xabiercasalName: Xabier Casal Ares

Nationality: Spanish

Date of Birth: 15 April 1988

Music institution (s) attended: Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca. Salamanca (Spain), 2007-2011 Conservatoire “Jacques Thibaud”. Bordeaux (France), 2011-2013 Hochschule für Musik und Tanz. Köln (Germany), 2013-2015

Names of Principle Teachers: Andrés Gomis, Marie-Bernadette Charrier, Daniel Gauthier, David Smeyers

Awards: 1st Prize and an Honorable Mention at the ”Ramón Guzmán saxophone contest”, Santiago de Compostela (Spain) 2010. 1st Prize at the VIII National Performing Contest “Intercentros Melómano”, Madrid (Spain) 2010. 3rd Prize at the “Haverhill Symphonia International Soloist Competition” London, 2012. Medaille d’or à L’unanimité 29o Concours Européen pour Jeunes Solistes.

Luxembourg 2012 1st Prize at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Chamber Music Competition.

Berlin 2014