Manu Brazo is a young Spanish saxophonist who has established himself as one of his generations most versatile young musicians. At ease on the stage, he is often praised for his unique sound and virtuosity as well as having the ability to have a close and intimate relationship with his audience. He regularly mixes a musical and often technically challenging performance with anecdotes about himself or the composers.
Over the last few years, Manu has been a regular recitalist at British and international music festivals such as Leeds International Concert Season, Tetbury Music Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Aegean Arts Festival in Crete and Risor Kammermussikkfest in Norway. 2020 will see him perform at Perth Festival of the Arts and the Petworth Music Festival. He has also given solo performances at the Royal Opera House, Victoria and Albert Museum, St Martin in the Fields, King’s Place, the Cutty Sark, Teatro de la Maestranza (Seville), St James’ Piccadilly,
London Saxophone Festival and the Royal Academy of Arts. Since being a BBC Introducing Artist he has been a regular guest on Radio 3’s In Tune.
Last summer Manu, accompanied by pianist Bryan Evans MBE, was invited by promoters Live Nation to be the opening act for Sir Cliff Richard at Greenwich Music Time Festival and to open ‘Downton Live’ at Highclere Castle to audiences of around 12,000 people. Manu made his concerto debut in the UK with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra in 2016 playing the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto and the following year he performed Tansy Davies’s Saxophone Concerto with the London Sinfonietta. He has also played with the London City Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic, Orquesta Betica de Camara and Orquesta Filarmonia.
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. In 2018 he was selected to take part in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme where he performed at the Snape Maltings Proms conducted by Marin Alsop. Manu is supported by The Tillet Trust, Concordia Foundation, Talent-Unlimited, Making Music’s PDGYA and the Drake-Calleja Trust
Born in Seville, Spain, Manu started to play the saxophone at the age of 9. He studied in Seville and was accepted and funded to study at Royal College of Music, where he graduated from his Master in Performance and Artist Diploma with Distinction.
This is 100% colossal. Amazing Performance by Manu Brazo
I find the challenge with most saxophone players, although I haven’t had this experience with you which is good... you seem to have a real ability to blend with the rest of the section but know when to step out so I think you have all the right instincts too
Absolutely brilliant playing of the soloist, soaring up and down scales and arpeggios and virtuoso passages with great abandon.
We didn't know about the virtues of the young saxophonist Manu Brazo until we heard his prodigious version of Tomasi Concerto. He made a clear and pure phrasing and his talent for modulation was perfectly accompanied by the orchestra.
Juan José Roldan