Christian Vásquez and Juan Ferrer meet again, this time with the Symphony of the Region of Murcia, to close the premiere cycle of Áurea, Rhapsody for clarinet and orchestra by Pacho Flores, commissioned by the Symphony of Galicia and the Orchestra of Extremadura next to the Murcian orchestra. After the premieres with the Galician Symphony also under Vásquez’s conducting on April 18 and 19, and in Extremadura, where the baton was led by Andrés Salado, Vásquez takes the baton again for this closing on May 31 at the Víctor Villegas Auditorium in Murcia and June 1 at the El Batel Auditorium in Cartagena. This concert is already scheduled to premiere in Germany next season with the Wuppertal Sinfonieorchester, once again led by Christian Vásquez, on April 6 and 7, 2025. The soloist, naturally, is always Juan Ferrer, to whom it is dedicated the concerto.

Christian Vásquez was chief conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra between 2013 and 2019, and principal guest conductor of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra between 2010 and 2013 and of the Het Gelders Orkest from 2015 to 2020. He is currently associate conductor of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and conductor musical of the Juan Jose Landaeta Orchestra, belonging to the SISTEMA of Venezuela. Vásquez has worked with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Orchester de la Suisse Romande, Vienna Radio Symphony, Salzburg Camerata, Russian State Symphony, Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse, Galician Symphony, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Sinfónica Prague Radio, Warsaw Beethoven Festival, Poznan, Rotterdam, Helsinki, Turku and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, Basel Symphony, Estonian National Orchestra, Royal Danish Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, RTE National Orchestra Ireland, Tokyo Philharmonic or Singapore Symphony. In North America he has conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, during his participation in their Young Artist Fellowship program.

Vásquez and Ferrer end premieres of Flores' clarinet concerto

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Juan Ferrer has been a guest of the Leipzig Radio Orchestra, the Liceu Orchestra of Barcelona, the Palau de les Arts of Valencia, the National Orchestra of Catalonia or the RTVE Orchestra among many others and has worked under the orders of some of the most prestigious batons: Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Sir Neville Marriner, Osmo Vänska, Guennadi Rozdestvenski, Peter Maag, James Conlon, Jesús López Cobos, Stanislaw Scrowaczewski, Dima Slobodeniouk, Gianandrea Noseda, Christoph Eschenbach, Juanjo Mena or Alberto Zedda among many others. Juan Ferrer is a Professor at the Alfonso He teaches courses in Spain, France, China, Taiwan, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Belgium, Russia, Argentina, in addition to participating in various editions of the Ibero-American Clarinet Academy in Castelo de Paiva ( Portugal). He has recorded an album with the pianist Daniel Del Pino with works dedicated to him by internationally renowned authors: Salvador Brotóns, Fernado Buide, Eduardo Soutullo, Karolis Biveinis, Octavio Vázquez, Wladimir Rosinskij and Juan Durán.