Charles Villarrubia serves as Associate Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at The University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music. Mr. Villarrubia is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a founding member of the international touring group, Rhythm & Brass. He received degrees in music performance from Louisiana State University and Boston University. Mr. Villarrubia has been a member of the Dallas Brass, the Waterloo Festival Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestras. Additionally, Mr. Villarrubia is a faculty member at the Brevard Music Center where he performs with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra.
Mr. Villarrubia has appeared on four continents as a guest clinician and performer for the Yamaha Corporation and has recorded on the Telarc, Angel EMI, d’note, and Koch labels. Mr. Villarrubia has been a faculty member at Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music.
In the spring of 2011 Mr. Villarrubia and Dr. Robert Carnochan, former Associate Director of Bands at The University of Texas at Austin, commissioned Donald Grantham to compose a new work for solo tuba and orchestral winds. This resulted in a major new addition to the repertoire, the Concerto for Solo Tuba, Orchestral Winds, Percussion and Piano. Mr. Villarrubia premiered the Concerto with Dr. Carnochan conducting The University of Texas Wind Symphony on March 27, 2012 in Bates Recital Hall on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Subsequent performances of the Concerto included one at the College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division Conference on the campus of the University of Texas San Antonio and with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”. The Concerto has been recorded with The University of Texas Wind Ensemble and will be released digitally on the Longhorn label.
Mr. Villarrubia’s solo CD, Carnivale features several of his transcriptions for tuba and piano that are available through his publishing company, Azadmusico. His latest publication is a collection of vocal music entitled Interpretation Through Song. Mr. Villarrubia has also recorded all of the songs in the collection. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Butler School of Music Teaching Excellence Award, representing the applied faculty.
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FivE is a creative and innovative new quartet that pushes the boundaries of low brass chamber music. Combining comedy and theater with outstanding musicianship, FivE brings fresh energy to a unique musical product. Conceived in 2012, FivE has attracted national attention for its distinguished sound, popular YouTube videos, and success in chamber music competitions. In 2013, FivE was selected internationally as one of twelve ensembles to compete in the 40th Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the largest of its kind in the world. FivE is the only euphonium quartet ever to advance to the Fischoff quarterfinals.
The recent emergence of euphonium quartet as a serious performing ensemble coincides with a need to expand the canon of original repertoire. As a result, FivE composes, arranges, and adapts new music and old favorites specifically tailored to the strengths of the ensemble while combating the difficulties of arranging for homogeneous instruments.
FivE performed their popular shows “NEON” and “#hashtags” in over a dozen cities in the last two years. Highlight performances include a featured recital at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, a showcase at the TMEA convention, and four keynote appearances at ITEA conferences. The quartet also regularly gives clinics and has toured through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Individually, the members of FivE have excelled in prestigious solo and composition competitions. Their successes include first prizes in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, the MTNA Young Artist Solo and Composition Competitions, ITEC Young Artist Competition, Euphoniumcommissions.org, and University Concerto Competitions.
FivE is a performing ensemble with Buffet Crampon and plays exclusively on Besson instruments.
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