OSO Soloist: Roberto Carillo-Garcia
Roberto Carillo-Garcia was born on the Island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, where music plays a very important role. There are two symphony orchestras, conservatories and international music festivals giving music lovers plenty of things to do. I studied the classical guitar and then the double bass at the Conservatorio Superior de Mœsica in Santa Cruz, the capital of the island. I had good teachers and colleagues but I felt that my little island was becoming smaller and smaller every day. I wanted to discover other places and cultures where I could develop my knowledge as a musician as well as myself as a person. I went to London, then Manchester and then Newcastle upon Tyne and that is as far north as I think I will manage to live. Now I am on my way south again, back in Manchester, where I will hopefully stay for a long time, taking part in the musical life of this very exciting city.
It was in April last year when I first came to work with the Hallé. I was invited to play Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 under the direction of Mark Elder. I never imagined in those days that I would be Principal Double Bass of the Hallé I was very happy with my job and life in Newcastle upon Tyne, with the Northern Sinfonia. Great things are happening in Newcastle these days, a new concert hall, which will be finished very soon, a music school and, why not say it, the night life! Roberto played Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez with Oldham Symphony Orchestra in 2006.
Concerts where Roberto Carillo-Garcia played: