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FELIPE ANTONIO (SP)




FELIPE ANTONIO (SP)
Antonio Felipe Belijar (Madrid 1978) began his musical studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid when he was seven, concluding his career with the Honour Prize in Saxophone.

He was awarded with several prizes, between those:

– First Prize at the 2nd International Competition for Young Soloists category B- (under 19 years old), celebrated in Alicante in 1995.
– First Prize and Special Prize at the 3rd International Competition for Young Soloists (up to the ageof 25), in 1996.
– Second Prize at the 4th International Competition “Villa de San Juan” (age limit 30 years) moreover, obtaining Special Prize (for best saxophonist below 20) too.

– First Prize at the 1st Saxophone Competition“Villa de Benidorm”, celebrated in 1999.
– First Prize at the 14th Music Competition “Pacem in Terris” (2001), in Bayreuth, Germany.
– Third Prize and Prix de la Province de Liegè at the 3rd International Competition Adolphe Sax (2002), celebrated in Dinant (Belgium).
– Second Prize at the 4th International Competition Adolphe Sax (2006), celebrated in Dinant (Belgium).
– First Prize at the 1st Yamaha International Competition for Saxophone Quartet with Octavia saxophone quartet.
– Second Prize at “Pedro Bote” Chamber Music Competition (2009) with Octavia saxophone quartet.
– First Prize at “9th Mirabent I Magrans” chamber music competition (2011) with Octavia saxophone quartet.
He attended courses given by Caude Delangle, Jean-Marie Londeix, Nobuya Sugawa, Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, Jean-Denis Michat and Serge Bichon.

He has played solo concerts with orchestra in Spain, Germany, Portugal and Belgium

He has performed with orchestras like Radio Televisión Española (ORTVE), Orquesta de Cámara Andrés Segovia, Comunidad de Madrid and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchester, with the conductors David Shallon, Esa-Pekka Saloen, Donald Runnicles and Christoph Eschenbach.

In 2005 he collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen for the recording of Knabenduett , together with Julien Petit.(cd n. 78 ed. Stockhausen).
Selmer Paris chose him for the “1er Tremplin Jeunes 2002-2003”.
He is teaching and giving regularly master classes in Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Deeply interested in violin repertoire he dedicates also to transcribe and play with the saxophone important compositions for this instrument. His transcriptions are always caracterized by a high fidelity to the original, even when the performance requires some confidence with the altissimo register.

He is member and musical director of Sax Antiqua, a group of saxophone specialized in Ancient Music repertoire.

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