Eligio Quinteiro was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He studied Classical guitar with Olímpiades García and Joaquín Prats at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, graduating in 1993. He began studying the lute in 1989 with Eugène Ferre (Toulouse, France) and attended masterclasses by Paul O’Dette, Hopkinson Smith and Jordi Savall.
In 1997 he moved to London to follow a postgraduate course in Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is in great demand both as a soloist and as an accompanist for song recitals on the lute, theorbo and Romantic guitar. In addition, Eligio is a member (lute/theorbo/guitar) of the vocal ensemble I Fagiolini and plays regularly with period instrument orchestras such as The King’s Consort, Florilegium, La Serenissima, Orchestra of the Renaissance, The Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort, and Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, appearing in several music festivals, as well as collaborating with modern instrument orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players.
Quinteiro has been invited to teach at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Canarias, the Conservatorio Profesional de Musica ‘Padre Antonio Soler’ in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, where he has given masterclasses in historical performance, chamber music, choral ensemble, basso continuo, lute & guitar. He also collaborated with the musicologist Lothar Siemens transcribing sacred works by the Spanish Baroque composer Diego Durón, maestro de capilla in Las Palmas Cathedral (Canary Islands, Spain).
He plays and teaches theorbo, lute and early guitars. He is artistic director of the ensembles Capilla Cayrasco and Camerata Cayrasco, and has performed and recorded with the leading early music ensembles in the UK and Spain.
He played renaissance guitar on Bertie.