Based in Trento, Italy, the Mestizo Saxophone Quartet formed in November 2017 while studying with renowned saxophonist Marco Albonetti and holds an active and diverse performing schedule throughout Italy. Mestizo is originally a word from Spanish, which translates to a person of mixed cultural ancestry - perfectly describing this quartet’s global diversity with members from Israel, Costa Rica, and the United States. Consequently, we are most passionate about integrating music from each of our ethnic musical traditions, as well as playing pieces by composers from our home countries. We also enjoy exposing audience members to the virtuosic and diverse sounds of the classical/contemporary saxophone quartet.
Most recently, Mestizo took first prize in Italy’s prestigious competition, il Premio Nazionale delle Arti and will return to Sicily for a six-concert tour including venues in Palermo, Trapani, Catania, Messina. In 2019, Mestizo will also be featured in the music festivals of the 62nd edition of the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Spinacorona in Naples, LeAltreNote Valtellina Festival in Northern Italy, the Sax Arts Festival held in Emilia-Romagna and has played concerts in cities such as Rome, Cremona, Trento, Rovereto, Faenza, Arco, Ora... Mestizo also holds first prize in the 11th Concorso Nazionale di esecuzione musicale “Citta di Piove di Sacco”, and was a finalist in the 16th Concorso Internazionale “Luigi Zanuccoli”. As a chamber group, Mestizo has performed in masterclasses and projects with renowned saxophonists Marco Albonetti, Arno Bornkamp, Phillipe Geiss, Russell Peterson, Derek Brown, and pianist Alberto Miodini.
Meet the Members!
CAROLINE LEIGH HALLECK:
Hailing from Athens, GA, and Isle of Palms, SC, Caroline is pursuing a Masters degree in saxophone performance at the F.A. Bonporti Conservatorio di Trento in Italy. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia in the United States. As a soloist, Caroline has received 1st prize in the UGA Hodgson Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, 1st prize in the Eiffel Murray SAI Music Competition and prizes in il Concorso Internazionale di Sogliano al Rubicone and MTNA Georgia Young Artists Competition. She has also advanced to the finals of both the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition and Music Teachers National Association Chamber Competition. Caroline is the recipient of the Kenneth Fischer Memorial Scholarship, UGA Directors Award of Excellence, and Faenza SaxArts Scholarship. She has also performed in masterclasses and festivals across the United States, Italy and France. Her primary teachers include Marco Albonetti and Connie Frigo.
Vered Kreiman was raised in Akko, Israel, and completed 12 years of studies in the Akko Coservatory in the class of saxophonist Tal Varon, while also studying clarinet and piano. Vered completed her bachelor's degree in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, in prof. Gersh Celler's class and served for two years in the IDF with the status of "Outstanding Musician." She is now completing her Master's degree at the Trento Conservatory in Italy with Marco Albonetti. She has attended masterclasses in Israel, Italy and Germany with saxophonists such as Anro Bornkamp, Vincent David, Marco Albonetti, Russel Peterson, Ties Mellema, Philippe Geiss... She played in the "Tedarim" contemporary music project of the Meitar Ensemble and has collaborated with the Jerusalem Symphonic Orchestra. Vered has won 2nd prize in the music competition of Piove di Sacco in 2018, 3rd prize in the national Kefar-Saba Wind competition in Israel and 3rd and 2nd prizes in the Jerusalem Academy wind competitions. Vered has also been a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship since 2011.
Born in Barva de Heredia, Costa Rica, Jaime Mora holds master’s degrees in Saxophone and Chamber Music from the F.A. Bonporti conservatory of Trento, Italy; and a B.A in Saxophone performance and education from Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica. Mr. Mora is recipient of several prizes and awards, including first prize in the Salieri Competition, first prize in the Città Piove di Sacco Competition, and a Gold Medal at the World Music Competition. Mr. Mora has toured around the world with diverse chamber ensembles, and has attended several master classes in his native country Costa Rica, as well as Mexico, China, and across Europe.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Ayala Rollia holds degrees from the Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem, a B.A. from The Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, and a masters from the F.A. Bonporti Conservatorio di Trento in Italy. In addition to being a recipient of the American Israel Foundation scholarship, Rollia has taken 2nd Prize in the first Israeli Saxophone Competition, 2nd Prize Jerusalem Academy wind competition, and scholarship winner in the Faenza SaxArts Festival. Rollia has been named an “Outstanding Musician” in the IDF Education and Youth Corps in Israel, and has participated in masterclasses and festivals across Europe, Israel and the United States.