After finishing his studies in Spain, he attended the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp where he studied clarinet with Walter Boeykens and bass clarinet with Jan Guns, obtaining the highest distinction in both instances and chamber music. Following this, he obtained a scholarship to study with Andrew Marriner on the Postgraduate Course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, from which he graduated in 1996 with Diploma of Advanced Studies with Merit and LRAM (Teaching Diploma). He has also participated in master classes with Wolfgang Meyer,Antony Pay,Colin Bradbury,Joan Enric Lluna,Michael Collins and Josef Horack (bass clarinet). In September 1996 he became a Fellowship Student of the Toho Orchestra Academy in Japan. A keen player of contemporary music, Iigo Alonso has been a member of the Aquarius Ensemble in Holland, Champ D'Action in Belgium, and the UK based Composers Ensemble and The New Music Players. In Spain, he has played in the Asturias Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra and Liceo Theatre Orchestra. In July 1994 he was successful in gaining the place of principal clarinet doubling bass clarinet in the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan, and the following year in the Festival of Evian Orchestra in France. Whilst living in Belgium, Inigo was clarinet/bass clarinet in the orchestra Il Noveccento, and in the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, with whom he made several recordings. In May of 2000 he was invited to perform with Belgium Radio Television at the Gulbenkian Festival in Portugal. Conductors he has worked under include Michael TilsonThomas, Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, Tadaaki Otaka and Jerzy Semkow. He has been playing with the Moscow City Ballet English Touring Orchestra and The Opera Group in UK and deFilharmonie Orchestra of Antwerp in Belgium.As a chamber musician Iigo has performed throughout Europe with different ensembles and in 1995 was invited to perform at the First Encounters of Chamber Music in Paris. Founder member of Trio Bernaola (clarinet, cello, piano), he has participated in festivals such as San Sebastin Quincena Musical (broadcast by Radio Nacional de Espaa), Martes Musicales in Vitoria, Lejona Semana de Musica Contemporanea and Festival A Tempo in Venezuela as well as appearing in the UK on a frequent basis. In 2002 the trio was invited to the Festival Msica XXI in Rome and the International Contemporary Music Festival of Alicante. Together they have recorded a CD with music by the most prominent Basque composers. In 2000 he gave the premiere of the bass clarinet concerto by K. Vlaak in Spain and returned in November 2002 to premiere Nino Diazs Octubre. Future plans include another world premiere of James Gadners concerto Unlearned Lines for bass clarinet and wind orchestra, Nino Diazs concerto for bass clarinet and string orchestra and several recitals in UK and Spain. I currently hold the post of clarinet and saxophone teacher at St. Aloysius College in Highgate. Other teaching positions over the last few years have included deputy teaching at Kings College London, Frensham Summer School Language and Music for Life, Dartington Summer School as well as private tuition and masterclasses at Bath University, Simon Bolivar University and at Vitoria Conservatoire in Spain.
Inigo Alonso's Qualifications
EDUCATION Toho Gakuen Orchestral Academy, Tokyo, Sept/Dec 1996 Fellowship Student Royal Academy of Music, London, 1995/96 Diploma of Advanced Studies with Merit. LRAM (Teaching Diploma). Professor: Andrew Marriner Royal Flemish Conservatory, Antwerp, 1992/95 Higher Diploma, Clarinet (Greatest Distinction). Professor: Walter Boeykens First Prize, Bass Clarinet (Great Distinction). Professor: Jan Guns Higher Diploma in Chamber Music. Professor: Louis Gilis Bilbao Conservatory, Bilbao, 1989/92 Performance Diploma, Clarinet. Professor: Florian Popa Jesus Guridi Conservatory, Spain, 1978/89 Teaching Diploma, Clarinet. Professor: Juan Laorden MASTERCLASS PARTICIPATION Clarinet. Michael Collins (UK), Joan Enric Lluna (Spain), Walter Boeykens (France), Wolfgang Meyer (Spain), Colin Bradbury (Spain), Antony Pay (Italy) Bass clarinet. Josef Horak (Belgium) Chamber Music. Muller Feyrabend (France)
Inigo Alonso's Expertise
Clarinet, Bass clarinet and Saxophone all levels and ages. From Classical to Contemporary and Jazz.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE Clarinet/Saxophone teacher, St Aloysius College (UK), 2006 Clarinet master classes, Bath University (UK), 2006 Clarinet/Bass Clarinet masterclasses, University Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), 2004 Clarinet/Bass Clarinet masterclasses, Language and Music for Life Summer School (UK), since 1999 Clarinet and Bass Clarinet masterclasses at Jesus Guridi Conservatory (Spain), 1999 Clarinet teacher at the Buitrago Music School (Spain), 19992000 Masterclasses and coaching at the Dartington International Summer Course (UK), 19992000 Deputy clarinet teacher, Kings College of London (UK), 1998 Assistant teacher at Vitoria Conservatory (Spain), 19891990