Saxophonist / Composer /Arranger / Improviser / Educator
Alvaro Collao León (Master of Arts, Performance and Education) is a chilean saxophonist based in Vienna (AT), Artistic director of the Tarapacá international music festival and ChileSaxFest. His Saxophone and Artistic studies have taken place in Santiago de Chile under the guidance of Miguel Villafruela in the University of Chile, in France at the Conservatoire of Bordeaux with Marie-Bernardette Charrier and in Austria at the Music of Arts Privat University of the city of Vienna with Lars Mlekusch. He is a prize-winner of several international music competitions, such as the first Pan American Competition of Classic Saxophone Mexico D.F, the Vienna Fidelio Competition 2012 and 2014 and in the Osaka international competition 2015, the special prices Hyogo Governor awards, Vienna Performing award and "Also award" from Magazin The Sax, 2017 Michigan M-Prize competition and Startstipendium für musik und darstellende kunst 2017.
He is a fantastic performer of contemporary music repertoire and has already collaborated with many great composers like; Friedrich Cerha, Georg Friedrich Haas, Vinko Globokar, Hannes Kerschbaumer, Peter Eötvös, Beat Furrer, Simon Pironkoff, Georges Aperghis, Chaya Czernowin, among others.
He has performed in the most important concert halls and venues in America, Asia, Africa and Europe, including the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Wien Konzerthaus, Wien Musikverein, Mozarteum grosser saal Salzburg, Vienna Volksoper, Porgy and Bess of Vienna, National concert hall of Taipei, Gasteig Concert hall in Munich, Music Academy Katowice, Bibliothèque Mériadeck France, Teatro del Lago Chile, Corpartes Chile and in festivals such as Allegro Vivo Kammermusik Festival, Wien Modern, Salzurg biennale, Wiener Festwochen, the Saxophone Festival in Buenos Aires, Vienna-SaxFest, Cervatino weeks of music from Guanajuato-Mexico, Costa Rica Saxfest, International Festival at the UNAM in Mexico City.
He is in cooperation with the ÖENM Österreich Ensemble für Neue Musik, Orchester Volkoper Wien, PHACE Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra, Avido duo, Reider-Collao and FIVE SAX. Alvaro is Selmer Paris and D’Addario artist.
"Alvaro demonstrated throughout the gala concert a technical mastery and musicality of the highest level! Features that were even more evident in the “Cadenza” where he shows all the possibilities of the saxophone"
- EL MERCURIO, After Gala concert with the Symphony orchestra from Chile
artist d’envergure internationale"
- Marie Bernadette Charrier, France
We praised Alvaro as the best woodwind performer of the Osaka competition!
- Magazine The Sax, Japan
I often have the opportunity to work with him as a member of various ensembles. Alvaro is always perfectly prepared and fulfilled his tasks with the highest level of musicality.
I always enjoy it when someone reads musical textures comprehensively, i.e. takes dynamics and articulation into account beforehand and also shows an interest in every musical context.
- Prof. Johannes Kalitzke, composer and conductor (Vienna, Austria)
"Alvaro is a passionate, dedicated musician and one of the most complete saxophonists and artist: He is a fantastic performer of contemporary music repertoire and has already collaborated with many great composers. Alvaro is also great saxophonists for the standard repertoire and furthermore, his strong interest and talent in Jazz and Ethno music is completing wide pallet of artistry on the highest level. At least as important as all those extraordinary musical qualities, Alvaro has a very fine and integer personality which will also allow him to become one of the most sought after and interesting saxophonists of his generation"
- Uni. Prof. Lars Mlekusch, Switzerland (Zurich University)
The most fresh and exciting celebration of the Saxophone in Chile! A modern concept of repertory and performances!
Tarapaca Music Fest
International Festival dedicate to the North of Chile, to enrich the young people through the music education, innovation, workshops and gala concerts.