Emilio Borghesan

clarinet
biography

Based in Oslo, Norway, Emilio Borghesan is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Emilio has placed prominently in several solo competitions during the last few years, including winning second prize at the Seventh Annual Anton Eberst Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2014 and winning first prizes in the 2012 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Competition and the 2011 International Clarinet Association Orchestral Competition. Emilio was also a semifinalist in the International Carl Nielsen Music Competition in 2013.


Emilio has served a two-year fellowship with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to perform with them regularly. Emilio also performs with the Norwegian National Opera, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Emilio is a member of Trio ClariNord, a clarinet trio with cellist Joon ho Shim and pianist Jie Zhang. The ensemble is the first chamber music group featuring a wind player to be accepted to the European Chamber Music Academy and also the first group from Norway to be accepted as an ECMA ensemble. Trio ClariNord travels around Europe attending masterclasses given by ECMA and performing at various chamber music festivals. In 2014, the trio performed in Norway, England, Austria, Lithuania, Poland, and the Czech Republic.  


Emilio began studying the clarinet at the age of twelve. Four years later he was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College Program where he studied clarinet with Richard Shillea and Ayako Oshima Neidich and composition with Dr. Daniel Ott. He moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to study with renowned clarinet pedagogue Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California. While at USC, Emilio studied Economics as well as Music and eventually received two bachelor degrees. He moved to Norway in 2011 to study with Hans Christian Bræin and Björn Nyman.


Emilio has performed in a number of famous venues in America and Europe including orchestra performances in Carnegie Hall and Oslo's Concert House and Opera Hall, and multiple chamber music performances in each of New York City's Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard Theatre. In January 2015 Emilio performed in Wigmore Hall with Trio ClariNord.


Emilio often shares his passion with audiences by talking about the music during concerts. He has combined lectures on composers and art history with his solo performances. The goal is to increase the audience's appreciation of music through stimulating the senses and the mind. 

Emilio writes a blog devoted to helping musicians develop better practice techniques. Check it out at www.emilioborghesan.com/practice


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