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Estela Briceño Mezquita

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About Estela

Versatile & Passionate artist. Repertoire from baroque to XXI music, including crossover. 20+ years of performance experience!
Alto Saxophonist
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In 2007, Estela graduated from Conservatori J. Rodrigo de València (Spain) with a Bachelor in classical saxophone performance and a Bachelor in viola performance, obtaining the highest grades in Viola, Saxophone and Chamber Music. In 2012, she obtained her music Bachelor's degree in viola performance from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Estela graduated from HKU Utrecht Conservatorium with a Master's degree in viola performance (2019) and in saxophone performance (2018). Estela has shared her talents with multiple orchestras as Asko|Schönberg ensemble, Het Brabants Orkest (The Netherlands) and Navarra Symphony Orchestra (Spain), among others. Currently, Estela plays in various chamber music ensembles and symphonic orchestras as a freelance viola player and saxophone player as with Noord Nederlands Orkest, Metropole Orkest, and Philarmonie Zuid Nederland (The Netherlands) performing internationally in Argentina, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, U.K, France and The Netherlands. Estela is a member of the Dicophonic orchestra. Estela combines her orchestral playing with her own chamber music projects. Estela is a member of Chamber9 (combo jazz+string quartet), 2 in 1 (her sax & viola solo project ), Stille trio (flute, harp & viola), Meraki Duo (saxophone & piano) and Bonalma Quartet (string quartet). Her performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, together with George Benson in 2009 and with Benjamin Hermann in 2012 demonstrates her interest for crossover. Estela is playing on a viola made in 2020 by Daniël Royé and on a saxophone Selmer super action 80 Serie II with Mark VII silver neck.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
World music, Spanish music, Tango, Ska, Salsa, Latin, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Punk rock, Indie, Pop, Covers, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Disco, Funk, Soul, Vintage, R&B, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Dixieland, Blues, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Traditional church music, Folk
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Music therapy, Arranger, Composer, Transcription, Live looping
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Song list

Saxophone
J.S. Bach, cello suites
R. Schumann, marchenbielder op113.
R. Schumann, 3 romanzen op.94
C. Debussy, Rhapsody for orchestra and saxophone
F. Schmitt, Légende, Op. 66
A. Glazunov, Concerto in E♭ major for alto saxophone
Lars-Erik Larsson, Saxophone Concerto, Op. 14
J. Ibert, Concertino da camera
E. Coates, Saxo Rhapsody
D. Milhaud, Scaramouche for alto saxophone
F. Martin, Ballade for Saxophone and Orchestra
H. Tomasi, Ballade for alto saxophone
F. Decruck, Sonata in C♯ for alto saxophone and orchestra
P. Bonneau, Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra
P. Creston, Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra (or band), Op. 26
H. Tomasi, Concerto for alto saxophone
P. Maurice, Tableaux de Provence
Jean-Baptiste Singelée, Caprice, Op. 80, for Soprano Saxophone and Piano
E. Bozza, Aria for alto saxophone and piano
B. Heiden, Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano
C. Koechlin, Etudes (15) for Saxophone and Piano, Op. 188
P. Hindemith, Sonata for Alto Horn (or Alto Saxophone) and Piano
G. Scelsi, Three Pieces for Soprano Saxophone
L. Berio, Sequenza VIIb for Soprano Saxophone (adaptation by Claude Delangle in 1993)
P. Glass, Melodies for Saxophone
Viola
Bach, J.S., Suites for Violoncello Solo, BWV 1007-1012 - transcription for viola
Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 – transcription for viola
Reger, Max – 3 Suites, Op. 131d
Vieuxtemps, Henri – Capriccio 'Hommage à Paganini', Op. 55
Beethoven, Ludwig van – Notturno for Viola and Piano, Op.42
Behrens, Albert - Melodie (No. 2) from 3 Stücke für Viola Alta, Op. 4
Bossi, Marco Enrico – Romanza, Op.89
Brahms, Johannes - 2 Clarinet (or Viola) Sonatas, Op. 120
Enescu - Concertstück
Glazunov, Aleksandr - Elegia, Op. 44
Glinka, Mikhail Ivanovich – Viola Sonata in D minor
Onslow, Georges - Viola Sonata, Op. 16, No. 2
Rubinstein, Anton – Viola Sonata, Op. 49
Schumann, Robert - Märchenbilder, Op. 113
Vieuxtemps, Henri
Elegie, Op. 30
Saint-Saëns - Le Cygne
Bach, J.S.
Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Clavier, BWV 1027-1029
Bruch, Max
Romanze, Op.85
Bax, Arnold - Elegiac Trio for flute, viola and harp
Debussy, Claude – Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – Trio in Eb Major for Clarinet, Viola and Piano “Kegelstatt”, K.498
Brahms, Johannes - Clarinet Quintet, Op.115 (Brahms, Johannes) (Alternate Clarinet Part for Viola)
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – Clarinet Quintet, K.581
Paganini, Niccolò - Sonata per la Grand Viola
Schubert, Franz – Quartet for Flute, Guitar, Viola and Cello, D.96
Schubert, Franz – Trio for Strings, D.471
Orchestra
Beethoven, all symphonies
Mozart,all symphonies
Haydn, all symphonies
Brahms, all symphonies
Shostakovich, all symphonies
Covers,
Jazz standards, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Amstrong, George Benson...
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My passion while performing and the good vibe and connection with the audience. The co-creation of a lovely mjusical experience

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

NL: Concertgebow, De Doelen, Zuidenstrad theather, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Bimhuis, Ziggo Dome, Chassé Theater, Effenaar, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, De Oosterpoort, Dr. Anton Philipszaal, Ahoy, TivoliVredenburg, Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, ES:Palau de la Música Catalana, L'auditori, Auditori Castello de la Plana, Teatro Princesa,Teatro Bellas Artes

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

C. Adderley, S. Getz, E. Fitzgerald, N. Simone, F. Sinatra, Nat K. Cole, G. Benson, T. Zimmerman, M. Zemtsov, The Beatles...

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I have shared the stage with George Benson. Be part of his band was very special to me

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run-up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

No, I can't.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically. When mics are needed we will discuss the options a prior

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of €30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times and preparation time.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£220
Up to 2 hours£440
Up to 3 hours£660
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Aleix B, 9 months ago

Such a delightful performance, Estela! Full of passion and colors. Looking forward to listening again to your lovely playing. Thanks for the invitation! A.

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Carolina G, 1 year ago

Thank you very much for your beautiful playing. Your music added a very special and unique atmosphere to our event