Originally from Alicante, the viola da gambist and cellist, Fernando Marín has specialized in early bowed instruments, historical interpretation and chamber music. He studied in various prestigous conservatories in Europe including the Conservatory of Oviedo, the International School of Music and Fine Arts in Prague, the Conservatory of Music in Cologne and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Wieland Kuijken was one of his most important teachers. Together with the Soprano Nadine Balbeisi, he founded the duo Cantar alla viola, which specializes in Renaissance music. For this Duo, he has researched the origins, methods of playing and repertoire of instruments, developing a technique of accompanying the voice. The search for the authentic sound of the viols and voices in this period is one of the main objectives of this Project. In addition to numerous concerts in Europe and the United States, Cantar alla Viola has recorded several critically acclaimed CDs: The Complete Polyphonic Works of Juan Blas de Castro (1561-1631), Robert Jones: The Second Booke of Songs and Ayres (1601), The Vihuela de arco in the reign of Aragon and Each Lovely Grace, The second booke of Ayres de William Corkine (1612). As a sequel to his first solo CD, eVIOLution, which traces the origins of the viola da gamba, Fernando Marín released his second CD, sCORDAtura, which focuses on historical strings and tunings.
Marín has given lectures and courses on historical interpretation and improvisation in Alicante, Zaragoza and the United States. He has also written articles on musical rhetoric and gut strings, which have been published by Nassarre, a journal for musicology, and an article on ornamentation and improvisation for the magazine, Quodlibet. As a result of his organilogical and musicological research he has invented a manufacturing procedure for bass gut strings based on historical sources. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis, the Spanish Vihuela de arco, at the la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona 7and is the Viola da Gamba teacher at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Zaragoza.