2023 Highlights

2023 Highlights
Here is a quick look at some hightlights for 2023.
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Nicolas Prost (FRANCE) will discuss his recent research which has unearthed many lost and forgotten scores for saxophone by well-known composers.

He will also present performances of some of these lost gems, including works by Paul Bonneau, Lars-Erik Larsson, Alban Darche, Fernande Decruck, Benoit, Manut, Marin Marais, Darius Milhaud. 

Modern and imaginative saxophonist, Nicolas Prost likes to combine classical and contemporary music with improvisation, voice, gesture and electronics.

Its activity is marked by a concern for the development of concert repertoires. He collaborates with composers such as Thierry Pécou, Nicolas Bacri, Philippe Hersant, Thierry Escaich, Karol Beffa, Gustavo Beytelman, Luis Naon, Christian Lauba, Jun Nagao, Guillaume Connesson of which he ensures the creation of a hundred concerted works and chamber music. With the cross-over project Border Jazz in the company of pianist Sébastien Paindestre, the Duo is dedicated to compositions by Ibrahim Maalouf, Chris Potter, James Carter, Michel Portal, Bojan Z, Laurent de Wilde, Branford Marsalis etc. and the Legend Wayne Shorter.

In addition, Nicolas Prost tirelessly conducts research on forgotten works of literature for classical saxophone / Franck, Decruck, Jolivet, Milhaud, Fauré etc. / a heritage now published in its collection ed.Klarthe, in the series Adolphe Sax Album ed. Lemoine and signs the French saxophone books ed. Delatour and New Essential Repertoire for Saxophonists vol 1 & 2 ed. imd.

Professor at the CRR of Saint-Maur, Nicolas Prost gives Master-classes and Conferences in prestigious international universities CNSM of Paris, Bloomington, Bowling Green, Ann Arbor, Seoul, Taipei, Riga, Freiburg, Cologne, Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Mexico, Helsinki, Saint Petersburg, Budapest, Montreal, Ottawa, Novosibirsk, Tartu, Liège, The Hague, Ljubjlana, Zagreb, Split, Tilburg, New York, Iowa etc. He directs the Saxiana collection at Billaudot editions, co-writes the saxophone and pedagogy book, it's up to you to play ed. delatour and composed a series of educational pieces including the 18 advanced studies ed. Resolute and the « Saxophone Go » method ed. Billaudot.

Winner of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris and of 7 international chamber music competitions, Nicolas Prost is also the saxophonist of the Ensemble Variances and the Trio Saxiana which take him to the 4 corners of the world. He gives recitals at La Cigale de Paris, Salle Gaveau, Grand Palais, Auditorium de Lyon, Arsenal de Metz etc. and performs in prestigious international festivals Bacau in Romania, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Cervantino in Mexico, Présences Radio-France, Flâneries de Reims etc. Nicolas Prost performs as a soloist with the Philarmonie de Mexico, European Camerata de Londres, OS de Bangkok, Orchester de la Suisse-Romande (Mancini dir. Pinchas Steinberg), Ausburg camerata, Banda de Musica da Força Aerea Portuguesa but also in France with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Strasbourg, Capitole de Toulouse (Debussy dir. Tugan Sokhiev), Concerts Lamoureux (Waxman dir. Yutaka Sado), Musiciens de la Prée, Orchester Régional du Limousin, National Police Orchestra etc. His rich discography receives numerous distinctions such as diapason d'or for Tremendum - Harmonia mundi, **** de Classica for The Art of the Saxophone - Indésens, Créations - Saphir and A kind of wind - Indesens, award-winning CD of the "Grand Frisson from Audiophile and the "Grand Prix" from Japanese magazine Geijutsu.

Jorge Retamoza (ARGENTINA) will discuss the Tango Etudes of Astor Piazzolla, exploring authentic Argentinian tango style with references to performances by Piazzolla himself.  

He will also present his own tango performances with orchestra.

With nine record releases as a leader, the saxophonist and composer Jorge Retamoza explores innovative ways of tango in the 21st century, with pieces that combine strictly written music with improvisation, with the sounds of a tango interpellated by chamber music and jazz gestures. Undoubted reference of the sax in Argentine music and especially in tango, Jorge Retamoza is one of the musicians from his country who has produced the most to introduce his instrument in the Buenos Aires musical language.

In the academic field, he premiered his works Concerto for Tenor Saxophone, Bandoneon and Orchestra, Tres Escenas Porteñas, for two Bass Clarinets and Symphonic Band, En Blanco y Negro Buenos Aires for Bandoneon and six Percussionists, Concertango for Baritone Saxophone and Orchestra, 2016 - National Endowment for the Arts of Argentina Award. He is the first Argentine saxophonist to record Piazzolla's Six Tango Etudes in its entirety, and this is also the world's first recording of the work in a version for solo saxophone and string orchestra. The recording was made in Germany in co-production with the prestigious SR (Saarbrucken Public Radio and TV) from that country.

In 1998 he obtained by competition the position of baritone saxophone in the Symphonic Band of the City of Buenos Aires. He is a professor of saxophone in the Chair of Argentine Music of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel de Falla, Buenos Aires. Gonzalez Reeds sponsor Jorge's career.

With his Quartet or as a soloist, tours Argentina, America, and Europe, performing in theaters, festivals, cultural centers, and universities, in addition to offering master classes in educational areas in America and Europe about tango and saxophone

He is the author of «El tango desde el saxo», a book commissioned by Melos Ediciones Musicales and dedicated to the interpretation of Buenos Aires music with the saxophone. In 2020 a second book was published, "Más Tango para el Saxo" where the work began in the first volume is deepened by adding variations, orchestral studies, and improvisational exercises with tango vocabulary.
He has shared the stage with a plethora of popular and academic musicians from Argentina and America performing on the main Argentine and abroad stages. In addition, he recorded and toured with international artists such as Isabel Pantoja, Sandro, and Celia Cruz, as a member of their groups or orchestras.

He received awards and scholarships from the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Fund of Culture (2006), the Festival of Latin American Shorts Films in New York (2007), the Argentine Music Tribune -UNESCO (2008), the Argentine National Music Institute (2015 and 2018) the Itaú Foundation - Sponsorship Culture Buenos Aires City (2021), the Argentine National Endowment for the Arts (2000-2016-2022)