Members of the Ensemble Modern
Valentín Garvie was born in Mar del Plata (Argentina) and started playing the trumpet at the age of eight. He studied theory and composition with Marcelo Perticone in his hometown before moving to Buenos Aires in 1993, where he studied at Universidad Católica Argentina, obtaining a Degree in Music specializing in Orchestral Conducting. He also studied trumpet with Rafael Morelli and enjoyed an extremely varied musical activity involving many different styles. These included jazz (with trumpet and trombone), historical performance (with cornett and natural trumpet), orchestral music (performing with the most important orchestras of the city and as first trumpet in Orquesta Académica del Teatro Colón), contemporary music (as a founding member of Ensemble XXI and with other groups) and other forms of popular music. From 1999 to 2001, thanks to Scholarships from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes, the British Council and Fundación Antorchas, he completed a Postgraduate Performance Course in Trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His main teachers were Howard Snell and John Wallace. At the Academy he won several Solo Brass Prizes, was awarded the Principal’s Prize for outstanding student upon graduation, and in 2007 the title of Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). Valentín Garvie has been a member of Ensemble Modern since 2002; he also has been a member of the Jazz Ensemble of Hessischer Rundfunk (both as player and composer) and of Crespo Brass since 2010. He has played with London Sinfonietta, the Hallé Symphony Orchestra, German Brass and the Brass Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurt Radiosymphony Orchestra, WDR- Sinfonieorchester and Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón among many others. He also performs frequently as a soloist with repertoire ranging from solo contemporary music recitals to Bach’s ›Second Brandenburg Concerto‹. In 2009, Ensemble Modern Medien released his portrait CD ›Ut supra‹. In 2015, he received the Hessian Jazz Price. He is also increasingly active as a jazz player. In 2013 he released ›Daaa-dit‹, his first CD with the Valentín Garvie Quintet (Konnex Records). He plays regularly with Frankfurt jazz figures such as Bob Degen and Wilson de Oliveira, is a member of Uli Schiffelholz Quintet, Bob Degen Community and was a featured soloist in the Deutsche Jazz Festival 2011. Apart from his teaching at the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA), he has taught at the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos de Jordao in Brazil and gives regular master classes and courses in Argentina. In 2012, Valentín Garvie received the Jazz Arbeitsstipendium from the City of Frankfurt. His musical activities brought him to places around the world such as Mongolia, Russia, Congo and the United States.