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Estela Briceño Mezquita

A versatile, passionate, and talented artist.

A versatile, passionate, and talented artist.

In 2007, Estela graduated from Conservatori J. Rodrigo de València (Spain) with a Bachelor in classical saxophone performance and a Bachelor in viola performance, obtaining the highest grades in Viola, Saxophone, and Chamber Music. In  2012, she obtained her music Bachelor's degree in viola performance from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague.  Estela graduated from HKU Utrecht Conservatorium with a Master's degree in viola performance (2019) and in saxophone performance  (2018).

Estela has shared her talents with multiple orchestras as Asko|Schönberg ensemble, Het Brabants Orkest (The Netherlands), and Navarra Symphony Orchestra (Spain), among others. Currently,  Estela plays in various chamber music ensembles and symphonic orchestras as a freelance viola player and saxophone player as with Noord Nederlands Orkest, Metropole Orkest, Het Zeeuws Orkest, Sinfonia Rotterdam, and Philarmonie Zuid Nederland (The Netherlands) performing internationally in Argentina, Spain, Belgium, Germany, China, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, U.K, France, and The Netherlands. Estela is a member of the Dicophonic orchestra.

Estela combines her freelance orchestral playing with her own chamber music projects. Estela is a member of Stille trio (flute, harp & viola), 2 in 1 (saxophone & viola solo project), Chamber 9 (combo jazz & string quartet), Kurkuma Duo (saxophone, viola & guitar), Meraki Duo (saxophone & piano) and Bonalma String Quartet (string quartet).

Her performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, together with George Benson in 2009 and with Benjamin Hermann in 2012 demonstrates her interest in crossover.

Estela holds a deep passion for both classical and world music. She continues to develop that passion in younger generations through teaching and giving workshops for young children and adults, from beginners to advance levels.

Estela teaches privately in The Hague and as well as online lessons.

Besides her soloist education and performing career, Estela also took additional courses in Basics on arrangements and composition (software MuseScore & Sibelius), Emotional Intelligence in Education and Stress, Management in Education, and Mindfulness. In her lessons, Estela incorporates the Alexander and Feldenkrais Techniques.

Estela is playing on a viola made in 2020 by Daniël Royé and on a saxophone Selmer super action 80 Serie II with Mark VII  silver neck.



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