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.