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Santi de la Rubia

He began his saxophone studies at the age of eight. In 2002 he finished his professional diploma in classical saxophone with honours and moved to Barcelona to study jazz at the Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). There he was taught by professors such as Xavier Figuerola, Eladio Reinón and Ignacio Gascón, and he graduated with honours in 2006.

He furthered his training by attending seminars and private lessons with Perico Sambeat, Javier Vercher, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill McHenry, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Walter Smith III and Seamus Blake.

Subjects: Sax/Clarinet, Improvisation (I), Theory of Collective Performance, Instrumental Ensemble, Rhythmic Improvement, Sax


In 2018 he was selected to be part of the Focusyear Band 19, a project promoted by the Musik Academie in Basel that follows in the footsteps of great programs such as the World Music Institute at Berklee and the Monk Institute in Los Angeles. There, musicians from all over the world are regularly directed by renowned international musicians. During that year he worked and shared the stage with Guillermo Klein, Dave Liebman, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Jorge Rossy, Dominique Girod, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jim Black, Billy Childs, Luciana Souza, Marilyn Mazur, Seamus Blake, Nils Wogram, John Hollenbeck, Norma Winston, Julian Lage and Django Bates.

Throughout his career he has performed in different international festivals and collaborated with musicians such as Tom Harrell, Jorge Rossy, Doug Weiss, Vinicius Gomes, Joan Monné, Martín Leiton, Juan Galiardo, Lluís Vidal, Ernesto Aurignac, Jaume Llombart, Perico Sambeat, Roger Mas, Jordi Berni and Albert Vila, among others.

He combines his activity as a performer with teaching. In this field he has specialized and expanded his training with a master’s degree in Pedagogy for musicians at the Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC).

Currently, he teaches instrument, improvisation and combo at Taller de Músics School of Music and at Taller de Músics Bachelor of Music (ESEM).

Santi de la Rubia has received the following awards:

  • 1st prize at the Keep an Eye international Jazz Competition organized by the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Focusyear Band 19 (2019).
  • La Ruta del Jazz Award for the best musician, awarded by the digital culture newspaper Núvol, on the occasion of the release of his first album as a leader, Broken Line (2017).
  • 2nd prize at the 1st International Jazz Competition of Almería with CJ Quintet (2014).
  • Finalist in the Getxo International Competition with Josep Tutusaus Sextet (2008).
  • Selected for the Catalan Jazz Tour with Afinke, on which he shared the bill with Perico Sambeat Trio in Paris and London (2008).
  • Winner of the 6th International Jazz Interpreters Competition of Granada as best young group with Afinke (2006).
  • Winner of the 1st Barcelona Jazz Competition with Afinke (2005).

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