Prize-winning Saxophonist Ricardo Pires to replace Jess Gillam in the 17 August Bolzano Festival Bozen concert

09/08/2021 - The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and the Bolzano Festival Bozen announce the replacement of saxophonist Jess Gillam with Ricardo Pires in the concert that will take place on 17 August at the Teatro Comunale / Stadttheater in Bolzano.

As a result of Coronavirus travel restrictions between the UK and a number of EU countries such as Italy, Jess Gillam is unable to travel to Italy from the UK to take part in the performance. We are however delighted to be able to announce that the award-winning Portuguese saxophonist Ricardo Pires will take her place, performing the same repertoire as had been previously programmed with Ms Gillam, Michael Nyman’s Where the Bee Dances for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra.

Prize winning saxophonist Ricardo Pires has received many awards including from the Young Soloists Competition EPME, the Victor Santos Saxophone International Competition and Prémio Jovens Músicos from the Portuguese Broadcasting Organization. His teachers include Saxophone legend John Harle (for whom Michael Nyman wrote Where the Bee Dances), and Pires now teaches saxophone at the Sintra Music Conservatory in Portugal and frequently gives saxophone masterclasses in music conservatories and schools. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Clássica do Sul Orchestra, and Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble.

The programme for the evening remains as previously confirmed, with EUYO Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko directing the Orchestra in a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz Overture, Michael Nyman’s Where the Bee Dances, and Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D major. Performances with Ms Gillam and the EUYO in Austria and Germany are unaffected due to those countries being on the UK’s Green Travel List. The EUYO and Bolzano Festival Bozen apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change.