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Jose Zalba-Smith (Flute) Profile

Jose's orchestral work includes

  • Aldeburgh Music Festival (guest principal)
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales (principal & sub-principal)
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (sub-principal / piccolo)
  • Cuban National Symphony Orchestra
  • Guildhall Concert Orchestra (principal / conductor)
  • Guildhall Symphony Orchestra
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra (Foyle Future First Scheme)
  • London Symphony Orchestra (Discovery Projects)
  • National Theatre (solo)
  • National Youth Orchestra of Spain - JONDE
  • Southbank Sinfonia (sub-principal / piccolo)
  • The Manana Collective
  • Welsh National Opera (principal)

Jose was born in 1984, in Havana, Cuba. He studied flute and piano at the Alejandro G. Caturla and later at Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. His flute professors at this time were Erasmo Lopez and Floraimed Fernandez, both members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Ballet and Opera Orchestras.

After auditioning in London, Jose was offered places at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the latter offered a full scholarship for the Bachelor of Music Degree which Jose accepted and commenced in 2003.

After completion of this degree in 2007, Jose was kindly supported by the Society of Knights of the Round Table and the Innholders' Company to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music, in their Masters Programme.

During his time at Guildhall, with Philippa Davies as his main professor, Jose enjoyed training under other eminent players such as Sharon Williams, Ian Clarke, Sarah Newbold and Sam Coles. He accepted numerous invitations to perform in festivals such as Glasgow Cathedral Music Recital Series (2006), Seville Music Festival, Spain (2006), Belgrade Music Festival, Serbia (2007), Winchester Music Festival (2008), Frome Young Musicians Recital Series (2008), and Paxos International Chamber Music Festival, Greece (2008). Jose was accepted as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (2006-2007) and as an extra player for the National Welsh Opera.

Finally, on completing his Masters, Jose was chosen to be part of the 2008-2009 Foyle Future Firsts Training Scheme with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and also given a place with the Southbank Sinfonia with whom he has enjoyed many exciting opportunities to play an extremely varied programme in a variety of venues across the UK.

Jose has performed several times with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly works with orchestras across the UK. He was flautist for Under Milk Wood: an Opera by John Metcalf in the 2014 tour of Wales. Jose is currently teaching at Surbiton High School and Highams Park School.

Jose is also in demand as a Latin/Cuban flautist performing with several Salsa bands across the country and The Manana Collective which he also founded. He runs a successful Cuban music workshop series which he has taken to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Flute Summer School, Philippa Davies International Flute Summer School and The Scottish International Flute Summer School.

EDUCATION

Graduate studies

  • 2007-2008: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, MMus (performance / orchestral training).
  • 2003-2006: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, BMus (hons).
  • 1999-2003: Amadeo Roldan Conservatoire, Havana, Cuba.

Prizes and Awards

  • 2010: Concordia Foundation Artist
  • 2008: BFS 3rd prize; British Flute Society International Competition
  • 2007-8: Supported by The Honourable Society of Knights of the Round Table and The Worshipful Company of Innholders
  • 2006: Award Winner of the The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers and The Honourable Society of Knights of the Round Table
  • 2005: Award by the Royal Philharmonic Society "Sir John Barbirolli Foundation"
  • 2003: Second Prize "National Chamber Music Competition", Havana, Cuba
  • 2001: First Prize "International Woodwind Competition UNEAC", Havana, Cuba

Teachers

Phillipa Davies, Ian Clarke, Sharon Williams, Sam Coles, Floraimed Fernandez, Erasmo Lopez.

Jose joined Morgensterns in November 2016

Jose's web profile was last updated 20th Aug 2017

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Jose Zalba-Smith (Flute) Profile

Education/Outreach experience

  • 2015: Traditional Cuban Music Masterclasses and Workshops at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • 2014: Traditional Cuban Music Masterclasses and Workshops at the Birmingham Conservatoire
  • 2013: Traditional Cuban Music Masterclasses and Workshops at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
  • 2012: Traditional Cuban Music Masterclasses and Workshops at the Oxford Flute Summer Course, Scottish International Flute School & Philippa Davies's Summer Course
  • 2011-12: Traditional Cuban Music Masterclasses and Workshops at the Benslow Music Trust Summer Courses
  • 2010: Traditional Cuban Music Workshops at Purcell School, Bushey
  • 2009: Various Workshops and Education projects accross the UK with the Southbank Sinfonia
  • 2008-09: Educational Project 'Have a go Sessions' as a member of the Foyle Future First Scheme, London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2008: Cuban Music workshops at Blue Gate School, Bethnal Green, London
  • 2008: Wigmore Chamber Tots as part of the Kariosa Ensemble

Teaching experience

  • 2016: Highams Park School: Flute and Piano teacher
  • 2012: Flute teacher at Surbiton High School
  • 2012: Professor of Flute at St Aloysius College, Highgate, London
  • 2011: Professor at Newham College of Further Education, Stratford, London (Flute / Piano / Music Theory)
  • 2008: Professor of Flute at Corkthorpe School, Oxford
  • 2008: Professor of Flute at the Hillingdon Music Centre
  • 2007: Professor of Flute and Electric Keyboards at Highams Park Secondary School
  • 2004-: Tutor for ABRSM, Trinity, Guildhall Syllabus and Theory Grade Exams

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Jose Zalba-Smith (Flute) Profile

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Jose Zalba-Smith (Flute) Profile

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