17 May, 2020

Vicente Climent – Young promises of the trombone by Innovatrombone.

Innovatrombone interviews Vicente Climent

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At Innovatrombone we continue to introduce young trombonists who are expected to have a long career. This time we have contacted the new trombone soloist of the Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Vicente Climent

Innovatrombone: Hi Vicent, we’re happy to chat with you, welcome to Innovatrombone!

Vicente Climent: Hello, thank you very much!

Innovatrombone: Would you like to confess your age?

Vicente Climent: 25 years old.

Innovatrombone: Where are you from?

Vicente Climent: From Carcaixent, Valencia.

Innovatrombone: How did your interest in music and/or trombone arise?

Vicente Climent: My parents signed me up for music school as an extra-curricular activity and the interest in music because it is very traditional to be part of the music bands in Valencia.

When we had to choose an instrument I still remember that day perfectly, I fell in love with a poster of a trombone hanging on the wall. That instrument with a beautiful bell and a slide left me in love until today.

Innovatrombone: Tell us, with whom and where did you start studying trombone?

Vicente Climent: I started with Agustín Martínez Caballero, in Carcaixent, a great teacher who gave me the love for music and the motivation to keep on being excited about music day by day.

Innovatrombone: Where did you continue your trombone studies?

Vicente Climent: Later, when I finished the elementary level, I entered the Mestre Vert Conservatory in Carcaixent where I studied my middle level. Daniel Gimeno has been and still is a reference for me and many professional musicians.

Innovatrombone: Can you tell us about the teachers who have most influenced you and why?

Vicente Climent: Thanks to my first teachers I was lucky enough to meet Enrique Ferrando, Carlos Gil, Inda Bonet, Elies Hernandis or Daniel Bonvin among others.

Photos: Course with Gilles Millere, Professor of trombone at that time at the Paris Conservatory of Music.

Innovatrombone: What trombone and mouthpiece do you currently use?

Vicente Climent: Vincent Bach 42. Depending on the repertoire we are playing I use either 5G or 4G Bach.

Innovatrombone: Can you tell us about your first auditions? (young orchestras and professionals)

Vicente Climent: During my studies in Salzburg I won the tests for the Munich Philharmonic Academy, an orchestra in which I had my first contacts with a professional orchestra, some incredible colleagues like David Rejano and Daniel Bonvin and during the first year I prepared myself for professional tests and established a calendar of all the orchestras from which I received invitations. The first ones were in Bern and I was lucky enough to win them.

Photos with the Young Orchestra of Holland, the Youth Orchestra of the Generalitat Valenciana and the Academic Orchestra of Madrid.

Innovatrombone: We know that you have occupied for quite some time the main trombone position in the Bern Symphony Orchestra and very recently you won the audition for the main trombone in the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Will you please tell us about your arrival in these orchestras and the experience you are having?

Low Brass Berner Symphonieorchester:

Vicente Climent: I still remember the week I had the rehearsals in Bern, we were playing Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony in Munich and we finished the rehearsals and the colleagues in the orchestra were listening to my repertoire for the rehearsals, great recognition from them because they really wanted to help. 22 and 23 October 2015, I will remember these days all my life.

October 22, 2015 we had the pre-tests, normally the professional orchestras usually make a pre-selection of students and academics for the day of the tests, we played in the theatre of Bern, Grondahl and Rossini’s Gazza Ladra. From there, a few of us passed to the next day.

October 23rd, at 09:30h the tests started, we made the draw of numbers and I got the 35th of about 50. After the first round we passed 7 to the second round and from there they gathered us all and told us that there was only one candidate for the final and it was the number 35. When I entered the room the curtain was gone and the whole orchestra was sitting in the audience, on the stage there were 5 chairs for the trombones and the tuba, the final was played with the section. We played the famous chorale from Mahler’s second symphony, Bruckner’s sixth and Schumann’s third.

I waited about 10 minutes for the orchestra to vote and the orchestra manager came out and said smiling, “Gratuliere, Herzlich Willckommen!”, Congratulations, welcome! I entered the room and began to applaud and greet those who are my fellow citizens in Bern today.

Innovatrombone: Please tell us about your experience of auditions in Rome…

Vicente Climent: October 2019, I organized the dates in Bern to be able to audition in Rome and I arrived on October 17 in Rome, I rehearsed with the pianist Bozza for the semifinal on the 18th.

In the semifinal we played orchestra extracts for a commission of musicians of the orchestra and Antonio Pappano, the chief conductor of the orchestra. We did two rounds in which we played only orchestral passages.

After the last round, we went to the final on the 19th, two candidates.

It is 8:15 before the final round in Rome and I stand in front of this majestic building, Parco della Musica, and I am inspired for the day by imagining this image in my head.

I see them, happy for me and enjoying Rome, since it was their first time in the city.

My family, the motivation to keep going and the biggest reason to live.

During the final, each candidate has a classroom in which they can warm up while the orchestra prepares the passages to be played in the final. An incredible experience to be able to play all the “Higlights” with orchestra and Pappano conducting , about 30 min of test between what we play, Tuba Mirum, Missa Solemnis, Renana, Kyrie with alto, Bolero, Mahler 2, Mahler 3, Saint Saens, Zaratrusta, Tanhauser, Walkyries…

We waited and entered the hall and Antonio Pappano and the musicians of the orchestra around in a semicircle gave me the congratulations.

I was very happy, I had made it…

Photo: Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Orquesta de la Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Innovatrombone: How is a day in the trombone life of Vicent Climent?

Vicente Climent: Well, it depends on the time of year and the repertoire we are playing. Normally during the season I work in the orchestra. The rehearsals are at 9.30 am, I usually stay 20 minutes or a quarter of an hour before the rehearsal to warm up, in Bern the rehearsals are usually until 12.30 or until 14.00. Depending on the type of repertoire we also have rehearsals at 19.30 until 22.30.

Normally I do not base my daily study before the rehearsals or concerts, I try to do it after the rehearsals (if it is in the morning) or before if it is in the afternoon.

Doing a minimum session of “basics” in my daily routine is very important because it helps me to be fit and clean and then I prepare the concerts of the next weeks or anything I have to play in weeks.

I like to play sports and enjoy my friends.

Innovatrombone: Do you have any future projects that you can tell, orchestras, concerts etc?

Vicente Climent: I’m looking forward to start working in Rome with my new colleagues and doing great concerts together. Enjoy the wonderful work we have and be happy every day.

Innovatrombone: It has been a pleasure to talk to you Vicent, at Innovatrombone you have your home for whatever you need and we wish you the best for the future.

Vicente Climent: Thank you very much for everything, congratulations for your work and a greeting to all the followers of Innovatrombone.

Innovatrombone: And here is the interview with Vicente Climent, we leave you with a video of the Bern Symphony Orchestra in which our guest appears.

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