Professor of Guitar at the Norwegian Academy of Music. December 2011

Duo En Cuerdas delighted the audience: Cornelia Leuthold and David Talamante were loudly applauded”.

- Punto Latino, October 2013

It is a pleasure that Sonoran talent transcends borders this way”.

- Dr. José de Jesús de la Torre Beltrán (Radio Universidad 107.5 FM), December 2013

"The intimacy of the sound enchanted the audience”.

- Einsiedler Anzeiger, 02.12.2014

From the technical abilities on their instruments as well as from their musical spirit and sentiment, En Cuerdas can be described as something extraordinary: World class”.

- Kurt Blum, Zofinger Tagblatt, 04. 11.2014

This is a wonderful CD! The repertoire is a nice mix of the familiar, and works that deserve a wider hearing. The Gnattali sonata is a terrific work that is played with life and imagination. The Piazzolla that closes the disc captures all the nuances of the score, and this arrangement with cello works beautifully.

En Cuerdas has a great sense of ensemble – balanced, great give and take, and unified approach to the variety of music on this disc. This recording should be on your playlist”. - Professor Ronald Pearl, Loyola University Maryland. February 2015

The recording sounds really terrific! It is actually as perfect as it can get. Congratulations!” - Composer and guitarist Dusan Bogdanovic on Quatre Pièces Intimes (CD EN CUERDAS: MOMENTS, 2015), September 2015

Works for En Cuerdas

Christian Henking (Switzerland): “Four Moments”


Composer: Christian Henking (*1961)

Format/Instr.: Score (Cello & Guitar)

Length: 10 minutes

Publisher: Müller & Schade

Date: April 2014

Premier: November 2014, Baroque Hall, Monastery of Einsiedeln, CH

Premier recording: April 2015, EN CUERDAS: MOMENTS

Ronald Pearl (USA): “The Lullaby of Ice and Snow”


Composer: Ronald Pearl (*1954)

Format/Instr.: Score (Cello & Guitar)

Length: 9 Minutes

Publisher: Ronald Pearl

Date: April 2014

Premier: January 2015, Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, CH

Eduardo Angulo (Mexico): “Dúo Concertante”


Composer: Eduardo Angulo (*1954)

Format/Instr.: Score (Cello & Guitar)

Length: 10 Minutes

Date: June 2015

Dušan Bogdanović (Serbia): “MEDITERRANEO”


Composer: Dušan Bogdanović (*1955)

Format/Instr.: Score (Cello & Guitar with SATB-Choir)

Poetry: Eugenio Montale (Nobel Prize Winner)

Length: 14 Minutes

Publisher: Les Éditions Doberman-Yppan

Date: October 2017


En Cuerdas: Gnattali – Jobim – Pixinguinha – Ramirez – Ponce – Gismonti – De Falla – Piazzolla

Format: CD

Lengths: 60 minutes

Booklet: German, English, Spanish

Label: en cuerdas collection

Date: October 2013


Format: CD

Length: 50 minutes

Booklet: German, English, Spanish

Label: en cuerdas collection

Date: April 2015

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