“The music is clearly manifested in her personality and charged with overwhelming energy."
"Fantastic and incredible, when you play you make every musical phrase, you are inside the music, every
gesture and every movement is of pure and natural expression." György Kurtág
Xelo Giner began her studies with professors Jose Luis Peris, Pedro Iturralde, Javier De La Vega, Andrés Gomis and later, she was awarded a scholarship by the IVM, the French Ministry and the A.I.E.
She studied saxophone at the National Conservatory of Bordeaux (France) with the pedagogues and concert musicians Jean-Marie Londeix and Marie-Bernardette Charrier, obtaining a Gold Medal with unanimity, Jury Congratulations (France 1998-99) and the Medal of Honor of the Ville de Bordeaux (1999-2000). She was later awarded in the International Interpreting Competitions: Tim, Pedro Bote, Allegro and Gustav Bumker from Germany.
Xelo Giner's work aims to reflect the timelessness and universality of artistic expression. More accurately, humane and latent artistic expression: music through the interpretation, creation and dissemination of live musical performance.
As a versatile musician she integrates several facets into her performing: soloistic, chamber music, mixed electroacoustic music, multidisciplinary projects, interaction with installations of sound sculptures, audiovisuals, live video and contemporary improvisation. Some of her latest works place her at the fore of avant-garde music both in her home country of Spain and internationally. Xelo's extensive repertoire extends from original classical compositions to transcriptions, contemporary works and more recent commissions.
The research and interpretation of contemporary music brought her closer to great composers who strongly influenced her musical career: G. Kurtág, G.Scelsi, I. Xenakis, H. Lanchemann, G. Grisey, T. Hosokawa, J. Cage, M. Lindberg, I. Malec, S. Gubaidulina, G. Aperguis, K. Stockhausen, JM Lopez, J. M. Sanchez-Verdú, Ph. Hurel, L. Berio… She has given the national premieres of I. Xenakis, P Niblock, A. Curran, M. Sotelo, B. Furrer, H. Lanchenman, G. Kurtág, F. Guerrero, S. Steen Andersen, E. Poppe, P. Jodlowsky, S.Gubaidulina, R. Lazkano, among others.
Premiere highlights include, Concerto for solo baritone saxophone and Instrumental group by the composer Joan Guinjoan at the Festival of Música Contemporánea de Cordoba and at the National Auditorium of Catalonia, along with works dedicated to her from such composers as J. Manuel Lopez, F. Rossé, J. Torres, R. Climent, A. Gadner, J. Rueda, V. Garcia, H. Hirayama, S. Klaverdal, I. Urrutia, Y. Takenaka, A. Bernal, E. Barroso, C. Perales, C. Satué, A. Arroyo, A. Charles, R. Garcia Tomás, highlighting an extensive repertoire of Works for saxophone and electro acoustics.
As a soloist, Xelo Ginger performs concerts throughout Spain, Japan, England, Canada, France, Portugal, Mexico, Switzerland, China, Germany and Italy. In 2016 she was invited by the composer György Kurtág, to a tribute concert at the Palace of arts in Budapest (Hungary), in honour of the composers 90th birthday.
On a national level, Xelo has developed into an active soloist, with concerts organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ivm, Cdmc, National Auditorium, National Auditorium of Catalonia, Sgae, Lea, Phonos, Kutxa, Amee, National Auditorium of Catalonia, Palau de la Música de Valencia, Teatro Principal de Valencia, Teatro Galileo de Madrid, University of Alcalá de Henares, University of Valencia, University of Barcelona, Cervantes Institute and the French Institute, some of the highlights.
On an international level she has performed concerts and given master classes at the University of Parma, Italy, University of Aveiro, Portugal and the University of Tokyo. Other highlights include participation in the Contemporary Music Festivals of Alicante, Forum Walis Switzerland, Palace of arts in Budapest, International computer Music conference 2005, Ensems, CNDM, Lem, Avuí Music, Mostra Sonora, La musique d'aujourd'hui, International Congress of Contemporary Music and Technologies (CIMTEC), Keroxen de Tenerife, World Congress of the Montreal and Strasbourg saxophone, Vostell Museum, Rafel Festival, Bernaola de Vitoria, Kuraia Bilbao IV, After Cage Festival of Pamplona, DB Radical, Museum of Contemporary Art of Bayonne, Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux, CMMAS of Morelia-Mexico, Guggenheim of Bilbao, Cervantes Institute of Berlin and the House of the Suono of Parma, among others.
Xelo regularly guests with the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana under the baton of directors Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Roberto Abbado and Christopher Franklin. Other guest appearances include the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, RTVE Orchestra, Bordeaux National Orchestra, Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Pablo Sarasate de Navarra and the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.
She has been a member of the International Youth Wind Orchestra and is a former solo saxophone of the Municipal Band of Barcelona. Xelo Ginger is a member and co founder of the chamber music groups Equilater Ensemble with Sisco Aparici and Pedro Castaño, Cseallox with cellist Kazuhisa Ogawa, Sonodualis with mezzo-soprano Sara Almazán, Ensemble d'Arts with violinist Jenny Guerra and Miguel Angel Berbis and the Ánemos trio, with Alessandra Rombolá and Pilar Fontalba.
Xelo Giner's discography includes two solo CDs, one of them sponsored by Phonos, the Ministry of Culture, Generalitat de Catalunya and the Sgae, and the last one with Naxos label.
On a pedagogic level she is a former professor at the Superior Conservatory Navarra and Conservatory of Music Aragón. Masterclasses include Tokyo, Japan, University of Aveiro, University of Manchester, University of Parma and advanced courses organised by the UNED, the Basque Government, the Generalitat Valenciana, Conservatory of Extremadura and the regular summer courses "Cursos de alt rendiment "in Ontiyent-Valencia and Forum Musikae organised by the University Alfonso X el Sabio.
Xelo Giner is Professor of saxophone at the High School of Music of High Performance, Valencia ESMAR.
Each interpretation must keep its nature, at the time of each interpretation, the conscious and the subconscious, the rational and the intuitive come together. Barenboim, 2002
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