MUSICA FICTA is considered one of the most distinguished reformers of ancient music in Spain. From his founding in 1992, Musica Ficta has toured and done concerts in the most important festivals, such Quincena Musical Donostiarra, Siglos de Oro, Festival de Úbeda y Baeza, Camino de Santiago, Festival de Otoño…. They have also appeared in Italy, Greece, France, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Colombia, Greece, Japan, Argentine, Uruguay, Mexico, China and the USA.
They have recorded 21 CD for Cantus and Enchiriadis labels. Some of them have got critical acclaim and awards in Spain, France and USA. In September 2002 their recording of the Tomás Luis de Victoria Officium Defunctorum was awarded as the “Best renaissance music CD” in CD Compact magazine. It was also chosen for the Spanish newspaper “El País” classical music collection.
In 2005 Musica Ficta started a series of recordings for Enchiriadis about the age of the Quijote, offering some world premieres like Cancionero de Turín or Pedro Ruimonte´s Parnaso Español. Musica Ficta and Ensemble Fontegara have performed together Schütz´s Musikalische Exequien, Haendel´s Dixit Dominus, Pergolesi´s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi´s La Senna Festeggiante, Charpentier´s Messe des morts, and some works from Purcell, Buxtehude or Bach.
In 2005 they performed in scenic version Sabastián Durón´s zarzuela: “Salir el Amor del Mundo” together with the orchestra Civitas Harmoniae.
In August 2007 they published the first World recording of the complete Villanescas Espirituales from Francisco de Guerrero. In February 2010 was published their recording of Tomás Luis de Victoria´s “18 Responsorios de Tinieblas”, first of a series of projects focused on commemorate on 2011, the 4th Century of the death of the composer.
In 2012 was published “Musicas Viajeras”, the Three Faiths. In November 2014 Musica Ficta published “Columbus”, with American colonial music. Musica Ficta is founder member of GEMA (Ancient Music Spanish Groups Association).
Raúl Mallavibarrena (Oviedo, 1970) started his studies in music with his father Juan Bautista Mallavibarrena. Specialized in the repertoire of XV to XVIII Centuries, he is founder and conductor of Musica Ficta and the Label Enchiriadis. He has conducted concerts in some of the more important festivals in Spain, and in some countries in Europe, North of Africa, Middle East, South America, USA and Japan with repertoire from Middle Age music to “oratorios” from Monteverdi, Haendel and Bach, baroque zarzuelas, cantatas and operas from Vivaldi, to a wide European Renaissance repertoire. In December 2009 he conducted Haendel´s Mesiah with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga. In autum 2013 conducted Purcell´s Dido and Eneas. His records include 17 records as Musical Conductor and more than 30 as a producer. He is frequently invited to teach courses and lectures in universities (Valencia, Málaga, Castilla-León, Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad de los Andes-Colombia) and specialized centres, and to collaborate with the Teatro Real de Madrid.