Ricardo Arbiza (b.1987) Uruguayan trombonist and composer, began his music studies at the age of 12 at his childhood hometown in Fray Bentos, Uruguay.
Awarded with the 2018 Fulbright Scholarship and the 2019 Organization of the American States (OAS) Post Graduate Scholarship, is having an intense activity in the city of New York and surrounding areas.
As a performer, he has covered a huge variety of styles and ensembles, from Symphony Orchestras such as UN Symphony Orchestra, Montevideo Symphonic Band, Iberoamerican Symphony Orchestra, Montevideo Philharmonic, and the Uruguayan National Symphony Orchestra (OSSODRE); to Salsa Bands such as Tito Nieves, Ayme Nuviola, and several Big Bands, pop groups, and solo works with electronics.
As a composer, he has premiered pieces in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Spain, and the US, having some of them awarded internationally. His interests include experimental music with cassettes, vinyl records, soundscape, design and develop of new electronic devices, as well as conventional and acoustic music.
Since 2013, also leads Urubrass, an international brass festival held in Uruguay yearly, with the characteristic of being free of cost for all the participants and audience. In 2020, 350 students from all over the world participated remotely due to the COVID restrictions.
Ricardo Arbiza holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Uruguay (UDELAR-EUM) were studied with composers Dr.Osvaldo Budon and Luis Jure; a Master's Degree from The New School, Mannes School of Music, NYC, with major in music performance under the guidance of George Curran (NY Phil.), and Nick Schwartz (MET Opera); and currently, is pursuing his Ph.D. in Music: Performer & Composer in New York University, studying bass trombone with David Taylor (Int. Artist) and music composition with Dr.Tae Hong Park, being the first Ph.D. student in the brass department at New York University (NYU), Steinhardt.
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