Ximo is known on the Spanish music scene for giving us a very different vision of the double bass from what we are used to. For him, there are no boundaries, as music is the way he expresses himself best, hence his versatility with the instrument.
Having finished his studies at the “Conservatorio Superior de Valencia” (Superior Conservatoire of Valencia) where he was taught by Javier Sapiña and Antonio García Araque, he continued his musical education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under Thomas Martin, thanks to a series of scholarships such as the ones granted by the “Ministerio de Cultura” (Spanish Ministry of Culture) and the “Instituto Valenciano de la Música” (Valencian Institute of Music). He also attended numerous advanced classes with teachers such as Janne Saksala, Giuseppe Ettore and Anthony Woodrow, amongst others.
As a member of the “Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León” (Castile and León Symphony Orchestra), he was a co-soloist for eleven years and soloist for three. Additionally, he has collaborated with nearly all the Spanish orchestras as well as others internationally, which has allowed him to play under the baton of great conductors such as Carl Maria Giulini, Sir Colin Davis, Symon Bychkov and Daniel Baremboin, to name just a few.
Thanks to his versatility, he is a great lover of chamber music and regularly appears as the guest principal double bass with Murtra Ensemble, Pynarello Ensemble and Kammart Ensemble, of which he is the founder.
He regularly plays as a soloist throughout Spain. Of particular note were his latest performances with the “Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León,” which were acclaimed by the critics as a «spectacular interpretation and absolute triumph». It is also worth mentioning the recording for Naxos Records of the oeuvre for double bass and orchestra Humoresca by Lorenzo Palomo alongside the “Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León.”
In the field of teaching, Ximo a teacher at the “Conservatorio Superior de Salamanca” (Superior Conservatoire of Salamanca) for ten years. He has also taught in numerous summer courses and youth orchestras throughout Spain and collaborates with music-related social action projects at both a national and international level.
Enjoys playing with Muyayos de Raïz, a world music band which has recorded for EMI Records and which has been playing together for over thirteen years.
Given his weakness for food, gastronomy is one of his greatest passions, and his rice recipes are all the rage amongst his friends.
He has lived in Amsterdam since 2017, where he is the co-principal double bass with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Founding member of Amsterdam Music Collective and also double bass teacher in Codarts, Rotterdam.
Ximo plays on a Rafaelle & Antonio Gagliano thanks to the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.