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Awards and destinations


The success of the School is the success of its former students. Our more than 750 alumni, from 63 different nationalities, live and work in 200 cities of 41 countries.

These are some of their latest news:

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Clarinet Carlos Ferreira

Carlos Ferreira, who studied at the School with professor Michel Arrignon between 2014 and 2016, has obtained the position of clarinet soloist at the French National Orchestra.

He joins the latter from his principal position of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also been a member of the National Orchestra of Lille (France) and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (Monaco), and as an academician, that of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Among other awards, Carlos won in 2018 third prize at the Geneva Competition and in 2019 second prize at the 68th ARD International Music Competition.

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Chamber Music Cibrán Sierra

Cibrán Sierra, member of the Quiroga Quartet established at the School under the guidance of Rainer Schmidt, will be joining the Mozarteum University of Salzburg (Austria) as a Professor of Chamber Music on the 2020-2021 academic year.

Cibrán, winner of the 2018 National Music Award in the category of performance along with the Quiroga Quartet, has until now held the chair of string quartet and chamber music at the Conservatory of Aragón.

As part of his strong commitment as a citizen, he often participates in dissemination programmes. He founded and conducted the “Sen Batuta” chamber music cycle (Ourense, 2007-2013). An active researcher, he regularly publishes articles and essays on chamber music, programming and music education and he is the author of the book “El Cuarteto de Cuerda: Laboratorio para una sociedad ilustrada” (Alianza Editorial, 2014).

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Cello Pablo Ferrández

Pablo Ferrández, who studied at the School with professor Natalia Shakovskaya between 2004 and 2011, has signed an exclusive multi album contract with SONY Classical. The first of the recordings will be released in January 2021.

Pablo will be making his debut next season with La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Festival Strings Luzern, and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, among others. He will also perform again with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra at the Elbphilharmonie, the RAI, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, that of the Balearic Islands and the Orchestra of the Basque Country. He will also be artist-in-residence at the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife.