Alvaro Collao León (Master of Arts, Performance and Education) is a chilean saxophonist based in Vienna (AT), Artistic director of the Tarapacá international music festival and ChileSaxFest.
His Saxophone and Artistic studies have taken place in Santiago de Chile under the guidance of Miguel Villafruela in the University of Chile, in France at the Conservatoire of Bordeaux with Marie-Bernardette Charrier and in Austria at the Music of Arts Privat University of the city of Vienna with Lars Mlekusch.
He is a prize-winner of several international music competitions, such as the first Pan American Competition of Classic Saxophone Mexico D.F, the Vienna Fidelio Competition 2012 and 2014 and in the Osaka international competition 2015, the special prices Hyogo Governor awards, Vienna Performing award and "Also award" from Magazin The Sax, 2017 Michigan M-Prize competition and Startstipendium für musik und darstellende kunst 2017.
He has performed in the most important concert halls and venues in America, Asia, Africa and Europe, including the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Wien Konzerthaus, Wien Musikverein, Mozarteum grosser saal Salzburg, Vienna Volksoper, Porgy and Bess of Vienna, National concert hall of Taipei, Gasteig Concert hall in Munich, Music Academy Katowice, Bibliothèque Mériadeck France, Teatro del Lago Chile, Corpartes Chile and in festivals such as Allegro Vivo Kammermusik Festival, Wien Modern, Salzurg biennale, Wiener Festwochen, the Saxophone Festival in Buenos Aires, Vienna-SaxFest, Cervatino weeks of music from Guanajuato-Mexico, Costa Rica Saxfest, International Festival at the UNAM in Mexico City.
He is in cooperation with the ÖENM Österreich Ensemble für Neue Musik, Orchester Volkoper Wien, PHACE Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra, Avido duo and FIVE SAX.
The 'Series III' Alto is no doubt the most performing of our catalogue. It is a very accurate model in terms of tuning and emission. It offers a great richness of tone.
The Series III Soprano ensures greater playability, particularly as regards pitch and blowing.
The blowing emission of its high register extended to high G has been largely facilitated. Selecting a straight or curved neck allows to get well acquainted with it.
The 'Series III' Tenor has marked, when released in 1997, an actual revival of the great playing flexibility of the old models. This gives it an ease of playing very much appreciated by saxophonists of all levels.
The 'Super Action 80 Series II' baritone offers excellent consistency of sound over the whole register, without break-up between low and high notes.
It develops a particularly warm and mellow tone, thus sublimating the features characteristic to this instrument.
Its design and acoustic features enable it to be more than just a 'support' instrument and to play more in overtones as well as any other instrument with a more conventional range. It offers a real technical virtuosity through optimized ergonomics.