About the Woodwinds Department
The Mediterranean Music College’s world-class woodwinds faculty includes principal players of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, BBC Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana and Munchen Philharmonic.
They also hold teaching positions in schools like Curtis, Harvard, Luzerne Music Center and USC Thornton.
Faculty artists are acclaimed soloists and chamber music performers who often collaborate with the most prestigious performers and conductors all over the world.
With them, MMC students will receive the most proficient guidance to achieve their maximum level they can achieve, in order to pursue their careers as soloists and as members of top orchestras and ensembles around the globe.
Students at MMC will be exposed to standard repertoire, as well as specific areas like baroque music and contemporary performance with the most advanced extended techniques, all of them covered by renowned specialists of each field, and they’ll receive expert advice on related instruments (piccolo/alto flute, traverso, English horn, bass clarinet, contrabassoon…).
Woodwind players at MMC will enjoy the opportunity of study and perform music of diverse styles in the school’s symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, contemporary ensemble, brass ensemble, and a wide number of chamber ensembles and groups leaded and/or coached by the schools outstanding faculty.
In addition, MMC students will have the opportunity to be hired as substitutes in the different orchestras and bands of the city and the surrounding region. The Valencian region is rich in opportunities to act as performers or teachers in the hundreds of existing schools for amateur musicians, and Valencia is home of two full professional orchestras: Orquesta de Valencia and Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana, the latter being created in 2006 by Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel, and considered one of the best orchestras in Europe. There are, of course, a variety of community orchestras that can be a source of freelance employment while living in Valencia.
B.M. in Instrumental Performance (Undergraduate)
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M.M. in Instrumental Performance (Graduate)
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Woodwinds Department Faculty
Karl-Heinz SchützProfessor, Flute
Principal Flute, Wiener Philharmoniker; Wiener Staatsoper.
Karl-Heinz Schütz is Solo Flute of Wiener Philharmoniker and therefore in the same position at the Wiener Staatsoper, having held the same position with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker for four years, and with the Wiener Symphoniker from 2005 to 2011. Born in Innsbruck and raised in Landeck, Tyrol, he received his musical education at the Landeskonservatorium in Vorarlberg with Eva Amsler, Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Lyon with Philippe Bernold, and with Aurèle Nicolet in Switzerland.
He won first prizes at the Carl Nielsen International Music Competition in 1998 und the International Flute Competition Kraków in 1999. He has performed as soloist across Europe and Japan, with performances of the importantflute concertos with Wiener Philharmonikerand Symphoniker as well as NHK Tokyo and Sapporo symphony orchestra, a.o. Conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Fabio Luisi, Yakov Kreizberg, Dmitrij Kitajenko and Bertrand de Billy invited him to be the soloist in their concerts.
Karl-Heinz Schütz is a passionate chamber musician and a member of various ensembles from baroque to contemporary. In 2013 he succeeded Wolfgang Schulz in the Ensemble Wien-Berlin and in the WIENER RING ENSEMBLE. He has appeared at international festivals in Salzburg, Bregenz, Graz, Montpellier, Rheingau, Sapporoand Prague, among others.
Karl-Heinz Schütz is Professor of Flute at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität Wien and has held several guest professorships. He gives master-classes throughout Europe and is also an active recording artist, especially for CAMERATA TOKYO, where his Mozart, Prokoffiev and Brahms Cds were released. With the Academy of St. Martin in the fields under Sir Neville Marriner an album was published at CHANDOS, with the title: 20th centuries concerto grosso. He is artistic director at HORIZONTE Landeck.
Álvaro Octavio DíazProfessor, Flute
Álvaro Octavio Díaz
Principal Flutist, National Orchestra and Choir of Spain.
Álvaro Octavio Díaz was born in Alcázar de San Juan, in the autonomous community of Castille, and started his flute studies at age 6 with professors Joaquín Mira, and Ana Alcaraz. Díaz attained the Extraordinary End-of-Career Award at Conservatorio Superior de Madrid, where he studied under Manuel Guerrero. He also did continued studies with Miguel Ángel Angulo in Madrid, and at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, where he studied with Jaime Martín and Katie Hill.
Díaz has performed as soloist with the Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with Berlin Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zurich Opera House orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Galicia Philharmonic Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra, and Munich Chamber Orchestra. He has worked under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Daniel Baremboim, Rocardo Chailly, amongst others.
Currently, he is the principal flutist of the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain, and previously he served as principal flutist of the Valencian Community Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana), and the Cadaqués Orchestra in Catalonia.
Paco VarochAssociate Professor, Flute / Piccolo
Philippe TondreProfessor, Oboe
Principal Oboe, Philadelphia Orchestra.
Born in Mulhouse, France, in 1989, he started studying the oboe at the age of six in Yves Cautrès's class at the Mulhouse National School of Music before joining the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied with David Walter and Jacques Tys. Mr. Tondre also took lessons by teachers such as Maurice Bourgue, Heinz Holliger, Jean-Louis Capezzali, Dominik Wollenweber, and Ingo Goritzki.
Mr. Tondre has performed as a soloist with various orchestras including the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his debut in the Berlin Philharmonie in June 2013, playing Martinů’s Oboe Concerto, accompanied by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He is currently principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (since March 2019), the SWR Symphonieorchester (since January 2009), the Budapest Festival Orchestra (since September 2014), the Mito Chamber Orchestra (since January 2012), and the Saito Kinen Orchestra (since January 2012). During the 2016–17 season, he held the solo oboe chair at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and as a guest principal oboe he has regularly performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Since 2015 he is also a professor at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken.
Mr. Tondre has competed in numerous international competitions and has been awarded First Prize at the International Double Reed Society’s Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition (2009); Second Prize at the Tokyo International Competition (2009); Third Prize at the Geneva International Competition (2010), and Third Prize and the Gustav Mahler Prize at the Prague Spring International Competition (2008). In 2012 he received the Beethoven Ring, a musical honor given by the city of Bonn at the Beethoven Festival, thus joining the prestigious list of previous recipients including Julia Fischer, Lisa Batiashvili, and Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Tondre also appeared in the ARTE television program Stars of Tomorrow, hosted by Rolando Villazón. He won the ARD International Music Competition as well as the Audience Prize and the prize for the best interpretation of Liza Lim’s commissioned composition in Munich (2011).
Mr. Tondre has collaborated with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lars Vogt, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yuri Bashmet, and Nathalie Stutzmann. He has attended the Tokyo Spring Festival, Mozart Fest Würzburg, the Sochi Winter International Arts Festival, the Besançon International Music Festival, and the Molyvos International Music Festival. He has recorded for BR Klassik and is currently working with pianist Danae Doerken on a "Trilogy" Recording Project for Klarthe France and SWR Classic Labels.
Ivan PodyomovProfessor, Oboe
Principal Oboist, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Guest Principal Oboist, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra Mozart Bologna, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Born in Arkhangelsk, Russia, he commenced his musical education at the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow with Ivan Pushetchnikov. Since 2006 until 2011 Ivan has been studying with Maurice Bourgue at the Geneva Conservatory. During his studies in Geneva, Ivan Podyomov has won a number of important oboe competitions: ARD International Competition in Munich in 2011, Geneva Competition and Markneukirchen Competition in 2010, the "Sony" Oboe Competition in Karuizawa Japan in 2009, the Prague Spring International Competition in 2008.
These successes resulted numerous concerts at major venues around the world. In 2009 Ivan gave his solo debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. He has made solo appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Academic Symphony Orchestra of Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Manfred Honeck, Michael Sanderling, David Afkham, Trevor Pinnock, Leonardo García Alarcón and others.
Ivan has performed at the Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Festival of Radio France in Montpellier, Festival Mäcklenburg-Vorpommern. Among his chamber music partners were the Hagen Quartet, Trevor Pinnock, Lars Vogt, Yulianna Avdeeva, Sabine Meyer, Maurice Bourgue, Jacques Zoon, Leonardo García Alarcón, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Olga Paschenko and others.
Ivan Podyomov is a principal oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam since 2016. He held the same positions earlier at the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the MusicAeterna. Ivan has been frequently playing as the guest principal Oboist with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra Mozart Bologna, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink, Richardo Chailly and Claudio Abbado.
Christopher BouwmanAssociate Professor, Oboe
Principal Oboist, Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana.
Christopher Bouwman is principal oboe of the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, titular orchestra of the Valencian opera house “Palau de les Arts, a position he has held since 2006 after auditioning for music director Lorin Maazel.
Christopher has also worked as principal oboe of both the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Israel Philharmonic orchestra and has made frequent guest appearances with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Bayerische Staatsorchester.
As a solo performer, Christopher has performed with orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Bruckner Orchester Linz. He has made multiple appearances during international tours as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
Christopher is a prize-winner of multiple international music competitions, such as the Fernand-Gillet Oboe competition, Barbirolli Oboe competition, and the European Music Prize for Youth, at which in 2003 he was given the title of Young Musician of the year.
Born in The Hague - The Netherlands and growing up in a family of musicians, Christopher started playing the oboe at a young age and was soon accepted at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he would study with Ali Groen, Frank Minderaa, Han de Vries, and Pauline Oostenrijk. There he received both a Bachelor's and Master’s degree, after which he completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in the class of Maurice Bourgue.
Ricardo MoralesProfessor, Clarinet
Principal Clarinet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saito Kinen Orchestra, Mito Chamber Orchestra.
Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003. Prior to this he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world. He has been asked to perform as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also performs as principal clarinet with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra, at the invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa.
Mr. Morales has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Flemish Radio Symphony. During his tenure with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, he soloed in Carnegie Hall and on two European tours. He made his solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2004 and has since performed as soloist on numerous occasions. Ricardo performed the world premiere of the Clarinet Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff, commissioned for him by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Morales has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Seattle Chamber Music Summer Festival, and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, on NBC’s The Today Show, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed with many distinguished ensembles, such as the Juilliard Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Miró Quartet, the Leipzig Quartet, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He has also collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, André Watts, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, James Ehnes, Gil Shaham, and Kathleen Battle. Mr. Morales is highly sought after for his recitals and master classes, which have taken him throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, he currently serves on the faculty of Temple University.
Mr. Morales’s performances have been met with critical acclaim. The Philadelphia Inquirer hailed his appointment to The Philadelphia Orchestra, stating that “… in fact, may represent the most salutary personnel event of the orchestra’s last decade.” He was praised by the New York Times as having “ … fleet technique, utterly natural musical grace, and the lyricism and breath control of a fine opera singer.” Mr. Morales was also singled out in the New York Times review of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, describing his playing as “exquisite” and declaring that he “deserved a place onstage during curtain calls.”
Mr. Morales’s debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label. His recent recordings include performances with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, with the Pacifica Quartet, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, as well as the Mozart Concerto with the Mito Chamber Orchestra for DECCA. Ricardo is a sought after consultant and designer of musical instruments and accessories, and enjoys a musical partnership with F. Arthur Uebel, a world renowned manufacturer of artist level clarinets.
François BendaProfessor, Clarinet
Born in Brazil, François Benda comes from a long line of professional musicians. He completed his studies in Graz and Geneva (clarinet, composition, conducting) and gave his solo debut in 1988 at Zurich’s Tonhalle and at the Victoria Hall in Geneva. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) published the following review: “His playing moved with authority between just barely perceptible pianissimi and dramatic, nearly ecstatic crescendi and was brilliant at every moment.”
In 1991 François Benda was awarded the Premio internationale per le Arti dello Spettaccolo in Rome.
Today François Benda performs at all the important music venues (Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, the Tonhalle in Zurich) and appears as clarinet soloist with many leading orchestras (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne’s WDR Sinfonieorchester, Sinfonieorchester Basel, and the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic).
François Benda is a highly sought-after performing artist both as a soloist and chamber music partner and regularly appears as a guest artist at music festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, Styriarte, Musicades Lyon, and the Pentecost Concerts in Ittingen, Switzerland. He performs in chamber concert recitals with Heinz Holliger, Paul Badura- Skoda, Bruno Giuranna, Isabelle Faust, Josef Silverstein, and Bruno Canino.
His comprehensive discography (for Labels like ECM, Fono, Pantheon, EPU, Hänssler, and Genuin) includes the complete work for clarinet by Johannes Brahms and works for Clarinet and Orchestra by Nielsen, Debussy, Busoni, and Rossini. François Benda’s intensive study of recent instrument-making developments led to the founding of the Clarinartis company in collaboration with instrument makers René Hagmann and Jochen Seggelke. Clarinartis develops clarinet parts such as barrel joints and bells in order to optimize tonal production and intonation.
François Benda is able to move easily between classical concert repertory and contemporary music both as a clarinetist (important composers, including Georg F. Haas, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, and Bernhard Lang, have dedicated works to him for which he has given the premiere performances) as well as with an increasing number of appearances as conductor. In addition to his solo career, François Benda is also professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.
Wenzel FuchsProfessor, Clarinet
Wenzel Fuchs was born in Innsbruck, Austria, where he began his study of the clarinet with Professor Walter Kafer at the local conservatory. He continued his studies with Professor Peter Schmidl at Vienna University of Music and the Performing Arts, taking his degree with high honours. He also won awards from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Art and the Jugend Musiziert competitions.
During his studies he deputized regularly in all Viennese orchestras, including the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic. At the age of 19 he became the solo clarinetist in the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, followed five years later by a similar appointment in the Vienna RSO. Since 1993 he has been the solo clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic; he also teaches at the orchestra's Karajan Academy.
He has held a professorship at the Hanns Eisler University of Music (2008-2013) and has been a visiting professor at Geidai University in Tokyo.
In 2015 he became a professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Besides his many masterclasses in Japan, Europe and the United States, he appears throughout the world as a soloist with such orchestras as the Tokyo Philharmonic, the China National SO, the Korean SO, the Berlin Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic.
His chamber music partners include Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel Pahud, Andras Schiff, Albrecht Mayer, Mitsuko Utchida and David Geringas.
He is a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Soloists, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, the Berlin Philharmonic Octet and the Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin.
Darío MariñoAssociate Professor, Clarinet
He has worked with conductors like Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Christian Thielemann, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Herbert Blomsted, Paavo Järvi, Iván Fischer and Christoph Eschenbach, among others. As a chamber musician, he founded the Natalia Ensemble, the Hanns Eisler Trio, and the Berliner Nonett and has collaborated with musicians such as Leif Olev Andsnes, Amihai Grosz, Guy Braunstein, John Corigliano, Anne LeBozec, Cuarteto Quiroga, Alain Meunier, Paul Rivinius, Scharoun Ensemble, Maurice Bourgue, Radovan Vlatkovic and Klaus Thunemann.
Darío won the First Prize and Gold Medal in the Soloists' competition of the Primer Palau in Barcelona, which resulted in performing and recording the clarinet concertos by Mozart, Weber, Shaw, and Copland.
Passionate about pedagogy, he teaches in Masterclasses both clarinet and chamber music and orchestra in various formats, such as seminars with the Natalia Ensemble - reduction of large orchestra scores for small ensembles without a conductor -, and in orchestras such as the Theater Jugendorchester Kassel, the Andalusian Youth Orchestra (OJA) or the JONDE Darío Mariño was a clarinet soloist with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Staatstheater Kassel and currently the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona.
Ausiàs Garrigós MorantAssociate Professor, Bass Clarinet; Contemporary Clarinet
Ausiàs Garrigós Morant
Bass Clarinet, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ausiàs Garrigós Morant is the bass clarinetist in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and he also performs regularly with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera. Ausias is a founding member of The Riot Ensemble, contemporary music group based in London with whom he has premiered and recorded new music playing in numerous festivals across Europe.
Born in Potries (València, Spain), Ausias studied at Conservatory of Castellón (Spain) before attending the Guildhall School in London. He has studied with Juan Esteban Romero, Andrew Webster, Julian Farrell, James Burke and Andrew Marriner, and bass clarinet with Javier Ros, Laurent Ben Slimane and Lorenzo Iosco
Daniel MatsukawaProfessor, Bassoon
Principal Bassoon, Philadelphia Orchestra.
Daniel Matsukawa has been principal bassoon of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2000. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider, the Curtis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Auckland (New Zealand) Philharmonic, and the Sapporo Symphony in Japan. Prior to his post with The Philadelphia Orchestra, he served as principal bassoon with the National Symphony in Washington D.C., the St. Louis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony. In 1998 he performed and recorded Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 as acting principal bassoon with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur. He has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including a solo concerto debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of 18. He is an active chamber musician and has performed and toured with the Marlboro Festival. He also conducts regularly and studied conducting privately with Otto Werner Mueller, who was the head of the conducting department at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has conducted the Pacific Music Festival every year since 2009, and he recently made his US professional debut conducting the Virginia Symphony. Born in Argentina to Japanese parents, Mr. Matsukawa moved with his family to New York City at age three. He studied with Harold Goltzer and Bernard Garfield at both The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. He also serves as a regular member of the faculties at both the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University.
Rie KoyamaProfessor, Bassoon
Rie Koyama was born in Stuttgart in 1991 and grew up in Germany. She studied with Akio Koyama in Trossingen and with Dag Jensen in Munich.
She won first prizes in 24 national and international competitions, including The Muri Competition and in 2012 the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb. The greatest success of her career was when she won the International Music Competition of the ARD in 2013 in the category bassoon. She was also awarded with the special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned piece at this competition.
As a soloist, she has performed with numerous orchestras in Europe and Asia and is a regular guest at renowned music festivals. Her regular chamber music ensembles include the Trio Walter, the Veits-Quintett, and the »franz ensemble«.
Since 2015, Rie Koyama has been principal bassoonist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under the baton of Paavo Järvi and in November 2020 she joined the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as a principal bassoonist.
Jesús Villa-OrdoñezAssociate Professor, Bassoon
Bassoon, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Jesús Villa Ordóñez, born in Córdoba in 1993, received his first bassoon lessons at the age of 9. After graduating from highschool, he began his studies at the Córdoba Conservatory with Celia Villora. He was a member of the Barenboim Said Academy, where he studied with Holger Straube and Javier Aragó, and was doing an Erasmus year with Codarts in Rotterdam. He was taught by Pieter Nuytten and Bramvan Sambeek. In 2016 he continued his studies in Salzburg, with Marco Postinghel at the Mozarteum, where he did his master’s degree.
He was a member of many Spanish and European youth orchestras and was accepted into the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2018.
As a guest, Jesus already played in orchestras such as the Frankfurt Opera, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Orquesta de RTVE…
He has been a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2020.
Lola DescoursProfessor, Bassoon
Prize-winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition in 2019, bassoonist Lola Descours has established a place among the most talented musicians of her generation.
An accomplished orchestral musician, Lola has been solo bassoonist of the Frankfurt Opera since 2017. Her talent was noticed at an early stage when she joined the Orchestre de Paris at the age of only 19. She is a regular guest in renowned orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Bamberger Symphoniker, and the Rotterdam Philharmonisch Orkest.
As a soloist, she has recently performed with the Frankfurter Opern Orchester and with the Marinsky Theatre Orchestra.
After studies at the Conservatoire of Paris (CNSMDP), Lola won first prize at the International Double Reed Society’s (IDRS) Young competition in 2009 in Birmingham. In 2011, she was laureate of the Crusell competition in Finland, the Lodz Competition in Poland, and in 2018 the IDRS in Spain.
Eager to constantly broaden her artistic field and her sources of inspiration, she performs at numerous festivals with chamber music partners such as Pierre Génisson, David Guerrier, Geneviève Laurenceau and Pierre Fouchenneret. In 2018, she founded the Cocteau Trio with clarinettist Renaud Guy-Rousseau (Orchestre National de France) and oboist Ilyes Boufadden (Orchestre de Chambre de Paris).
Her commitment to the young musical generation is another of her many facets. She has been a regular tutor at the Verbier Festival and the French Youth Orchestra. She held a position as bassoon teacher for 5 years at the CRR in Saint-Maur before moving into the same role at the Pôle supérieur of Aix-en-Provence.
A sparkling young woman whose activity is characterized by her curiosity, her virtuosity, and her energy, Lola wishes actively to introduce her instrument to a much wider audience. She dreams of giving the bassoon the visibility it deserves like his close cousin the cello, the works of which she regularly performs.
Attracted by other art forms such as theatre and dance, her global approach to musical interpretation allows her to be actively involved in the creation of transversal and innovative projects. Her interest in contemporary music has led her to commission new works and to collaborate with composers such as Laurent Lefrançois, whose works she recently recorded.
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