About me

“The best way to know where
you want to go is to look back”

Career

Iñigo Setuaín Antoñanzas (1994, Vitoria-Gasteiz), is a Spanish saxophone player. He studied the Elementary and Professional degree with Josetxo Silguero and Iñigo Ibaibarriaga at the “Conservatorio de Música Jesús Guridi” in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), the Bachelor degree with Andrés Gomis and Ángel Soria at the “Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León” in Salamanca (Spain). 

After, he studied the Performance Master and a Minor in Contemporary Music with Marcus Weiss and Philippe Koerper at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Basel (Switzerland).

He received masterclasses with international saxophonists such as Marie Bernadette Charrier, Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé, Hans de Jong, Gilles Tressos, Julien Petit, Rodrigo Vila, and Ricardo Capellino

Experience

His musical inquisitiveness leads him to create diverse chamber music groups, like Slapsus Quartet; with which he won the “VII Concurso de música de Cámara Juventudes musicales de Ávila” and “I Concurso de Música de Cámara “Jóvenes Músicos” de CyL” in Spain. He got an Anerkennungspreis in the “BOG Competition” with Kugel Ensemble in Basel and in 2018 he was a finalist with Kugel Ensemble in the “XX International Chamber Music Competition Luigi Nono”.

As saxophonist, he collaborated with the OSE (Basque Symphony Orchestra), the EGO (Basque Youth Orchestra) and the Vitoria-Gasteiz Municipal Windband; participating in several festivals such as the “XVII Saxophone World Congress” (Zagreb, Croatia), in “La Escucha Errante 2018” (Bilbao, España), in the “Sábados musicales” Chamber Music Festival in the Art Museum of Álava (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain) and in the “XI. Festival Musigüenza” (Sigüenza, España).

He has received scholarships from swiss foundations such as Lyra Stiftung, Haiku Stiftung, Stiftung Melinda Esterházy de Galantha, Doms Stiftung, Susanne und Martin Knechtli-Kradolfer- Stiftung, C. und A. Kupper-Stiftung, Rita Zimmermann Musik-Stiftung and Young Artist Foundation. 

 Since February 2021, he has been an artist for the American brand Silverstein and belongs to the “Silverstein Next Gen Artist” programme.

 

Recordings

— 2020 Bolero – M. Ravel with the OSE (Basque National Orchestra) for Ondine Records

— 2019 Bolero – M. Ravel with the OSE (Basque National Orchestra) in Eitb (Spain)

— 2017 Gernika (opera) Francisco Escudero for MMedia (France)

— 2014 “Jazz Suite nº 2” of D. Shostakovich & ”África” of D. Goyeneche for “La 2” in RTVE (Spain)

Projects

Akartia Trio

Accordion, voice and sax

This group was born in 2019 at the initiative of both musicians from Vitoria. De La Puente and Setuaín were in their hometown after having developed their professional and academic activity on the European continent. After having shared the stage in various projects with each of these instruments and their interest in exploring new sound territories led to the creation of this trio.

Akartia Trio draws on the experience that its members have in the field of chamber music. Furthermore, the lack of original works has been a motivation to create their repertoire and promote the field of contemporary music. To do this, they carry out research and visibility work collaborating with different composers and showing them the variety of timbre that this training offers. Through its commissions, Akartia Trio promotes a repertoire for voice, accordion, and saxophone, thus enriching the current contemporary scene.