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Biography Simão Ramos
Simão Ramos, he began to play saxophone in the Wind Band of Covilhã, Portugal in 2012 and in that same year he began to study at EPABI (Escola Professional Artes Beira Interior) studying with Tiago Gonçalves. In 2015 he began at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, in The Hague in the class of Raaf Hekkema and Lars Niderstrasser, where he completed the Bachelor degree in 2019.
During his carrer he participated in several masterclasses and workshops with Claude Delange, Vincent David, Arno Bornkamp, Christophe Grèzes, Fernando Ramos. He also played in several internships and orchestra workshops conducted by Luis Clemente, Francisco Sequeira, Francisco Ferreira, Jan Cober and Alex Schillings. During his time at “EPABI” he participated for two years in the Big Band.
He has participatied in several international saxophone festivals, as FISP (Festival International Saxopfone Palmela), Saxophone festival Amsterdam, Andorra Sax Festival.
He has participated in several concerts and contests with the EPABI Wind Orchestra, especially the VIII Beira Interior Music Festival in 2013, and the international competition "Filarmonia D'Ouro", in Europarque. In 2014, he played as a soloist with a quartet, the piece "Saxtory" by Jérôme Naulais, with EPABI Wind orchestra.
As a chamber music project, he has a Reed Quintet "IpsoFacto", and an Saxophone Quartet “Tellurian Saxophone Quartet”, participated in the Grote Kamermuziekprijs competition in 2019 at De Doelen, Roterdam.
He has been participating with several orchestra, Westland Saxofoon Orkest, Codarts Symphony orchestra.
In 2019, he participates in a contemporary music project "Aus Licht", in specifically the piece Luzifers Tanz. This project wants to perform the opera of Karlheins Stockhausen and it was performed at the Gashouder in Amsterdam.
Caprice en forme de valse – Paul Bonneau
Paul Bonneau composed his Caprice en forme de Valse for solo saxophone in 1950, it was well-received by performers and listeners of the genre. Bonneau's composing was highly versatile, ranging from over fifty film scores, operettas, songs and other pieces for saxophone, including a concerto. Caprice en forme de Valse, however, was particularly acclaimed for having no accompaniment and for its flexibility to be performed on all members of the saxophone family. It contains typically French characteristics including chromaticism and difficult technical passages. All these elements combine to make for an enjoyable and challenging piece for saxophonists.
Partita I, BWV 1002: III Corrente - J.S.Bach
Partita no. 1 in B minor BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach, is a piece for solo violin composed by 1720. The partita is formed in the traditional way that consists of an allemande, a courante, sarabande and gigue in the baroque style. Each movement is followed by a variation called in French, which elaborates on the chords of the prior movement.