About the School
Who We Are
Encounter of Santander
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:
In November 2019 Xavier Inchausti was appointed concertmaster of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra. Inchausti was a student at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Telefónica Violin Chair with Professor Ana Chumachenco. In June 2013 Her Majesty Queen Sofía handed him the Diploma to the most outstanding student of his chair.
He has been soloist in the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the National Symphonies of Argentine, Sodre, Berlin, Chile, Ukraine and Moscow, the Musikverein Pressbaum, and the Sarajevo Philharmonic.
Carlos Ferreira, from 2015 to 2016, student at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Clarinet Chair with Professor Michel Arrignon, was awarded second prize at the ARD International Competition in September 2019 and obtained the main clarinet position in the Philharmonia Orchestra of London in November 2019.
Ferreira has been a member of the National Orchestra of Lille, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and as an academician, that of the Het Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. He has also collaborated with several orchestral and chamber music ensembles such as Fundaçao Orquestra Estúdio – Guimarães, as part of the European Capital of Culture 2012, and he is founder of the Èclatant Ensemble.
In October 2019 Asier Polo received the National Music Award in the performance category, being the second National Music Award that an alumnus of the School receives, together with the Casals Quartet. Polo has also obtained the position of Professor at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland).
Polo has developed a solid career as international soloist and has given classes at Musikene, San Sebastian. He has participated in international courses of different countries with professors such as Rostropovitch, and from 1993 to 1995 he was a student of the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Cello Chair.
Paula García Morales has been a member of the Spanish National Orchestra and Choir since September 2019, having obtained a position in the viola section.
From 2010 to 2014, she studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Fundación BBVA Viola Chair with professor Diemut Poppen. In June 2013 Her Majesty Queen Sofía handed her the Diploma to the most outstanding student of her chair. She has also been awarded the City of Toledo Prize in the 7th Toledo Regional Competition for String Instruments, among others.
In July 2019 Lola Descours was awarded fourth prize at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. From 2016 to 2017 Descours studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Fagot Chair with professor Gustavo Núñez.
Since 2017, she has been soloist in the Oper Frankfurt in Germany and has played as such on several occasions, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Paris Chamber Orchestra. She has also collaborated with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Dissonances, Spira Mirabilis and the European Camerata. She is founder of the Paris-Dresden Ensemble along with other musicians from the Paris Opera, and member of prestigious ensembles, including the Moragues Quintet, Aquilon Quintet, Pasticcio Barocco and the Quatuor Zaide.
Joaquín Arrabal has been soloist in the Orchestra of the Gran Teatro del Liceu since May 2019. From 2010 to 2013 he was a student at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Unidad Editorial Double Bass Chair with professor Duncan McTier. In June 2012 Her Majesty Queen Sofía handed him the Diploma to the most outstanding student of his chair.
Since 2017, he is professor at the Conservatori del Liceu. Before joining the Liceu Orchestra as soloist in 2015, he was a member of the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra (2014). He was also part of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE) and in 2012 he played with the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). In 2013 he became a soloist in the Santiago de Chile’s Teatro Municipal Orchestra and in 2012 he participated in the Santander Music and Academy Encounter.