Biography

Antonio Sola Corpas

Attracted by the new sonorous possibilities of his instrument, and considered a versatile performer, Antonio Sola Corpas covers a complex repertoire, from classical transcriptions to the most avant-garde repertoire for saxophone. Throughout his career, Antonio has been awarded with more than ten awards in International Music Competitions such as: 1st prize and the audience award for the II International Saxophone Competition “Exigentia” (Italy), 2nd prize Iasi International Saxophone Competition (Romania), 1st prize XVII Città di Padua International Music Competition (Italy) and 2nd prize Malta International Music Competition.

Born in Arjona (Jaén), he did his bachelor musical studies at the Conservatory of Music of Castilla y León with Andrés Gomis Mora, graduating with Honors and receiving an Extraordinary Prize of Degree. He continues his postgraduate studies by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Musical Performance (2014-2017) at the Conservatory van Amsterdam (Netherlands) under the direction of Arno Bornkamp, and specialising in baroque repertoire and chamber music with professors Walter van Hauwe, Willem van Merwijk, and Sven Arne Tepl. He completes his performance training with a Master Performance Soliste at the Geneva University of Music with Philippe Collet et Joshua Hyde.

Distinguished participation in international music festivals include: Verbier International Music Festival (Switzerland), Grachtenfestival (Netherlands), Archipel Festival (Switzerland), Amsterdam International Saxophone Festival (Netherlands), Malta International Music Festival, Agimus Festival (Italy), Espacio Prohibidos (Madrid), National Saxophone Convention (Madrid), Forum Musikae (Madrid), Lindergrachtfestival (Netherlands), CIMUCC’12 Contemporary Music Cycle (Seville), Badajoz International Festival of Iberian Music, Festival Arena di Verona (Italy), Smash International Music Festival (San Sebastián), among others. He has taken his music throughout Europe, with highlighted performances in countries such as France, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Romania, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Malta and Spain.

As a member of the XXIV Academy of the Verbier International Music Festival (Switzerland, 2017), he specializes in chamber music with professors Klaus Hellwig (Universität der Künste Berlin), Peter Jarusek (Pavel Haas Quartet), Raphaël Merlin (Ébène Quartet) and Maestro Gábor Takács- Nagy.

His professional trajectory has allowed him to collaborate with different orchestras such as: OSR (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande) Orcam (Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid), NJO (Young National Orchestra of the Netherlands), Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), Discanto Orchestra (Italy), working with directors such as Valery Gergiev, Josep Pons, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Kevin John Edusei, Óliver Díaz. In addition, distinguished interpretative contributions include his recordings for radio and television, such as Npo 4 (Dutch Radio Television), RTVE (Spanish Radio Television), RTS (Swiss Radio Television) and TRM (Teleradio Moldova) in prestigious concert halls such as the Het Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wiener Konzerthaus, National Auditorium of Music of Spain (Madrid), Konzerthaus Berlin, Victoria Hall (Geneva), Palau de la Música (Valencia), Royal Theater La Monnaie (Brussels), among others. As a soloist, he currently performs concerts and recitals throughout Spain and Europe with the “Egare” saxophone quartet, and the “Koràms” duo formed by pianist Bernat Català.

Antonio perfected his pedagogical facet by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Music Pedagogy at the Haute école de musique de Genève. In his career as a saxophone teacher he has taught classes and courses of musical improvement in different schools, academies, conservatories and universities on the European continent.

Antonio is currently teaching in Switzerland, where he teaches saxophone at the Collonge-Bellerive Music School and at the Academie de Musique de Genève.

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