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Etni Molletones (Venezuela)

Etni Molletones was born in Yaracuy, Venezuela in 1990. He began his musical studies at the age of 9 and began playing with the Orquesta Juvenil de Aroa. He went on to the Conservatory “Blanca estrella de Méscoli” with the Prof. Manuel Rojas and José Luis Ramirez, and at the same time held a position at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Yaracuy. Etni continued his studies at the Music Conservatory “Simón Bolívar” of Caracas with the Prof. Víctor Rojas and received his Bachelor degree at the Universidad central de Venezuela in 2016.

While he was a student in Caracas, Etni won the competition to become a member of the celebrated Orquesta Sinfónica “Simón Bolívar” under Gustavo Dudamel. With this orchestra, he had the opportunity to tour the world playing in the most prestigious concert halls including Philharmonie in Berlin, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Teatro Alla Scala in Milano, Salzburg Festival, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, KKL Luzern, Megaron and Herodes Atticus in Athens, Royal Abert Concert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. During this time, Etni had the great privilege to play under the baton of important conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Sir. Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Frühbeck de Burgos, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nikolaus Hanonkurt, Gustavo Dudamel, and others. He also collaborated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.

In 2017, Etni was accepted into Mario Caroli’s class at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, France. In 2018, Etni graduated with a specialization in "très bien à l'unanimité avec félicitations du jury", and began studying at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, where he is currently studying the 3rd semester in flute with Prof. Mario Caroli. 

Upon his arrival in Europe, Etni has won prizes at several international flute competitions:  

  •          1st Prize at the International “Jeune Flûtiste” Flute Competition in Paris
  •          1st Prize at the international “Concours artistique” flute competition in Epinal
  •          1st Prize at the "Domenico Cimarosa in Italia"
  •          1st Prize at the international “Dinu Lipatti” Flute Competition in Bucharest 
  •          "Pierre Pfimlin" Prize in Strasbourg, as the best student of Chamber Music and Flute

As a soloist, he has played with the Sibiu Philharmonic, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Camera Cittá di Fondi and the Yaracuy Symphony Orchestra, among others.and the Philharmonic Orchestra of de City of Sibiu.

He continues his studies at the Musikhochschule Freiburg with Mario Caroli and Professor, who is on the board of directors of the Cultural and Educational Musical Foundation for Human Development "OPUS sounds and life", a non-profit organization through which he makes an important musical and social contribution to the young musicians of his country.

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Etni Molletones (Venezuela)

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