Javier Zafra


Born in Alicante, he entered the Academy of Music Oscar Esplá, where he studied harmony, bassoon and counterpoint. He moved to the Netherlands in 1996 to study the historic bassoon. He studied bassoon and chamber music with Donna Agrell and Ku Ebbinge at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, as well as music theory with Peter van Heyghen.

Javier Zafra obtained his baroque bassoon diploma with distinction in June 2000. He was a member of the Baroque Orchestra of the European Union (EUBO) in 1997, then under the direction of Ton Koopman. Since then, he has played, among others, with the Anima Aeterna ensembles, the Champs Elysées Orchestra, Le Concert d'Astrée, Al Ayre Español, and with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Trevor Pinnock, Gustav Leonhard, René Jacobs or Sir Simon Rattle. His main interest is chamber music, he has performed with Lorenzo Coppola (Ensemble Dialoghi), Kristian Bezuidenhout, Alexander Melnikov or Isabelle Faust, with whom he recorded the Octet Schubert. He successfully performed the Mozart KV Bassoon Concerto. 191 at the prestigious KKL Lucerne, at Wigmore Hall in London or at the Lincoln Center in New York which was acclaimed by the New York Times in the Mostly Mozart Festival 2010.

Javier Zafra has been a member of the Friborg Baroque Orchestra since 1999. From 2012 to 2017, he taught the baroque bassoon at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg. From September 2018, he teaches the baroque bassoon at the Koninklijk Conservatory in Brussels.


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