Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Ricardo Gosalbo began collaborating while at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and have since gone on to win the 2015 'Prix de Lied' at the Concours International de Nadia et Lili Boulanger in Paris as well as the Robert Hendra Prize for Excellence at the Emmy Destinn Czech Competition. In 2016, Duo Fontanals | Gosalbo were invited to perform as the inaugural Lieder duo at Klasik Festival at Bon Repos Abbaye, Brittany and also performed their 'Muses' programme at Fondation Singer-Polignac, Paris and Milton Court Concert Hall, London. In 2017, the Duo look forward to appearing on TeleCinco's Musical Cities programme performing new songs by Spanish composer David del Rio as well as giving recitals in the UK and Europe.
Following a successful performance of Dominick Argento From the Diary of Virginia Woolf as part of the 26th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf at Leeds Trinity, Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Lana Bode continue their collaboration with the recording of their debut album featuring songs by 20th-century American composers. The duo have built on their mutual love of contemporary music with songs by Judith Weir, George Crumb & Peter Lieberson alongside core repertoire by Schubert, Debussy, Berg and Britten and were proud to reach the semi finals in the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition this September. With the support of the Britten Pears Foundation, the duo will embark on a performance residency that explores new programming ideas culminating in a series of concerts held at Britten's home, The Red House, in Aldeburgh, As well as the launch of their debut album this Autumn, Marta and Lana look forward to giving recitals throughout the UK in the 2017-18 season.