Guest Artists

Misa Mead

Misa Mead

Misa was born in Kumamoto city, in the south west of Japan.
She graduated from Tokyo College of Music.
Misa won the unanimous Gold Medal at the European Solo Competition for Young Soloists in Luxembourg, as well as winning many other solo competitions.
Misa graduated with Honors at the Regional Conservatory of Paris.
After Misa returned to Japan, she appeared as a guest artist at festivals in Thailand and the USA.
Since 2013, Misa moved to the UK, and performed many concerts in more than twenty countries.
In 2014, her debut CD “Journey”, was released and in 2018 her second CD “Souvenir” was also met with great critical acclaim.
Since 2016, she contributes regularly to the Japanese brass magazine “Pipers”.
In 2017, the duet CD with Steven Mead “Love’s Joy” was released. This CD was voted Duet CD of the Year 2017 by the UK’s Brass Band World Magazine.
Misa is active as a freelance composer and orchestrator. Many of her works are published by ASKS Winds (Japan) and Bocchino Music (UK) and distributed word- wide.
Misa is a Besson Euphonium Artist and a Denis Wick Performing Artist and they support many of her activities around the world.

Germán Asensi

Germán Asensi is considered one of the best trumpeters of his generation. He was awarded the Honor Prize upon finishing his studies, completing his training with the most prestigious teachers and conductors of the moment.

In his already great professional career, he has been invited to collaborate with the main orchestras; Spanish National Orchestra, Valencia Symphony Orchestra, Cordoba, Asturias, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Madrid Region Symphony Orchestra, etc … As a soloist he has performed with orchestras of the highest level such as ORTVE, Reina Sofía Chamber Orchestra, Joennsu City Orchestra ( Finland), Orquesta Excelencia …, touring the main Spanish halls such as the National Auditorium, the Juan March Foundation, the Zaragoza Auditorium, the Thyssen Museum, the Royal Palace, the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the City of Barcelona Concert Society, as well as the Main Cathedrals.

His repertoire covers all periods, from the Renaissance to contemporary music, highlighting recordings for RNE and TVE (Classic Channel), Baroque, Romantic and Contemporary music in which he has performed works that involve absolute premieres in Spain.

In the teaching field he has been a professor at the Conservatories of Alcalá de Henares, San Lorenzo del Escorial and at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, being regularly invited to teach improvement courses throughout the national and international territory.

He is currently a soloist professor of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and a professor at the CSKG. His admiration for the Baroque leads him, with the collaboration of the Spanish manufacturer of metal instruments STOMVI, to the research and construction of a Corno Da-caccia, whose timbric characteristics take us to such a splendid time of music.

Cristian Palau

Cristian Palau

Born in Vilafamés (Castellón), Cristian Palau is currently horn horn of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, professor of horn in the Academy of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist horn of the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra.
He studied the Higher Degree, under the tutelage of Juan José Llimerá, at the Joaquín Rodrigo Superior Conservatory of Music in Valencia. Scholarship by the BBVA-JONDE Foundation finalizes its studies of “Cum Laude” Master, with Will Sanders, in the Conservatorium Maastricht (Holland).
He has been a member of the Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and a member of the Youth Orchestra of the European Union (EUYO), the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra (GMJO), the Young National Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), the Youth Orchestra of Holland (NJO) and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra (SHMF).
He collaborates with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra, NDR elbphilharmonie orchester, Radio Kamer Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orchestra, National Orchestra of Spain, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, Het Gelders Orkest, Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, Camerata RCO …
Winner of the National Competition of Young Performers Ciutat de Xàtiva and the XIV Benidorm Music Contest; In addition, he has performed with the Orchestra of Valencia the Concerto à sept instruments à vents, timpani et cordes by Frank Martin.
He has been a French horn soloist at the Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle in Weimar and soloist at the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg / Hamburg State Opera.

Verónica Cagigao

Verónica Cagigao

Verónica Cagigao is one of the most representative figures of the marimba in Spain. Her next concert as a soloist with renowned marimba player Keiko Abe and the Orchestra Sinfonica de Tenerife in June 2016, is a fact that demonstrates the high artistic and musical level of this young percussionist.

She currently combines his international performing career with teaching percussion at the Aragon Music Conservatory in Spain (Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Aragon).

Born in A Coruña, Spain, Verónica moved to Santa Cruz de Tenerife to finish her higher education studies in percussion with Juan Francisco Díaz Martín. In 2010 she graduated with Honours. She continued her studies in Belgium at Luca School of Arts with a master’s programme in marimba with the internationally renowned soloist Ludwig Albert, finishing her first Master’s in marimba in 2012. In 2014, she completed her second Master’s in marimba and a Master’s in chamber music, obtaining a Summa Cum Laude Distinction in both with the congratulations of the Board of Examiners. She has received master classes from N. J. Zivkovic, V. Mendoza, N. Zeltman, E. Sejourne, N. Woud and J. Putsjens, among others. In 2016, she took a specialised course in marimba at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo with the world-class marimba player Keiko Abe.

Veronica has received awards in several international competitions: Giornatte de la Percussione (Italy, 2009), Marimba Universal Competition and Chamber Music (Belgium, 2011), Premios María Orán (Spain, 2013) and Premio Injuve de la Creación Joven (2011, Spain) with the Tak-Nara Percussion Group.

She has given performances over different cities in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Germnay, Croatia, Slovenia, Usa, Tokyo, etc.

She was member of Spain’s National Youth Orchestra and currently collaborates with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2008, she has been a founding member of the Tak-Nara Percussion Group and has performed with them in various countries, including Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Serbia, Belgium and USA, participating in festivals such as the Ksilodrum Percussion Festival in Slovenia, the Perkutafest Festival, the International Percussion Festival in Valencia, the Contemporary Music Festival in Tenerife, PASIC 2013 in Indianapolis and IPEW 2014 in Croatia. Since 2010 she has been a sponsored artist for Adams Musical Instruments, and in 2011 she released her first album named TAK-NARA.

Veronica has given lectures and master classes in percussion and marimba for different percussion courses in various Spanish cities like Castellón, Valencia, Madrid, Tenerife, La Palma and Galicia.

She has been a percussion teacher specialising in mallet instruments at the Aragón Music Conservatory (Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón) in Spain since the year 2013 and is currently a ambassador of Southern Percussion products in Spain.

Juan Carlos Matamoros Cuenca

Juan Carlos Matamoros Cuenca

He is the Principal Trombone of the Spanish National Orchestra since 2007, at the age of twenty. He began his career being awarded in various national and international competitions such as Xativa, Castellnovo, Ruperto Chapí, Valencia City, Intercentros, Musical Youth, Lindberg CGConn, Lieksa Brass Week (Finland), Brass Jeju (South Korea) and Ard of Munich.

He has collaborated with orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Frankfurt Opera, Spanish Radio Television, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Liceo of Barcelona, Cordoba, Granada, Castilla y León and Valencia, among others. Additionally, he has been a member of Youth Orchestras such as Valencia University Philarmonic Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Generalitat Valenciana, Castellon Symphony Youth Orchestra, JWWO, National Youth Orchestra of Spain, of HOLSTEIN, etc.

As a soloist, he has performed with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra of Munich, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Joensu City Orchestra, Jeju Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata XXI, Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, Orchestra of the University of Valencia and the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Madrid.

He is also member of 2i2quartet trombone quartet (awarded in the Contest of  Juventudes Musicales de España), the Mediterranean Chamber Brass Quintet (awarded in Festivals of Jeju in South Korea, Lieksa Brass Week in Finland and Jan Koetsier of Munich) and Professor at Trombone Academy Madrid-Stomvi.

Alfonso Viñas Ramos

Alfonso Viñas Ramos

Born in Barakaldo in 1986. In 1999 he entered the Conservatory “Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga” of Bilbao, finishing his studies in 2005 with honors. In 2005 he entered the Conservatory of Music of Salamanca, taking classes with Jose Manuel Redondo, and graduated in 2009 with honors and winning the Special Award of Honor Thesis in 2010. During the year 2008-2009 he studied at the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Germany, under the tutelage of Walter Hilgers and David Cribb .

He has taken courses with renowned tuba players like David Llácer, Vicente López , Pedro Castaño, Miguel Navarro and Roger Bobo.

In the educational field, he has been teacher of tuba and euphonium at the “Municipal School of Music” of La Bañeza during 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons, and the “Municipal School of Music” of Astorga 2007-2008 season. He has been teacher of tuba and euphonium at the “XVIII International Music Course Astorga” in 2011, as well as the “Mediterranean Brass Festival Moncada” (FESMON) during the years 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was also teacher of tuba, euphonium and chamber music at the “Conservatory of Music” in Oviedo during the year 2012-2013.

In 2007 he won the “Young Musician Competition” of the Junta de Castilla y León and the “Fundación Siglo”, performing as soloist with the “Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León” (OSCYL).

In summer of 2013 he obtained the 2nd prize at the “3rd International Tuba Competition” during the ” Lieksa Brass Week” festival in Finland.

In the field of chamber music is founding member of the “Mediterranean Chamber Brass” quintet, wining the 1st Prize at the ” V International Competition for Brass Quintets Jeju ” (South Korea) in 2008; the 3rd Prize at the ” International Competition for Brass Quintets Jan Koetsier ” in Munich (Germany) in 2008 and the 1st Prize at the ” International Brass Quintet Competition” of the Lieksa Brass Week (Finland) in 2009.

He has been member of numerous youth orchestras, including the “Youth Orchestra of Euskadi”, “International Youth Orchestra City of Oviedo” and the “National Youth Orchestra of Spain”.

He is an habitual collaborator of orchestras across the Spanish territory, as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra “Pablo Sarasate” (OSN), Orquesta Nacional de España (ONE), Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao (BOS), Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi (OSE), Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (OSCYL), BIOS Orchestra , Orquesta de la Fundación Caja Duero “Gerard Caussé”, etc.

He also collaborates with other type of musical agroupations like wind bands or groups of contemporary music, such “Banda Municipal de Bilbao” or “Proyecto Veinte-21”.

Sergio Gutiérrez Rodríguez

Sergio Gutiérrez Rodríguez

Sergio started his musical studies at Conservatorio Miranda de Ebro, and later on he continued at Conservatorio Superior “Jesús Guridi” of Vitoria-Gasteiz, obtaining the “End of Bachelor´s Honour Piano Award” in 1998 and the same award in Composition in 2002.

He studied under the tutelage of the piano teachers Juncal Ruiz, Ángela Vilagrán and Albert Nieto, and at the same he coursed his harmony studies, counterpoint and composition with Dionisio Díez Sáez, José L. Ruiz de Gordoa, Antonio Lauzurika, Zuriñe F. Gerenabarrena and Alfonso García de la Torre. He perfected his piano studies with Luiz de Moura Castro, Christopher Elton, Elza Kolodin, Frederic Gevers, Aquiles delle Vigne, Tibor Szasz, Luca Chiantore, Ramón Coll and Marta Gulyas; he also participated in several composition courses with Gabriel Brncic-Isaza, Cristóbal Halffter, Mauricio Sotelo, Toshio Hosokawa, Tomás Garrido, Juan J. Olives, Silvia Fómina, Juha T. Koskinen, Francisco Lara, Uljas Pulkkis, Mercedes Zavala, Beat Furrer, Mario Lavista, José Manuel López López, Salvatore Sciarrino and Jean Pierre-Dupuy.

In 2000 he participated in the composition of the arrangements and recording of the Cancionero Alavés for the City-Council of Vitoria-Gasteiz. In 2001 and 2002 he was selected for the “reading panel” of the composition meetings of the Injuve (Institute of Youth). He was in charge of the composition of the CDMC in 2003; he also received an Honorable Mention in the XXIV “Frederic Mompou” composition contest in 2004 and the “Francisco Guerrero Marín” Prize in the SGAE contest for young composers in 2005. In 2006 he obtained the position of piano teacher and he had worked at the Conservatories of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Salamanca, Burgos and Palencia.

Sergio regularly participates as a pianist and composer in the national and international tours of the Ensemble Espacio-Sinkro of contemporary music: Bernaola Festival, Sinkro Festival, Circuito de Música Contemporánea, Musikaste, Mostra sonora, etc. He has recorded several albums for the Sinkro-Record label with works by Carmelo Bernaola, Felix Ibarrondo, Guillermo Lauzurika, as well as his own works (“Job”, “Intermezzo to the death of Count Ugolino”, “Wind, crystal and bronze”). His last recording was the album Poeta (2017), with works by Eduardo Moreno. Moreover, he has made presentations for the teacher training in Palencia: “Studies for contemporary piano” and “Divertimento for the collective class” (Palencia, 2009), “Harmonization and arrangements of melodies of oral tradition” (Palencia, 2016). During the last years he has worked intensely on the Castilla oral traditional music, developing a great amount of didactic materials on the songs of Federico Olmeda, Guzmán Ricis, Agapito Marazuela, Miguel Manzano, Joaquín Díaz, etc.