Andorra SAXFEST16 – Master Classes





Vincent David WEB petita

March 30th, – April 1th 2016 – Centre Cultural La Llacuna (Andorra la Vella)

VINCENT DAVID, born in 1974 in Paris, on completing his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Dance de Paris in 1996, he was awarded the Premier Prix à l’unanimité.

During his studies he won prizes in several international competitions: First Prize in the Adolphe Sax International Competition (Dinan, 1994), Third Prize in the Geneva International Music Competition (1995), Second Prize in the Jean-Marie Londeix International Competition (Bordeaux, 1996).

Since the beginning of his career, he has worked with many world-renowned ensembles, including the Ensemble InterContemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, Jonathan Nott, Peter Eotvös.

Following their collaboration, Pierre Boulez made an arrangement for saxophone of his Dialogue de l’ombre (Paris, 1991) which has been interpreted all around the world. Likewise, the young composer Bruno Mantovani dedicated his saxophone concerto, Troisième round, to Vincent David, who recorded it with the ensemble TM+ for the AEON label.

He is a professor at the Conservatoire National de Région de Versailles. He is also responsible for supervising a collection of saxophone works for Editions Billaudot.


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Nacho Gascon WEB petita

March 30th, – April 1th 2016 – Centre Cultural La Llacuna (Andorra la Vella)

Born in Alicante, NACHO GASCÓN holds master on music performance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

He has been saxophone profesor at Pomona College and assistant professor at the University of Southern California. In 2001 he joins the project at the Escola Superior de Mùsica de Catalunya where he teaches Saxophone and Chamber Music.

Among his main teacher we find names such as Serge Bichon, Daniel Deffayet, Arno Bornkamp,Nobuya Sugawa, James Rotter, Doug Masek and Claude Delangle.

We was awarded in the 1995 edition of the Yamaha Young Artist Program, winner of the 1998 USC Concerto Competition and in 1999 he also was awarded with the first fellowship ever created for a saxophone player at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.
We was awarded in the 1995 edition of the Yamaha Young Artist Program, winner of the 1998 USC Concerto Competition and in 1999 he also was awarded with the first fellowship ever created for a saxophone player at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. He was also finalist for the 1997 New York Concert Artist Guild Competition that took part at Lincoln Center and the 1999 Saint Louis Symphony Competition.

Nacho Gascón has played for conductors and composer such as John Williams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mstislav Rostropovich, John Adams, Eiji Oue, David Robertson, Diego Masson, Michael Stern, Lawrence Foster and John Casken. He has premiered Works by composers such as Arnau Bataller, Bear McCreary, Robert Linn, Berthold Tüercke, Jesius Rodriguez Picó and H.K. Gruber.

He has also been a member of diverse chamber formation such as The Furious Band, Barcelona216, Ensemble Barcelona Nova Musica and orchestras like the Los Angeles, Philharmonic, New West Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orquestra, Orquesta Pablo Sarasate de Pamplona, Orquesta del Gran Teatro de Liceo, Orquesta de Cadaques and OBC.

In 2008 Nacho Gascón joins the saxophone quartet Sax 3+1 playing Soprano Saxophone. Also, together with guitarist Sadahiro Otani, plays with the Solo2 duo.

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March 30th, – April 1th 2016 – Centre Cultural La Llacuna (Andorra la Vella)

ARNO BORNKAMP Dutch saxophonist Arno Bornkamp (1959) is the archetype of the modern virtuoso, feeling equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire. Hailed as a lyrical musician with a great sense of performance, Bornkamp studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Ed Bogaard and graduated in 1986 with the highest distinction.
He has won many awards, the ‘Silver Laurel of the Concertgebouw’ and the ‘Netherlands Music Prize’ among the most noteworthy. The latter enabled him to go abroad, studying in France with Daniel Deffayet and Jean-Marie Londeix, in Japan with Ryo Noda as well as working with composers as Luciano Berio and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Since his 1982 solo debut in Rome, performing the ‘Concertino da Camera’ by Jacques Ibert, he has played more than 250 concerts with orchestras around the world, including the most important works from the saxophone repertoire in addition to new concerti written especially for him, such as the ‘Tallahatchie Concerto’ by Jacob TV.
In the year 2009 Bornkamp added 3 new works to his repertoire: ‘Trois Danses’ (orig. for oboe) by Frank Martin and 2 new saxophone concerto’s by Joey Roukens and Carlos Michans.
Chamber music is also a great love of Arno Bornkamp. He has a long-standing duo with pianist Ivo Janssen and is part of the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet (one of the world’s most acclaimed saxophone quartet), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008.
Arno Bornkamp’s many activities (including concerts, festivals, masterclasses, lectures) have taken him to many countries in Europe, the USA, the Far East and South America, but the highlight of his career took place closer to home: in the summer of 1996 he played with Ivo Janssen due to the Prinsengracht Concert in Amsterdam for an audience of more than 15.000 people.
The many CD’s he has made since 1990 since on various labels have garnered national and international praise. A remarkable project is a tryptich of CD’s on the Ottavo label: ‘The Classical Saxophone from a Historical Perspective’, covering three important periods in the history of the saxophone: the beginning period with works from around 1850 written for Adolphe Sax (‘Adolphe Sax Revisited’), the beginning of the 20th Century with impressionistic music (‘Boston-Paris, the Elisa Hall Collection’) and the years ’20 and ’30 in Berlin (‘Metropolis Berlin’).
His most recent CD-project was released by the Basta label in 2009: ‘Buku of Horn: Arno B. plays JacobTV’, a portrait of Dutch composer JacobTV. Arno Bornkamp is a renowned teacher, leading an international saxophone class at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In the summer he teaches the International Saxophone Masterclass in Laubach (Germany) and at the Université d’Eté Européenne pour saxophone in Gap.

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March 30th, – April 1th 2016 – Centre Cultural La Llacuna (Andorra la Vella)

Born near Toulouse in south of France, CHRISTOPHE GRÈZES began his musical studies at the age of 11. After his studies with Philippe LECOCQ at the Toulouse conservatory, he goes 2 years to Versailles with Vincent DAVID where he obtained the musical studies diplôma (DEM). Christophe has Eric Le Sage, Paul Meyer and David Walter such as chamber music teachers. He just finished his studies at the CNSMDP in Claude DELANGLE’s class with a first prize in june 2012.

Furthermore Christophe has won many nationals and internationals competitions such as Albi (France 1st prize), Nantes (France 2nd prize), Huelma (Spain, special prize Young Artist), Turin (Italy,1st prize), la FNAPEC (France 1st prize), Benidorm (Spain 1st prize).

Besides, he played with « l’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse » directed by Georges PRETRE, « Sao Paolo wind orchestra », the starpop orchestra and the award-winning orchestra of the Paris conservatory.

His passion for chamber music leads him to be one of the fonder members of the Morphing Quartet. With this formation, he won in 2011 the First Grand Prize of the 7th chamber music international competition in Osaka, the Selmer Prize at the Fnapec competition in Paris and the First prize at the International Chamber Music Competition of Illzach.

They played in many places all over France, Europe and Japan (Izumi Hall, Osaka; Théatre du Chatelêt, Paris, Barcelona…) and they collaborate with composers and improvisators like Vincent Lê Quang.

Christophe is also working in the Henri Selmer Company as Mouthpiece Product Manager, he is in charge of the mouthpiece offer for Henri SELMER Paris saxophones and clarinets.

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March 30th, – April 1th 2016 – Centre Cultural La Llacuna (Andorra la Vella)

FERNANDO RAMOS is a Portuguese-based multidisciplinary saxophonist living in Porto.

Canadian-born, he began studying music at the age of 6. After turning 14 he starts playing the saxophone moving two years later to Portugal where he studied with Fernando Valente. In 1997 he moves to Amsterdam, Holland after being accepted at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he obtained his degree in 2001. He was invited to continue his studies at school having finished his Master degree “Voorgezette opleiding Muziek” in Performing Arts in 2004.

He had the pleasure of working with some of the most prestigious classical saxophonists including Claude Delangle, Nobuya Sugawa, Marcus Weiss, Eugene Rousseau, Arno Bornkamp, Kyle Horch, Mario Marzi, Jean-Yves Formeau, Trouvere Quartet among others. He also was present in workshops with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Chris Potter, Hermeto Pascoal, Ari Hoenig, Anner Bylsma, and Kenny Werner among others. He actively works together with various composers in creating a new saxophone repertory having more than 40 works dedicated to him both solo pieces and for the diverse ensembles he belongs to.

Upon returning to Portugal, he becomes a crucial part of saxophone teaching having produced a whole new generation of performers and teachers. At the age of 24 he was chosen as Professor at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto [ESMAE – Polytechnic University]. Presently besides this, he also holds the saxophone and chamber music position at the University of Aveiro and the Espinho Professional Music School. Besides teaching he is active giving numerous masterclasses all over Portugal, throughout Europe and recently in Sydney, Brisbane and FERNANDO RAMOS Melbourne, Australia . He is also a regular jury member in competitions throughout Portugal and Spain.

He regularly performs with the Porto Symphonic Orchestra – Casa da Música and Remix Ensemble-Casa da Música and has been a member of the C. van Amsterdam Saxophone Orchestra, Educational Department-Casa da Música (World Music Day- “Studi per l’intonazione del mare by Salvatore Sciarrino/2013), the Portuguese Saxophone Orchestra, La La La Ressonance. He has performed at the Berlin Philarmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Casa da Música, Splendor, Amsterdam; Teatro Helena Sá e Costa; Teatro-Circo, Braga; Teatro Rivoli; Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), São Luís e Teatro Aberto (Lisbon); Old Royal Naval College Chapel (London), Centre Cultural La Llacuna (Andorra La Vella), All Saints Chapel (St. Andrews, Scotland) among others. He is is a core member of QuadQuartet, KinetixTRIO (with Sergio Carolino & Jeffery Davis), STP|Trio (with Gonçalo Dias and Telmo Marques), Grain[z] (with Nuno Aroso and Dimitris Andrikopoulos) and KinetixDuo (with Jeffery Davis), and in 2010 founded the F.L.U.X Collective, a contemporary saxophone ensemble with all of which has performed throughout Europe.

At this moment he is completing his Doctorate degree in Performing Arts at the University of Aveiro and is working on his first solo cd. Fernando Ramos is a Selmer-Paris Saxophones, D’Addario /Rico Reeds and Sliverstein Ligatures Performing Artist.

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Mariano  Garcia WEB petita

After beginning his studies by being self-taught, he graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, achieving an Honours at the end of his degree. Throughout his professional career, he has taken part in different competitions amongst which we should highlight first prize for the International Music Contest in Benidorm (2003).

Combining his teaching and concert career, he has undertaken tours in China and the U.S. and throughout Spain, offering a repertoire that is adapted to different situations, with a special emphasis on the repertoire of our times and on transcriptions. Passionate about research on his instrument and contemporary music, Mariano García goes beyond being a concert player and a teacher, by doing educational presentations in various Higher Centres.

On teaching level he teaches many courses and master-classes in Spain, highlighting Esmuc in Barcelona, the Higher Conservatory in Salamanca and the University Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid. In America he has been invited by renowned universities of the United States such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Furman University, Georgia…

Since 2009 he has taught as a saxophone professor at Csma (Conservatory of Music in Aragon).

And since 2010 he is a Selmer artist and member of the duo ÁniMa together with the pianist Aniana Jaime Latre.

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30, 31 marzo y 1 abril 2016 – Centre Cultural La Llacuna (Andorra la Vella)


Para aprovechar al máximo tus días en Andorra Sax Fest, ahora también clases de cuarteto de saxofones con una figura del saxofón en la música de cámara. Desde Francia Christophe BOIS, miembro fundador de DIASTEMA, Cuarteto de Saxofones de fama internacional, quien también ha hecho una gran labor por la música de cámara con el ensemble de saxos del CNSM de París. Si estás interesada/o en trabajar en cuarteto, tanto si tienes tu propio grupo como si no, tengas o no repertorio, incluso si no dispones del material necesario (boquilla, tenor, barítono…)… solo necesitas ganas de hacer música de cámara!


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March 31th 2016 – Centre Cultural La Llacuna (Andorra la Vella)

I consider myself a dynamic musician. I feel most involved in today’s music and I am always open to new artistic experiences.

I have given the premiere of more than thirty works for baritone saxophone (solo, with electronics, for woodwind trio and for saxophone quartet) by Sergio Fidemraizer, Ramon Humet, Joan Arnau Pàmies and Enric Riu among other composers.

I am member of the “Association Bar&Co” that deals with the baritone saxophone development in classical and contemporary music. I have got started interdisciplinary projects including outstanding works from its repertoire: COLOURS (contemporary music and visual arts) and 21th CENTURY MUSIC FOR BARITONE SAXOPHONE and AUDIOVISUAL PERFORMANCE with video-artists collective Blow Factory.

My intense activity has taken me to different festivals and outstanding events in countries in West Europe namely Spain, Andorra, Portugal, France, Italy, Switzerland and Scotland.

After graduating in Barcelona I continued my studies with Christophe Bois at the Conservatory of Bourges, Philippe Braquart at the Conservatory of Montpellier and Damien Royannais at the Conservatory of Limoges with the best marks. This experience has very much marked my professional career.

“We were touched by the faultless and emotive performance of the young saxophonist Joan Martí­” (Revista Musical Catalana, n. 248 p. 28)

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31 marzo 2016 – Centre Cultural La Llacuna (Andorra la Vella)

Born in 1977, in Coimbra (Portugal), João soon realized what he didn’t want to be: a specialist in something! Together with all the interesting things in life that happen in childhood, music came along as something very natural. And the saxophone as a perfect mean to some purpose in life. He started to play with interesting people, as he grew up in Aveiro’s Conservatory of Music, and at the same time started to have contact with musicians like Daniel Deffayet, Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet, Jean-Yves Fourmeaux. He then moved on to Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory, where he had the oportunity to study saxophone with Henk van Twillert. João attended master-classes with Ed Boogard, Jean-Marie Londeix, Arno Bornkamp, Claude Delangle, Mario Marzi, and he toured Poland and Germany with the World Saxophone Orchestra. He finished his Masters in 2002, but by then he was already teaching back home, from 1998 until today.

As a musician João was able to get a very diversified career: from playing with some of the most important ensembles in Portugal, like Remix Ensemble, or Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, to improvised music with Quadratura Jazz Band and JOPLoop Trio, to rock folkethnic music with Fadomorse, João’s little gem is QuadQuartet, the group he founded together with three other portuguese musicians. That’s where most of his music energy goes nowadays. They recorded 2 albums, NOW BOARDING and FUSE, and did concerts a bit everywhere, playing some great music from portuguese composers, besides all the standard and new repertoire being writen for this formation.

A huge interest in 16th and 17th century portuguese music lead him to a Master Degree in Artistic Studies, where he concentrates in providing musicians with Critical Editions of music from this period. Apart playing he likes to make music to theatre and publicity, and he’s one of the artistic directors of Aveiro SaxFest, together with Henrique Portovedo. Coming from Portugal, he loves to cook, to eat and to drink marvelous portuguese wine; besides that he’s a fan of Selmer Saxophones!

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