Garnati is an initiative of chamber music in an open formation that is made up of an ensemble with different instrumentations depending on the nature of each project. Created in 2005 by leading classical musicians Pablo and Alberto Martos, the project aspires to develop and promote chamber music through collaboration with a variety of top-level musicians of international prestige (Michel Lethiec, Lluis Claret and others).
Garnati, as its founders, is based in Granada (Spain). The Garnati name refers to this city, the melting pot of the old Al-Andalus. With Garnati, the brothers have performed in many prestigious venues including the United Nations in New York, the International Music Festival of Santander, the Spanish Music Festival in Cadiz, etc. Invited by the Barenboim-Said Foundation, the Martos brothers have toured extensively throughout the Middle East with an innovative music project in memory of Palestinian-American literary theorist Edward Said.
In 2007 Garnati won the first prize for chamber music in the Lucena City competition. In collaboration with the University of Granada and the Documentation Centre of Andalusia, the Martos brothers recorded the complete works for chamber music of composer Germain Alvarez Beigbeder, which contains several of his previously unpublished work.
In 2012, Garnati recorded “Playing Goldberg” for Sony Classical, this is their own versión for string trio of the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) by J.S. Bach, this time with the participation of violist and composer Yuval Gotlibovich. “Playing Goldberg” has received a very warm welcome in the public as well as in the specialized media. It has being recommended by El Pais, one of the most important spanish magazins, like one of the best six CD's of the moment, sharing this award together with last recording of Daniel Barenboim's L.v. Beethoven Symphonies. Only a few weeks after the first edition, as a consecuence of this great succes, Sony Music has just released the third edition of “Playing Goldberg”.
Garnati Ensemble has recently made a film (The healing notes) about the power of music in people with special needs.