CARLOS GUSTAVO DUARTE | BASS CLARINET SOLOIST
SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA RTVE
He was born in Silla (Valencia) and began his training within “La Lírica” Musical Group, ending it at the “Joaquín Rodrigo” Superior Conservatory of Music in Valencia, in José Cervero’s class with Honor Prize. His teachers include Jose Vicente Herrera and Yehuda Gilad.
As a performer, he actively participates in chamber music projects, being a member of the Madrid-Camara Wind Quintet, the Modus Novus Contemporary Music Group and the Manuel de Falla Clarinet Quartet, and collaborates with the main orchestras in our country. He has performed the Weber’s first clarinet concerto with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and the K. 622 Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Santa Cecilia Classical Orchestra and the Segovia Symphony Orchestra.
Committed to intense pedagogical work, he has taught courses throughout the Spanish geography and has been a teacher at the “Jacinto Guerrero” Professional Conservatory of Toledo.
Since 1994 he is a member from the RTVE Simphony Orchestra, as a Solo Bass Clarinet.
NEREA MEYER | ASSISTENT SOLOIST AND EB CLARINET
Symphonic Orchestra of Madrid, Teatro Real
Nerea Meyer was born in Madrid. She started her clarinet studies in the conservatory with Adolfo Garcés and finished the medium grade with the highest marks. She continued her education in the Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid with Vicente Peñarrocha.
When she completed her higher education, she moved to Los Angeles (California), with a scholarship from the University of Southern California, the Fulbright Commission, and the Ministry of Education. There she got a postgraduate degree in Advanced Studies in said university, with maestro Yehuda Gilad. During her education in this city, she was part of the American Youth Symphony and Debut Orchestra. There, she participated in different contests, in which she won some awards: Pasadena Instrumental Competition, Mozart Competition, and the Concerto Competition of Debut Orchestra, giving her the opportunity of performing as soloist in a concert with said orchestra.
She has also attended to festivals and masterclasses with relevant players such as Antony Pay, Mitchele Zukowsky, Mitchel Lurie and Alessandro Carbonare.
In 2001 she won the Premio Manuel Castillo award in the XI Concurso Internacional de clarinet Ciudad Dos Hermanas, a contest in which she participated again and won in 2002.
She has collaborated with Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares, Orquesta de Castilla y León, Orchestre de Picardie, Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española and Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao.
From 1998 to 2017 she has been the principal clarinet in the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid.
In 2017 she won the chair of E-flat clarinet, or second solo clarinet, in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid (Teatro Real), where she has been working since.
JONATAN RIVES | CLARINET TEACHER
Murcia Conservatory of Music
Spanish clarinetist Jonatan Rives was born in 1976 in Cox. His intellectually restless attitude makes him to embrace many different sides of an artist.
Jonatan, started to play clarinet when he was 8 years old and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Superior Conservatory of Music of Murcia in 1996 at the age of 19. He was awarded with the First prize in Clarinet and Chamber Music degree and also in subsequent competitions throughout the country.
At the Benidorm International Music Festival, when he was 17, Jonatan Rives was awarded with a scholarship to study at University of Southern California with Yehuda Gilad and Michelle Zukovsky. Yehuda became his main professor and mentor until today. He pursued the Advanced Studies Performance Degree at the University of Southern California. Additional studies have been carried out with and Mitchell Lurie, Colin Lawson, Anthony Pay, José L. Estellés, Guy Deplus or Burt Hara among others.
During his years of study at USC, he won the USC Concerto Competition. He was a prize winner at the 2001 Young Musician Foundation Competition and a Finalist at the 2000 Pasadena Competition.
Jonatan Rives has received several awards and grants from MEC of Spain, AIE Foundation, Bonny Foundation and other public and private foundations in Europe. Prize winner in seven International competitions, he is a former member from the YMF Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, American Youth Symphony Orchestra, Spanish Young National Orchestra (JONDE), Murcia Region Youth Orchestra. He has performed under the baton of conductors like Luthz Kohler, Josep Pons, Jesús Lopez Cobos or Lionel Bringuer, just to mention a few of them.
He has performed Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Nielsen Concerto as a soloist several times, but there is a very special memory from the Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie recordings at Los Angeles back in 1999, conducted by Sergiu Comissiona.
Deeply involved into education at every level, since 2008, Jonatan most of his efforts go to the Conservatory of Music of Murcia management, a teaching center with more than 120 educators and more than a thousand and a hundred pupils, task that he has carried until 2020.
During his time as headmaster so far, the conservatory has grown up to a 60% on student body terms, holding 4 orchestras, as an example of the magnitude. All the same, his main contribution has been the design and start-up of an “Integration Timetable Program”, which eases remarkably the harmonization between general and musical studies known as PHI. This program has changed dramatically the teachings of this center and has been emulated by many others around Spain.
He also spans a long and intense activity as clarinet professor. Since 2002 he works as a clarinet teacher in Murcia at its Conservatory. Furthermore, he has been invited as guest professor from centers such as the Thornton School of Music of Los Angeles at the University of Southern California and the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
He has been invited as well as solo clarinet artist by many orchestras including lately the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, based in Valladolid. His works as clarinetist have taken him to perform chamber concerts mainly in USA and Europe.
Another one of his roles is the cultural management, which he develops through the non-profit organization PerformArt, an association that boosts musical and educational activities.
He is a Buffet Crampon Artist.
MANUEL JOSÉ RIVES | CHAMBER MUSIC AND CLARINET TEACHER
Murcia Higher Conservatory of Music
After completing his clarinet studies at the Superior Conservatory of Music (Murcia), he was invited by the Professor Yehuda Gilad to study a postgraduate degree in clarinet performance, chamber music and orchestral training in "University of Southern California” (Los Angeles), receiving from him a big musical influence that he is currently developing as a performer and teacher. In Los Angeles, he also studied with Michele Zukovsky, Mitchel Lurie and David Howard, all of whom contribute in a very decisive way to his artistic career.
His orchestral experience includes “Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra” (Germany), “Orchestree des Jeunes de la Mediterranée” (France), Debut Orchestra “Young Musicians Foundation”-Los Angeles, as well as his participation as a guest clarinetist with the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, Symphony Orchestra of Teatro del Liceo (Barcelona), Symphony Orchestra of Castilla-León, Symphony Orchestra of Región de Murcia, among others, with conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Kurt Sanderling, Eiji Oue, Daniel Lewis, Michaeel Tabachnick, Viktor Libermann, Manuel H. Silva, José Miguel Rodilla, Max Bragado...
He has received clarinet and chamber music Masterclasses by professors such as Richard Lasser, Hans Deinzer, Burt Hara, Walter Seyfarth, Guy Chadash, Guy Deplus, Anthony Pay, Lorenzo Coppola and Carles Riera (clarinets), David Weis (oboe), Vicente Zarzo (horn), Andreas Reiner (violin), Helmut Nicolai (viola), Slawomir Grenda (double bass), Claudio Mtnez. Mehner and Dina Yoffe (pianos), among others.
Committed to chamber music, he has been the founder of Harmonie XXI and Fratres Ensemble (wind octets), Ensemble CIMMA 2.0, Resonare Trío (clarinet, viola and piano), Trío Gaya (clarinet, violin and piano), Duo Tôn Thât Tiêt (clarinet and harp) and ArtEnsemble (combining sound, text, image and scenography), performing in Spain, United States, France, Germany, Italy and Croatia. He participated in different chamber ensembles with soloists from the Vienna Radio Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Opera Orchestra, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Moscow Balshoi Theater Orchestra, French Ensemble Inter Contemporaine...
Awarded in national and international competitions, such as "Jennings Buterfield-Young Artist Competition" (Sun City, Arizona), "Buffet Crampon North American-Clarinet Competition" (Chicago), "Concerto Competition-USC" (Los Angeles), among others. He also participated the recordings made for RNE and Ibersonic (Spain), NDR (Germany), and collaborations with the USC Film Music Department and with the Steven Spilberg Music Scoring State (USA).
He has completed the DEA of the Doctorate at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid with research directed by Dr. Yvan Nommick on "The clarinet repertoire in the framework of orchestral auditions” and completed the Master in Cultural Management at the University of Alcalá de Henares with the TFM "Orchestral Artistic Management Project, Guidelines and Criteria for a Strategic Plan for Development and Cultural Innovation".
He has been vicedirector of the Music Conservatory of Murcia and Head of the Chamber Music Department of the Superior Conservatory of the same city. After occupying a teacher position at the Superior Conservatory of Music (Alicante), Conservatories of Music from Elche, Astorga, Cartagena and Murcia, he currently develops his teaching activity at the Superior Conservatory of Music (Murcia) as a teacher of chamber music, clarinet, bass clarinet and Eb clarinet. He is also frequently invited to give clarinet and chamber music masterclasses.