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NÚRIA BRULL
BARITONE SAXOPHONE

Born in l’Ametlla de Mar, she did advanced saxophone studies at the Higher Music Conservatory of the Liceu with Albert Julià.
She extends her training in France, where she achieves the Silver Medal for the saxophone and the Gold Medal in Chamber Music in the Perfecting Cycle at the École Nationale de Musique Claude Debussy de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Paris, France).
She has also worked with the saxophonists Joaquim Subirats, Cristophe Bois, Pierric Leman, Jean-Yves Formeau, Claude Delangle, Nicolas Prost, Anne Lecapelain and Eric Devallon.
In the field of pedagogy, she trains in Improvisation and IEM methodology with the Professor of the Reina Sofia Higher School of Music in Madrid, Emilio Molina, and does several pedagogical courses on the instrument in Paris. She has also delved into modern music in the specialities of harmony and saxo-jazz.
As a performer, she has played with Granollers Chamber Orchestra, the Egara saxophone quartet and in the Antígone theatre assembly in Paris, with music for saxophone quartet by G. Cagnard.
Other groups in which she plays include the guitar and sax duo Agua a Vinho; the sax, piano and caisson trio Brull-Salvador-Mor, and the A L’Aire Sax and Voice Quartet of traditional music with jazz fusion.
She is a teacher at the Blai Net Municipal School of Music in St. Boi de Llobregat and at the Liceu Music Conservatory.
She is a founding member of the Limnos Quartet.

GEMMA TORRALBO
SOPRANO SAXOPHONE

Born in Badalona, she did advanced saxophone studies at the ESMUC (Higher School of Music of Catalonia) with Luis Ignacio Gascón as the saxophone teacher. She subsequently received classes from saxophonists of the like of Andrés Gomis, Phillipe Bracquart and Mariano García. She receives training in modern music and improvisation from Martí Serra. In research, in 2016 she achieved a Master’s Decree in Musicology and Research in musical education at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
As a performer, she works with several groups, including the Sax-Sons sax quartet, which reached the final of the 6th Tutto Demestres contest. She works with the group Conjunt XXI! with which she records the opera Aprima’t en tres dies by Alberto García Demestres (named best classical music record in 2011 at the Enderrock awards).
She collaborates with orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra of Catalonia, the Barcelona and National Orchestra of Catalonia and the Julià Carbonell Orchestra of the Terres de Lleida. She has worked with conductors like Leonard Slatkin, Marc Soustrot, Alfons Reverté, Miquel Ortega and Manel Valdivieso.
She has been a member of the Limnos Quartet since September 2016.
She teaches the saxophone at the Palau Music School, the Vall del Tenes Music School and at the Pia Balmes musical primary school.

 

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ELENA LEÓN
TENOR SAXOPHONE

Born in St.Cugat del Vallès, she did her advanced saxophone studies in France, where she graduated with a First Prize by Unanimity for saxophone and a First Prize in Chamber Music at the École Nationale de Musique d’Issy-les-Moulineaux where she studied with the saxophonist Pierric Leman.
She extended her training with Philippe Portejoie at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris and alongside this did a Maîtrise d’Arts mention musique at the Université Paris 8 (Saint-Denis) achieving the mention Très bien in the speciality of Musicologie, Création, Musique et Société. Continuing in the field of research, in 2008 she achieved a Master in Musicology and Musical Education at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
She has received master-classes from the saxophonists Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Nicolas Prost, Claude Delangle, Jean-Denis Michat and Vincent David.
Her interest in improvisation brought her to modern music at the hand of the saxophonist Martí Serra in jazz and improvisation techniques.
As a performer, she has great experience in various chamber groups, she has premiered the Concert for saxophone and string orchestra of Joan Carles Martínez (2003), and works with the St. Cugat del Vallès Symphony Orchestra.
She currently plays with different groups, and especially the Limnos Quartet, of which she is a founding member; the saxophone and flamenco guitar duo Elena León & Roger Sabartés; Va de flamenco and the sax and voice quintet A l’aire.
She combines her performances with teaching the saxophone at the Victòria dels Àngels Municipal Music School and the St. Cugat del Vallès Conservatory.

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ESTHER SABATÉ
ALTO SAXOPHONE

Born in Vallbona d’Anoia (Barcelona), she did advanced saxophone studies at the ESMUC (Higher School of Music of Catalonia) with the teacher Luis Ignacio Gascón, where she gained the top marks.
In 2011 she completed the Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance of the Ramon Llull University at the Escola Luthier in Barcelona. Then in 2013, she finished her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. In 2017 she achieved the Orff Schulwerk certification program in San Francisco (California).
In her performances, she has attended several master-classes in which she has been advised by great saxophonists like Adolf Ventas, Christophe Bois, Claude Delangle, Eric Devallon, Mariano García and Philippe Braquart.
She has performed as a soloist at several concert halls of Catalonia, performing a considerable repertoire, and has worked with the Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and symphonic groups around Catalonia and Spain.
Since 2010, she has been a member of the LIMNOS Quartet.
Winner of the TOYP 2014 (“Ten outstanding young person”) award in the category of Personal Improvement, with the project of Music Therapy for infant obesity. The prize is awarded by the JCI (Jove Cambra Internacional)
In theatre, she has performed in pedagogical concerts and is currently in the Drama Queens company, with which she made a first performance of the work Cabaret Distòpic, written and directed by the dramatist Sílvia Navarro.
She teaches the saxophone at the Maria Escolà i Cases Municipal Music Class in Piera, the Cal Maristany Centre for Musical Studies in Hostalets de Pierola and the Capellades Music School.

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