Biography




     Rocio comes from a little town on the Mediterranean cost of Spain.

Keen on music since the very beginning, she started studying music and the saxophone at the age of 7 and hasn’t stopped playing since. In 2004 she moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. In here, she has been awarded with a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours (First Class), a HND in music performance with Distinction, and the ABRSM Performance Diploma in Saxophone, and an Advanced Diploma in Jazz among others.

Her solo performance has been continuous for the last 10 years, with concerts in venues like St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh or the Young Hall in St. Andrews. Since 2009 she has been privileged to perform alongside renowned concert pianist Audrey Innes, with whom she has created a musical partnership and friendship. They are now working on a new piece that they will premiere on the XVI World Saxophone Congress in July 2012.

In ensemble music, Rocio is leader and founder of the Banyuls Saxophone Quartet with whom she performs regular concerts and gigs in both classical and jazz styles. She has performed with many different established chamber groups and orchestras, like the Edinburgh String Quartet. 

As an educator, Rocio has always tried to convey her passion for music and the saxophone; her creativity has helped her to develop new teaching techniques, adapting to individual leaning skills and to diverse group environments and knowledge levels. She teaches any saxophone (most commonly soprano, alto and tenor) and both classical and jazz styles.

Active learning is the main philosophy of Rocio, that is why, apart from getting constantly implicated in research about different music topics, she is also frequently involved in music and saxophone courses with top players and pedagogues around the world to get an inside into the latest performing and teaching techniques. She has last participated in the 7th International Saxophone Week in Amsterdam (April 2010) and the V International Course of Saxophone Merza 2009, in Santiago.

Providing saxophone tuition since 2005 and teaching in the classroom since 2009, she gains her experience no only from lessons but also from providing workshops in schools and the community with Banyuls Saxophone Quartet and Ritmico Music.

Currently, Rocio is preparing for her participation on the next World Saxophone Congress that will take place in St. Andrews, Scotland, in July 2012.







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