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There are not so many jazz oboists but Maripepa Contreras is one of the best.

Born in Spain (Almuñécar, 1989), Maripepa began her musical journey at the age of 5. Thanks to her mother, who would drove her to the conservatory since she was  11 years old, she earned a higher degree in oboe performance at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Málaga (Spain), with teacher René Martín Rodríguez in 2011.

She ventured into the world of jazz in 2013, taking lessons with Ernesto Aurignac who guided her talent in a new direction and provided the motivation to further pursue  music.

In 2018, she was awarded the AIE Jazz Tete Montoliu scholarship to complete her bachelor’s degree in oboe jazz at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and in 2021, she achieved a master’s degree in oboe jazz.​ Today, she is dedicating herself entirely to music as a performer, composer, arranger and she is teaching "oboe jazz" online and onsite.

She has played in “XXVIII Festival internacional de jazz de Málaga”, “34 Festival Jazz Terrassa”, “Festival de jazz de Sant Andreu (2015)”, Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam (2017, 2021), 50 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona (2018), Jazzahara (2019), Jazzfest Amsterdam (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023), Jazz in de Kamer (2022), Jazzfestival Generations (2022), Jazzfestival Delft (2022), On the Roof (2022), CityProms Leeuwarden (2022, 2023), UJazzFest (2023), Opera Forward Festival (2023), North Sea Jazz Festival (2023), etc.

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Orchestral  experience

She has performed as a soloist with Orquesta de Cámara Promúsica de Málaga and Orquesta de Cámara “Ensemble Elegance” de Málaga. As a member has performed with orchestras such as Orquesta Joven de Andalucía, Orquesta de Córdoba, Metropole Orkest, Het Promenade Orkest, Koninklijke Militaire Kapel ‘Johan Willem Friso’, NAtionaal Symfonisch KAmerorkest, Ricciotti Ensemble, Jong Metropole, academy of Metropole Orkest, academy of Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Málaga, Orquesta Ciudad de Almería, Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Atarfe, etc. She was principal oboe in Banda Municipal de Música de Motril.


  • First Price in the 'Muestra de jóvenes intérpretes de Málaga Crea 2014' with Al-Ándalus woodwind quartet

  • First special mention in the 'XXII Muestra de jóvenes intérpretes de Málaga Crea' competition with the Orquesta de Cámara Promúsica.

  • Second price in II Concurso “Portón del Jazz‏” de Alhaurín de la Torre with combo Pericles

  • Finalist in Leiden Jazz Award 2018 with Maripepa Contreras Quintet

  • Semifinalist in "Concurso Juventudes Musicales Jazz 91ª Convocatoria" with Maripepa Contreras Quartet

  • Semifinalist in "7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest 2020" with Maripepa Contreras Quintet

  • Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Soloist in "44th Annual DownBeat Student Music Awards" with Maripepa Contreras Quintet


She has been composing for her group Maripepa Contreras Quintet and other jazz groups. For bigger ensembles she has written arrangements for het Ricciotti Ensemble, All Stars double reed band, Nederlands Dubbelriet Ensemble, Banda de Música de Almuñécar, Ensemble de saxofones del Conservatorio Cristóbal de Morales de Sevilla, etc. In 2023 she wrote a composition for choir Commissioned by Gaudeamus Festival and kamerkoor JIP. Nowadays is one of the regular arrangers for Marmoucha Orchestra, where some of her compositions and arrangements have been recorded.


In the world of jazz she participated in IX and X “seminario internacional de jazz y música moderna de Alhaurín de la Torre”, taking lessons with Ernesto Aurignac, Tete Leal, Perico Sambeat and Pasquale Grasso. During the course 2013/2014 she studied jazz and improvisation in Escuela Municipal de Música de Alhaurín de la Torre with teacher Ernesto Aurignac. In the course 2014/2015 she studied jazz in Centro de Artes & Música Moderna de Málaga “Maestro Puyana” with teachers Ernesto Aurignac, Julián Sánchez and Tete Leal. She participated in Obomania academy (2015,2016,2018) with jazz oboist Jean-Luc Fillon.

On the other side, she has given jazz workshops in hobo- & fagotdag in Almelo (2017), Conservatorium van Amsterdam (2018), in the International Double Reed Society 47th Annual Conference in Granada (2018) and in the Conservatorio Profesional de Música "Ramón Garay" in Jaén (2019), Hoboplatform in the Netherlands (2021), Real Conservatorio Superior Victoria Eugenia de Granada (2023). Currently she is teaching in Muziekschool Amsterdam Noord and was a guest teacher in Conservatorium van Amsterdam and  Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg.

CD recordings
  • Cacha Mundinho

  • Ernesto Aurignac Orchestra

  • Metropole Orkest

  • Magda Mendes

  • Javier Ojeda

  • Matthias Van den Brande

  • Lionel Ziblat

  • Asociación de Jazz de Málaga

  • Bernard van Rossum

  • Marmoucha Orchestra



She has performed with musicians such as: Perico Sambeat, Ernesto Aurignac, Carles Benabent, Jorge Pardo, Louis Cole, Mehdi Nassouli, Ben van Gelder, Reinier Baas, Carme Canela, Aline Morena, Jean-Luc Fillon, Michael Rabinowitz, Ronald Snijders, Jesse van Ruller, Maarten Hogenhuis, Jaume Llombart, Dee Jay Foster, Ramón Prats, Toni Belenguer, José Carra, Julián Sánchez, Morris Kliphuis, Timon Koomen, Remco Menting, Oene van Geel, Elizabeth Fadel, Rogério Bicudo, Pau Domenech, Enrique Oliver, Fernando Brox, Martín Melendez, Roger Mas, José Mercé, Montse Cortés, Abir el Abed Alfredo Lagos, Gerardo Núñez, Fernando Egozcue, Andrea Bocelli, etc.

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