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NÚRIA BRULL

Born in l’Ametlla de Mar, she studies Saxophone Higher Education at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu with Albert Julià.
In France, she expands her training and obtains a Saxophone Bronze Medal in the Specialized Cycle and the Gold Medal in Chamber Music in the Cycle of Improvement, at the École Nationale de Musique Claude Debussy in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Paris, France).
She has also worked with saxophonists Joaquim Subirats, Christophe Bois, Pierric Leman, Jean-Yves Formeau, Claude Delangle, Nicolas Prost, Anne Lecapelain and Eric Devallon.

In the pedagogy field, she is trained in the IEM Methodology and Improvisation with Professor Emilio Molina at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid. She does several pedagogical stages about the instrument in Paris. She has also been introduced in modern music in the specialties of harmony and saxophone jazz.
As a performer, she has performed with the Orquestra de Cambra de Granollers, the Egara saxophone quartet and the theatrical production “Antigone” in Paris, with music for saxophone quartet by G. Cagnard.

At present she is part of various chamber groups:  Limnos Quartet, where she plays the baritone saxophone and which obtained the third prize at the III Yamaha International Competition for Saxophone Quartet (2011), the duo Agua Vinho (guitar and saxophone), the duo piano and saxophone Brull Vs Mor, and the trio Brull-Salvador-Mor saxophone, piano and cajon drum.
She teaches at the Blai Net School of Music in Sant Boi de Llobregat and at the Conservatori de Música del Liceu.

GEMMA TORRALBO

Born in Badalona, she studied at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) with Luis Ignacio Gascón as saxophone teacher. Later she has received master classes from saxophonists as Andrés Gomis, Phillipe Bracquart and Mariano García. Regarding improvisation a jazz studies she receives training from Martí Serra. Folowing the research field, in 2016 she obteins a Mater Degree in Musicology and Musical Education Research at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

As a performer, she has been a member of several groups including the saxophone quartet Sax-Sons, finalists of the 6th Tutto Demestres contest. She works with the ensemble Conjunt XXI!  Recording the opera Aprima’t en tres dies by Alberto García Demestres (nominated to best classical album at the 2011 Enderrock Awards). She collaborates with orchestras as the  Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, the Orquestra de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and the Orquestra Julià Carbonell de les Terres de Lleida. She has worked with directors as Leonard Slatkin, Marc Soustrot, Alfons Reverté, Miquel Ortega or Manel Valdivieso.

She teaches saxophone at the Escola de Música del Palau, the Escola de Música de la Vall del Tenes and the Escola Pia Balmes.

 

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ELENA LEÓN

Born in Sant Cugat del Vallès, she studied Saxophone Higher Education in France, where she obtains the DEM (Diploma of Musical Studies) with an unanimous First Prize in Saxophone and a first prize in Chamber Music from L’École Nationale de Musique d’Issy-les-Moulineaux, where she studied with the saxophonist Pierric Leman.
She expanded her training with Philippe Portejoie at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris and at the same time she performs a Maîtrise d’Arts Mention Musique at the University of Paris 8 (Saint-Denis) obtaining a “Très bien” mention in the specialty Musicologie, Création, Musique et Société.

Following in the research field, in 2008 she obtained a Master in Musicology and Music Education at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

She has received master classes from saxophonists as Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Nicolas Prost, Claude Delangle, Jean-Denis Michat and Vincent David.

As a performer, she has been part of the saxophone quartet “Sax a 4” and she has premiered the “Concert for saxophone and string orchestra” from Joan Carles Martinez (2003). Also, she has collaborated with the Cotton Club Big Band and the Orquestra Simfònica de St. Cugat del Vallès.
Currently, she is involved in various chamber ensembles and is a member of the Limnos Quartet of Saxophones (with whom she obtains the third prize at the III International Competition Yamaha Saxophone Quartet in 2011); “A l’aire” and the sax and guitar duo “Elena León & Roger Sabartés”.
She combines the work as an interpreter with the one as a saxophone teacher, lecturing at the School of Music Victòria dels Àngels and  at the Conservatory in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona).

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ESTHER SABATÉ

Born in Vallbona d’Anoia, studied Saxophone Higher Education in ESMUC (School of Music of Catalonia) with the teacher Luis Ignacio Gascón, where she obtains the highest qualification.

2011 finishes the Master in Saxophone interpretation at the Universitat Ramon Llull in the Luthier School in Barcelona and in 2013 finishes the Master in Musictherapy at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

In the interpretative facet, she has been to several lectures, receiving advice from great saxophonists as Adolf Ventas, Cristophe Bois, Claude Delangle, Eric Devallon, Mariano García i Philippe Braquart.

During the years 2009 and 2010 performed solo concerts in various halls in Catalonia performing an important repertoire. She has worked with bands such as Banda Unió Musical de Tarragona or the Municipal Band from Irún. In 1993 she won the third chamber prize in the competition of music performance Arjau Barcelona.

Currently she is part of the Limnos Quartet, with whom she obtains the third prize at the III Yamaha International Competition for Saxophone Quartet (2011) held in Madrid.

She teaches saxophone in the Maria Escolà i Cases de Piera Municipal Music School, in the Maristany Musical Studies Center in Hostalets de Pierola and in the Music School of Capellades.

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