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

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

  

She entered in the world of jazz in 2013, taking lessons with Ernesto Aurignac who brought her talent into a new direction and give her the motivation to go further in music.

In 2018, she won the scholarship AIE Jazz Tete Montoliu to finish the bachelor of oboe jazz in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with teachers: Jasper Blom, Simon Richter, Ben van Gelder and Ernest Rombout.​ Nowadays she is teaching oboe jazz at Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

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), 50 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona (2018), Jazzahara (2019), etc.

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, 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 GranadaOrquesta 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.

 

Prices
  • 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
Education

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).

CD recordings
Colaborations

She has performed with musicians such as: Perico Sambeat, Ernesto Aurignac, Carles Benabent, Ben van Gelder, Reinier Baas, Carme Canela, Jaume Llombart, Dee Jay Foster, Ramón Prats, Toni Belenguer, José Carra, Julián Sánchez, Morris Kliphuis, Timon Koomen, Remco Menting, Oene van Geel, Rogério Bicudo, Pau Domenech, Enrique Oliver, Fernando Brox, Martín Melendez, Roger Mas, José Mercé, Alfredo Lagos, Fernando Egozcue, Andrea Bocelli, etc.

© 2019 by María Josefa Contreras Gámez. All rights reserved.​