Biography

     Born in Salta, Argentina in 1970. He started studying music at the Music School of Salta with Felix Saluzzi in 1980. He then studied at the National Music Conservatory of Buenos Aires with Mariano Frogioni in 1990. From 1993 to 1997 he improved his knowledge with Luis Rossi in Santiago, Chile.

    He attended some courses and Master Classes given by different clarinet players like: Guy Deplus, Paul Meyer, Ralph Manno, Antonio Saiote, Patricia Kostek and Michel Arrignon. He also participated in Curitiba Music Festival (Brazil) taking classes with Jose Botelho (1992, 1993 and 1995); Integral Seminary of Chamber Music in the Musical Camping of Bariloche (Argentina) given by the violinists Ljerko Spiller and Nicolas Chumachenco (1994); International Summer Course in Ostende (Bélgica) taking classes with Howard Klug, Robert Spring, Eddi Vanoostuyese and Luis Rossi (1996); International Clarinet Fest in Paris (France) (1996); Many chamber music seminaries given by the conductor Jordi Mora; International Clarinet Connection in Boston (USA) taking classes with Jonathan Cohler, Alessandro Carbonare, Ricardo Morales and Luis Rossi (2001).

    Céspedes has won some music competitions: First prize at the competition for young soloist organized by the National Secretary of Culture (1995); First prize at the Biennial Chamber Music Competition organized by Buenos Aires Music Festivals (1995); First prize at the Federal Chamber Music Competition organized by Bariloche Camping (1996); First prize (consecration category) at the XII Argentinean Music Competition organized by Banco Mayo Foundation (1996); First prize at the Competition for Young Soloists organized by Buenos Aires International Festival (1997); First prize at the Chamber Music Competition organized by Buenos Aires International Festival (1998); Honor diploma at the International Clarinet Competition “Ciudad de Dos Hermanas” in Sevilla, Spain (1998). In this festival the Jury was integrated by Marcel Ancion, David Campbell, Emil Rieder and Antonio Saiote.

    Carlos Céspedes is an active chamber player as well as an orchestral and solo musician. He gave numerous recitals and concerts at the most important auditoriums of Buenos Aires such as Belgrano Auditorium, Opera Theatre, Gran Rex Theatre and Coliseo Theatre. He also performed in many Argentinian cities as well as in Washington, Baltimore, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. In 1996 he participated of the Cycle of Contemporary Swiss Composers with members of Camerata Lysy-Gstaad , conducted by the violinist Alberto Lysy.

    The most important concerts that he performed as soloist are: Aaron Copland Concert with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Argentina, conducted by Andrés Spiller (1995), Weber Fantasy and Rondó op. 34 with the Mayo Chamber Music Orchestra at the Colón Theatre (1996), and Rossini Introduction, Theme and Variations with the same orchestra (1997), both concerts were conducted by Mario Benzecry, Weber Concert N° 2 with the Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eduardo Alvarez (1997), Carl Nielsen Concerto with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eduardo Diazmuñoz (1998), Rossini Introduction, Theme and Variations with the Orchestra Sinfonietta de Paris conducted by Dominique Fanal (1998), and Mozart Concert with the Mar del Plata Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Vieu (2000).

    He was soloist clarinet of the Libertador General San Martín Youth Orchestra and the National Radio Youth Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Symphonic Band of Buenos Aires City.

    His teaching abilities allowed him to develop an intense activity in this field. He gives private clarinet lessons as well as master classes. In July 2002 he also participated as coacher of clarinet and woodwind players at the Youth Orchestra of Americas in Boston, USA. He has been invited to do the same job during 2003 in Costa Rica. He often organizes many courses and open classes with the Buenos Aires Classic Ensamble inviting many important argentinean and international artists.

    Carlos Céspedes is a Vandoren, Saluzzi and Rossi official artist.