Artist Profile

A big welcome back to stunning young saxophonist Manu Brazo, who first wowed GSO audiences with his amazing virtuosity in 2017, returning by popular demand in 2019.

The orchestra is always delighted to strike up long term relationships with young soloists at the start of their international careers and our next concert on March 27 at Charterhouse, will feature Manu performing the world premier of a work written especially for him by our music director Darrell Davison.

The concerto ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ composed by Davison was inspired by the Triptych painted by Hieronymus Bosch at the end of the 15th century. It will be very exciting and the orchestra is looking forward very much to rehearsing with Manu over the next few weeks as he is such a brilliant musician.

Manu was born in Utrera, Spain in 1993. He studied in Seville at the Conservatory of Music Manuel Castillo with Juan Jimenez before coming to London to the Royal College of Music as a Sir Roger and Lady Carr Soiree d'Or Scholar .
In 2018 was appointed as a BBC Introducing Artist with a performance on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. He has performed as a soloist at the Royal Opera House, Victoria and Albert Museum, St Martin in the Fields, King's Place, Newbury Spring Festival, Teatro de la Maestranza (Seville), St James' Piccadilly, London Saxophone Festival, the Royal Academy of Arts, Alderney Festival, as well as at the Kammermussikkfest in Risor, Norway and the Aegean Arts Festival in Crete. 
Manu made his concerto debut in the UK with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra in 2016 playing the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto and the following year performed Tansy Davies's Saxophone Concerto with the London Sinfonietta. He has also played with the London City Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic, Camara Betica Orchestra and Fillarmonia Orchestra.
In 2016 Manu won the Concerto Competition at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel Castillo of Seville. The following year he was awarded the Jane Melber prize at the Royal College of Music as well as the Guildford Symphony Orchestra Jellinek Award for young soloists. He was also invited to join the London Sinfonietta Academy and to collaborate with the Youth Musician Symphony Orchestra (YMSO).

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