In Spain, for the last 25 years, there has been constant and intense activity related to the world of euphonium and tuba. Workshops, master clases, concerts, recordings, meetings, etc.. are organized regularly in our country. That which at first was the endeavor of a small group has become a reality for many, thanks to their enthusiasm and daily work. There are now many professionals who have developed strong and successful careers in posts as orchestral tubists, teaching in music conservatories, or playing in chamber groups along with solo activity.
But never have we seen a Spanish delegation so large at an important event for our instruments such as ITEC. The International Tuba and Euphonium Conference 2012, celebrated in the Austrian city of Linz last June, was an important turning point for the Spanish tuba and euphonium community. There were large groups of Spanish players from Galicia, the Basque Country, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia, Castilla La Mancha, etc.. This would not be important but for the variety of activities developed by the Spanish players, and their strong presence in almost all of the categories. It’s not the first time that Spanish musicians have gone to such an event, but in the past we were more likely to see individual participants, whether candidates in competitions, as judges, or to play alone.
This time, to the surprise of those who were there, we could see Spanish representation in almost all areas of the conference. Young talents like Victor Ferragut, Salvador López, Jesús Ruiz, Juan Manuel Cornejo, Jorge Latorre, and Pablo Más participated in various categories of the competition. Soloist of the OBC and Miraphone artist Pablo Fernández was a jury member in the tuba artista category. The composer Eduardo Nogueroles presented The World of Dreams, the first double concerto written for Euphonium, Tuba, and Symphonic Band, played by Juanjo Munera and José Rochina, accompanied by the Military Wind Orchestra of Upper Austria. Antonio Romera presented their fantastic mouthpieces in the accessories section. The Group Tubata, formed by Ignacio Fernández (Miraphone artist), Mari Carmen Luz, David Quílez, Jonathan Vázquez, Pablo Fernández, Carlos Díaz and Eduardo Nogueroles, encouraged the audience with its lively and crazy musical approach. Josep Burguera, Ignacio Fernández, Oscar Abella, Pablo Fernández, and Eduardo Nogueroles participated in the octet, conducted by James Gourlay and performed at the tribute to Harvey Phillips and Mel Culbertson. Soloists Josep Burguera (Besson artist), Juan José Munera (Willson artist), José Rochina, and Oscar Abella offered in their concerts a high technical capacity and exquisite performances.
In conclusion, the Spanish representation at the ITEC 2012 in Linz was remarkable for quantity, quality, and variety presented. After this, and knowing the work and enthusiasm for the development of the instrument made by professionals in our country, only conceivable in a high degree of spanish participation in next events and a successful future for tuba and euphonium in Spain.