Emilio Espasandin

With a network of Artist Centres and Ateliers around the world, Yamaha works with leading players to support their performances and develop instrument designs and new ideas for the benefit of all musicians. Yamaha Artists share with us a passion for inspiring the next generation of players, and a belief that everybody should be encouraged to nurture their talent, connect with others and tell their stories through music.

Get to know Yamaha Artist and clarinet player Emilio Espasandin

How does your instrument improve your daily life as a musician? 

In the orchestra it is very important to have material that responds to all kinds of situations and repertoires, i.e. that is flexible. Our repertoire ranges from Classical to Contemporary Music. We have to look for different ways of phrasing, articulating, etc. When the instrument makes it possible to adapt to any situation, the work becomes much more enjoyable.

How would you characterise your instrument?

Undoubtedly its great homogeneity in all registers, its intonation and its flexibility.

When and how did you first come into contact with Yamaha?

I met Federico Palacios (Yamaha Music Europe) when I arrived in France in 2019, We have been in contact ever since, but it was only now that I decided to take the leap. On the other hand, my partner in the orchestra is also a Yamaha Artist, and with him I was able to begin to familiarise myself with the instruments.

Who was your most influential teacher and is there any advice which you still follow?

Here I have to mention the four teachers who have guided me during my training, and who I appreciate the most. Jesús López, who was the one who put a clarinet in my hand for the first time, Juan Ferrer and Beatriz López, who trained me as an orchestral musician, and António Saiote, who helped me a lot as a soloist. Of course, I still take valuable advice from each of them.

Advice for a young musician:

To listen to a lot of music, of many styles and different instruments, and to try to always enjoy and make music all the time, even doing technique.