"This is 100% colossal. Amazing Performance by Manu Brazo" Classic FM
Whilst our 2020 concert with Manu Brazo has been cancelled, we are delighted to share some videos of Manu performing, with guests pianist Pranja Indrawati and violinst Claudia Gallardo. Scroll to the bottom of the page for details.
A Gershwin Fantasy ~ Gershwin/Ralph Martino
Studies in English Folk Songs ~ Vaughan Williams (arr Brazo)
Fantasia sulla Traviata ~ Verdi/Lovreglio (arr Brazo)
Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas ~ Falla (arr Brazo)
Devil’s Rag ~ Jean Matitia
MANU BRAZO - Saxophone
Spanish Saxophonist Manu Brazo has established himself as one of his generation's most versatile young musicians with repertoire ranging from Gershwin to Milhaud and Hindemith. After studying in Seville at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel Castillo with Juan Jimenez, he then came to London as a Sir Roger and Lady Carr Soiree d'Or Scholar to study at the Royal College of Music from where he has recently graduated. Manu is currently a Tillet Trust and Britten-Pears Young Artist.
In 2016 Manu won the Concerto Competition at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel Castillo of Seville. The following year he was awarded the Jane Melber prize at the Royal College of Music as well as the Guildford Symphony Orchestra Jellinek Award for young soloists.
Manu made his concerto debut with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra in 2016 playing Glazunov Saxophone Concerto and the following year performed with the London Sinfonietta. He has also played with the London City Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic, Orquest Betica de Camara and Orquesta Filarmonia de Granada.
Recently Manu was invited by promoters Live Nation to be the opening act for Sir Cliff Richard at the Greenwich Music Time Festival and to open Downton Live at Highclere Castle to audiences of 7,500 and 4,000 respectively. In 2018, Manu was invited to perform on BBC Radio 3's In Tune as an Introducing Artist. He has performed as a soloist with many arts and music festivals across the UK and Europe. Forthcoming dates include performances at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, St Martin in the Fields, Leeds International Concert Season, Petworth Festival and Perth Festival of the Arts.
PRAJNA INDRAWATI - Piano
Indonesian pianist Prajna Indrawati obtained her Master of Performance degree in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music with Roger Vignoles, Kathron Sturrock, and Simon Lepper. She has performed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Festival Hall-Southbank. She was awarded second place for Accompanist Prize in "Brooks- van her Pump" English Song Competition and Joan Chisell Schumann Competition, and Titanic Memoriam Award for accompanist in Lies Askonas Competition in 2018. In October 2018, she and Soprano Joyee Cole were selected, as one out of nine duos, to join 2018 Oxford Lieder Mastercourse Programme where she had lessons with Wolfgang Holzmair and Véronique Gens among others.
Devil's Rag performed by Manu Brazo and Claudia Gallardo
Nana - Manuel de Falla' performed by Manu Brazo and Prajna Indrawati
'Sadness', featuring Sarabande from Bach's solo Flute Partita in A minor performed by Manu Brazo.
A Gershwin Fantasy performed by Manu Brazo and Prajna Indrawati.