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Xabier Gullón Elgarresta

Xabier Gullón Elgarresta
Klarinette | DAVOS FESTIVAL Akademie

Born in Vitoria in 1997. He began playing the clarinet when he was 8 years old in Jesús Guridi Music Conservatory with Patxi Divar. He actually studies with Isaac Rodríguez in Liceu Music Conservatory in Barcelona.
He has had many lessons with international known teachers such as Calogero Palermo, Jurek Dybal, Martin Fröst, Olivier Patey, Michel Lethiec, Philippe Berrod, Harri Mäki or Milan Rericha.
During his career he has won several prizes and rewards, these are some examples: 1st prize in both A and B category from the Young Performers from the Basque Country Competition (2015 and 2012 respectively) or 1st prize in the Spring Season XIX Competition in Barcelona (2016). In 2017 and 2018, after some preliminary rounds, he won the Excellence’s Scholarship award by the Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation. He has performed as soloist several times with the Vitoria-Gasteiz local wind band and the EIO Gazte orchestra.
As a chamber musician, he has performed in different music festivals such as Pablo Casals Music Festival (France), Mediterranean Musical Meetings (Corsica) Festival Emergents (Spain). He has also won the 1st prize in the Young Performers from the Basque Country Competition but this time with his chamber music group (2014) and also a 1st in the XIIIth Higini Anglès Chamber Music Competition (2018). He is an active chamber musician, and he has performed with worldwide known musicians like André Cazalet, Jean-Louis Cappezzali, Guillermo Salcedo, Ji-Young Lim or Fumika Mohri.
Actually, he is a member of Jové Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya JONC. He has been the principal clarinet of the EIO orchestra for 4 years (2012-2015) and he has also worked with the Chamber Orchestra and the local wind band from Vitoria. He eventually collaborates with Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and Orquesta Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Despite he’s still young, he has already performed in the bigger national stages such as Monumental Theatre (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), The Great Theatre of Liceu (Barcelona), L’Auditori (Barcelona), Euskalduna Palace (Bilbao), Kursaal (San-Sebastián) or Mozart Hall (Zaragoza).

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