Born in 1984, in Havana, Cuba, Jose studied flute and piano at the Alejandro G. Caturla and later at Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. His flute professors at this time were Erasmo Lopez and Floraimed Fernandez, both members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Ballet and Opera Orchestras. During this period of study, he received Second Prize in Amadeo Roldan's National Flute Competition (1997) and First Prize from the National Union of Artists and Writers of Cuba in their Woodwind Competition in 2001, performing with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jorge Lopez Marin. Jose has given chamber music concerts with the violinist Evelio Tieles and Havana Player's Ensemble at the Auditorium Amadeo Roldan and Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis in Havana. He was also invited to be part of the Bach Festival 2002 in Havana giving concerts in a variety of venues such as National Theatre "Garcia Lorca" and Caturla's Concert Hall.
After auditioning in London, England, Jose was offered places at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the latter offered a full scholarship for the Bachelor of Music Degree which Jose accepted and commenced in 2003. After completion of this degree in 2007, Jose was kindly supported by the Society of Knights of the Round Table and the Innholders' Company to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music, in the Masters Programme (Orchestral Training).
During his time at Guildhall, with Philippa Davies as his main professor, Jose enjoyed training under other eminent players such as Sharon Williams, Ian Clarke, Sarah Newbold and Sam Coles. He also played with Guildhall Symphonia and Wind Orchestra conducted by Gordon Hunt, Joseph Wolfe and David Corkhill and with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir. Colin Davies, Sian Edwards, Paolo Olmi and Christopher Seaman.
Whilst a student he was invited to play with the Morley College's Orchestra and the Eureka Foundation Orchestra. During this time Jose also founded Vientus, a wind trioand gave concerts at his Conservatoire, various churches across the UK and in Tarragona, Spain (Pretori Roma). As well as this he accepted numerous invitations to perform in festivals such as Glasgow Cathedral Music Recital Series (2006), Seville Music Festival, Spain (2006), Belgrade Music Festival, Serbia (2007), Winchester Music Festival (2008), Frome Young Musicians Recital Series (2008), and Paxos International Chamber Music Festival, Greece (2008).
Jose was accepted as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (2006-2007) and as an extra player for the National Welsh Opera.
Finally, on completing his Masters, Jose was chosen to be part of the 2008-2009 Foyle Future Firsts Training Scheme with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and also given a place with the Southbank Sinfonia with whom he has enjoyed many exciting opportunities to play an extremely varied programme in a variety of venues across the UK.
Jose has performed several times as Principal and Sub Principal with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and is currently teaching at Surbiton High School and Highams Park School.
Jose currently runs a successful Cuban music workshop series which he has taken to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Oxford Flute Summer School, Philippa Davies International Flute Summer School and The Scottish International Flute Summer School.
Phantasy Op. 89
Concerto in D Minor
Sonata in A Minor
Partita in A Minor BWV 1013
Sonata in B Minor BWV 1030
Sonata in C BWV 1033
Sonata in E BWV 1035
Sonata in E Flat BWV 1031
Sonata in E Minor BWV 1034
Sonata in G Minor BWV 1020
Suite in B Minor BWV 1067
Prelude et Scherzo
Serenade in Bb for Flute, Violin and Viola
Sonata in B flat Op.4
Image for Solo Flute
Et Les Roses for Piccolo and Piano
Sonata for Flute, Harp and Viola
Fish are Jumping
Concerto in D Minor for two Flutes and Orchestra
Hungarian Phantasy Op.26
Cantabile and Presto
Sonata in A minor
Nocturno and Allegro Scherzante
Piece for Solo Flute
Concerto for Flute and Percussion
Sonata Appassionata for Solo Flute
Concerto for Piccolo
Sonata for Flute
Les Folies dâ€™Espagne
10 Arias with variations
Concerto in E Minor
Le Merle Noir
Under Milk Wood: an Opera
Calm for flute and piano
Sonata for Piccolo and Piano
Andante in C Major
Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp
Concerto in D Major
Concerto in G Major
Trouveres for Flute and Percussion
Jan Willem Nelleke
Variations on an Imaginary Theme
Etudes for Solo flute
Histoire du Tango
La muerte del Angel
Sonata in D Major
Piece en forme de Habanera
Sonatine for Flute, Viola and Harp
Concerto in D
Sonata in A Minor â€œArpeggioneâ€
Theme and Variations
Concertino for Flute (Piccolo), Viola and Double Bass
Nemesis for Flute and Vibraphone
Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino
â€œTowards The Seaâ€ for Alto Flute and Guitar
Then â€˜Was The Windâ€ for Flute, Viola and Harp
Voice for Solo Flute
Solo Fantasies in A minor, D minor and E major
Suite in A minor
Blue Guitar Sonata for Flute and Percussion (Arrangement by Zalba Smith-Slatter)
Landscape with Birds
Concerto in C for piccolo and strings
Concerto in D Major Il Gardellino
Concerto in G minor La notte
Divertimento for Flute and Piano
Mis Dos Hijos
Three cuban pieces for Flute, Double Bass and Percussion
Here are just a selection of groups Jose performs with. Click the arrow to find out more
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Led by Cuban flautist Jose Zalba-Smith, The Mañana Collective is a powerhouse of latin rhythm, playing Cuban and Brazilian music together explosively.
Formed in 2007, Tradicional Cubano specialises in authentic Cuban music.
Bringing to life the most vibrant and iconic musical sounds from the wonderful Caribbean island.
Bringing to life the great works by the legendary Argentinian Astor Piazzolla, Three To Tango is the perfect choice to spice up your special occasion. Wedding, parties and functions - let the tango spirit flow!more information
Bringing together the best of both Classical and Cuban musical worlds, the duo's electrifiyng and unique performances make them an excellent combination for recitals, masterclasses, events and educational projects.
Jose Zalba-Smith St James's Church Piccadilly197 Piccadilly, Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL
Jose Zalba-Smith Flute, Piano
Isaac Hewins Flute
So proud to accompany on of my best students. Isaac is just a wonderful player, don’t miss this! The first in our new series of school holiday lunchtime recitals, offering young people who aren’t affiliated with any of the main music colleges the opportunity to perform in this wonderful space. Programme: C. P. E Bach – Sonata in A minor, H.562 (Solo Flute) J. S Bach – Sonata in G minor BWV 1020 W. A Mozart – Flute Concerto in D Major, K. 314 II. Adagio non troppo I. Clarke – The Great Train Race for Solo Flute P. Taffanel – Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino
Jose Zalba Smith & Tradicional Cubano Humphrys Cafe, Highams Park Highams Park , Henry’s Avenue, London, IG8 9RB
Awesome to play at the Key of Life Festival. Cuba comes to Highams Park! We have a 30min slot at 4pm. Would love to see you all there. FREE ENTRY
Jose Zalba Smith & Tradicional Cubano & Special Guest Sergio Marciano St James's Church Piccadilly197 Piccadilly, Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL
Tradicional Cubano is deeply rooted in Cuban Traditional music from the 1920’s and 40’s. It’s founder, Jose Zalba-Smith, son of Javier Zalba (former member of Irakere, Cubanismo and the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra), is strongly committed to continue his father’s legacy. Javier Zalba has strong links to the band and performs with them in both Cuba and the UK. The group takes inspiration from composers such as Miguel Matamoros, Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Sindo Garay, Benny More and many more. Tradicional Cubano digs deep down to the vibrant roots of Cuban music, and the results are sensational… Latin American music simply doesn’t get any more authentic than this!