Verónica Cagigao is one of the representative figures of the marimba and percussion in Spain. Her last concert as a soloist with renowned marimba player Keiko Abe and the Orchestra Sinfonica de Tenerife in June 2016, is a fact that demonstrates the high artistic and musical level of this young percussionist. She currently combines his international performing career with teaching percussion at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (CSMA) in Spain.
Born in A Coruña, Spain, Verónica moved to Santa Cruz de Tenerife to finish her higher education studies in percussion with Juan Francisco Díaz Martín. In 2010 she graduated with Honours. She continued her studies in Belgium with a master’s programme in marimba with the internationally renowned soloist Ludwig Albert, finishing her first Master’s in marimba in 2012. In 2014, she completed her second Master’s in marimba and a Master’s in chamber music, obtaining a Summa Cum Laude distinction in both with the “Congratulations of the Board of Examiners”. She has received master classes from N. J. Zivkovic, V. Mendoza, N. Zeltman, E. Sejourne, N. Woud and J. Putsjens, among others. In 2016, she took a specialised course in marimba at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo with the world-class marimba player Keiko Abe.
Veronica has received awards in several international competitions: Giornatte de la Percussione (Italy, 2009) as marimba soloist and the Marimba Universal Competition and Chamber Music (Belgium, 2011), Premios María Orán (Spain, 2013) and Premio Injuve de la Creación Joven (2011, Spain) with Tak-Nara Percussion Group.
She has given performances over different cities in Spain, Europe, EEUU, Argentina and Tokyo. During her career, she has collaborated with percussionist as Keiko Abe, N. Zivkovic, E. Sejourne, Paco Díaz, V. Mendoza, I. Lesnik, Daniella Ganeva, etc.
Since 2008, she has been a founding member of the Tak-Nara Percussion Group and has performed with them in various countries including Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Serbia, Belgium and USA, participating in festivals such as the Ksilodrum Percussion Festival in Slovenia, the Perkutafest Festival, the International Percussion Festival in Valencia, the Contemporary Music Festival in Tenerife, PASIC 2013 in Indianapolis, IPEW 2014 in Croatia, the Festival Internacional de Percusión La Patagonia 2016 in Argentina, etc. In 2011 she released her first alum named TAKNARA.
She was member of Spain’s National Youth Orchestra and currently collaborates with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra (OST).
Veronica has given lectures and master classes in percussion and marimba for different percussion courses in various Spanish cities like Castellón, Valencia, Madrid, Tenerife, La Palma and Galicia.
She has been a percussion teacher specialising in mallet instruments at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón in Spain since the year 2013.
Veronica is endorser of Adams Musical Instruments and Innovative Percussion Artist. She is ambassador of Southern Percussion.