Born in Guillena, but currently living in Villanueva del Ariscal, near Seville (Spain), Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Juan is one of the leading international Spanish conductors. He stands out on account of his versatility as a conductor of important orchestras and professional symphonic orchestras and bands in Europe and America, and is known for tackling all types of genres, ranging from opera to jazz, without forgetting the great symphonic classics, operetta, flamenco, copla (Spanish folk songs), pop, studio recordings, radio and television work, premieres, among other work. This versatility is based on a solid musical background based in Seville and Madrid and completed with numerous international perfection courses both home and abroad with leading masters, and having achieved a brilliant academic curriculum with distinction awards, special mention at elemental grade, and special awards both at the middle and end of his degree. Javier has the following titles: conducting professor; professor of harmony, musical counterpoint, composition and instrumentation; oboe professor, musical theory professor, sight reading and transport among others.

With regard to music, he has carried out important historical recoveries of lost or altered works and has published the treaty “The March form” edited by ABEC. He makes documentaries and collaborates closely with articles in the mass media like Telesevilla, Giralda TV, El Correo TV, Ondaluz, Canal Sur Radio, COPE, Correo de Andalucía, Diario de Sevilla and ABC among others.

Currently he is the chief Director of the Municipal Symphonic Band of Seville; he conducts orchestras and symphonic bands as well as giving conferences and classes in universities all over Spain, the United States, Italy, Portugal, Costa Rica, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela; in addition he participates in international congresses and forms part of juries in international competitions. He is president of the music section of the Arts and Science Association of Seville. He has received numerous awards and prizes both in Europe and America. He has performed in important concert halls abroad like the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, Teatro Maestranza and Teatro Lope de Vega in Seville, Teatro Ford (Berry, Georgia, USA), Teatro de las Artes (Maracaibo, Venezuela), Teatro Mélico Salazar de Costa Rica, Teatro el Globo (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Auditorio de la URU (Maracaibo, Venezuela), Auditori de Barcelona, Auditorio de Galicia (Spain), Riccardo Zandony Theatre (Italy), Ópera de la Coruña (Spain), Auditorio Miguel Delibes in Valladolid (Spain),Teatro Isabel la Católica in Granada (Spain), Teatro Apolo in Almería (Spain), Teatro de la Patria (Bogotá, Colombia), the Spanish Cathedrals of Málaga and Sevilla, the Cathedral of of Alajuela (Costa Rica), the Auditoriums of Castellón and Albacete (Spain), Templo Colonial de Nicoya (Costa Rica), the FIBES Auditorium in Seville, Gran Teatro in Córdoba (Spain), Teatro de las Cortes (San Fernando, Spain) and so on.

Among others he has conducted the Seville Royal Symphonic Orchestra, the Royal Guard Symphonic Band in Spain (Madrid), the Symphonic Orchestra of Maracaibo (Venezuela), Berry College Symphony Wind Ensemble (Georgia, United States), the Orchestra of Córdoba, the National Concert Band of San José in Costa Rica, the Philarmonic Orchestra of Andalucía, the Symphonic Band of the Colombian National Army (Bogotá, Colombia), Castilla-León Symphonic Orchestra (Spain), Camerata Silva Dionisio Púrpura (Lisbon, Portugal), the Philarmonic Bética Orchestra in Seville, Rovereto Wind Orchestra (Italy), Musikene Symphony Wind Orchestra (Spain), BSNC (Argentina), the Official Concert Band Simón Bolivar (Venezuela), the Manuel Castillo Chamber Orchestra (Seville), the Pacific Concert Band (Costa Rica), the Chamber Orchestra of Spanish Radio and Television (Madrid), the National Band of Guanacaste (Costa Rica), Symphonic Orchestra of Conservatory Fco. Guerrero, the National Band of Puntarenas (Costa Rica), the Regimental Band of the King Number 1 (Madrid), the Regimental Music Band Soria Number 9 (Seville), the Straits Music Band of the Airforce (Seville), the Municipal Symphonic Bands of Madrid, Barcelona, La Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao, Vitoria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Albacete, Castellón, Alicante, Granada, Almería, the Ópera choir of the Maestranza Theatre (Seville), the Lyrical choir in Huelva, and the Manuel de Falla choir in Seville among others. In these concerts he has had the opportunity to conduct singers and soloists who are leading figures on the international scene, covering all different genres.

As an oboe soloist he has performed and been accompanied by different types of groups and orchestras. He has taken part on many occasions in different studio recordings and also for both radio and television. He has been a member of several orchestras and professional bands.

Socially committed, Javier has made a large number of performances and recordings and has appeared on television in support of Associations of Downs Syndrome, Autism, Cáritas, and the Blind People’s Association in Argentina, among others.

You can follow him on HTTP://Franciscojaviergutiérrezjuan.blogspot.com.es/


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Arvydas Kazlauskas

Arvydas Kazlauskas (b. 1982) is one of the leading saxophone players in Latvia. Trained as an academic musician, Arvydas doesn‘t limit himself to only „serious“ / classical music, and he‘s known for his creative curiosity. Arvydas is always up for unexpected musical adventures resulting in collaborations with musicians of other genres and explorations of yet-unknown musical territories. Arvydas Kazlauskas‘ playing has been described as having „(…) exceptionally high qualities in sound, articulation and emotional nuances(…)“. (A.Znotiņš, Diena).

A.Kazlauskas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he received his basic musical education. Then he graduated from Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia, with additional Erasmus studies at Universitat der Kunste Berlin with Johannes Ernst. Arvydas has participated in a number of masterclasses with such artists as Arno Bornkamp, Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Joel Versavaud and Daniel Gauthier. A.Kazlauskas is a prize winner of number of international saxophone competitions: The International Hillar Kareva Contest for Saxophonists and Trumpeters ( 2003, Tallinn; 1st prize), Jurjanu Andrejs 3d International Competition “Woodwind Instruments” (2005, Riga; Grand Prix), 3rd international saxophone competition “Alps – Adria – Danube” (2005, Nova Gorica; 2nd prize). Arvydas has collaborated with singers Gunta Davidcuka and Baiba Berke, pianists Reinis Zarins and Agnese Eglina, Sinfonietta Riga string quartet, Dirt Nonet, DJ Kri. Arvydas was a member of Riga Saxophone Quartet from 2006-2013, during which time he gave a number of premier performances by latvian composers such as Rihards Dubra, Liga Celma, Valdis Muktupavels, Nic Gotham and others.

As a soloist Arvydas has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Latvian State chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Riga, professional Woodwind Orchestra Riga, Orchestra Sinfonia Concertante and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician or a soloist he has performed in Poland, Lithuania, Norway, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Romania, and Bulgaria. Arvydas is a docent of saxophone at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. He has given masterclasses in Udine (Italy), Vilnius (Lithuania), Dublin (Ireland), Jerusalem (Israel). For three years he was a saxophone teacher in the Erasmus Intensive Student Programme Brass & Jazz (2011-2013 Riga, Latvia) and he is also an artistic director of international student festival Riga Saxophone Days. He has premiered pieces by composers such as Andris Dzenītis, Rolands Kronlaks, Edgars Raginskis, Līga Celma, Linda Leimane, Juste Janulyte, Gabriel Jackson, Jachin Pousson and others.

In 2014 A.Kazlauskas, together with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (cond. Normunds Sne), premiered Andris Dzenītis’ saxophone concerto E(GO), which later received Latvian “Great Music Award” in the category “The New Piece Of The Year”.

In 2017 A.Kazlauskas himself was nominated for Latvian “Great Music Award” in the category “Musician of the year”.


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Olena Pawlenko

Born in Kiev, Olena Pavlenko received musical education at the R. Glier Kyiv State Musical School at which she studied under the Honoured Artist of Ukraine E. Hanina. She later went to the P. Tchaikovsky Kyiv State Conservatory where she continued her studies under the famous People’s Artist of Ukraine, professor O. Kudryashov.

As an early distinction she became the laureate of the Republican Competition of Chamber Ensembles and Performers in Kiev and took second place at the competition.

From 2003 to 2006 she continued her education as the assistant-internship at the M. Lysenko L’viv National Music Academy at the Department of Chamber Music. Her creative director was the the Honoured Practitioner of Arts of Ukraine Prof. O. Kozarenko. To complete her education, she became a Candidate of Art Studies in 2012.

Over the years she has been the author of numerous articles in various publications and drafted the training program for flutist for students of specialized music schools of Ukraine.

Her teaching career began in 1983 as a teacher of flute in the Kiev School #10. In 1990 she took up teaching of methodology at the S. Krushelnytska L’viv Music School. Since 2008 she teaches at the Department of Wind and Percussion Instruments at the M. Lysenko Lviv National Musical Academy.

Olena performed as a soloist with the L’viv INSO (International Symphony Orchestra) and Virtuosos orchestral group in the L’viv Philharmonic Hall. Outside of Ukraine she toured many European countries as part of the Austrian international symphony orchestra K & K Philharmoniker.

Her students have become laureates in their own right and have received diplomas and recognition in Ukrainian and international competitions. Many work successfully in countries around the world, particularly in the United States, Austria, Germany, Spain, and China.

In 2014 she was awarded the Honorary Award of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine “For Achievements in The Development of Culture and Arts” in recognition of her contribution to the Ukrainian musical arts. She has also received a distinction from the L’viv Regional State Administration and received numerous honors for Training Highly Professional Students Who Participated in Competitions.

She continues to teach and has repeatedly been invited to the juries of both Ukrainian and international competitions.





Torbjörn Kvist,tubaTorbjörn Kvist

Born in Bollnäs,Sweden in 1956. Studied at Malmö Academy of music 1975-79.

Ended the studies in 1979 as the first swedich tubaplayer with a solo diploma examen.

After some years as a freelance tubaplayer in Sweden and Denmark, he moved to Oslo,Norway.

Since 1982 tubaplayer in the Operaorchestra at The Norwegian Opera&Ballett.

Since 1984 teaching at The Norwegian Academy of Music.Accociated Professor of tuba.




Marius Balcytis

Marius Balčytis graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music in 1994, with R.Valančius. After he continued master studies in Malmo Academy of Music (1995-1997) with Prof. Jan Mortensen and Per Kristian Svensen , as well , in Chicago (1999).M. Balčytis is a prize winner of two national young performers competitions(1985,1987), Yamaha Competition (1994). Since 1993, he has worked in the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO). As a soloist he appeared with LNSO, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Riga Wind Orchestra, „TRIMITAS“ Wind Orchestra,and the Guard of Honour Orchestra. In 1998, he formed brass ensemble „Vilniaus Brass“, whos leader he still today. Since 2002, he has collaborated with ensemble „Gaida“. He is teaching at M.K.Čiurlionis School of Art and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He is a teacher Brass Academy between Helsinky , Tallin , Riga and Vilnius

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Denis SalviniDenis Salvini

Conductor, French Horn Soloist, Teacher, Clinician

Denis Salvini began the study of French Horn at an early age, in 1995 he graduated with a performer’s certificate at the Brescia Conservatory and in 2007 he received his Master Degree at the Bergamo Conservatory. He maintains an active performing career with several Italian wind orchestras and ensembles. Since 1998 he has been active as a composer, and in recent years he focused mainly in conducting bands and orchestras throughout the world. He has studied conducting with Ronald Johnson, Lorenzo della Fonte, Douglas Bostock and he has enrolled in conducting master classes and seminars led by most important teachers in the world wind music scene. Since 2006 he teaches conducting at the Brescia Band Center and the Ripatransone Summer Music Festival, and in 2016 at the Novara Conservatory. He is the principal conductor of Orchestra Fiati di Vallecamonica, one of the leading wind orchestras in Italy, winner of many international contests such as Flicorno d’Oro in Riva del Garda (1st category in 2007, superior category in 2011 and excellence category in 2016) and the “Vallée d’Aoste” contest (excellence category in 2012). Maestro Salvini was admitted to the final session of the International Conducting contest at the WMC in Kerkrade, The Netherlands (2005) and won the “Palmiero Giannetti” international conducting competition in Siena (2009). He works as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Europe in international band contests and festivals, among others the 30th Zürker Kantonalmusikfest in Winterthur (CH) and the contest estabilished by the Italian Ministry of Culture for the 150th anniversary of the Italian Union in 2011.He was invited to be the guest conductor for the Baltic State Opera in Gdansk, Poland; he was also guest conductor for the Northern Festival of Bands at University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, USA, in 2007 and 2014. He has conducted over 450 performances throughout the world including Italy, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Poland, Portugal and the United States, in some very important seasons in Italy and Europe, such as the Swiss Italian Radio concert season (2009), the WASBE World Conference in Utrecht – The Nedelands (2017) and the “X Giornate” music festival in Brescia – Italy; and in many important concert halls like the Opera Houses in Brescia and Bergamo (Italy) and the Turkish National Radio in Istanbul.