At the moment when they won the 2nd Prize (1st Prize not awarded) and the Audience Prize at the 63rd International ARD Music Competition in Munich, Azahar Ensemble embarked on an exciting international career that has led them to concertize in prestigious music venues including the Vienna Musikverein, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Prinzregententheater in Munich, as well as renowned festivals such as the Würzburg Mozartfest, the Santander International Music Festival and the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus.
Formed in 2010, the ensemble perfected their craft at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel (Switzerland) under the guidance of bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, thanks to scholarships awarded by the BBVA Foundation and by the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), of which all five members had formed part.
Already in 2011, they were laureates at the ORPHEUS Swiss Chamber Music Competition. The next year, the ensemble reached second place at the “El Primer Palau” competition in Barcelona.
Following an invitation by Ensemble Pentaedre, Azahar Ensemble traveled in 2016 to perform in Montreal at the Journées des Vents Festival; they will return to Canada once more in 2018, where they have been selected as Resident Wind Quintet of the Honens Piano Competition in Calgary.
Azahar Ensemble has made recordings for several broadcasting entities: Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR, Deutschland Radio Kultur, Radio Clásica España, SRF2, France Musique, and Catalunya Música.
In July 2017, Azahar Ensemble will record their first CD with the Calanda Music label. In November, they will record their 2nd CD, “Turina x Turina”, under the auspices of Deutchlandradio Kultur in Berlin.
In the 2017/2018 season they will make début appearances in renowned music venues such as the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Essen Philharmonie.