"One of the most extraordinary professional clarinettists of the European scene" - Andrew Marriner, Principal Clarinet London Symphony Orchestra
"In possession of a gorgeous sound, he gifted us with special lyricism phrases" - Revista Scherzo
Víctor de la Rosa is a versatile and curious musician. Specialised on clarinet & bass clarinet repertoire, he likes to expand himself both in classical and contemporary music fields. He loves chamber music but also intimate solo projects as well as the power of the orchestra. All this inquisitiveness and flexible minded let him also to organise his own projects and being the co-artistic director of the Mallorca Summer Academy.
As a soloist he has been invited to play the Copland Concerto with the Barcelona and Catalonia National Symphony Orchestra, the Magnus Lindberg with Martin André and the RCM Philharmonic, the Mozart concerto with the Mallorca Chamber Orchestra, the A. Shaw with the CSMIB Wind Ensemble and his debut at the age of 17 playing Weber op.73 with the Mallorca Conservatoire Orchestra.
Víctor has performed in venues such as L'Auditori Barcelona Concert Hall, Palau de la Música Catalana, Carnegie Hall, Mendelssohn Remise in Berlin, Spïkeri Hall in Riga or the Royal Albert Hall. Moreover, he has taken part in the Lucerne Festival, Quincena Musical de San Sebastian, Festival de Torroella de Montgrí, XXII Isaac Albéniz International Festival, toured all around Spain for Jeunesses Musicales, and an artist residency at La Pedrera for the 2014/15 season.
As an orchestral musician, Víctor has been guest principal clarinet with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharomic, Cadaques Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Royal Ballet Sinfonia. He is regular guest with London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Liceu Opera House. Moreover, he has played with English National Opera, Opera North, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Castleton Festival Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and London Sinfonietta Academy. He has worked with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Sir Colin Davies, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniele Gatti, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Jurowski, George Benjamin, Vassily Petrenko, Franz-Paul Decker, Christopher Hogwood and Gordan Nikolich.
De la Rosa has been awarded in many competitions such as Jeunesses Musicales of Spain, Concerto Competition of Royal College of Music, Contemporary Prize for Young Musicians at the Lucerne Festival and Honourable Mention in the Intercentros National Spanish Competition.
His love for contemporary music has let Victor to do around 50 premieres for clarinet and bass clarinet of composers such as Michael Beil, Dai Fujikura, Hèctor Parra or Oscar Bianchi. As a soloist he has collaborated with IRCAM and he has played at the Lucerne Festival, Archipel Festival of Geneva, Cairo Contemporary Music Days, 'Nous Sons' and 'Sampler Series' at Barcelona Concert Hall, PHONOS Foundation, SGAE Barcelona's Hall and Sincrònic Contemporary Music Festival of Lleida. In 2014 he covered Harry Sparnaay in the soloist rol of the opera Why Poets? by Gerard Pape, along with John Kenny and Nicholas Isherwood. He is also founder member of CrossingLines Ensemble.
His interest on pedagogy has let him teach at the Ithaca College London and Dartmouth College. Moreover, he has lectured at the Royal College of Music and Cairo American University on contemporary music and clarinet/bass clarinet new techniques. Since September 2014 he is teaching clarinet and orchestral repertoire at the Mallorca College of Music.
His training starts since he was a child, but when he decided to go into the profession he moved from his hometown in Mallorca to Barcelona to study at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Catalonia's College of Music) with Joan Enric Lluna and Harry Sparnaay (bass clarinet), where he achieved his Honours Bachelor of Music Degree. In there he also got advice from Antony Pay and Lorenzo Coppola about historical performance approach. Then he moved to London to study a Master in Performance at the Royal College of Music with Tim Lines, Janet Hilton, Andrew Marriner, and Michael Harris (bass clarinet), generously supported by the Wilkins-Mackerras award and Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship. He achieved a top mark of 93% Distinction-Excepcional. Víctor has also done masterclasses with distinguished professors such as Walter Boeykens, Antony Pay, Michael Collins, Pascual Martínez, Walter Seyfarth, Jose Luis Estellés, Alain Damiens, Pascal Moragues, among others.