“We went around without looking for each other,
but knowing we went around to find each other.”
These few words, taken from the first pages of Rayuela, masterpiece of Argentine literature written by Julio Cortázar in 1963, define the deepest essence of the Ensemble Rayuela; An unexpected meeting of four personalities, creating an artistic project together. As in Cortázar's novel, this story begins in the city of lights, beginning a musical sharing of humanity that grows each day as we meet and collaborate. In this way, the Ensemble Rayuela, is an open and flexible formation, adapting itself according to the nature of the project on which we work. We create in our group, our own repertoire with ideas and values that are precious to us. This is in the same way that readers of Rayuela can interpret his novel three different ways, as he explains in his prologue.
Rayuela (hopscotch): It is a children's game where we draw a line with chalk in reference to contemporary Latin American literature, which is the inspiration of the Ensemble Rayuela which formed in 2017, the year of the beginning of their artistic journey.
The Ensemble Rayuela was founded at the Paris Conservatory, upon the meeting of four saxophonists and a pianist. The members of the ensemble are originally from different countries (Spain, Italy and Japan), whose rich cultural combination helps them to connect with other musicians and composers and the propitious encounters lead to the exploration of new musical styles.
The Ensemble Rayuela performed in the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez at the Philharmonie de Paris as part of the festival "Prélude aux concerts." They also performed at "Automne musical grand Châtellerault", "Les concerts de l'Epau", "Festival Européen Jeunes talents", "Saison musical aux Invalides" and “Festival Paseo”. The Ensemble also participated in the XVIII World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.
Their first album, "Tableaux" was recorded under the label DUX, with music written by Modest Mussorgsky arranged by David Walter and original works which are dedicated to this ensemble by Alex Nante and Benoît Sitzia.
Rayuela obtained the Master degree of Chamber Music with the first prize and congratulations from the jury under the guidance of David Walter at the Paris Conservatory.
The Ensemble Rayuela has received prizes from international competitions including the "First Prize” and “Jury Prize" at the 91st edition of the Léopold Bellan Competition. They are sponsored by Henri Selmer of Paris, D'Addario Woodwinds, JLV Sound, the Société Générale Mécénat Musical and the Collège Contemporain.
Rui Ozawa is a Japanese saxophonist who began her studies at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Japan. After completing her undergraduate work, she moved to France to study at the CRR of Cergy-Pontoise (France) and later at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP). She obtained her Master's degree “Mention très bien” unanimously, Master of Chamber Music (Ensemble Rayuela) degree “Mention très bien” unanimously with congratulations of jury, and 3rd cycle of Contemporary and Creations DAI (performance diploma) at the Paris Conservatory(CNSMDP). She studied saxophone under Keiji Munesada, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, and Claude Delangle, and chamber music under Masato Ikegami, Marylise Fourmeau, and David Walter.
Ozawa has been a prize winner in many prestigious competitions, including 2nd Prize at the Japan International Wind and Percussion Competition, the “Prize of Honor” at the Competition Léopold Bellan, 2nd Prize at the Dreux Saxophone Competition, 3rd Prize at the Andorra Saxophone Competition, and 2nd Prize at the Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition in Dinant Belgium (highest ranking of female).
She is currently a member of Rayuela Ensemble, Parero Saxophone Quartet, and Fila Alba Ensemble. She has performed as a soloist with Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Paris Police Department Wind Orchestra (musique des gardiens de la paix), and Conservatory Laureates Orchestra. Additionally, Ozawa previously taught at the Conservatory Regional communal of Acherès Ville (Ile-de-France).
Raquel Paños Castillo, studies with Mariano Garcia and Federico Coca, continued with Jean-Denis Michat and finally obtained the Saxophone Master’s at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) as a student of Claude Delangle and Christophe Bois as well as the Chamber Music Master’s with the Ensemble Rayuela and under the tutelage of David Walter.
Raquel has won several international competitions and has been awarded a scholarship by the "Fondation Meyer". She is strongly committed to the field of research and the premieres of contemporary music. Thus, in 2018 she obtains the "DAI répertoire contemporain et création" diploma with Professor Hae-Sun Kang, having collaborated with the "Ensemble Intercontemporain" or the "Maîtrise de Radio France" among others, and becomes part of the "Collège Contemporain" in Paris as an active member and administrator.
She is currently studying the pedagogy master's degree at the Paris Conservatoire and combines her artistic activity with her teaching work at the Courbevoie Conservatory (France).
Nahikari Oloriz Maya, obtained the Saxophone Bachelor’s Degree at the Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña (ESMuC) with Nacho Gascón, the DEM with Vincent David at the CRR de Versailles and the Master's Degree at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) in the class of Claude Delangle and Christophe Bois as well as the Chamber Music Master's Degree with the Ensemble Rayuela in the class of David Walter.
She also gets the musical research master's degree in 2019. The same year her work "Eguzkirantz" is published by Editorial Académica Española.
With the support of the Fondation Meyer, Anna Riera, AIE, Société Générale - Mécénat Musical and Argorart Foundations, Nahikari has been laureate in different international competitions in Andorra, Spain, Germany and the Ukraine and was awarded second prize in the "Enkor Competition".
She currently teaches saxophone and chamber music at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra (Spain).
Italian saxophonist, has performed as a soloist with the “Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano”, in addition she has collaborated with numerous orchestras including the “Orchestra Accademia del Teatro alla Scala" under the direction of John Axelrod.She has performed in important concert halls such as: Royal Opera House of Muscat (Oman), ORF Radio Kulturhaus, Hall of Belgrade Philharmonic (Serbia).
She has been part of important festivals including MusicaRivaFestival, Serate musicali of Milan, MiTo, Festival Le Mois Molière.
She collaborated with many ensembles and currently she is member of the Milano Saxophone Quartet with which she has recently produced the CD “Rispetti e Strambotti” dedicated entirely to the music of the italian composer Gian Francesco Malipiero.
With the Wien Kons.Sax.Ensemble recorded for the “Stockhausen Foundation for Music” under the guidance of Lars Mlekusch and Kathinka Pasveer, the premiere CD of the composition LINKER AUGENTANZ (Left Eye Dance).
She received her Master’s degree at “Konservatorium Wien Privat Universitaet" with Lars Mlekusch, in 2017 she got the Prix de Perfectionnement at the “Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Versailles” with Vincent David and in 2019 Master in Chamber Music at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with David Walter.
She’ s teaching saxophone at the Conservatory J. B. Lully of Puteaux and at the Conservatory of Sevran (France).
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kishin Nagai started playing the piano at the age of four. After studying with Hiroshi Nagao at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai), he was unanimously admitted to the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) where he later completed his three Bachelor’s degrees in Piano, Chamber Music and Accompaniment, as well as a Master’s degree in Piano. At the conservatoire, he studied with Jacques Rouvier, Denis Pascal, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Michel Moragues and Géraldine Dutroncy. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in both Vocal Accompaniment and Piano Accompaniment classes at the CNSMDP with Anne Le Bozec and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger.
He often works with other instrumentalists and singers including Nikita Zimin, Kohei Ueno, Rui Ozawa and Yo Matsushita (saxophonists), Shun Ishiwaka (percussionist) and Magdalena Geka (violinist).
He has already appeared at many music festivals and radio programmes including the World, Saxophone Congress and the Générations France Musique, le live as a soloist and as an accompanist.
As a soloist, he already performed with different orchestras such as the Orchestre du Conservatoire (Paris Conservatoire Orchestra), the Tokyo New City Orchestra and the Orchestra Motif, working with famous conductors including Pierre-André Valade.
Vincent DAVID is one of the world's most renowned saxophonist-composers, pushing the possibilities of his instrument to the limit.
A complete and accomplished musician thanks to the numerous international prizes he has won during his studies, Vincent has premiered several key works in today's saxophone repertoire such as Dialogue de l'ombre double by Pierre Boulez, Troisième Round by Bruno Mantovani and Trame XIII by Martin Matalon.
In 2021, the Academy of Fine Arts awarded him the Grand Prix Artistique of the Cino Del Duca Foundation for his musical career.
As a composer, he received the Grand Prix Lycéens des Compositeurs in 2021 and the Prix Collégiens des Compositeurs for his work "In pulse". His first works "Sillage", "Pulse", "Éclats d'échos" and "Échos éclatés" were composed for solo saxophone. Later, he entered the world of the sonata with piano, with "Mirages" and "Nuée Ardente"; Commissioned by the Adolphe Sax International Competition in Dinant, he wrote "L'éveil de la toupie", and then composed "Esquisses" and "Reflets", concertos for alto saxophone and orchestra, "Arches" for soprano saxophone and orchestra, "Rhizome" for alto saxophone and strings, "Linéal" for saxophone and ensemble, as well as numerous quartets and duos. His works are published by the Billaudot publishing house, of which he is one of the directors of the collection.
He is also active in improvised music (jazz, contemporary) through meetings with musicians such as Pierrick Pedron, Christophe Monniot, Jean-Charles Richard, sometimes resulting in recordings (Vivaldi Universel and Crossover). He is the founder of the quartet "Fireworks" with Jean-Charles Richard, Stephane Guillaume and Baptiste Herbin, and in 2014, they recorded an album of his compositions for jazz saxophone quartet.
Finally, Vincent David gives numerous masterclasses all over the world. He is a renowned pedagogue and attaches great importance to transmitting his experience and his passion for music, promoting curiosity and exigency as driving forces, as he did first at the C.R.R. of Versailles (France) and since September 2019 at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Belgium).
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Patricia Coronel Avilés, saxophonist and cultural manager, was born in Bonares (Huelva) in 1993.
Tutored by professors Diego Coronel, Antonio León and Juan Manuel Arrazola in her musical beginnings, she continued her studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Sevilla with Alfonso Padilla, finishing with the Extraordinary End of Studies Award in 2015.
After his training period in Spain, between 2015-2017 he studied the Master's Degree in Performance at Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität in Vienna, in the class of Professor Lars Mlekusch. In 2018 she continues her training in Austria, being accepted to study Post-Master in Performative Practice of Contemporary Music (PPCM) at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, under the tutelage of the prestigious ensemble Klangforum Wien.
From 2018, she complements her training as a performer with that of cultural management, finishing with top marks the Master in Cultural Project Management in 2019 at Fundación Contemporánea/La Fábrica (Madrid).
She has perfected his technique with leading figures of the saxophone such as F. Hemke, JM.Londeix, A. Bornkamp, C.Delangle, V.David,O. Murphy, C. Wirth; among others. And among his international prizes as a saxophonist, the first prizes obtained in international competitions such as Emona Competition 2015 (Slovenia), Fidelio Competition 2016 (Austria) or Recre@ 2018 (Valencia) stand out.
She is a member of chamber ensembles such as Aer Duo, Spectre Quartet, Anexas; and has been a regular collaborator of Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Wien-Zürich, PPCM ensemble, Orquesta Filarmonía de Sevilla; among others.
She has performed concerts as a member of chamber ensembles in Europe and China.
Specialising in contemporary music, she has worked directly with various contemporary composers. In this field, her master's thesis La influencia del flamenco en el repertorio contemporáneo para saxofón is an unpublished research on flamenco and the contemporary repertoire for saxophone, being published as a book by Editorial Académica Española (July, 2017), being available in online and physical bookshops in Spain, Germany and South America.
Since 2018 she combines her facet as a performer with teaching and cultural management, teaching saxophone and chamber music at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música "Pedro Aranaz" in Cuenca and artistic director of NueBo Festival, Festival Internacional de Arte de Nueva Creación in Huelva.