JOSÈ-LUIS ESTELLÉS, klarinetti - clarinet
JOSÉ-LUIS ESTELLÉS is a remarkably versatile musician who enjoys a lively concert career that embraces his activity as clarinettist and orchestral conductor on a rare equal strength. Celebrated for his repertoire breadth as well as his profound and captivating interpretations, he has regularly appeared in performances together with many of today’s internationally renowned instrumentalists and singers, at important festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, the USA and Japan.
In recent times, this rich variety of musical collaborations has included concerts with the Orpheus, Casals, Enesco, Artis Wien, Delian, Modigliani, Arriaga, Yokohama, Kelemen, Jousia, Arditti and Diotima string quartets, and pianists such as Colom, Martínez-Mehner, Nebolsin, Sigfridsson, Díaz-Jerez, Zabaleta, Gililov and Donohoe. As a guest concerto soloist, he has appeared with conductors such as Encinar, Pons, Colomer, Foss, González, Griffiths, Kantorow, Mena, Martínez, Kalmar, Tabachnik, Tchitchinadze and Davin amongst others, and with symphony orchestras as wide ranging as Asturias, Bilbao, Extremadura, Valencia, Granada, Salzburg, Sinfonia Varsovia, Comunidad de Madrid, JONDE, the Soloists of London, I Solisti di Perugia, etc.
José-Luis has CD recordings for Turtle Records, Emergo Classics, Audiovisuals de Sarriá, Anacrusi, Naxos, Verso, Musikene, Komponisten Polyphonie, Kairos and Ibs Classical labels, and has also become a prominent performer in new music. He has devoted much thought, time and energy in premiering contemporary solo and chamber repertoire, both as a soloist and in forming the ensembles Grupo Manon and TAiMAgranada. He has given first performances of clarinet concertos by López López, Zavala, Soutullo and works by Aracil, Camarero, Dorfman, García Román, Lara, de Pablo, del Puerto, Rueda, Sánchez Verdú, Sanz-Burguete, Sotelo, Soutullo, Torres, Turina, etc.
He has held the position of principal clarinettist of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada since 1991, collaborating with other major orchestras in Spain, England, Belgium and Germany.
Due to his keen interest in teaching, he has given frequent master classes in England, France, Switzerland, Holland, Slovakia, Portugal, Germany and Finland. José Luis Estellés is the clarinet professor at Musikene -Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco- since its creation in 2001. He is also a regular guest teacher at Rotterdams Conservatorium (Holland). He has been a jury member for, amongst others, the prestigious ARD Musikwettwerb (Munich) and Aeolus Internationaler Bläserwettbewer (Düsseldorf).
As an orchestral conductor, José-Luis Estellés conducted chamber ensembles and performing scores by the forefront contemporary composers and later expanded the range of his repertoire from symphonic to opera. He has has appeared in Spain, England, Belgium, France, Bulgary and Mexico, performing also sometimes as director-soloist. He has collaborated with soloists such as Ute Lemper, Ana Ma Sánchez, Manuel Lanza, Simón Orfila, Tenebrae Vocal Soloists, Mary Carewe, Elizabeth Atherton and José Ferrero. He was also music director for the world premiere recording of the long neglected opera by Pablo Sorozabal “Juan José”.