Sergio Reyes made his debut as a soloist at the age of fifteen, performing W. A. Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra K.622 with the Guatemalan National Symphony Orchestra, on the occasion of winning the competition to play with that orchestra. He made his international debut as a soloist at the age of 16 when he won the Festival de la Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de las Américas (FOSJA) youth competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which gave him a nomination for the “Arco Iris Maya” awards as soloist of the year. Since then he has been invited to perform as a soloist inside and outside the country on several occasions with different professional and youth orchestras. He has shared the stage with renowned conductors.
He began his clarinet studies with Cesar Sazo (Guatemala) and eventually with Aldo Salvent (Cuba) and Valdemar Rodríguez (Venezuela).
As a soloist and interpreter of Chamber Music for Clarinet he has premiered and interpreted works by composers from the 17th to the 21st century performing on different national and international stages (Chamber Theater of the CCMA, Auditorium of the National Conservatory of Music of Guatemala, Teatro “Presidente” of El Salvador, Auditorium of the National University of Costa Rica, IGA of Guatemala, Union Church of Guatemala, Municipal Theater and Casa Noj of Quetzaltenango, Auditorium “Luis Cardoza y Aragon” of the Embassy of Mexico in Guatemala, National Palace of Culture of Guatemala, Metropolitan Cultural Center of Guatemala, Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca in Mexico, in the city Jaraguá do Súl in Brazil, Auditorium of the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Liceu of Barcelona, Spain, La Palestra Theater in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica and Japanese Cultural Center and National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru].
In 2007 he graduated from the Universidad Galileo de Guatemala, under the title of Licenciado en Música, specialized in Clarinet.
He is the founder and organizer of the Seminars and Festivals for Children and Young Clarinet Players in Guatemala and Central America, of which the International Clarinet Festival in Guatemala “ClarifestGuatemala” has been celebrated on six occasions. This festival is already famous worldwide for its figure as a motivator, educator and model in Central America for the promotion of the Clarinet among Guatemalan youth. It celebrates its 10 years of existence and continuity in 2017.
He studied the Postgraduate Course in Clarinet Improvement at the Conservatorio Superior del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, during 2009 and 2010, under the tutelage of Isaac Rodríguez. During his stay in Europe, he received masterclasses with the world-famous clarinetist Sabine Meyer in Lübeck, Germany.
Sergio is awarded as the 2010 Favorite Clarinetist of the Year by the Clariperu.org network of clarinetists throughout Latin America.
He is a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Guatemala as Principal Clarinet; he is a professor of the Municipal School of Music and the Superior School of Art of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. Artist of the French clarinet company Buffet-Crampon and of the company of reeds for clarinet Rico-Daddario Reeds. His album “Clarinete guatemalteco” includes works by unpublished Guatemalan composers, released in June 2013. It is awarded as “Artist of the Year 2015” as musical interpretation in the Association A awards. Von Humbolt, celebrated in the German Club of Guatemala. Nominated in the “Estela” awards in 2016, as Best “Academic” Artist and as an Artist for “Virtuosity” at the national level. He is also working on the Vienna-Guatemala link, which has as its mission to unite the Municipal School of Music of Guatemala City with the Wiener Musikakademie, in Austria. Thus fulfilling the scholarship for outstanding students to pursue higher studies in that country.
He is currently working on the premier album of the group “Ajkeem”, with whom he fuses Guatemalan and world music. Thus founding one of the groups unpublished in Guatemala in its peculiar musical style.
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