Adrian van Dongen
VIOLINCELLO

Receiving a scholarship from Yo Yo Ma, who praised him for his ‘great sound and technique’, Adrian van Dongen gained his Soloist Diploma from the Highschool of Arts Rotterdam in 1981. He participated in masterclasses with Janos Starker, Heinrich Schiff, Tibor de Machula and Menachem Pressler.

As a soloist he performed cello concertos of Schumann, Boccherini, Lalo, Kabalevsky and Beethoven’s triple concerto’ among others and as a chamber music player he participated in International festivals like Czech Spring, Concentus Moraviae, Holland Festival Amsterdam and festivals in Athens, Madrid, Perugia, Murcia, Mallorca and St.Petersburg.

Some press reviews: (la Republique) ‘’sumptuous singing in Schumann’’ ;( Brabants dagblad) ’’ Beethoven’s Triple Concerto masterly performed’’, (Levante) ‘’excellent sound and deeply expressive’’ ; (Trouw) ; ‘’strong and virtuoso playing in Kabalevsky’’. Allain Gaussin : …’’our first Ariane, fabulous’’….

In 1986 he entered the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra as second principal cellist. In 1991 he was appointed to the same position in the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam, working with conductors like V. Gergiev, Sir C. Davis, L. Maazel, A.Lazejev, D.Kitaenko and Cl. Abbado and performing in the worlds finest concert halls like Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Royal Albert Hall, London; and the Berliner Philharmonie. He has given masterclasses in most European countries, Japan, Russia and the United States.

In 1998 he recorded an album with Bartok’s chamber works, including the first Rhapsody for cello and the piano quintet.

In 2003 he made a successful European tour with pianist D. Sukhovienko with recitals in Geneva, Montreux, Zermatt, Brussels and Amsterdam, performing Russian cellorepertoire with works by Rachmaninoff, Glazoenov, Prokofjev and Strawinsky. In 2004 he performed as a soloist in the Contemporary Music Festival in Mostar, Bosnia, works by Martinu, Escher and Crumb.

He has broadcasted on Dutch Radio, the BRT, Radio France, Radio Suisse Romande, RNE and Tsjech Radio and has made several recordings on compact disc. He collaborated on stage with artists as Christian Zacharias, Philippe Entremont, Gil Sharon, Claude Delangle, Gerard Poulet, Philippe Bianconi and Isabelle van Keulen. As a chamber music player he was active in Trio Prisma, which made their debut in Salle Pleyel, Paris in 2009, In Sala Iturbi, Valencia in 2008 and regularly performed in Spain and the Czech Republic. Actually he is member of the ‘Arensky Pianotrio’ and the ‘Valencian Soloists’.

In 2004 he moved with his family to Spain and was invited to give masterclasses in Benidorm, Madrid, Valencia, Ibiza, Castellón, Barcelona and Huesca. He is founder of the Frescobaldi Ensemble, which dedicates itself to the interpretation of barock music in authentic style and worked as a barock cellist with R.Goebbel, Fr.Bruggen, R.King y J.W. de Vriend in ensembles like the Kings Consort and Combattimento Amsterdam.

Adrian van Dongen, renowned pedagogue, whose pupils have won prices in various competitions and play in major international orchestras ( Amsterdam, Helsinki, Bilbao, Valencia, Lausanne, Mexico City) has been Professor of cello and methodology at the Higher Conservatory of Rotterdam (1983-2011) and at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France (1998-2004). He is founder and artistic Director of the International Music festival Valencia.

in February 2019 he published his tutorial video series Advanced Cellotips, which was recieved with great enthusiasm.

www.adrianvandongen.com

Bernardo Cifres Amat
HORN

Born in Carlet, Spain, Bernardo Cifres Amat began his musical studies at his hometown’s Unió Musical school of music. When he was 11, he started playing the horn with Manuel Campos. Later, he studied with teachers J.J. Llimerá and J. Rosell. He received Honorable Mention at the conclusion of his elementary degree and a scholarship from Fundación Santiago Lope (Valencia). He has completed courses with professors including V. Zarzo, F. Burguera, D. Clevenger, S. Dohr, and E. Terwilliger, who has continued to be his professor since 1995. He has also studied natural horn with J. Rentería and T. van der Zwart.

He has performed with the Conservatorio de Valencia orchestra, Madrid’s Camerata del Prado, Collegium Instrumentale Chamber Orchestra in Valencia, the Basque National Orchestra, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Munich Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra Pablo Sarasate, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Oviedo Filarmonía, and more.

As a professor he has worked at C.E.M. Juan Antxieta in Bilbao, as well as Vitoria’s Conservatorio Jesus Guridi. Likewise, he has worked with youth orchestras including Jove Orquesta de la Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV); Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (JONC); Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (JORCAM); and Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), among others.

He has also taught a specialist university class on “Analysis and Musical Interpretation” at the University of Oviedo. Furthermore, he has done master classes at the conservatories of Melilla, Tenerife, Ontinyent, Bilbao, Carcaixent, Almoradí, Zaragoza and Catral, as well as advanced conservatories in Oviedo, Alicante, Salamanca, and Tenerife, among others. Moreover, he has participated in summer programs with Ad Libitum, San Miguel de Salinas, Unió Musical in Torrent, Unió Musical in Carlet and Valderrobres, among others.

In August 1989, he was horn soloist for the Banda Municipal of Bilbao and from August 1990 to October 2004, he was horn professor for the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa. During the 2005-2006 season, he was principal horn for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra Pablo Sarasate.

He has performed with conductors including Yaron Traub, Günter Neuhold, García Asensio, Manuel Galdúf, Gilbert Varga, Antoni Ros Marbá, Juanjo Mena, András Schiff, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Christian Vasquez, Gianandrea Noseda, Ricardo Chailly, Gustavo Gimeno, and Vladimir Jurowski, among others.

Since its founding in September 2006, he has been horn soloist for the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana as a resident soloist at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Furthermore, during the 2013-14 academic year, he was the department chair for horn studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (CSMA).

Carlos Gil Ferrer
TROMBONE

Born in Bétera (Valencia), Carlos Gil Ferrer studied at both the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Valencia and in Madrid. He has earned his degrees with honors in both trombone and euphonium studies. His main teachers have included Joaquín Vidal Pedrós, Miguel Ángel Tomás Castelló and Gilles Millière.

At the age of 19, he won the position of principal trombone at Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa through public competition. That same year, he became a professor at Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid as well as at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Teresa Berganza in Madrid.

He has collaborated with numerous symphonic orchestras, chamber music groups and contemporary musical ensembles such as Orquesta Sinfónica Radio Televisión Española (RTVE), Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra de Cambra at Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid, Capilla Real de Madrid, Capella de Ministrers, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Spanish Brass-Luur Metalls, Quatuor de trombones Millière, Ensemble Espai Sonor, Grup Mixtour, and the Smash Ensemble, among others.

He teaches master classes and advanced courses at all around Spain.

Carlos has also been invited as a specialist professor to work with the Orquesta de Estudiantes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Joven Orquesta de la Región de Murcia, Orquesta Joven de Andalucía and Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana.

He is a founding member of the Cuarteto Español de Trombones, the Iberbrass brass quintet, and the Pianobrass quartet. He has performed at many festivals with these ensembles, including IX Encuentro de compositores de la Asociación de Compositores Sinfónicos Valencianos (COSICOVA), XII Ciclo Internacional de Conciertos Ciudad de Navajas, Festival Internacional de Música de Sabadell, XIII Serenates d’Estiu de Cala Rajada (in Palma de Mallorca), Festival d’orgue de Santa Maria de Maó (in Menorca), and the 36th International Horn Symposium.

He has won awards at the Ciutat de Manresa and Montserrat Alavedra (Terrassa, Spain) chamber music competitions and the prestigious Wettbewerbs für Blechbläserquintette (Moers, Germany).

As a soloist, he has performed at numerous festivals. Past appearances have included VII Jornadas de informática y Electrónica musical” (Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea, CDMC), VII Ciclo de Música Contemporánea del Museo Vostell Malpartida, Festival Punto de encuentro, Phonos Concerts, Festival Spanish Brass, Spanish Brassurround, Festival de Música Contemporánea de Alicante, Mostra Sonora de Sueca (Valencia), Cicle 5 segles de música a L’eliana (Valencia), XIII Jornadas de Música Contemporánea de Córdoba, and the Ensems Festival in Valencia. Carlos is frequently invited to play with symphonic orchestras and chamber ensembles in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, France, and Holland, among others.

In 2005, he was invited to be a soloist by the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC).

He has also given world premieres of pieces for trombone by Vicente Roncero, Andrés Lewin-Richter, Ricardo Climent, Gabriel Brcnic, Alexandra Gardner, Alejandro Trapero, Voro García, José Vicente Egea, Miguel Guerra, Francisco Zacarés and Ricardo Mollá.

He also gave the Spanish premiere of Concertino para trombón y Ensemble amplificado by Aureliano Cattaneo and Contextos for solo trombone, cello, piano and percussions by Elena Mendoza, both played together with Espai Sonor and conducted by Voro García.

Carlos has released two albums on CD: “Carlos Gil Ferrer, trombó” (pieces for trombone and electronics – ARS HARMONICA AH 192) and “Carlos Gil: Multaqa” (SB Produccions 016), with the collaboration of Spanish Brass Llur Metalls, Ensemble Espai Sonor, the 2i2 Quartet and Stomvi Trombone Ensemble.

He has also recorded Concertino para trombón y Ensemble amplificado by Aureliano Cattaneo (Stradivarius SVS 33893), Music Minus One II: Alegrías for trombone and a CD by José Iges (José Iges “Sitting between chairs”), and Snapdragon for trombone and electronics by Alexandra Gardner (Innova Recordings 662).

He currently teaches at the Conservatorio Municipal José Iturbi in Valencia, as well as collaborating with Inda Bonet (SBLM) on the Aula de Trombón project (www.auladetrombon.com).

He is professor in residence at Festival Spanish Brass Alzira (www.sbalz.com), Festival Brassurround – Torrent (www.brassurround.com), and Festival Brass & Wines (www.brassandwines.com).

Carlos Gil Ferrer plays Antoine Courtois trombones.

Daniel Fuster
OBOE

Born in 1976 in Valencia, Daniel Fuster began his musical studies at the age of 9 at the Escuela de Música e Interpretación de Paiporta (Spain). His oboe professor was Luis Grau. Later, he moved on to the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in Valencia, where he completed elementary, intermediate and advanced studies with professors Jesús Fuster and Francisco Salanova. He received awards for his excellence at the end of the elementary and intermediate programs and Honorable Mention for the End of Degree Awards.

From 1999 to 2001, he taught as a professor at Escola Profissional de Música de Viana do Castelo in Portugal.

In 2002 he moved to Leipzig, where he studied at Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Musikhochschule für Musik und Theater until 2004 with head oboe professor Christian Wetzel. As a member of the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig, he played with conductors such as Ricardo Chailly, Herbert Blomsted, Daniel Harding and Charles Dutoit, as well as with soloists the likes of Frank-Peter Zimmerman, Leonidas Kavakos and Kim Kashkashian. He went on tours of Japan and South Korea with Gewandhausorchester and recorded for the music label Deutsche Gramophon. In Leipzig, he simultaneously collaborated with Bach Collegium Musikum and Felix Mendelssohn Kemmerorchester as oboe soloist for both ensembles.

From 2004 to 2006, he lived in Salzburg, where he completed a Magister-Studium at Mozarteum University Salzburg with professor Stefan Schilli. He has performed as a soloist in Spain, Portugal, Germany and Austria. After winning the annual competition organized by Mozarteum Salzburg, he played Concerto in D major for Oboe and Small Orchestra by Richard Strauss together with the Mozarteum orchestra in Salzburg’s Great Hall at the prestigious Salzburg Festival with great success and to critical acclaim.

During the 2007-2008 season, he was a member of the Symphonierorchester des Bayerischer Rundfunk of Munich as oboe soloist. During the 2008-2009 season, he returned to Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig.

He has also performed as oboe soloist in orchestras such as HR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Symphonica Toscanini, Orquesta de Córdoba, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, and more.

From 2009 to 2012, we has a member of the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, led by Lorin Maazel.

During the 2012-2013 season, he was oboe soloist for Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino (an opera orchestra), conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

David Llácer
TUBA

David Llácer began his musical studies with J. Polache and H. Amorós at S.U.M. de Simat de la Valldigna (Valencia) in 1981. He continued on in Madrid with M. Navarro, soloist for the Orquesta Nacional de España.

He has completed courses with H. Philips and W. Hilgers.

1986 to 1987- Tuba soloist for Banda Municipal de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands).
1987 to 2002- Tuba soloist for Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (Canary Islands).
1989 to 2002- Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Tenerife (Canary Islands).
2003 to 2011- Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands).

He has worked together with the Orquesta Ciudad de Valladolid, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica Radio Televisión Española (RTVE), Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Nacional de España and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC).

He has given courses and conferences at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country, Musikene; Conservatorio A. Casella (L’Aquila, Italy); and in Sevilla (City Hall of Guillena, Spain), Valencia (Academia Alto Rendimiento Ad Libitum), Málaga, (Conserv. Superior) Villareal, Vigo (Conserv. Profesional), El Ferrol, Bilbao (Conserv. Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga), Córdoba (Conserv. Profesional), Madrid, Punta Umbría (University of Huelva), Gran Canaria (Conserv. Profesional de Música), Jaén (Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Baeza), Granada (Conservatorio Superior and Conservatorio Angel Barrios), Albacete (Conserv. Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco), Valladolid (Conserv. Profesional), Conserv. Superior de Badajoz, Vitoria (Conserv. Jesús Guridi), Conserv. Profesional de Sevilla, La Palma, Tenerife (Conserv. Superior de Canarias) and El Hierro (Spain).

From 1990 through 2002, he directed Banda de Tubas de Tenerife and in 2003 founded the Banda de Tubas de Valencia.

He has taught chamber music courses for brass at the Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil de Uruguay, Conservatorio Profesional de Valladolid, Conservatorio Profesional Angel Barrios and Conservatorio Superior de Granada, as well as the Real Conservatorio de Almería, for the brass section of the Banda de la Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas de Música, and at Conserv. Profesional de Ubeda.

He has participated as a professor with the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Joven de Andalucía, Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, and Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil de Uruguay.
He has led the bass section of the Banda Municipal de Bilbao, Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de Valencia, and the Orquesta Joven de Andalucía, with whom he inaugurated the XV Festival de Música Española de Cádiz.

In 1992, he performed R.V. Williams’ Tuba Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife under the direction of G. Varga, and again in 2013 with the Orquesta de Valencia, led by Carlos Miguel Prieto.
In December 2004, he debuted Concierto para Tuba y Orquesta by R. Talens with the Orquesta de Valencia under the direction of Gómez Martínez.
In April 2016, he performed Martin Ellerby’s Tuba Concerto with the Banda Municipal de Barcelona, conducted by maestro Sanz Espert at the Auditori de Barcelona.

He has been tuba soloist for the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía since 2002.

David Moliner Andrés
PERCUSSION, MUSIC TECHNOLOGY AND SEMINARS

David Moliner Andrés was born on May 23, 1991. A Spanish musician, multi-faceted artist, percussion soloist and composer, David Moliner Andrés is described as one of the most promising artists of his generation.

His compositional aesthetics are grounded in the use of drama with the musician as an expressive agent. This area of avant-garde creation is based mainly in Berlin and Paris.

He studied composition, percussion and music theater at Conservatorio Superior Castellón, Centro Superior Katarina Gurska (Spain), Haute École de Musique de Genève (Switzerland), Universität der Künste Berlin (Germany), and his most influential teachers have been Voro García and Pascal Dusapin. He is now composer in residence (as an artist diploma composer) at Barenboim Said Akademie Berlin with composer Jörg Widmann.

As a composer, some of his important commissions have included those for Lorelai Dowling (member of Klangforum Wien), Pierre Strauch (member of the Ensemble Intercontemporain of Paris), Christian Dierstein (member of Ensemble Recherche in Freiburg), the Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (JORCAM) Ensemble 20/21, Teatros del Canal (Madrid) and Mostra Sonora de Sueca (Valencia) in 2016 with Jordi Francés, in addition to Orquesta Sinfónica de Castellón, the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), and Orchester der UdK Berlin. He has also been invited to perform with Espai Sonor, together with the music of Héctor Parra, Olga Neuwrith, Voro García, Alberto Posadas, Aureliano Cattaneo and others at concerts in Bilbao (BBVA Festival) and Valencia (Ensems Festival), along with the Congreso de Música de Oporto (Essenz Duo), Festival de las Artes de México (contemporary sax music) and Buconfest Colombia, among others.

As a percussionist / freelance artist, he has given numerous recitals in the realm of music theater in addition to shows all over Europe, performing works by José Luís López López, Jesús Torres, Iannis Xennakis, J.S. Bach, F. Sarhan, F. Mache, Brian Ferneyhough, Philippe Manoury, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Bruno Mantovani, among others, as well as by the artist himself. He has won several prizes, such as the Composition Prize Dávalos Fletcher, III Premio de Moros d’Alqueria in music and composition, International Italy Percussion Competition in vibraphone and Stipendium Prize-Universität der Künste Berlin, and has played in important concert halls such as Berlin Philarmonie, Elbphilarmonie in Hamburg, KKL Luzern, Kleiner Konzertsaal München and Philharmonie de Paris.

He has played with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also played under the baton of conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Eötvös and Matthias Pintscher.

He has received praise from musicians and ensembles including the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Recherche, Michael Jarrell, Franck Bedrossian, Pascal Dusapin, Elena Mendoza, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain and the musicians of the Berliner Philarmoniker, among others.

As a percussionist/ freelance composer, he has given master classes at Centro Superior Musikene-San Sebastián and Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

His works are published by Paris BabelScores and he is an exclusive Adams Percussion Holland artist. He is also professor of composition at Centro Superior Progreso Musical Madrid and professor of dramatic arts in solo performance at Centro Superior Katarina Gurska in Madrid.

He resides among Castellón, Madrid and Berlin.

Enrique Abargues Morán
BASSOON

Enrique Abargues Morán studied at Conservatorio Superior de Música Valencia with José Enguídanos and at Akademie Johann Sebastian Bach in Stuttgart (Germany) with Klaus Thunemann.

At 18, he became a member of the Orquesta Nacional de España, for whom he has been bassoon soloist since 1984.

He has given concerts as a soloist with the Orquesta Nacional de España, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Cámara Española, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, and Villa de Madrid with maestros David Afkham, Walter Weller, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Josep Pons, Kazushi Ono, Martin Turnovský and Luca Pfaff, among others.

He gave the premiere of bassoon concerto Notas para la paz (dedicated to him) by Marisa Manchado with the Orquesta Nacional de España.

He has been a professor at Conservatorio Adolfo Salazar and Centro de Estudios Neomúsica. He has given numerous advanced classes and regularly participates in young orchestra events.

Enrique Llorens Vallés
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Born in Girona, Spain, Enrique Llorens Vallés began studying violin with his grandfather, continuing his studies at the conservatories of Valencia and Murcia, where he earned his advanced degree with head professor Joaquín Palomares.

He has taken specialist violin classes with Agustín León Ara, Mark Lubotsky, and Christophe Guiot, among others. In 1998, he received a grant to attend the Cuarteto de Cuerda course given by Piero Farulli (Quartetto Italiano) at Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy). He has played as a soloist with the Orquesta de Cámara de la Universidad de Valencia, as well as with the Baroque orchestra La Dispersione. He has collaborated with ensembles such as Orquesta de Valencia, Grup Instrumental de València, Turiae Camerata, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, Orquesta Sinfónica del Mediterráneo, Orquestra Ciutat de Torrent, San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra (USA), and others.

After his violin studies, he studied Musicology at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, where he earned the Outstanding Bachelor’s Degree Prize. He has a scholarship to continue his research on 17th-century polychoral music at California Polytechnic State University under the direction of Dr. Craig H. Russell.

He has taken classes with Catherine Girard (La Petite Bande) and Olivia Centurioni (Ensemble 415), as well as with Isabel Serrano on the field of historical interpretation. He regularly collaborates with groups devoted to historical music performance such as Capella de Ministrers, Estil Concertant, Los Músicos de su Alteza, Orquestra Barroca Catalana, and La Dispersione.

As an educator, he has worked together with the teaching staff of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Valencia and has given classes on music technology to faculty in CEFIRE teacher training centers in Valencia and Castellón, as well as at Conservatorio de Torrent. He holds the title of full professor at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Torrent in violin and chamber music, in addition to being the institution’s vice-director.

Fermín Galduf Cervera
SEMINARS AND COACHING

He began to study music at the age of 6 years old. He began his formal music studies at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Valencia and then continued his education at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (Netherlands) and the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid. He studied a master’s degree in Musical Analysis and Performance at the University of Oviedo.

He has been a member of the Orquesta de Córdoba and interim professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Córdoba. During his time in the orchestra he was president of the enterprise committee and the health and safety committee. Due to an occupational illness he was forced to leave the performance world. He went on to deliver coaching and later studied a master’s degree in Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Currently, he’s the director of the Instituto Gabou de Música y Desarrollo, an organization dedicated to using music in areas of non-formal education. As well as his intense work coaching musicians, both individuals and groups, he has also studied psychosocial problems in professional orchestras. In particular, he’s interested in “harassment in the music world” and “burnout”. He is currently working on changes in organizational culture as a way of improving psychosocial issues in orchestras and musical associations.

Along with Guillermo Dalia, he’s developed the concept of E.M.A.® (Entrenamiento Mental para la Actuación) which translates as Mental Training for Performance.

Gjorgi Dimchevski
VIOLIN

Associate Concertmaster of Orquesta Nacional de España and the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana (OCV) at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía since 2007 and appointed by Maestro Lorin Maazel, Gjorgi Dimchevski has established himself as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer and violin teacher.

Born into a musical family, Gjorgi showed great affinity for music at an early age and began violin lessons with his grandfather. First-prize winner of the National Violin Competition in Macedonia, the Belgrade International Competition in violin (Serbia), and Perpignan Violin Competition (France), he graduated from the Toulouse Conservatory with high honors in classes given by Prof. Blagoja Dimčevski and the Hochschule für Musik Köln (Germany) in classes given by Viktor Tretiakov.

As a soloist he played, at age 13, Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto Nr.1 with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns under Paul Mann, Prokofiev’s Symphony Nr.1 with the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana under Omer Meir Wellber, and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony Nr.3 with the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn under Heribert Beissel in Cologne, Bonn and Hamburg, among others.

Leading the la Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana (OCV) of the Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with Gianandrea Noseda, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Georges Prêtre, Valery Gergiev, Plácido Domingo and Riccardo Chailly. He has been invited to play with great European orchestras as Concertmaster, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. Ever since 2011, he has been invited to be guest principal concertmaster with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the request of Maestro Zubin Mehta. He has performed extensively with this great orchestra in Israel and gone on tour in Europe, South America, North America, China and Japan.

Gjorgi’s devotion to chamber music has led him to perform at the most prestigious festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Ohrid Summer Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival and Chamber Music Series of the University of Chicago with cellist Ken Olsen and pianist Simon Trpčeski.

In 2015, he was appointed violin professor for the master’s program in music performance at Universidad Internacional de Valencia. Gjorgi appears as special guest on Plácido Domingo’s latest CD, “Encanto del Mar: Mediterranean Songs”.

Dimchevski plays an Angelo de Rub, Rome 1750 violin.

Guillermo Dalia Cirujeda
MUSIC PSYCHOLOGY

Guillermo Dalia Cirujeda holds a doctorate in Psychology. His undergraduate degree was granted by the psychology department at the Universitat de València. He is a specialist in clinical psychology as a psychologist specializing in music performance.

His profession practice has revolved around the improvement in quality of life for musicians since 1993. His work takes four different forms: training, individual psychotherapy, research, and the publication of books on the subject. Clinical psychology counselor with the Col·legi Oficial de Psicologia de la Comunitat Valenciana and spokesperson for the deontological commission.

Professor of the master’s program in soloist performance at the Centro Superior de Enseñanza Musical Katarina Gurska. He has given many classes and conferences on “Stage fright in musicians” for various institutions in Spain such as conservatories in Córdoba, Ibiza, Avilés, Linares, Cartagena, Jaén, Madrid, Oviedo, Tarragona, Zaragoza, Menorca and Alicante, as well as the Conservatorio Juan José Castro and Conservatorio Falla in Buenos Aires, Argentina. These come in addition to universities such as the Universitat de València, University of Murcia, University of Alicante and the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte (IUNA) in Buenos Aires. Moreover, he has given presentations to the Orquesta de Córdoba, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA), Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), Orquesta Sinfónica de Valencia, and Orquesta Joven de la Sinfónica de Galicia, alongside teacher training institutions such as Centro del Profesorado Bollulos/Valverde, Centro del Profesorado de Úbeda, Centro del Profesorado Luís Revuelta de Córdoba, as well as in Reus and Valencia. He has also given classes and conferences for music associations, students, conservatory parents’ associations, and labor unions, among others. He teaches advanced classes for psychologists at the Col·legi Oficial de Psicologia de la Comunitat Valenciana and various other post-graduate programs at the university.

Within the area of psychotherapy, he works at his private practice in Valencia with a multitude of musicians, singers and actors on all of the most common problems in artistic performance: stage fright, stress, depression, mobbing, burnout, social anxiety, problems related to injuries, etc. www.daliapozo.es. He also works on personal problems that can impede the work of arts performers: relationship issues, obsessions, aggressive behavior, substance abuse, etc.

He continually carries out research on specific aspects of music performance such as stage fright, the student-teacher relationship, the relationship that artists have with their work, and musicians’ personalities, among other topics.

He has published a number of articles, published communications and given talks at both Spanish and international music conferences. Two of his books, “Cómo superar la ansiedad escénica en músicos” and “Cómo ser feliz si eres músico o tienes uno cerca” have received Premios Euterpe awards for publications in the subject area of music. His latest book is titled “Musicorexia, la adicción del músico a la actividad musical”. All of them are published by Ideamúsica.

Guillermo González
PIANO

The Tenerife pianist Guillermo González is considered to be one of the greats in Spanish music and is one of Spain’s most celebrated exponents of the piano. His long professional career has earned him numerous and memorable critiques, which mention his profound knowledge and interpretative versatility of the piano literature of all periods, as well as major awards:

– Spanish National Music Prize (1991)
– Major award granted by the Spanish State in its specialty
– Spanish National Record Prize (1980)
– For the recording of works by Teobaldo Power (EMI)
– Albéniz Medal (2009)
– Awarded in the centenary year of the composer’s death
– The CEOE Foundation Musical Performance Prize (2001)

The protégé of José Cubiles, Vlado Perlemuter and Jean Paul Sevilla, he received his musical education at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife and later at Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, the Schola Cantorum de Paris and Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris, winning prizes in major international piano competitions from a very young age: Milan, Vercelli (Viotti), Jaén, Tenerife, etc.

In 1998, he edited a new version of the Iberia musical score according to Albéniz’s original work, offering the composer’s manuscript in a facsimile edition as a world premiere, plus two others -urtext and revised- (ed. Schott), the latter being the reference edition for the study of the work, and used in the classes taught by relevant pianists, such as Daniel Baremboim, for example.

Guillermo González has given numerous recitals and concerts with orchestras such as: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Dresdner Philharmonie, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Classic Chamber Orchestra of New York, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica Radio Televisión Española, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra… in Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany,Australia, Austria, France, China, Russia,The United States, The Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Brussels, Switzerland and throughout Latin America, in prestigious venues such as The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Bayerischer Rundfunk, The Santa Cecilia de Roma, The Palais de la Musique Strasbourg, The Bratislava Philharmonic, The Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, The Teatro de la Maestranza opera house in Seville, The Teatro Real in Madrid… In 2008, he was chosen as the sole pianist to represent Spain and the Hispanic world in the prestigious concert that took place in the new 5,500 capacity National Theatre of China, for the Beijing Olympic Games’ cultural events, performing with such esteemed pianists as Lang Lang and Philippe Entremont.

Since 2005, Guillermo González has presided over an ambitious project, together with the Superior Conservatories of Shanghai and Central China, to teach and disseminate Spanish music in the country where his edition of Iberia was also published (Shanghai Music Publishing House).

His numerous recordings include those made for Radio France, Radio WGMS in Washington, radio and television in Caracas, television in Georgia (Russia), and the European Broadcasting Union (for whom he recorded Iberia by Albéniz live, broadcasting throughout Europe and Canada), as well as the albums dedicated to Scriabin, E. Hallfter, Falla, A. Oliver, García Abril, Zulema de la Cruz, Carlos Cruz de Castro, José Luís Turina and Teobaldo Power. Special mention should be made of the complete works of Albéniz in four albums for the Naxos International label, whose version of Iberia won the rating of “excellent”, 5***** record in BBC Music Magazine, with the following critique:

This is real music […] Guillermo González’s interpretation matches the best in every way, and often exceeds the subtlety of inflection and rhythm curve. […] Their sound has a broad spectrum but is never nasty, characterization is both varied and vivid. Jeremy Siepmann

He has worked intensely as a teacher, Professor at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, Extraordinary and Honorary Professor of the Consevatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Professor of the Conservatorio de Música de Malaga and Director of the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Segovia,, and has been invited to form part of the jury in numerous international competitions, as well as to teach a Master Class in Spanish and foreign conservatories and musical institutions: Summer Courses at the Complutense University of Madrid, Manuel de Falla Courses at the International Music Festival of Granada, Kean University (New Jersey), Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, Bilkent University of Turkey, Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne (Australia), Shanghai Superior Conservatory, Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing)…, as well as being a member of the jury for “The China International Piano Competition” (Xiamen), the most important piano competition held in that country, of which he is the first and only Spanish guest musician. For 17 years he has been president of the International Piano Competition of Jaén, being awarded the Gold Medal for his work.

He is a member of the Royal Academies of Fine Arts of Tenerife, Granada and Cádiz. In 2007, in an academic ceremony, the University of Granada awarded him for his decisive contribution to the creation and subsequent development of the Orquesta de Cámara de la Universidad de Granada.

Guillermo González has received recognition from his country, with various distinctions: The Gold Medal of the island of Tenerife, the Hijo Predilecto title of La Laguna (Tenerife), the Hijo Adoptivo title and Medal of the town of Garachico (Tenerife) and Honorary Member of the Canary Home in Madrid.

Several Spanish music schools and companies are named after him.

Inda Bonet Manrique
TROMBONE

Born in 1971, Indalecio Bonet Manrique began studying music under the guidance of his father and continued his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Valencia with Joaquin Vidal, pursuing advanced studies with Juan Bautista Abad. He later went on to study with Gilles Millière at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM) in Paris (France).

He won Honors in his elementary, intermediate and advanced studies at the Valencia Conservatory of Music and first prize at the Paris Conservatory.

He has won prizes at the Jeunesses Musicales Spain Competition and First Prize at the 6th International Brass Quintet Competition held in Narbonne (France) with the Spanish Brass quintet.

Within the field of education, and together with his fellow musicians in Spanish Brass, he has given courses and master classes throughout Spain as well as abroad. Worth highlighting among these are those given at the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (JONC), Jove Orquesta de la Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV), Joven Orquesta de Andalucía (OJA), Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (JORCAM), the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (in China), the University of Georgia (in the USA) Trumpet Lounge (Japan), the Showa School for Performing Arts (Japan), Lieksa Brass Week (Finland), the Eastman School (USA), Joven Orquesta de Venezuela, Dartington International Summer School (UK), International Winter Festival of Music in Brasilia (Brazil) and the Ibero-American Cultural Festival (Puerto Rico), among others. He also organizes the SBALZ Festival (www.sbalz.com) and the Brassurround Festival (www.brassurround.com).

He has served as a member of the jury for the International Chamber Music Competition held in Lyon (France), the Philip Jones International Competition held in Guebwiller (France), the Lieksa Brass Competition (Finland) and the I Concurso Internacional de Música de Cámara de Castilla y León (Spain).

As a producer, he has organized more than 40 events, including the SBALZ Alzira, Brassurround Torrent, Rafelmetall, Brass & Wines festivals, in addition to Asociación de Trombonistas Españoles events and the International Trombone Festival in Valencia.

Together with Carlos Gil, he organizes and gives classes with Aula de Trombón (www.auladetrombon.com).

He was a full professor at the Orquesta Nacional de España from 1993 to 1998, a position he left in 1998 to devote himself body and soul to Spanish Brass Luur Metalls, touring around the world, in addition to recording 23 CDs and 2 CD-DVDs: “Luur-Metalls Spanish Brass Quintet”, “No Comment”, “La Escalera de Jacob”, “Spanish Brass Luur Metalls & Friends”, “Delicatessen”, “Caminos de España”, “Absolute” with Christian Lindberg and Ole E. Antonsen, “Gaudí’um”, “Metàl.lics”, “Retaule de Nadal” with the Orfeo Valencià Navarro Reverter, “SBALZ Brass Ensemble”, “Brass & Wines” with Steven Mead, “Brassiana” with the Lluís Vidal Trio, “The Best of Spanish Brass SBLM”, “Tell Me a Brass Story”, “viBRASSions”, “Metalls d’Estil”, “25”, “SuBLiMe Christmas”, “Brass Brass Brass”, “Puro de Oliva” and “XXX”.

Indalecio Bonet is an Antoine Courtois artist.

More information at www.spanishbrass.com.

Isabel Monar
VOICE

The successes of her performances as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Valencia), Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Marseille Opera, Stadttheater Bern), Pamina in The Magic Flute (Gran Teatre Liceu de Barcelona), and in Il buon marito (Schwerzingen Festival), Orpheus and Euridice (Edinburgh Festival), and the inaugural concert at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, among others, bear testimony to the solid artistic trajectory of Isabel Monar.

A student of Ana Luisa Chova, she graduated with first class honors and made her debut at the Teatro Principal of Valencia, her hometown. She has performed in operas and concerts such as Turandot (Valencia), Iphigenia in Tauris (New York and Boston), Fidelio (Nantes, Santiago and Barcelona), The Blood of the Rose (Geneva, Madrid and Mexico City), Così fan tutte (Lausanne, Madrid, La Coruña and Padua), Arabella (Opera North in Leeds), L’elisir d’Amore and Idomeneo (Bern), The Barber of Seville (at the Castell de Peralada Festival) and the New Year’s Concert with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and M. A. Gomez-Martinez, as well as concertos by J. Rodrigo in Chicago and other acclaimed performances such as in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell (Marseille), Il Re Pastore, Il sogno di Scipione (Vienna), and Zaide (Gmunden Festival, Dusseldorf), plus a Mozart series in the prestigious Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam.

She has also performed the lead role in Handel’s opera Radamisto with the Wiener Akademie in the Baluarte concert hall in Pamplona, as well as in Valencia and Los Angeles, and the La filla del rei barbut by Matilde Salvador at the Teatro Principal in Castellón. She has sung the role of Salud in La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla, as well as leading roles in Handel’s Belshazar and The Swallows by Usandizaga. In 2011, she performed the part of Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites at the Palau de la Música in Valencia.

Her concerto repertoire include highlights such as Handel’s Messiah with Robert King; Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Bach’s Magnificat with Peter Maag; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Sir Neville Mariner; Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Salvador Mas and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) in Barcelona, and with Josep Pons and the Orquesta Nacional de España (ONE) in Madrid; Mozart’s Requiem with Christopher Hogwood; Bruckner’s Te Deum with Victor Pablo Perez; Mahler’s Second Symphony with the OBC and F. P. Decker, Schumann’s Dr Fausto with the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid under the same conductor, and Exultate Jubilate by Mozart, both with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Paul McCreesh in addition to a performance at the Mozart Festival in Barcelona conducted by Christian Zacharias.

Her recordings includes works by Frederico Mompou, Eduard Toldrá, Vicente Asencio, Matilde Salvador and Miquel Asins Arbó among others. Her most recent work for the Naxos label, “Volumen I del Manuscrito de Guerra para soprano y arpa barroca”, was released this year.

Isabel Villanueva
VIOLA

Isabel Villanueva is valued for her expression and sensitivity as well as for her passion and commitment to promoting the viola as an instrument with its own voice. She is one of the best international violinists of her generation. The Strad Magazine wrote, “Isabel Villanueva, an artist who takes risks”. In 2015, she received the Spanish National Radio (RNE) Classical Music Prize and, in 2018, Best Classical Album of the Year for her debut album “Bohèmes” at the Spanish Independent Music Awards in 2018 – the first violinist to be distinguished with both.

She has been invited to perform as a soloist with the Spanish Radio Television (RTVE) Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Orquestra Nacional d’Andorra, and the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, under the batons of maestros including Jacek Kaspszyk, Michel Plasson, Lior Shambadal, Salvador Brotons i Soler, and Andres Mustonen. She performs a wide repertoire ranging from the Baroque period to several symphonic world premieres such as viola concertos by José Zárate and Houtaf Khoury, dedicated to her.

In November 2018, she performed a revival of the Cantos de Ordesa concerto for viola by Antón García Abril in Spain at the Festival de Música Española de Cádiz, opening together with Orquesta de Córdoba to great public and critical acclaim. During the 2018-19 season, she will also play for the first time with Real Filharmonía de Galicia and Oviedo Filarmonía (The Viola Concerto by Walton), and Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia (Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola), together with maestros including Yaron Traub and Paul Daniel.

Villanueva regularly appears as a soloist and accompanied recitalist in prestigious venues and festivals in Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East, including the Grand Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia, Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, Bath Music Festival, Estonia Concert Hall, Rottweil Musikfestival, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, Royal Court Theatre in Copenhagen, Lavaux Classic, Schubertiade RTS, AUB Assembly Hall in Beirut, and Wigmore Hall in London, among others, and at main concert halls and festivals in Spain including the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid (Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical Liceo de Cámara), Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Teatro Jovellanos de Gijón, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Musika-Música Festival in Bilbao, Formentor Sunset Classics de Mallorca, and Schubertiade Vilabertrán, among others. In 2013, she performed at Roudaki Hall in Tehran, becoming the first foreign violist to perform solo recitals in Iran.

Isabel Villanueva is passionate about promoting and broadening the horizons of current viola music. Her world premieres and collaborative efforts encompass pieces for viola by Gubaidulina, García Abril, Marco, Zárate, Olivero, Sotelo, Khoury and Khayam. As a chamber musician, Isabel has shared the stage with the Vlach Quartet Prague, Prazak Quartet, Trío Arbós, Martti Rousi and Daniel Schnyder, among others. Her concerts have been broadcast by Radio Televisión Española (RTVE), Catalunya Música, RTV Slovenia, TV Szombathely, Estonia Klassika Raadio, RTV Lebanon, TV Russia Kultura and RTV Suiza.

In October 2017, she released her first recorded album, “Bohèmes” album ‘Bohèmes’ in recital for viola and piano with François Dumont for the record label IMMStage. In August 2017, a Sony Classical recording was released, which included a performance by Isabel Villanueva of Concierto para viola by José Zárate accompanying the Orquesta de Extremadura.

She has been the prizewinner of many international viola competitions including the Mravinsky Competition (St. Petersburg, Russia), Beethoven Viola Competition (Czech Republic) and the Yuri Bashmet Viola Competition (Moscow, Russia). In 2014, she received the Prix Albert Lullin in Geneva as the most outstanding instrumentalist of the year. In 2015, she was recognized institutionally by Marca España and named “Global Ambassador of Spanish Talent” by Clear Channel. She is engaged in humanitarian causes and is Cultural Ambassador for Fondation Prim’enfance in Switzerland.

Villanueva is regularly invited to give master viola classes at the Royal College of Music in London, Bath Music University, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, Tehran University of Arts and Music, Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Joven de Andalucía, International Pacific Youth Orchestra in Guangzhou and numerous Spanish conservatories.

Born in Pamplona (Spain) in 1988, Isabel studied with I. Sulyga, Y. Bashmet, L. Power and N. Imai at Royal College of Music in London, Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Haute École de Musique in Geneva. Villanueva plays an Enrico Catenar viola (Turin, 1670) and uses Peter Infeld strings by Thomastik-Infeld (Vienna).

Javier Eguillor Valera
PERCUSSION

International soloist and timpani soloist for the Orquesta de Valencia. Javier Eguillor Valera was born in Xixona in 1975, where he began his musical studies. He continued his training at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Óscar Esplá de Alicante with professor Juan García Iborra. He studied for a further three years with the timpani soloist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rainer Seegers, and one year in Monaco with the Monte Carlo Orchestra timpanist soloist Julian Bourgeois.

In 1990, he was invited by the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) to participate in the centenary of Carnegie Hall in New York. He joined said orchestra in 1991 and enjoyed permanent membership through 1995.

He later studied at the Jazz Creative School in Madrid with drummer Carlos Carli. He collaborated as a drummer in the film “Allegro ma non troppo” directed by Fernando Colomo and featuring actress Penélope Cruz.

In December 1995, he joined the World Orchestra under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin. In 1996, he was elected member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and toured though Europe. For the next four years he would tour Europe, China, Japan and Canada, performing in the most prestigious auditoriums such as the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Russia, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonie, Albert Hall in London, and Musikverein in Vienna, among others, under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Carlo Maria Giulini and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has performed with soloists such as Radu Lupu, Emanuel Ax, Maria Joao Pires, Sarah Chang, Daniel Barenboim, Joshua Bell and tenor Plácido Domingo.

In 1998, he was invited by the Spanish Ministry of Culture to perform two concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the music festivals in Santander and San Sebastián under the direction of maestro Zubin Mehta.

In 2002, he joined the Orquesta de Valencia as timpani soloist through public competition, with whom he would perform Concierto para percusión by André Jolivet as soloist in 2004 and give the Spanish premiere of Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra by Philip Glass in 2012. He gave that concert with Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa in 2014 and in 2015 with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has participated in the pop world with artists like Miguel Bosé, Joan Manuel Serrat and flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo.

He is regularly invited to teach as a professor for the youth orchestras of Spain, Catalonia and Madrid, as well as the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra and to give master classes in conservatories throughout Spain, France and Argentina.

He currently plays as timpanist for the Orquesta de Valencia and Orquesta Dissonances, led by David Grimal, as well as with Bandart, led by Gordan Nikolic. He frequently collaborates and travels as a timpani soloist with Spanish and European orchestras, performing concertos for solo timpani and orchestra.

Javier Sapiña García
DOUBLE BASS

Javier Sapiña García began his musical education in Sociedad Musical Santa Cecilia de Cullera. He subsequently attended Conservatorio Superior Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia, where he studied horn with J. Rosell and later, double bass with E. Maravella at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, the institution from which he earned the Honors Award upon graduation. He completed his studies with Jeff Bradetich in Chicago and Franco Petracchi in Geneva.

Double bass soloist for the Orquesta de Valencia, he is also a founding member of the Collegium Instrumentale Chamber Orchestra, Grup Instrumental de València (Spanish National Music Prize 2005), and the Vesperale quartet and Pablo Zinger´s Tango Zinger Septet.

He has performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta de la Comunitad Valenciana, Banda Municipal de Valencia and municipal ensembles in Mallorca and Bilbao. Moreover, he has collaborated with several chamber music groups and orchestra, under the direction of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jesús López Cobos, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Josep Pons, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yehudi Menuhin, Walter Weller, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Yaron Traub and Ramón Tebar. He has shared the stage with soloists such as Alfredo Kraus, Teresa Berganza, Plácido Domingo, Salvatore Accardo, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky and Franco Petracchi, among others.

As a concertmaster, he has performed in prestigious concert halls such as the Sala Mozart in Zaragoza, Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao and Sala Iturbi del Palau de la Música in Valencia.

He has taught as professor at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia and chair of the double bass department at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón. In his work as an educator, master classes given at the Haute école de musique Genève – Neuchâtel are a particular highlight, in addition to specialized courses and preparatory work for youth orchestras events such as the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), Jove Orquesta de la Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV) and the JM World Youth Orchestra.

With multiple recordings under his belt, he recently premiered the double bass concerto El gegant de fusta by Ferrer Ferran.

Joan Enric Lluna
CLARINET

Joan Enric Lluna combines his work as a clarinetist with conducting orchestras.

As a conductor and conductor-soloist, Lluna has stepped in front of orchestras such as Lucerne Festival Strings, Manchester Camerata, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana (OCV) at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Kensington Chamber Orchestra in London, Orquesta de Valencia, Real Filharmonía de Galicia and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga. He recently conducted the concerts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Orquesta de Cadaqués to great public and critical acclaim. He has also conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and his upcoming commitments will take him to the stage with Berliner Camerata, OCV at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía and the ADDA Simfònica de Alicante, among others.

As a soloist, he has performed on the main stages of Europe under the direction of maestros such as Zubin Mehta, Gianandrea Noseda, Juanjo Mena and Neville Marriner, as well as in chamber ensembles such as the Brodsky, Tokyo and Alexander quartets and with soloists including Lluís Claret, Tasmin Little and Josep Colom. He is principal clarinet for the OCV at the Palau de las Artes Reina Sofía, a position he was appointed to by Lorin Maazel in 2006. He is also principal clarinet for the Orquesta de Cadaqués, of which he is a co-founder. He was principal clarinet for the Bournemouth Sinfonietta from 1996 to 1999, and as guest principal clarinet, he performed with groups including the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Lluna is the driving force behind and conductor of the Moonwinds chamber ensemble, which is composed of first-class wind instrumentalists. Moreover, since 2009, he has directed the international Residències de Música de Cambra festival in Godella, Valencia (Spain).

Lluna has performed an impressive volume of clarinet soloist repertoire and premiered concertos by composers such as Sir John Tavener, J. Guinjoan, César Cano, Jesús Torres, Paul Barker and Sánchez Verdú. Likewise, throughout his career, he has debuted a large number of chamber works by composers such as J. Torres, I. Žebeljan, P. Barker, D. del Puerto and H. Khoury. He recently commissioned and premiered concertos for performance as a conductor-soloist by Isidora Žebeljan and Jesús Torres. Among his future projects are the release of a CD dedicated to Salvador Bacarisse by Moonwinds; the recording of jazz impact, dedicated to Leonard Bernstein and Benny Goodman; and the first recording of chamber pieces by Benet Casablancas for Naxos with the Moonwinds Ensemble.

Among his recordings, two of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 are of particular note, recorded with conductors Sir Neville Marriner (Tritó) and Antony Pay (Cala Records). He has also recorded with the Tokyo, Brodsky and Alexander String Quartets. He has additionally produced five albums dedicated to Spanish music, released by Harmonia Mundi and Clarinet Classics. His latest is dedicated to the musicians exiled during the Spanish Civil War (Tritó, 2015). With Moonwinds, he has recorded Mozart’s “Gran Partita” as well as his Winds Serenades, in addition to Una Cosa Rara and an album dedicated to previously unreleased divertimenti by Martin y Soler.

Jonathan Ross Parkin
COMMUNICATION IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Originally from Billingham, Teesside, Jonathan Ross Parkin earned a 1st Class Honors Degree in classical guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutorship of John Mills, Helen Sanderson, Steve Gordon and Eleftheria Kotzia. In 2012 Jonathan studied at the Conservatory of Music of Central Finland and in 2017 earned Masters with Distinction in performance Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

As well as performing throughout Europe, Jonathan has performed at The Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Barbican, L’Auditori de Barcelona, Museo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), St James Piccadilly, Dora Stoutzker Hall, and for BBC Radio 3, IGF London Guitar Festival, Greenwich Early Music Festival and Greenwich International Guitar Festival.

Jonathan has always been interested and active in helping to promote contemporary music on the classical guitar by commissioning and premiering works by Dr. Robert Spearing, Graham Lynch, Michael Anthony Hughes, Alexander Corlett, Piawatt Louilarpprasert and Ben Lunn. Jonathan is also a member of What Guitar Trio, a guitar trio that specializes in the performance of contemporary music which was on the IGF Young Artist Platform 2017/2018.

During his studies, he participated in master classes with David Miller, Danijel Cerović, Carlo Marchione, Sven Lundestad, Ian Watt, Sabrina Vlaskalic, Morgan Szymanski, Carlos Bonell, Heiki Matlik and Xuefei Yang.

Jonathan won first prize at the John Mills Guitar Prize contest in both 2013 and 2015, and in 2016, Jonathan won first place in the Trinity Laban Historical Informed Performance Competition and the West Sussex Guitar Festival’s Bach Prize, and was a recipient of the Montagu Cleeve Guitar Prize.

In 2018, Jonathan won 2nd prize and the people’s choice award at the Certamen Internacional de Guitarra de Barcelona Miquel Llobet and 1st prize in the inaugural Concurso Internacional Guitarras Raimundo.

http://www.jonathanparkinguitar.com

Josep Ruvira
PERFORMANCE ARTS AND PRODUCTION

Josep Ruvira has studied philology and music and acquired an advanced studies diploma (DEA) in Fine Arts and a doctorate degree. Throughout his professional career, he has balanced research (primarily concerning the field of music aesthetics, especially avant-garde artistic movements) especially in cultural management, as well presenting a great number of conferences and courses on this subject matter in varied artistic and university fora throughout Spain and around the world.

As a result of his passion for music, he founded the Asociación Valenciana de Música Contemporánea, thereby fostering and giving direction to projects such as the international Ensems contemporary music festival. Later, he was the director of music at the Instituto de las Artes Escénicas, Cinematografía y Música (IVAECM) in Valencia, a position in which he worked on many projects through participation in the programming and production of multiple musical shows staged, a great many of which were associated with contemporary creation.

He has directed international arts and communications workshops. From 1996 to 2011, he carried out his duties as Director of l´Auditori Torrent, dedicating his time to musical and theatrical programming and production. In a different direction, his experience in education and research has resulted in work as a curator for varied exhibitions and artistic displays at the Universitat de València.

Apart from the critique of music, he has published numerous articles and interviews in specialized magazines and journals in Spain and abroad as a writer and researcher in the field of music, and is a regular contributor to the Spanish newspaper El País. Likewise, he has collaborated on various collective publications and compilations such as Enciclopedia de la Música Española and Hispanoamericana, la Historia de la Música de la Comunidad Valenciana. Individually, he has published books including titles such as “Compositores Valencianos Contemporáneos” (1987), “Javier Darias, obra de Investigación y Composición Musical” (1992), “El Caso Santos” (1996) and “Ensems: 25 años de música contemporánea” (2003), as well as “Música y representación. Los desafíos artísticos de Carles Santos” (2009). Furthermore, he has launched several publications on the creation of music, among which a notable highlight is “Variaciones” (“Cuadernos de Música Contemporánea”), a project which he directed until its termination.

Juan Pablo Valero García
HISTORY OF MUSIC AND MUSICAL THOUGHT

Juan Pablo Valero García holds an advanced degree in music with an emphasis in piano granted by the Conservatorio Superior Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia; a master’s degree in Ancient Music from the Universitat Politècnica de València; and has developed a doctoral theses on the development of assessment methods in arts education in the Mètodes d’Investigació i Diagnòstic en Educació department at Universitat de València.

He has facilitated diverse training days and presentations on new methodologies in music education, inclusive education and multi-culturalism, in addition to Medieval musicology and its relationship with literature, and traditional music and its incorporation in the educational system.

He has authored several publications on feminist musicology, ancient music, traditional music and the development of assessment systems specifically for professional music conservatories.

He joined the Cuerpo de Profesores de Música y Artes Escénicas de la Generalitat Valenciana through public competition in 2008 and, since then, has taught at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Torrent, Conservatorio Guitarrista José Tomás de Alicante and Conservatorio Profesional de Catarroja, where he is currently a professor.

He is a member of the teaching staff at Instituto Gabou, when he trains and helps students to prepare for official examinations for the Cuerpo de Profesores de Música y Artes Escénicas.

He has additionally held varied management positions at the Conselleria de Educación, Cultura y Deporte of the Generalitat Valenciana.

All the while, he has continued to work professionally in the arts as a pianist and singer in diverse groups, in addition to as a soloist.

Juan Pechuán Ramírez
OBOE

Born in Valencia, Juan Pechuán Ramírez studied with Miguel Morella and Francisco Salanova in that same city and earned the Honors prize upon completing his studies as well as the Euterpe prize in Valencia for the best achievement in a musical career.

It is during this time period that he had his first experiences in symphonic orchestras. In 2003, and for the next six years, he would be a member of the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV), and from 2007 to 2009, of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Valencia, as well as the Orquesta Sinfónica Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) in 2009.

He would subsequently continue his training at the Karajan Academy with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the guidance of Jonathan Kelly. Thee, he received classes from members of the orchestra (Albrecht Mayer, Andreas Wittmann, Christoph Hartmann and Dominik Wollenweber). He was given the additional and simultaneous opportunity at this academy to play with the orchestra for two years.

In 2011, he passed a trial as principal oboe soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, thereby bestowed with the opportunity to work for two years, playing in such famous halls as Lincoln Center in New York, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall in London, among others. He also recorded multiple albums and soundtracks at Abbey Road Studios.

He has performed as principal oboe soloist at Konzerthausorchester Berlin (contract duration of one and half years as 1st Oboe), for the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna (Italy), Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Germany), Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Scotland), Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino (Italy), and Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester (Germany), to name but few, thereby enjoying the opportunity to work under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Metha, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, Donald Runnicles, Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev and Christian Thielemann.

He has performed many concerts as concertmaster with standout performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia with the JOGV, as well as Deutsche Oper Berlin.

He currently resides in Berlin, working both as oboe soloist with the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as giving chamber music recitals and continuing ongoing collaborations as principal oboe with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Berliner Philharmoniker and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.

Juanlu Puelles
CLARINET

Juanlu Puelles is one of the most outstanding Spanish musicians of his generation for his extensive training and international experience.
He collaborates in large orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Les Dissonances. In 2014 he won the position of one of the best orchestra in Asia, Macao Orchestra.

In Asia he collaborates with Hong Kong Philharmonic, Malasyan Philharmonic and is awarded with full scholarship by the Music Masters Course Japan festival under the direction of Alan Gilbert.

He is the Artistic Director of the International Clarinetasia Competition and has been invited as a professor in the United States, China and Spain.
Juanlu Puelles currently resides in Valencia as a professor at ESMAR (Higher School of High Performance Music) and MUSIKEX (Higher School of Music of Extremadura).
He is founder with his teacher Vicente Alberola of the MMCV (Music Masters Course Valencia).

Besides his musical training he has dedicated himself to research on how to improve the health of the musician, he has trained in Barcelona with Malen Cicerol in the Diafreo body method for three years, he has received classes in Asian methods of postural education, Sensory Awareness training with Enric Bruguera and Alexander Technique classes with Montse Lopez and Anne Lauda, ​​Yoga with Ritesh Kumar, among others.

Winner of different competitions in Spain like Almendralejo and Banda Municipal de Musica de Badajoz with 20 years old.
His official studies are conducted by José Luis Estelles at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country MUSIKENE, and in Germany with the clarinetists of the Munich Philharmonic of Sergio Celibidache: Martin Spangengberg and Ralph Manno.

Member of young orchestras in Germany (Jungendnorddeutsche Philharmonie and Bayreuth Festival).

He has received master classes from musicians such as Lorenzo Iosco, Bruno Martínez, Juan Manuel Lumbreras, Asier Polo, Sabine Meyer, Carlos Gil, Martin Fröst, Alessandro Carbonare, Françoise Benda, Harri Mäki, Johannes Peitz, Casals Quartet, Gabor Varga, Luismi Méndez …

Magdalena Martínez
FLUTE

After graduating at the top of her class from the Conservatorio Superior de Valencia, Magdalena Martínez moved to Paris to study at Conservatoire Hector Berlioz and the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM).

She was admitted to the Artist Diploma program at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington (USA) and later to the Royal Academy School of Music in London.

She won first prize at the Concurso Juventudes Musicales in Spain in chamber music and as a soloist; first prize at Paris Conservatory Flute Concours, Héctor Berlioz; first prize from the Paris Conservatoire; and first prize in the Woodwinds Competition at the University of Indiana Bloomington.

She began her professional career with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, and continued on as flute soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, earning the position of flute soloist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra through public competition shortly thereafter.

As a soloist, she has performed with the Basque National Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta de Cadaqués, the Hallé Symphony Orchestra in Manchester, Master Symphony Orchestra in Valencia, Orquesta Nacional Clàssica d’Andorra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Orquestral Paris, Filarmónica de Galicia, Orquesta de Extremadura and Sinfónica de Baleares, under conductors such as Christopher Hodwood, Andrew Parrot, Lawrence Foster, Jorma Panula, Pierre Boulez, Antoni Ros Marbá, Christian Zacarias, Martin Haselböck and Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, among others.

She has worked together with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 1995, going on tour in Japan and the USA, as well as in Europe’s greatest concert halls with maestros such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Boulez, Frans Brüggen, Heinz Holliger, Iván Fischer, and Vladimir Jurowski, to name but a few.

In the educational sphere, she has vast experience in giving advanced classes at the leading universities and Spanish schools, for example, orchestral courses at Universidad Menéndez Pelayo and as professor at the Aula de Música at the University of Alcalá. From 2003 to 2010, she taught as flute professor in the master’s program in music performance at Universitat de València and has also been flute professor in the university master’s degree program in music performance at the Universidad Internacional de Andalucia.

She has given courses at the Spain’s best institutions and conservatories, including the conservatories in Madrid, Zaragoza, La Coruña, Castellón, Alicante, Salamanca, Sevilla, Palma de Mallorca and Córdoba.

She has also taught at the youth orchestra events such as for Jove Orquesta de la Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV), Orquesta Joven de Extremadura (OJEX), Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (JORCAM), the Basque Youth Orchestra (EGO), Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (JONC) and Orquesta Juvenil Iberoamericana in Caracas, Venezuela.

She is on sabbatical from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC).

She is currently flute soloist for the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana (OCV) at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, appointed by maestro Lorin Maazel. As part of the OCV, she has worked under the direction of maestros including Zubin Metha, Gianandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev, Plácido Domingo and Maxim Shostakovich.

As a soloist, she has recorded Serenata by X. Montsalvatge for the Claves music label; Concierto n.1 by S. Brotons i Soler for Harmonia Mundi; and Concierto Mágico by L. Balada for Naxos.

These are in addition to recordings for Sony, Decca, Auvidis and Deutsche Grammophon, accompanying, along with the Orquesta de Valencia, artists of such talent as Juan Diego Flórez, Plácido Domingo, and Wagner with La Fura del Baus and Zubin Metha, as well as Cyrano de Bergerac, among the most noteworthy.

Magdalena Martínez was awarded Special Mention in Music at the prestigious City of Barcelona Awards in 2001.

Marisol Boullosa
PERFORMANCE ARTS AND PRODUCTION

Marisol Boullosa was born in Amsterdam. She completed her advanced studies in music with an emphasis in vocal music at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia and extended her studies at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She holds a soloist master’s degree from the Codarts Conservatoire in Rotterdam (Netherlands), a master’s in cultural management from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and a post-graduate degree in “Relaciones institucionales, protocolo y organización de eventos” (Institutional relations, protocol and event organization). She collaborates regularly with the Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real Chorus in Madrid, Intermezzo, Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana, Bach Koor Holland and Coral de Cámara de Pamplona.

She is additionally a music consultant and the staff coordinator responsible for project follow-up at the Mucho Ruido & Muchas Nueces S.L. communications and media company. She managed the Ad Libitum Artis arts agency until 2016. She has coordinated projects such as: Residencies Moonwinds, Auditori de Barcelona; Orfeo ed Euridice by la Fura del Baus; the International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada; OSN Social (Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra); Festival Internacional Residencies de Música de Cambra de Godella; and the “FerMúsica Entre Tots” project for people with functional disabilities (Palau de la Música de Valencia). She is currently managing director of the cultural project company Nova Lux Artean S.L.

She also founded and has been on the executive board of the ARTS. Cultura y Desarrollo association since its creation in 2009, an organization with which she carries out cooperative cultural projects in Paraguay, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Equatorial Guinea, among others.

She balances her professional focus as a singer and cultural manager with education. She has given courses in chamber music and voice classes in conservatories in Rabat and Casablanca (Morocco), Conservatorio Nacional de Asunción (Paraguay), Centros Culturales de Bata y Malabo (Equatorial Guinea). From 2013 to 2016, she taught promotion techniques and legislation as professor in the master’s degree in operatic performance at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in Valencia. She currently teaches music management and career counseling as professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Oscar Esplá in Alicante.

Miguel Gironés Cervera
MUSIC EDUCATION THEORY, MUSIC THEORY PEDAGOGY

Born in Valencia in 1975, Miguel Gironés Cervera began his musical education at the age of 10 and would go on to study violin, piano, organ, musicology and composition.

In 2002, he passed the Spanish public competition in composition fundamentals.

As an organist, he has performed concerts on the great Cabanilles organ in Iglesia de la Compañía church in Valencia as part of the cycles regularly celebrated at Advent, Lent and Easter. He has also played in San Sebastián at the Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight and in Montblanc (Spain).

He earned his master’s degree in music at the Universitat Politècnica de València, publishing part of his thesis in the Quodlibet journal (February 2010), which is published by Aula de Música de la Universidad de Alcalá. He recently published an article in Quodlibet again, this time on Debussy’s Préludes.

His compositions include Sonata para viola y piano, La marcha procesional para banda, Timete Deum and Concertino para ocho violas.

www.miguelgirones.es

Mikhail Spivak
VIOLIN

Born in Moscow, Mikhail Spivak began studying violin at the age of six with S. Bezrodny. He continued on with M. Roussin and I. Oistrakh. He completed his studies at the Gnessin State Musical College and Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in 1994 and with post-graduate study in 1996 at the top of his class. Between 1996 and 1997, he perfected his mastery with I. Oistrakh at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel.

In 1991, he won the Rameau International Violin Competition in France and received the P. Sarasate diploma (Pamplona, Spain).

From 1992 to 1994, he was the Concertmaster for Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra in Moscow. Starting in 1993, he became professor at Gnessin in Moscow. In December 1994, he was invited to join the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, conducted by V. Spivakov, performing in the best auditoriums in the world.

He would also form a duet called Dúo Miris with pianist Irina Musatova that year. This duet gives chamber music recitals throughout Europe, participating in festivals in France, Austria and Spain. He has also recorded works by Brahms, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Medtner, Rimsky-Korsakov, Taneyev and Stravinsky with El cuento de la música Rusa.

In 2004, Sonus Ensemble came into being. The Sonus Ensemble’s versatility in their use of instruments by makes it possible for them to perform a repertoire replete with possibilities. The group took their first steps at Martes Musicales de Vitoria (Spain). From 2005 to 2007, he performed at the Festival de Verano de Oviedo as well as at the Ciclo Internacional de Música XIV in Guadix.

From 2004 to 2006, he was 1st violin in the Moscow Virtuosi quartet.

Since 2006, he has been a member of the St. Petersburg Trio and 1st violin in the SASS quartet.

As a soloist, his performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the Moscow Virtuosi, Violin Concerto No. 1 by S. Prokofiev, Tzigane by M. Ravel with Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Oviedo, Violin Concerto by J. Brahms and Concerto Grosso No. 1 by A. Schnittke with Ars Mundi are worthy of special note.

He has been violin co-principal for the Oviedo Filarmonia since 1999. He has also been a member of the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana since 2011 under the batons of Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Chailly. He joined the Arteunita Ensemble in 2012. As a soloist, in 2013, he performed The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, The Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky, five pieces by Tchaikovsky, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with the Master Chamber Players of Valencia.

Since 2015, he has participated as violin professor in the Venta del Moro Festival in Valencia and gave master classes and concerts as a soloist with the orchestra in Mexico in 2017. He as played J. Brahms’ Concerto for violin and orchestra as a soloist en Moscow and in Castellón (Valencia, Spain), and Souvenir d’un lieu cher, op.42 by P. Tchaikovsky with Orquesta Reino de Aragón.

Octavio Hernández Bolín
EXTERNAL INTERNSHIPS

Octavio Hernández Bolín is the director of a radio program, a digital journal and a recording studio, as well as being audiovisual producer for Nuestras Bandas de Música.
He has directed and produced the weekly radio program Nuestras Bandas de Música since December 2001, when he took the reins from his father, Octavio Hernández Torrado, with whom he had worked in production for this ten-year-old program since nearly his very start at the end of the 1980s.

He has collaborated and/or directed the program throughout its every stage with Popular FM (Grupo COPE), 97.7 Valencia Radio, Ràdio 9, Punto Radio Valencia, Ràdio 9 – Nou Ràdio, Gestiona Radio Valencia and Gestiona Radio national broadcast stations, as well as the current station, 99.9 Valencia Radio, on which it has been broadcast since 2016.

Starting in March 2002, he began to write special press articles in the daily paper Las Provincias, a news publication with ten years under its belt in the Valencia region. Ever since October 9, 2014, he has published a two-page weekly article every Thursday in the paper’s general edition, wherein he discusses aspects of Valencian music business news.

Between November 2003 and June 2011, he directed and produced the weekly television program Nuestras Bandas de Música on LP Teva, Las Provincias TV, La 10 and Popular TV del Mediterráneo.

Since 2003, he has also fostered Nuestras Bandas de Música’s work as a music label, recording studio and television producer. He has participated in the organization and recording of music competitions and festivals across Spain.

Under conductor Octavio Hernández Bolín, Nuestras Bandas de Música has received more than 30 accolades, noteworthy among them: the Euterpe prize for Best program in 2007, Premio Hermes in 2009 for Communications media, Premio Ateneo in 2006, Premio Orpheo in 2015 for Communications media, Premio Santa Cecilia in 2014, and Premio So de la Plana in 2017 for Communications media.

In 2007, the website www.nuestrasbandasdemusica.com was up and running as a Spanish daily digital publication, deemed one of the most-visited ensemble music websites in the Spanish language.

Simultaneously, he has worked as a concert emcee and event host upon request. In this role, the last 17 editions of the Certamen Nacional de Bandas de Música Ciutat de Cullera have been a highlight, alongside the all of the Certamen Nacional de Bandas Vila de Catarroja and Certamen Nacional de Bandas de Música de Cine Ciudad de Cullera events ever held, to name a few.

Pau Rausell-Köster
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Pau Rausell-Köster is a professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the Universitat de València and director of Econcult, the Area of Research in Economics of Culture and Tourism.

He founded the culture economics research unit in 1999 along with Lluís Bonet from the University of Barcelona, together pioneering the extension and incorporation of research as a specialty in Spanish universities. Since the beginning of the 21st century, he has built a sizeable reputation and today, Econcult is one of the most prestigious and successful research groups on economy and culture in Europe in terms of resource acquisition, both in competitive bids and commissions from companies, government bodies and other non-profit organizations.

He has published books and articles in magazines and newspapers about topics related to communication and culture. He participates regularly in national and international seminars, as well as conferences on topics such as creative cities; the relationship between culture, innovation and development; and the economic impact of culture, cultural management and cultural planning. He has completed research on the current phenomenon of musical association in Valencia.

He is a professor in the master’s programs on cultural management at the universities of Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, the Complutense University of Madrid, and Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, as well as collaborating on teaching teams in international cultural management programs such as the Relais Culture Europe I-team and Diplôme Européen in Administration des Projects Culturels at Association Marcel Hicter.

As Main Researcher, he has directed ten European research projects, including Horizon 2020 and the MED Programme, and has participated as an expert in several projects for the European Commission. He has participated in cultural planning studies and processes for more than 15 years for regions including Catalonia, Murcia, Valencia, the Canary Islands, the Madrid region and the city of Madrid, as well as for European cities such as Belfast (Northern Ireland), Oulu (Finland) and Lille (France), among others.

He is currently executive co-director for Valencia’s candidacy as World Capital of Design and participates on the team promoting the city of Sagunto as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Rafal Jezierski
VIOLINCELLO

Polish cellist Rafal Jezierski studied at Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music of New York, enjoying full scholarships. He was also chosen to perform in master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, János Starker and Lynn Harrell.
He is co-principal cellist and soloist with the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana, where he plays regularly under the batons of maestros such as Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta.

As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana (Lorin Maazel), Jeunesses Musicales (Robert Satanowski) and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony (George Manahan).

His experience in chamber music includes performances in some of the most important festivals worldwide, such as the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Due Mondi Festival in Spoleto, Festival del Mediterrani (Valencia), the Music Festival of the Hamptons or the Norfolk Festival.
He has performed together with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Lukas Foss, Isidore Cohen, Eugene Drucker, Mikhail Kopelman and Anne-Marie McDermott.

He also has collaborated with composers such as Lorin Maazel (The Giving Tree), Gian Carlo Menotti (Suite for two cellos and piano) and Ned Rorem (Spring Music for trio). He is a winner of the Lotos Club Foundation Prize in the Arts, 32nd Artists International Auditions, Eisenberg Concerto Competition, Interlochen Arts Academy and Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competitions.

Critics have spotlighted him on numerous occasions, confirming his excellence with reference to his performance of The Giving Tree by Maazel in Valencia, saying: “Special mention for the cellist Rafal Jeziersky (sic), who perfectly interpreted the musical notes which represent the tree in “The Giving Tree” (J. Guzmán: ABC, March 3, 2011).

His solos can be heard on the CDs “Recital of Erwin Schrott” (Decca) and “Voices of Tarik O’Reagan” (Collegium Records). Since 2007, Rafal Jezierski has been a visiting professor giving master classes at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Valencia (Seminario Internacional de Música de Valencia, SIM).

Since 2012, he has been part of a duet with pianist Carles Marín from Valencia.

http://www.rafaljezierski.com

Rubén Marqués Colomer
TRUMPET

Rubén Marqués Colomer’s whole life has been tied to the trumpet. Since starting his studies in his hometown at Sociedad Musical “Santa Cecília” in Guadassuar (Spain), he has come a long way on a journey that has led him to his current position as a trumpet soloist with the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana and trumpet professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (CSMA).

He trained academically with Vicente Prats at Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in Valencia. He subsequently extended his studies and participated in master classes with trumpet players of such great renown as Maurice André, Pierre Thibaud, Roger Delmotte, Bernard Soustrot and Maurice Benterfa.

He began his professional career in 1986, when he was given a position as assistant soloist with the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona, known today as Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña or the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Four years later, he earned a position in the Orquesta de Valencia through public competition, where he worked as trumpet soloist until 2006. That same year, he auditioned for a spot on the recently-created Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana (OCV) and, after requesting a sabbatical from the former group, he started as a soloist trumpet with the latter after appointment by the OCV’S conductor, Lorin Maazel.

Throughout this time, he has had the opportunity to perform with maestros the likes of Maazel himself (conductor for the OCV from 2006 and 2010) and Zubin Metha, principal guest conductor. He has also collaborated with other noteworthy conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Chailly, Georges Prêtre, Jesús López Cobos, Gianandrea Noseda, Plácido Domingo, and many others. During the 2013-14 season, after having being named as a finalist in the auditions to fill the trumpet soloist spot, he collaborated with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, led by Mariss Jansons and Michael Tilson Thomas.

He is additionally an active performer as a chamber ensemble and solo artist. As a soloist, he has performed with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Collegium Instrumentale Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Queen Sofia Chamber Orchestra in Madrid and the Orquesta de Valencia. It is with this last group that he gave the premiere of Concierto para trompeta y orquesta by Amando Blanquer in 1991.

His exploration of chamber music repertoire commenced with the Vesperale quartet, with whom he recorded the CD “Toot Suite” by Claude Bolling. He participates regularly in chamber music concert cycles throughout Spain as well as in auditoriums abroad. Within this musical genre, he frequently works together with the Orquesta de Cámara Joaquín Rodrigo, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Orquesta de Cadaqués, Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Instrumentale Chamber Orchestra and the Stresa Festival Orchestra (Italy).

His educational work is also of important note, including positions as trumpet professor at Conservatorio Superior de Música de les Illes Balears and the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, two roles in which he continues. Furthermore, he gives master classes and works with the trumpet sections of young orchestras.

Rubén Talón
PIANO

Born in Valencia, Rubén Talón is considered by both the critics and the public at large as one of the most internationally-visible Spanish pianists of his generation,

having received first prize in national and international piano competitions in Spain, France, Italy, Austria and the United States, as well as in chamber music competitions. He has been honored with special prizes for the performance of works by Manuel de Fall and the Exceptional Talent prize in Salzburg, among others.

His musical training began at the Conservatorio Municipal José Iturbi at 12 years old in piano with professor Ricardo Roca, which he completed with the highest academic qualifications. In 2006, began his studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Valencia and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Rueil-Malmaison (Paris, France), in class with Denis Pascal, professor at the Paris Conservatoire and as a student to György Sebők, who would be his maestro for four years. He would go on to study the perfection and virtuoso levels. In 2010, he earned an advanced degree with honors at the Conservatorio Superior de Valencia with professor Francisco Baró, where he would continue to simultaneously pursue musical perfection with maestros such as Alicia de Larrocha, Maria João Pires, Dmitri Bashkirov, Jacques Rouvier, Lazar Berman, Sergio Perticaroli, Akiko Ebi, Jerome Rose, Alexander Lonquich, Sergei Dorensky, Michel Béroff and Rudolf Buchbinder, among others.

In October of 2010, he was admitted to the prestigious International Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro (Italy). This institution was founded in 1988 and is currently presided by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Rubén Talón was the first Spaniard to be accepted to this Academy, where he has now studied for eight years under the direction of Leonid Margarius (student of Regina Horowitz, sister to Vladimir Horowitz) and Boris Petrushansky (last student of Heinrich Neuhaus), who have contributed greatly to his professional development.

He gives recitals and concerts with orchestras in Spain, France, Italy, Austria and Germany.

He has collaborated with chamber ensembles and accompanied singers. He has performed in auditoriums and concert halls such as the Palau de la Música de Valencia, Duomo de Cortemillia, Auditorio Ciudad de León, Auditorium del Massimo de Roma, Auditorium Umanitaria in Milán, Real Academia de España in Rome, Auditorium du conservatoire Rueil-Malmaison in Paris, Teatro Juan Bravo de Segovia, Salle Rossini Paris, Teatro Marquina de Madrid, Auditorio San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the Schiltz Auditorium, Fulda Auditorium, at Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Sala Mozart in Bologna and Salle Gaveau in Paris, among many others.

He has been invited to international festivals including Pianale, Pirineos Classic, Umanitaria, Músicos del Mundo, International Maestros, and the Teatros del Canal summer festival. He has been invited to give master classes at several conservatories and specialized institutions, as well as to participate on the jury of international competitions. He is the Italian delegate to the Fundación Eutherpe and a talent ambassador for Fundación Promete.

Sergio Sáez
VIOLA

Born in Elda (Alicante), he studied in Elda, Castellón and finally in Palma de Mallorca, the institution from which he earned the Honors Award upon graduation, with teachers R. J. Dómine, C. Zarzo and E. Santiago.
Viola soloist of the Jove Orquesta de la Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV) and Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), as well as member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO).
Obtained a place in the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, soloist in the Orquesta Sinfónica Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) and currently holds the position of soloist in the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana (OCV) at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.
He also collaborates as guest soloist with the Orquesta de Cadaqués, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orquesta de Cámara Andrés Segovia, Master Symphony Orchestra and Master Chamber Players, among others.
All this under the batons of such famous conductors as: B. Haitink, C. Abbado, L. Maazel, Z. Mehta, R. Chailly, V. Gergiev, among others.

In the field of chamber music, he founded the Detisov Quartet, and was a member of the Trío Arbós as well as the Ensemble Residencias.

He was professor of viola at the Maurice André Academy of advanced musical studies, professor of the Masters degree at Valencia International University, the International Music Festival Valencia in its two releases (2012 and 2013), as well as teaching masterclasses at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (CSMA) in Zaragoza, the University of Alicante, the Jove Orquesta de la Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV) and the Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Castelló (JOSC).

Vicente Alberola
CLARINET

Vicente Alberola is one of the most recognized Spanish musicians internationally for his long career as a clarinettist and conductor.

Recently he has been acclaimed by the critics after conducting in the prestigious Beijing Music Festival 2019 to one of the best orchestras in the world,
the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, in which he is also the principal clarinet.

He has conducted other great orchestras such as Teodor Currentzis musicAeterna ensemble, one of his mentors.

He has been invited many times as a solo clarinetist by orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, World Orchestra for Peace (WOP), Danish Radio of Copenhagen and the Camerata of Bern with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

He is a founder member of worldwide reference and revolutionary projects such as Les Dissonances in Paris and Music Masters Course Japan MMCJ.

In Spain he has directed Orquesta del Valles , Orquesta Sinfonica de Valencia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Valladolid, Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, JONDE, Orquesta Joven de Galicia, among many others.

He has been invited as a teacher throughout the world, currently focusing his pedagogical activity in the ESMAR (Higher School of High Performance Music) in Valencia, where he lives and is Artistic Director of MMCV (Music Masters Course Valencia).

He studied with Walter Boeykens at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium, and at the same time with George Pieterson (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) and Larry Combs (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Alberola was for more than 20 years the first clarinet of the Opera of the Royal Theater of Madrid and the Symphony of Galicia.
He has had the opportunity to interpret the great symphonic repertoire under the baton of masters such as Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert and Nicola Luisotti, among others.

In 2003 he was appointed director of the Youth Orchestra of the Opera of Madrid and in 2007 director of the Youth Orchestra of Soria.
Vicent Alberola has directed the following operas at the Teatro Real de Madrid with the Madrid Symphony: Rita by G. Donizetti, La Boheme by G. Puccini, Don Giovani de WAMozart, Persephone by I. Stravinsky, Puss in Boots X .Montsalvatge, Iolanta de PITchaikovsky, Macbeth de G. Verdi and more recently L’Elissir d’Amore de G.Donizetti.

Vicente Llimerá Dus
FINAL PROJECT, EXTERNAL INTERNSHIP

Vicente Llimerá Dus began his musical training in the Banda Primitiva de Llíria and graduated from the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Valencia, where he had studied under the guidance of Vicente Martí, earning the title of Advanced Oboe Professor and the Prize of Honor upon completing his Advanced degree. He completed his post-graduate studies with Francisco Salanova, and later studied with Lothar Koch in Berlin and Salzburg for more than ten years. He has performed on the Baroque oboe with Sophie McKenna, Alfredo Bernardini and Paul Goodwin. He earned the title of Doctor cum Laude at the Universitat de València. General studies.

He has recorded several CDs and performed as a soloist at numerous international festivals in Salzburg, Berlin, San Riquier (France), Rome, and other cities. He is a soloist for Grup Instrumental de València, with whom he earned the Spanish National Music Prize awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 2005, as well as being distinguished with the Premio Importante prize in 2006 by the daily news outlet Levante Prensa Ibérica in 2006.

He has collaborated as an oboe and English horn soloist with the Orquesta Nacional de España and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has created recordings for both the Deutsche Gramophon and Naxos music labels. He is currently active as guest principal oboe soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In recent years, his career as concert musician has led him to perform at various international festivals (Izmir, Bursa, Adana, Istanbul, Peñíscola, etc.), playing oboe concertos by Mozart, Strauss, Haydn, Bach, Marcello and Vivaldi.

Within the field of research, his studies on composers Francisco José de Castro, Pedro Soler and Enrique Marzo y Feo are particularly noteworthy. He has been an associate professor at Universitat Jaume I in Castellón and with the Universitat Politècnica de València, in which he has directed seven doctoral theses and more than twenty master’s final projects. He has been a professor in the master’s degree program in music at the Universitat Politècnica de València since 2008.

He has been extremely active in education administration by means of membership on executive teams as director of studies and vice-director for nearly twenty years, with his work as director of Institut Superior d’Ensenyances Artístiques de la Comunitat Valenciana (ISEACV) from 2014 to 2015 meriting particular note. As an educator, he has held a position as professor at conservatories in Alicante and Castellón. He is currently head professor of oboe at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia.

Xelo Giner Antich
SAXOPHONE

As a saxophone musician sponsored by SELMER saxophones Paris, Xelo Giner Antich is an international concert musician renowned throughout Spain.

Her work reflects the timelessness and universality of the most human and deepest artistic expression: music through the performance, creation and the dissemination of live music works. She is a versatile performer who integrates diverse aspects into her work that range from classical to contemporary repertoire and recently-created works. Contemporary improvisation, mixed electroacoustic music, multidisciplinary projects, interaction with sound sculpture installations, and live videos and audiovisuals are some of her latest works at the forefront of avant-garde music.

Research on and interpretation of contemporary music together with the selection of repertoire connects her closely to great composers who have had a strong influence on her musical career. These include the works of G. Kurtág, G. Scelsi, I. Xenakis, H. Lanchemann, G. Grisey, T. Hosokawa, J. Cage, M. Lindberg, I. Malec, S. Gubaidulina, G. Aperghis, K. Stockhausen, J.M. Lopez, J. M. Sanchez-Verdú, P. Hurel and L. Berio. She has given national premieres of the works of I. Xenakis, P. Niblock, A. Curran, M. Sotelo, B. Furrer, H. Lachenmann, G. Kurtág, F. Guerrero, S. Steen Andersen, E. Poppe, P. Jodlowski, S. Gubaidulina and R. Lazkano.

Noteworthy world premieres include Concierto para saxofón barítono solista y Grup Instrumental by composer Joan Guinjoan at the Festival de Música Contemporánea de Córdoba and at the Auditori Nacional de Catalunya.

She collaborates regularly with the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana and is a contemporary chamber music professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón.

As a soloist, she has given concerts in Japan, England, Canada, France, Portugal, Mexico, Switzerland, China, Germany, Italy and Hungary.
She was invited by composer György Kurtág to contribute to a tribute in his honor on the occasion of his 90th birthday at the Palace of Arts in Budapest.

In Spain, she works extensively as a soloist, with concerts of note organized by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture, Institut Valencià de la Música, Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea, Spanish National Music Auditorium, Sociedad General de Autores y Editores, Liberi Editori Autori, Phonos, Kutxa, Asociación de Música Electroacústica de España, Auditori Nacional de Catalunya, Palau de la Música de Valencia, Teatre Principal de València, Teatro Galileo in Madrid, University of Alcalá, Universitat de València and University of Barcelona.

She has given concerts and master classes internationally at the University of Parma in Italy, University of Aveiro in Portugal and the University of Tokyo in Japan.
Her participation in festivals has been extensive, encompassing the International Contemporary Music Festival in Alicante, Forum Wallis Switzerland, the International Computer Music Conference in 2005, Ensems, International Annual Experimental Music Meeting, Avuí Música, Mostra Sonora, La musique d’aujourd’hui of Valencia à la Métropole, Congreso Internacional de Música y Tecnologías Contemporáneas (CIMTEC), Keroxen in Tenerife, the World Saxophone Congresses in Montreal and Strasbourg, Museo Vostell Malpartida, Rafel Festival, Bernaola Festival in Vitoria, IV Kuraia Festival, Festival After Cage in Pamplona, Festival Radical DB, and with institutions such as Museum of Contemporary Art in Bayonne, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS), the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Instituto Cervantes de Berlín, and the Casa del Suono in Parma (Italy), among others.

She regularly collaborates with the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana under the baton of such renowned conductors as Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel. Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica Radio Televisión Española, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Basque National Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra Pablo Sarasate and Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa. She has participated in the International Youth Wind Orchestra and has been a saxophone soloist for the Banda Municipal de Barcelona.

She founded the Equilater Ensemble with Sisco Aparici and Pedro Castaño, Cseallox with cellist Kazuhisa Ogawa, Sonodualis with mezzo soprano Sara Almazán, Ensemble d’Arts with violinist Jenny Guerra and Miguel Angel Berbis, and the Ánemos trio with Alessandra Rombolá and Pilar Fontalba.

She has taught as professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Navarra and Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón. She has given various master classes in Tokyo, at the University of Aveiro, University of Manchester and University of Parma, as well as advanced courses organized by the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia of Spain, the Government of the Basque Country, Generalitat Valenciana and Conservatorio Superior de Extremadura, in addition to permanent summer “Cursos de Alt Rendiment” courses in Ontinyent (Valencia) and at Forum Musikae, organized by Alfonso X el Sabio University.

On scholarship from the Institut Valencià de la Música, the French Ministry of Culture and Artistas Intérpretes o Ejecutantes de la música, she completed her saxophone studies at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux with professors and concert artists Jean-Marie Londeix and Marie- Bernadette Charrier, earning the Gold medal for unanimity and congratulations of the jury (France, 1998-1999) and the Medal of honor from the Ville de Bordeaux (1999-2000). She was recognized in international performance contests Tim, Pedro Bote, Allegro and Gustav Bumker in Germany.