Jose Zalba-Smith Flautist

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About

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.

Foyle Future First Member with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-09
Supported by the Rampton
Family Trust, The Society of Knights
of the Round Table, The Innholders', Leathersellers' and Cordwainers' Companies.
Grant from Sir John
Barbirolli Memorial Foundation, Royal Philharmonic Society.
Third Prize BFS Founders Prize
by the British Flute Society Silver Jubilee Competition (2008)

Repertoire

A. Alen

Sonata

M. Arnold

Phantasy Op. 89

C.P.E. Bach

Concerto in D Minor

Sonata in A Minor

J.S. Bach

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

H. Büser

Prelude et Scherzo

L.van Beethoven

Serenade in Bb for Flute, Violin and Viola

Sonata in B flat Op.4

E. Bozza

Image for Solo Flute

I. Clarke

Orange Dawn

Zoom Tube

E. Damare

L’oiseau Et Les Roses for Piccolo and Piano

C. Debussy

Sonata for Flute, Harp and Viola

Syrinx

R. Dick

Fish are Jumping

F. Doppler

Concerto in D Minor for two Flutes and Orchestra

Hungarian Phantasy Op.26

H. Dutilleux

Sonatina

G. Enescu

Cantabile and Allegro

G. Faure

Fantasie Op.79

C. Franck

Sonata in A minor

P. Gaubert

Nocturno and Allegro Scherzante

Sonata

R. Gerhard

Cappriccio

P. Hindemith

Sonata

J. Ibert

Flute Concerto

Piece for Solo Flute

A. Jolivet

Concerto for Flute and Percussion

S. Karg-Elert

Sonata Appassionata for Solo Flute

L. Liebermann

Concerto for Piccolo

Sonata for Flute

M. Marais

Les Folies d’Espagne

F. Martin

Ballade

S. Mercadante

10 Arias with variations

Concerto in E Minor

O. Messiaen

Le Merle Noir

J. Metcalf

Under Milk Wood: an Opera

John Metcalf

Under Milk Wood: the Opera

M. Mower

Sonata for Piccolo and Piano

Sonata Latino

W.A. Mozart

Andante in C Major

Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp

Concerto in D Major

Concerto in G Major

J.W. Nelleke

Trouveres for Flute and Percussion

O. Nielsen

Concerto

A. Piazzolla

Estaciones Portenas

Etudes for Solo flute

Histoire du Tango

La muerte del Angel

Libertango

S. Profofiev

Sonata in D Major

M. Ravel

Piece en forme de Habanera

Sonatine for Flute, Viola and Harp

S. Reich

Vermont Counterpoint

C. Reinecke

Concerto in D

Sonata Undine

P. Sancan

Sonatina

F. Schubert

Sonata in A Minor “Arpeggione”

Theme and Variations

J. Schulhof

Concertino for Flute (Piccolo), Viola and Double Bass

Sonata

A. Scott

Nemesis for Flute and Vibraphone

P. Taffanel

Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino

T. Takemitsu

“Towards The Sea” for Alto Flute and Guitar

Then ‘Was The Wind” for Flute, Viola and Harp

Voice for Solo Flute

G.P. Teleman

Solo Fantasies in A minor, D minor and E major

Suite in A minor

M. Tippett

Blue Guitar Sonata for Flute and Percussion (Arrangement by Zalba Smith-Slatter)

P. Vasks

Landscape with Birds

A. Vivaldi

Concerto in C for piccolo and strings

Concerto in D Major Il Gardellino

Concerto in G minor La notte

J. Zalba

Burbujas

Guaracha

Mis Dos Hijos

Pieza Concertante

Three cuban pieces for Flute, Double Bass and Percussion

Zaida (Danzon)

Ensembles

Here are just a selection of groups Jose performs with. Click the arrow to find out more

The Mañana Collective

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Tradicional
Cubano

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Flute & Piano Duo

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Three To Tango

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Flute & Guitar Duo

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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.


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Tradicional
Cubano

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.


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Photo by Jimmy Baikovicius

Three To Tango

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!

Flute & Guitar Duo

Jose Zalba-Smith & Andreas Moutsioulis


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.

Audio

Diary

23rd

September 2016

1:00pm

Jose Zalba Smith & father Javier Zalba --2016 TOUR-- Tradicional Cubano Royal Welsh College of Music and DramaCastle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3ER, Wales

Tickets: TBC

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

Javier Zalba Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Our annual visit to the College, this time with even more exciting Cuban traditional music. Come and join us!

24th

September 2016

8:00pm

Jose Zalba Smith & father Javier Zalba --2016 TOUR-- with The Mañana Collective Acapela Studio, CardiffCastle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3ER, Wales

Tickets: £12.50

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

Javier Zalba Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

James Clark Piano

Pete Komor Double Bass

Rod Oughton Drums

Best night of Latin Jazz and modern salsa in town! Hello Wales, come and join us for an exceptional evening!

25th

September 2016

8:00pm

Jose Zalba Smith & father Javier Zalba --2016 TOUR-- with The Mañana Collective The Watson’s General Telegraph 108 Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 0RS

Tickets: FREE

Zands Duggan Hand Percussion

Rod Oughton Drums

Pete Komor Double Bass

James Clark Piano

Javier Zalba Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

We return to this awesome venue! Best Latin Jazz group in town. Do come and join us if you are in the area!

28th

September 2016

7:30pm

Jose Zalba Smith & father Javier Zalba --2016 TOUR-- Tradicional Cubano The Alexander Centre, Faversham15-17 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NZ

Javier Zalba Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

An exciting evening with Tradicional Cubano and special guests. A bigger band this time!! More to follow..

29th

September 2016

8:00pm

Jose Zalba Smith & father Javier Zalba --2016 TOUR-- Tradicional Cubano The Duke of Cumberland, WhitstableHigh Street, Whitstable , Kent, CT5 1AP

Tickets: TBC

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

Javier Zalba Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

We come back to beautiful Whitstable. Come and dance with us at this fantastic venue! More details to follow.

30th

September 2016

7:30pm

Jose Zalba Smith & father Javier Zalba --2016 TOUR-- Tradicional Cubano The Blitz, WalthamstowRavenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 9HQ

Tickets: TBC

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

Javier Zalba Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Hello Walthamstow! Be bring Cuba to awesome Chris Bracey's artwork gallery attached space: The Blitz! An unforgettable night full of cuban rhythms. More details to follow..

2nd

October 2016

8:00pm

Jose Zalba Smith & father Javier Zalba --2016 TOUR-- with The Mañana Collective Luna Lounge, Leytonstone7 Church Lane, London, E11 1HG, England

Tickets: TBC

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

Javier Zalba Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

James Clark Piano

Ashley de Neef Double Bass

Rod Oughton Drums

We are back to Leytonstone's cool Luna Lounge. After our amazing gig last June, we are back with a new programme of the best Latin Jazz music in town. More details to follow..

6th

October 2016

9:00pm

Jose Zalba Smith & father Javier Zalba --2016 TOUR-- with The Mañana Collective CafeJAZZ Cardiff21 St Mary St, Cardiff, CF10 1PL , Wales

Tickets: FREE

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

Javier Zalba Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

James Clark Piano

Ashley de Neef Double Bass

Rod Oughton Drums

Back to Cardiff great Café Jazz. A night with the best of Latin Jazz music in Wales! Come and join us!

7th

October 2016

7:30pm

Jose Zalba Smith & father Javier Zalba --2016 TOUR-- with The Mañana Collective Taliesin Arts CentreSwansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PZ, Wales

Tickets: TBC

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

Javier Zalba Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

James Clark Piano

Ashley de Neef Double Bass

Rod Oughton Drums

Hello Swansea! We are so excited to be back with the best Latin Jazz programme with beautiful tunes from Cuba, Africa and Brazil. Lets celebrate together! More details to follow..

8th

October 2016

7:30pm

Jose Zalba Smith & father Javier Zalba --2016 TOUR-- with The Mañana Collective Galeri, CaernarfonCaernarfon, LL55 1SQ, Wales

Tickets: TBC

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

Javier Zalba Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

James Clark Piano

Ashley de Neef Double Bass

Rod Oughton Drums

Our last concert from the 2016 tour at this great North Wales venue. We arrive to make Caernarfon dance away. Don't miss this!! More details to follow..

14th

November 2016

2:30pm

Jose Zalba-Smith Cuban Masterclass Series Birmingham ConservatoireParadise Place, Birmingham, B3 3HG

Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT

Jose Zalba-Smith Flute

A full day masterclass at the Conservatoire dedicated to flute students on Cuban and Classical repertoire, exploring how these techniques link. Looking forward to a very exciting day!

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Contact

Don't hesitate to get in touch, you can either use the form here or the contact details just below if you prefer. I will try and respond to all enquiries as quickly as possible so get in touch to discuss an exciting collaboration.

Email

jezalba@yahoo.es

Mobile

+44 (0)7877 831192