Ricardo Mollá, trombone player and composer

Ricardo Molla Albero

Trombone Soloist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Courtois Artist

He has been trombone soloist of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and is now trombone soloist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Courtois Artist. Ricardo is also a music composer, capturing a special predilection for the brass in his works. As a teacher, he gives lectures and masterclasses all around the world. Read more

Ricardo Mollá received his Bachelor’s Degree in trombone and composition at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Oscar Esplá in Alicante (Spain) and the Hochschule für Musik, Theatre und Medien Hannover (Germany) with Javier García and Jonas Bylund, respectively. Personally invited by Joseph Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic, he was awarded a scholarship by the Artists’ Society of Spain (AIE) and Foundation JONDE-BBVA to study at the prestigious The Juilliard School of New York where he pursued a Master’s Degree in Classical Music.

Besides this, he was a member of the Spanish Brass Academy, studying with Guillies Milliere, Indalecio Bonet and Carlos Gil. In addition, he has attended advanced courses and masterclasses for trombone with teachers as Michel Becquet, Christian Lindberg, Ian Bousfield, James Markey, Colin Williams, David Rejano, and Mark Hampson.

His debut as a soloist was in Carnegie Hall (Recital Weill) after winning the first prize in the New York Artist International Competition. Throughout his career Ricardo has received awards in more than twenty national and international competitions, including the Concurso Permanente Juventudes Musicales of Spain, the Certamen Nacional de Interpretación Intercentros Melómano of Spain, the INTERMUSICA International Competition (Austria), Die Hannoversche Börse der Musiktalente (Germany), the Recontre International des Cuivres de l’IMEP (Belgium), the Concorso Internationale Citta di Chieri (Italy), and the International Virtuoso Competition (USA).

As a trombone soloist, he has performed in the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), the ManiFeste IRCAM of Paris (France), the Spanish Brass Festival (Spain), the Recontre International des Cuivres (Belgium), the FOCUS! Festival of New York (U.S.A.), and the International Trombone Festival; and in prestigious venues around the world such us Carnegie Hall (Recital Weill) of New York (EEUU), KKL-Luzerne (Switzerland), National Auditorium of Music of Madrid (with the Chamartin Symphony Orchestra), Palau de la Música of Valencia (with the Orchestra of Valencia), and Monumental Theatre of Madrid (with the Radiotelevision Orchestra of Spain (upcoming concert)).

He has collaborated with many professional orchestras which include the Esemble Intercontemporain of Paris, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannover Opera, National Orchestra of Spain, Radiotelevision Orchestra of Spain, Orchestra of Valencia, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Extremadura, Juilliard Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Alumni, among others. With these orchestras he has played under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi, Heinz Holliger, Matthias Pintscher, David Robertson, Peter Eötvos, Edward Gardner, Joel Sachs, Pablo Heras Casado and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
In the field of pedagogy, he has been invited to give courses, masterclasses, and talks about stage fear both in Europe and the USA, including the New Mexico State Universitiy (USA), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore), Escola Profissional de Musica of Espinho (Portugal), Conservatorio Superior de Música of Alicante (Spain), Conservatorio Superior de Música of Málaga (Spain), Conservatorio Superior de Música of Jaén (Spain), Conservatorio Superior de Música of Córdoba (Spain), Conservatorio Profesional “Victoria de los Ángeles” of Madrid (Spain), Conservatorio de Música of Valladolid (Spain), Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Ángel Barrios” of Granada (Spain), and the Conservatorio Profesional of Altea (Spain), among others.

Since the summer of 2015, he is the Director and Organizer of the Numskull Brass Festival Caudete. Ricardo currently splits his time between working as a trombone soloist, composing and giving talks about stage fear. He is a founding member of the group Numskull Duo and since 2015, artist of the brand Antoine Courtois.

Ricardo Mollá worked as Principal Trombone of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for the season 2016-07. For the season 2016-07, Ricardo Mollá has worked as acting-Principal Trombone of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Nowadays, Ricardo Mollá is Trombone Soloist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Antoine Courtois Artist.

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