"Duo partnerships are very common in the music world where you can see
a vast predominance of the piano in connection with instruments such as the violin,
the flute, the cello, the clarinet and others. I always thought that the guitar, due to its
harmonic nature, had a good chance in building a chamber repertoire if it established
good connections with these other instruments as well.
For that to happen all what was needed was to have good professional players teaming up
with the specific goal of creating a repertoire for themselves.
The Duo Villa Lobos formed by Cecilia Palma and Edwin Guevara teamed up on 2003 as
a cello & guitar duo partnership and have gained worldwide recognition. The presence of
such a duo in the music scene is by itself a great contribution to the world of chamber music
once they inspire the motivation of composers to create new works for their specific combination.
The cello & guitar combo is not a new thing but the duos that were formed in the past were
occasional. The Duo Villa Lobos is a steady partnership, existing now, with the high quality
that is necessary to set motion to its own history. They are active performers, they are new
music promoters and they are starting a recording catalogue.
With their endurance the Duo Villa Lobos is already a reference to other Duos of the same
nature around the globe."
"The Duo Villa-Lobos are a brilliant and inventive ensemble combining technical perfection with profound musical insight. Their natural territory is contemporary music to which they bring an inspired freshness of interpretative insight as well as a remarkably integrated quality of sound between cello and guitar. Their spiritual intimacy is extraordinary and very moving, the bowed strings fusing with plucked strings in a musical exploration of great sensitivity. The range of tonal colour they achieve is aesthetically very satisfying. They offer a unique experience both virtuosic and artistic" GRAHAM WADE