In the aftermath of the 20th century, it seems that Berlioz’s old prophecy has been finally fulfilled. He saw in the saxophone the spring of sound of “unheard of effects until now”. Furthermore, unlike other instruments of more deep-rooted tradition, the saxophone is open nowadays to many and unsuspected possibilities. Good evidence of this claim is the program brought together here by Angel Soria. Six recent pieces within a time period of two decades (the oldest one goes back to the year 2000), written by composers of different aesthetics (despite all of them belonging to what it is generally called the avant-garde), define the plurality of the aesthetic and expressive options offered by the saxophone. The “truth” of the saxophone is neither unequivocal nor one-dimensional. Instead, it includes many truths that reflect, in a wide range, the complexity of the current times.
Ángel Soria is one of the most eminent musicians of his generation. His musical sensibility, his refined technique and his deep knowledge of the repertoire of every style have allowed him to stand out as an international soloist and as member of the renowned saxophone quartet SIGMA Project. His career as saxophonist has taken him to countries like Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Italy, Estonia, the United States, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Jamaica and Thailand. He has taken part in the programs of auditoriums such as the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Stadtcasino in Basel, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City or the Concert Hall of Mahidol University in Bangkok. He has collaborated in recordings with the record labels Deutsche Grammophon, Sigma Records, Verso, Orpheus and Col-legno along with groups such as SIGMA Project, the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Choir and the Spanish National Orchestra. Among his discographic production, the personal project TRUTHS, the saxophone in the early 21st century is remarkable, where Soria presents the most representative works of Spanish composers of different generations such as Juan Magrané, Jesús Torres, Javier Quislant, Juan José Eslava, Alberto Posadas and Alberto Bernal. Regarding his work with SIGMA Project, its highlight is Utopías. In this project, SIGMA offers a summary of the first five years of pieces written for the quartet. Together with SIGMA Project, Ángel Soria has presented more than 40 new creation works by composers as renowned as Alberto Posadas, José María Sánchez-Verdú, José Manuel López López, Ramon Lazkano, Jesús Torres, Héctor Parra, Sergio Blardony, José Luis Torá, Alberto Bernal, Víctor Ibarra, Iván Naranjo, Georgina Derbez, Arturo Fuentes, Miguel Farías, Simone Movio, Mª Eugenia Luc or Yair Klartag; and has premiered in Spain works by Sofía Gubaidulina, Peter Eötvös, George Friedrich Haas, Hugues Dufourt or Salvatore Sciarrino. The research of new grammars, essential attribute of SIGMA Project, has allowed the development of projects such as Alberto Posada’s three quartet cycle Poética del Laberito, the Khôra cycle of four quartets and microtonal accordion with José María Sánchez-Verdú or Izarbil, the fascinating collaboration with Félix Ibarrondo, a piece for saxophone quartet and symphonic orchestra. His work as a soloist is also remarkable, with performances with the Orquestra del Conservatori Superior de les Illes Balears (2010), Concertino da camera by Jacques Ibert; Orquesta de Radio y Televisión Española (2011), Grupos Tímbricos by Gerardo Gombau; Kammerorchester Basel (2012), Concierto en Mib by Alexander Glazunov; Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (2013), Izarbil by Félix Ibarrondo; Chamber Academy Orchester (2014), Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud; Thailand Philarmonic Orchestra (2014), Maha Mantras by Narong Prangcharoen; Orquesta estable del Teatro Argentino (2016), De Materie by Louis Andriessen; Samuel Felsted Chamber Orchestra of Kingston, Jamaica (2016), Oboe Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello and Xaymaca by Peter Ashbourne; and Orquesta estable del Teatro Colón (2017), De Materie by Louis Andriessen. He has been a member of Fukio Ensemble (2007-2011), KLANGlos (2011-2012), Synergia Trio (2012-2014), percussion and saxophone duo Lucía Carro & Ángel Soria (2011-2012), piano and saxophone duo Florian Von Radovizt & Ángel Soria (2013-2014), and piano and saxophone duo Stefanos Spanopoulos & Ángel Soria (2014). He has also collaborated with ensembles such as Ensemble Impuls Academy (2011), Diagonal Ensemble (2012), Ensemble Boswil (2013), Dotrens & friends (2014), SIGMA Project & friends (2015); and orchestras like the Spanish National Orchestra (2012, 2013), Basler Festival Orchestra (2012, 2016), Orchester de Hochschule für Musik Basel (2013), RTVE Orchestra (2013) and Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (2015). Ángel Soria has studied in the Conservatori Superior de les Illes Balears with Andrés Gomis and Rodrigo Villa. He finished his studies with Marcus Weiss in the Hochschule für Musik Basel and in the Pädagogische Hochschule FHNW, where he obtained the degree of Master of Arts Musikalische Performance (2012) and Master of Arts Musikpädagogik (2014). He graduated with honors in all his studies and in 2014 he finished his studying period winning the second prize in the fourth edition of the “Jean-Marie Londeix Competition” in Bangkok, where he was praised for the depth of his performance of the traditional repertoire for saxophone. Since 2014, Ángel Soria is a saxophone professor in the Conservatorio Superior de Castilla y León and he teaches in the Campus Sax organized by SIGMA Project in the Alfonso X el Sabio University in Madrid.