Oñatiko Ganbara Abesbatza is a mixed choir created in 1994 by 12 young adults at that time. Year after year, and always with the same passion as in the beginning, the group has grown in participants. Nowadays, under the guidance of Aitor Biain Bidarte, 40 singers perform in this choir. Its repertoire covers all the styles and periods: poliphony, folklore, gospel, spiritual music… the Basque folklore as well as modern composers' songs are the most chosen ones for the programs in their performances.
In the last two decades Oñatiko Ganbara Abesbatza has competed in numerous national and international competitions. The result of their effort has been greatly rewarded with first, second and third prizes as well as prizes for the best executed compulsory piece, best Conductor prizes,... Apart from those prizes, Ganbara Abesbatza has also participated in many music festivals and concerts in Basque Country, Spain and abroad.
Aitor Biain Bidarte began its musical path studying clarinet, saxophone and singing in the Music School of Oñati. He later extended his studies by learning the Professional Degree in Singing (Jesús Guridi Conservatory), the degree in Music Pedagogy Studies (Musikene) and the degree in Choir and Orchestra Conduction (Musikene). He also has a bachelor's degree in Informatic Engineering in Mondragon University. He has competed in several courses and seminaries with world-famous teachers. He is currently the conductor of the choir of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), the Choral Society of Bergara,Oñatiko Ganbara Abesbatza, Hots Abesbatza and Ganbara Gazte-Txiki. He has won numerous awards, amongst which the two prizes obtained for the Best Conductor have to be highlighted. Both prizes were obtained in the international choral competitions of Tours (France) and Arezzo (Italy). He has recorded and edited 5 CD and has premiered more than 30 pieces. Occasionally teaches at workshops and seminaries. He also sings in KUP Taldea and Suhar Korua and is member of the Municipal Band of Oñati.
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