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Bruno Schneider
Marie-Luise Neunecker
Timothy Jones
Maria Rubio
Manolo Pérez
Lorena Corma
Alexandre Collard
Eduardo Redondo
Anna Sanz
Luis Delgado
Elisa Andreu
Bernardo Silva
Judith Martin
Miguel Martínez
Amparo Edo
Ramon Cardo
Hans Herrmann
Pepe Lorente
Antonio Morant
Antonio Morant
Nacho Sánchez
Grup de metalls de la JOGV
SUM Sta. Cecília de Guadassuar



Switzerland, pedagogue, international soloist and former professor at the Universities of Geneva and Fribourg

Hornist Bruno Schneider is a prominent orchestral player who has also appeared widely as a soloist and chamber musician. He is also an educator and the author of a successful horn textbook. Schneider was born in 1957 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and grew up in the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, at the conservatory of which he started to play the horn at the age of 9. Robert Faller and Michael Hoeltzel have been his mentors. Schneider graduated from the conservatory in 1977 and went on for further study at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, graduating with honors. By that time, Schneider ‘s career had already begun with an engagement as solo hornist at the Zurich Opera. He won a place in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1981, and then moved to the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich and later the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. In 2003, he was engaged by Claudio Abbado as solo hornist at the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Schneider’s appearances as a horn concerto soloist include those with the Colorado Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Schneider has a catalog of some 30 albums, including chamber music works. In addition, he is an important educator who has taught at conservatories in Karlsruhe, Freiburg and Geneva.


Germany, distinguished soloist and former professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin

Marie-Luise Neunecker has distinguished herself as an orchestral musician, soloist and teacher. She has won competitions, served on competition juries and recorded numerous works. Among her premieres is Hamburgishes Konzert by G. Ligeti, which was composed especially for her and dedicated to her. Marie-Luise completed her horn studies with Erich Penzel at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Her career as a performer began with the Frankfurt Opera. In 1979 she was appointed principal horn with the Bamberg Symphony, followed by principal horn with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (1981-1989). Marie-Luise won the German Music Competition in Bonn (1982), the ARD International Music Competition in Munich (1983) and the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York (1986), and was awarded the Frankfurt Music Prize in 2013. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras all over the world. In addition to the Ligeti concerto, she has recorded works by Mozart, Strauss, Britten, Hindemith, Gliere, Glazunov, Schoeck, Koechlin and Smyth. Volker David Kirchner dedicated Orfeo for baritone, horn and piano to her. She has performed at festivals such as Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Marlboro, Aldeburg, Risör and Vienna. Neunecker has been a horn teacher for many years at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and continues to travel around the world to give masterclasses.


United Kingdom, principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra and professor at the Royal College of Music.

Timothy Jones is the longtime principal French horn player with the London Symphony Orchestra and has a flourishing career as a concerto soloist. He is also an important educator who holds an endowed chair at the Royal College of Music. Jones was born in London in 1961 and studied with Ifor Jones and Frank Lloyd. He left school at the age of 17 to take a position as second horn with the Munich Philharmonic. He later held positions with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, often performing concertos and major solos with these groups, before joining the London Philharmonic in 1984. Two years later, he moved to the London Symphony as principal horn, a position he has held ever since. With the London Symphony, he has performed on many of the film soundtracks in which that orchestra specializes. Jones has appeared as a soloist at the Salzburg Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, as well as at major British venues. Moreover, he is Professor of Horn at the Royal College of Music and Director and Co-Owner of the renowned horn company PAXMAN Limited.


Spain, principal horn of the Orquesta de Valencia

She began her horn studies at the Sociedad Musical de Alboraya with Gabriel Diago, continuing her training at the Conservatorio Superior de Música “Joaquín Rodrigo” in Valencia with D. José Rosell, at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg with Bruno Schneider and with Javier Bonet in modern and natural horn. Her numerous awards and scholarships include the prize at the Città di Porcia International Competition and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation scholarship. She is frequently invited to perform as a soloist at national and international festivals such as the British Horn Society, as well as to collaborate with various European orchestras, including her continuous collaboration as horn soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker. As a teacher she has been invited by young orchestras such as the JONDE, OJA, JOGV, and conservatories such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama or Berklee College of Music. She has been a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (Teatro Real) and since 2002 she has been principal horn of the Orquesta de Valencia. He is also a member of the Quintet Cuesta, Dreisam ensemble and Metal.lògic Ensemble. Currently she has released her first solo CD “Se hace saber”, some of the pieces included are written for Maria.


Spain, member of Spanish Brass.

At an early age the source that feeds this musician is his family. At the age of 8 he began the official musical studies in his hometown, Guadassuar (Valencia, Spain). Then he gets the End of Studies Prize at Conservatory of Music in Valencia and later moves to the National Conservatory of Versailles Region (France) getting the Gold Medal at the Graduate Perfection. After being a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain has worked in various formations of national and international level. He has taught in various conservatories of Spanish geography and currently teaches at the Horn Classroom ( In 1989, together with his colleagues, he formed the Spanish Brass (, with whom he won the First Prize in the International Brass Quintet Competition in Narbonne (France) in 1996, and since then he has dedicated himself exclusively to chamber music, giving concerts and masterclasses all over the world. Spanish Brass has recorded 31 CDs and 2 DVDs, and in 2020 they received the National Music Prize for Performance. Manolo is a Paxman artist and plays with the 20M Centenary model.


Spain, principal horn of the Orquesta de Extremadura

She was born in Moncofa where she began her musical studies. She studied the elementary and professional degree of horn at the conservatory of La Vall d’Uixó with José Antonio Rebollar, obtaining the Prize of Honour in both degrees. She studied at the Higher School of Music Joaquín Rodrigo of Valencia with José Rosell, obtaining the End of Degree Prize and the Honourable Mention in Chamber Music. Since 1993 she has regularly attended advanced classes with Javier Bonet. She has received master classes from Hermann Baumann, Radovan Vlatković, Ab Koster, Bruno Schneider, Hans Pizka, Manolo Pérez, Daniel Bourgue, Froydis Ree Wekre, Nury Guarnaschelli, etc. She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Catalonia among other youth orchestras and has collaborated with several professional orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, the Orchestra of Valencia, the Symphony Orchestra of Porto or the Spanish National Orchestra, among others. She has participated in several recordings for television platforms and films. In the pedagogical field, she has taken part in advanced courses and has been a guest teacher at the OJEX and the OJA. She is currently the horn soloist of the Orquesta de Extremadura since its foundation in 2000.


France, principal horn of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

First Prize winner at the Prague Spring International Music Competition in 2018, – along with the prize for best interpretation of the contemporary piece, the International Horn Society Prize, the Radio Free Europe Prize and a further nine awards, Second Prize winner at the Città di Porcia International Competition in 2013 and laureate of the Autumn Music Festival Competition (FMAJI) in 2011, Alexandre Collard is among the elite musicians of his generation since his studies, first with Guy Mouy in Douai and then with André Cazalet at the Paris Conservatory. A lover of the great symphonic repertory, Alexandre is appointed solo horn of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France after he played eleven years with the Lille National Orchestra and often performs solo concertos. He is regularly invited to prestigious international chamber music festivals and creates the Ensemble Polygones. The group has a particularly close collaboration with the composer Camille Pépin, and recently recorded a CD of her chamber music. He also plays sonata with the pianist Nicolas Royez, and they recorded together their first disc Aquarelles (2021). Renowned pedagogue, he teaches in Douai, his hometown’s conservatory. Alexandre plays Paxman’s 20M Centenary double horn.


Spain, horn member of the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España.

Born in Utiel (Valencia), he completed his intermediate studies in his hometown with Professor Fernando Hernández, obtaining the End of Grade Award in the speciality of horn and later graduated at the Higher Conservatory of Music «Joaquín Rodrigo» of Valencia with professors José Rosell and Juan José Llimerá. He continued his postgraduate studies with Eric Terwilliger at the Higher Conservatory of Music of Aragon. He furthered his training with horn players such as Salvador Navarro, Bernardo Cifres, Hervé Joulain, Dale Clevenger and Hermann Baumann, among others. He has also been selected as a regular member of the Valencian Baroque Youth Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Castellón and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Professionally, he has collaborated with the Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orquesta New Music de Bolzano and the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana Les Arts, among others. During his professional career, he has been a regular member of the Orquesta de RTVE and the Orquesta de Extremadura as a horn soloist, and since 2015 he has been a regular member of the Orquesta Nacional de España, combining his performing and teaching activities, giving advanced courses throughout Spain.


Spain, horn professor at the Conservatory of Music of Tortosa.

She began her studies at the Sociedad Instructiva Unión Musical de Montserrat, continued them at the Conservatory of Music of Torrent with Jose Vte Sebastià and completed her higher studies at the Higher School of Music of Valencia with D. José Rosell. She has continued perfecting her studies taking courses of technique and musical interpretation with different renowned horn players such as Eric Terwilliger, Anne Marie Scharer, Francis Orval, Fergus Mc William, Stefan Leval, Bruno Schneider, Daniel Bourgue, Markus Maskuniitty, among others… and as a student of the Spanish Brass Academy with Manuel Perez. As artistic experience includes participation in different orchestras such as: Ricercare Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Valencia, Mediterranean Orchestra, RTVE Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra City of Ibiza, Orchestra of Barcelona and National Orchestra of Catalonia… She has been a founding member of the Discantus Wind Quintet, the Alcalans Brass Quintet, the Tramuntana Quintet and is currently a member of the Trio Romàntic. She is currently a horn teacher at the Conservatory of Music of Tarragona in Tortosa, horn soloist  of the Chamber Orchestra «City of Tortosa» and the Symphonic Orchestra of Terres de l’Ebre.


Spain, horn professor at the Higher Conservatory of Music of Málaga

First Prize and Honorary Prize at the end of his studies at the National Conservatory of Versailles as a student of Professor Daniel Bourgue, in 1992 he was awarded a prize in the National Competition of Juventudes Musicales of Spain. He has collaborated with orchestras such as the Orquesta de RTVE, Liceo de Barcelona, Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta de Córdoba and Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, among others. As a natural horn player, he has performed with groups such as the Seville Baroque Orchestra, the 18th Century Orchestra, the Royal Chapel of Madrid, and the Orchestra of the Teatro del Príncipe, among others. In addition to being a member of the natural horn ensemble «Corniloquio», he regularly participates as a soloist and lecturer at various congresses. In the field of teaching, he is frequently invited as a guest lecturer both in Spain and abroad: Genoa, Pesaro, Fermo, Rouen, Graz, Leipzig… He has been director of the IV Master in Orchestral Performance of the Barenboim-Said Foundation/Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. In May 2015 he obtained the degree of Doctor from the University of Seville with the qualification of outstanding Cum Laude. He has taught at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Sevilla and is currently Professor of Horn at the Higher Conservatory of Music in Malaga.


Spain, horn professor at the Conservatory of Music “Francesc Peñarroja” in La Vall d’Uixó.

She began her musical studies at the age of 9, and later studied at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Torrent where she was taught by José Sebastià Ferrer. At the end of her studies she obtained the Professional Music Prize in the speciality of horn. She studied horn performance at MUSIKENE, Higher School of Music of the Country Basque, with the teachers Rodolfo Epelde, Óscar Sala and Jorge Rentería. She extended her horn education with Manolo Pérez, as well as attending masterclasses with internationally renowned horn players such as María Rubio, Bernardo Cifres, David Fernández, Sarah Willis, Ab Koster, Marie Luise Neunecker, Markus Makuniitty, Wolfgang Gaag… She has been a member of the Youth Orchestra of Valencia, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of FSMCV and the National Youth Orchestra of Spain. She collaborates with professional orchestras such as the Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao or Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, among others, under the baton of conductors like Juanjo Mena, Lorenzo Viotti, Karina Canellakis or David Afkham. She is currently a horn professor at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Francesc Peñarroja” in of La Vall d’Uixó and at the Guadassuar School of Music.


Portugal, horn of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and horn professor at the ESMAE

Bernardo was born in Porto and is one of the most prominent Portuguese horn players. He studied with Jonathan Luxton and Ab Koster, in Lisbon and Hamburg. Bernardo is member of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, in Portugal. He has performed as a soloist, in recitals, chamber music and orchestra in many countries, such as Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Poland, Germany, England, Finland, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil and Mexico. Bernardo teaches at the University of Aveiro and ESMAE – Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espéctaculo do Porto. He frequently guides masterclasses in Portugal and abroad. He is regularly invited to be jury of national and international horn competitions. He was awarded the 1st Prize in the Farkas Competition organized by the IHS in Finland, 2002. His discography includes several solo works, chamber music and as an orchestral musician. His two solo albums ‘Lunar Songs’ and ‘Solo’ have received rave reviews. He made the first world recording of the work ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ for soloist and wind orchestra by composer Alex Poelman for the Dutch label Molenaar. Bernardo is also a very active chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Trompas Lusas quartet. He is Vice-President of the International Horn Society.


Spain, founder of the "Cosquillas Musicales" project and specialised teacher in children's music education.

She has a degree in Music Performance specialising in Trumpet from the Higher Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands, has completed an Erasmus scholarship at the Akademia Zas Glassbo (Slovenia) with Stanko Arnold and Jure Gradinski and has participated with the Big Band of Akademia Zas Glassbo in the Ljubljana Festival in 2013. She has been formed with a multitude of trumpet teachers such as: Luis Gonzalez, Reinhold Friedrich, John Miller, Pierre Dutot, Alejandro Castañeda, Kristian Steenstrup, Otto Sauter, Pierre Badel, among others. Judith is a Certified Early Music Teacher from E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory and a Certified Dalcroze Rhythmic Teacher. She is also the creator of Cosquillas musicales, an imprint through which she trains teachers, conducts family workshops and didactic concerts. She has participated as a speaker at the 47th International Trumpet Guild Conference, at the I Symposium for Children in Mexico and at the SBALZ 2022 Festival, as well as having composed and performed several didactic concerts for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria. She is the composer and performer of her first CD «La Travesía» and the author and composer of her first book «El Bolero de Levar», which has been awarded in 2022 as best book in the section «Música Maestro».


Spain, horn professor at the Conservatory of Music "Mariano Pérez Sánchez" in Requena.

Born in Buñol. He studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música of Valencia and Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid. Perfected in the Conservatoire National de Région of Versailles (France) and Musikhochschule of Freiburg (Germany). Laureate in different chamber music competitions such as the «Ciutat de Manresa», «Monserrat Alavedra», «Paper de Música» and the prestigious «Internationalen Quintett Wettbewerbs» of Moers (Germany).

He has been a member of JONDE and the Orquesta Filarmónica of Gran Canaria as Principal Horn, as well as collaborating with most of the Spanish orchestras. He has premiered works dedicated to him such as the Horn Concerto by Bert Appermont and the Concerto for Horn and Euphonium by Martínez Gallego.

He currently teaches horn at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música «Mariano Pérez Sánchez» in Requena and Musical Arts Madrid. Member of the Quintet «Vent-à-cinc» recently awarded with the Jaume I Prize of the City Council of Llíria.



Spain, composer

Known for her mastery of orchestral writing and symphonic textures, Amparo is a leading contemporary musician who shines as a composer and French horn player. With an enchanting synergy of musicality and innovation, Amparo creates compositions that extend musical genres and crafts colorful sonic landscapes. Beyond her passion for the horn, Amparo has blossomed as a contemporary concert and media composer, weaving threads of melody, harmony, and emotion into a flow of musical stories. Her compositions are a fusion of diverse influences, building a distinctive voice that reflects on both familiar and unexplored elements. Amparo has won composition competitions including the International Women Brass Conference Prize (2019), Women and Culture Award (2013), and Salvador Seguí International Composition Competition (2007). Her song Un café per a emportar earned a nomination to the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (2015). She has been commissioned to write music for renowned artists and ensembles including Spanish Brass, Metal·lògic Ensemble, or Orfeó Universitari de València, and for various competitions, festivals, and organizations, including the Iturbi International Piano Festival, the Spanish Tuba and Euphonium Association, or the Valencia State Wind Ensemble Competition. Amparo currently chairs the Contemporary Writing and Production Department at Berklee College of Music.


Spain, composer

He was born in Godella, Valencia, where he began his musical career at the age of 9. He studied saxophone at the Higher Conservatory of Music in Valencia. He completed his jazz training at the Taller de Músics in Barcelona and at several International Jazz Seminars. Ramon is one of the great references of jazz in Spain, he belongs to the generation of jazzmen of the 70s. Together with other musicians of his generation, he was part of the beginnings of one of Spain’s pedagogical references «El Taller de Músicos», and has been a key player in the introduction of Jazz in the higher education of music at the Higher Conservatory of Music in Valencia. He is one of the most experienced musicians in the creation and direction of Big Bands, a task for which he is in demand throughout the country.

As a composer and arranger, he has an extensive background ranging from the composition of numerous themes for Big Band, with his production «Per l’altra banda» standing out, to the compositions he has made for chamber groups. He is currently immersed in the preparation of a new project based on Valencian style singing focused on the language of the Jazz Big Band and, in the same direction, he has written and arranged popular music for brass quintet and cantaor de Estilo.



Germany, Dr. Horn

Born in Idar-Oberstein on 6 August 1958. At the age of 18, on 1 September 1976, I went to work for GEBR.ALEXANDER in Mainz to learn how to make brass instruments. During 1978 and 1979 I finished my apprenticeship and joined Alexander’s sales department.
It was there that I completed my commercial apprenticeship within two years and, as a very young man, became the head of the sales department. So, during the years I developed the spirit of the company, the way of selling, the exhibitions and the improvements of our instruments, with a very close relationship and many long-lasting friendships with many horn players all over the world.
September 1st 2022 was the day of my retirement after 46 years with GEBR.ALEXANDER.
After a total break of four months, I started to do my own and very special business called «Dr.Horn» and to work as a freelancer. This was my nickname during the last few years. I did small repairs for students during master classes. So, I kept it. The horn players know me.
My idea is that my long experience should not be lost. I can help students and professional players to choose instruments at Alexander in Mainz. You can book a private appointment.


Spain, Cel Anterior

He is an expert in physical and mental well-being with over 20 years of experience. He began focusing on maximum flexibility and now combines mind-body aspects by designing exercises that emphasize movement quality, coordination, and breathing. 

He is a teacher of Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, and Meditation, certified by the Hun Yuan Tai Chi Foundation. Additionally, he holds a 1st Dan black belt in Wu-Shu from the Royal Spanish Judo Federation. He has been a disciple of renowned masters such as Pedro Valencia, Tung Kuan Yen, and Feng Zhi Qiang in China, specializing in the Beijing Chen style. He has certifications in Integral Mental Training and Pilates, the latter recognized by The Pilates Center of Las Vegas. 

He is the owner of the oriental wellness center “Centre Cel Anterior” in Guadassuar since 1995, offering specialized massage services, studies in cranial osteopathy, Feng Shui consultancy, and collaborates on educational projects by organizing Tai Chi and meditation workshops for children.



Spain, pianist

Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música «Joaquín Rodrigo» in Valencia, Antonio studied for five years at the University of Music «Frederic Chopin» in Warsaw (Poland) with P. Paleczny and K. Nadolska. Nadolska, and completed the Master’s and Postgraduate studies. 

Born in Valencia in 1991, he began his musical studies at the age of six with J. Blom-Dahl, continuing them with C. Apellániz and J. Blanco at the Professional Conservatory of Valencia. He finished his higher studies with honours and obtained the final degree prize at the Conservatorio Superior de Castellón, with Brenno Ambrosini. He has perfected his skills and received advice from masters of the level of J. Soriano, O. Yablonskaya, F. Clidat, E. Indjic, J. L. Prats, I. Cognolato, L. Angelov, G. Jackson, C. Martínez-Mehner, etc.

He has participated in music festivals and performed concerts and recitals all over the world, premiering works by more than 4 contemporary composers. Since 2018 he has formed a duo (Simant Duo) with the international trumpetist Rubén Simeó, with whom he has recorded a CD, «New Way», which has the endorsement of Maestro Arturo Sandoval. He has also won awards in more than 20 national and international competitions.


Spain, horn player

He began his higher studies at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country, Musikene, with professors Rodolfo Epelde, Óscar Sala and Estefanía Beceiro. In 2021 he joined the Horn Chair at the Reina Sofía School of Music with professors Radovan Vlatkovic and Rodolfo Epelde, where he was awarded a scholarship by Havas Group and the Albéniz Foundation.

He has participated in Masterclasses with renowned horn players such as Lawrence Woudenberg, Juan Manuel Gómez, Jose Chanzá, Hervé Joulain, Maria Rubio, José Luis Sogorb, José Vicente Castelló and Matías Ignacio Piñeira, among others. He has collaborated in different projects with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, ORCAM, Euskadiko Orkestra and the Tiroler Festpiele Orchestra, among others. He has also played in different national and international youth orchestra festivals such as the Neue Philharmonie München, the Young Symphony Orchestra of Castellón, Youth Orchestra of the Basque Country, Holstein Schleswig Festival Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra Greece and JONDE.

In 2021 he premiered David Rivas Domínguez’s concerto «De amore et mortis» for solo horn and band, with the Wind Band of the City of Oviedo. He has recently won the audition for 3rd and 1st horn in the Euskadiko Orkestra, where he will perform for a season with the orchestra as a substitute.


Spain, brass ensemble of the Youth Orchestra of Valencia

The Youth Orchestra of the Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV) was created by the Valencian Law of Music in May 1998 and depends organically on the Deputy Directorate of Music and Popular Valencian Culture of the Institut Valencià de Cultura. This orchestra takes up the initiative of the Youth Orchestra of the Valencian Community, born in 1991. Its main objective is to contribute to the training of musicians under 26 years of age through meetings and workshops led by outstanding teachers. From its creation until 2017 its musical and pedagogical director was Manuel Galduf. In 2017, Beatriz Fernández Aucejo was invited as director in spring and Pablo Rus Broseta in summer, who became its musical and pedagogical director shortly afterwards. In the 2018 Spring Meeting the guest conductor was Rubén Gimeno. It has an assistant conductor, Júlia Cruz Carceller, and since 2001 it has also had a resident composer, a responsibility that has successively fallen to César Cano, Ricardo Climent, Andrés Valero-Castells, Miguel Gàlvez-Taroncher, Voro Garcia, Francisco Coll, Óscar Navarro, Carlos Fontcuberta and, since 2018, Marc García Vitoria.

The JOGV has worked with maestros such as José L. García Asensio, Félix Ayo, Mihai Dancila, Alfonso Ghedin, Agustín León Ara, Franco Petracchi, Mstislav Rostropóvich, and groups such as: Spanish Brass, Quintet Cuesta or Cuarteto Canales, among others. He has also accompanied soloists such as Rostropóvich himself, Vadim Repin, Otto Sauter, Irvine Arditti, Ara Malikian, Josep Puchades, José Franch Ballester, Nicolas Hodges, Itxaro Mentxaka, Isabel Monar, Erika Escribá-Astaburuaga, Silvia Vázquez, Marina Rodriguez-Cusí and José Antonio López. In its repertoire, it highlights the presence of contemporary music and works by Valencian composers, to which it has dedicated its recordings.


Spain, wind band

Since the mid-19th century, Guadassuar has always had different music bands. In 1939, the musicians who had belonged to the different groups founded the Unió Musical Santa Cecília which, until 1975, was under the direction of Virgilio Beltrán. Between 1981 and 1995, with Joaquín Vidal Pedrós as conductor, they won the first prize in the First Section and the highest score in all sections (1983), second prize in the Special Section B (1985), first prize and honourable mention in the same section (1987, 1990) and second prize in the Honour Section (1994) at the Valencia Music Band Contest. Between 1995 and 2006 under the direction of Francisco Zacarés, they won two second prizes in the Certamen de Altea (1996 and 1999), first prize in the Certamen Nacional de Murcia (2002), first prize in the Certamen Nacional de Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real, 2004) and first prize in the WMF competition in Kerkrade (2005). He has participated in numerous festivals and concerts in several towns in the Valencian Community, Albacete, Catalonia and Madrid, as well as Avignon (France) and Corciano (Italy). In 1980 the School of Music was created, where at present all the instrumental specialities are taught to more than 250 students. It also has an Orchestra, Youth Band, Youth Orchestra, Choir and Children’s Choir. Since 2006 it has been conducted by Juan Carlos Civera, with whom in 2008 they won first prize in the First Section of the Certamen Internacional Ciudad de Valencia, with the highest score in all categories. In July 2009 they won first prize in the Certamen Villa de Alginet, with a team of young musicians. In July 2010 and 2012 they won second prizes in the Honorary Section of the Certamen Internacional de València. The ensemble is currently directed by Rafa García Vidal.

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