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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.

Etni has participated in masterclasses with internationally renowned flutists such as James Galway, Shigenori Kudo, Phillipe Bernold, Peter Lukas Graff, Michael Hasel, Sandrine Tilly, Julien Beaudiment, and Mario Caroli. As a soloist, he played with the Orquesta Juvenil de Aroa, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yaracuy, Orquesta Sinfónica de Falcón, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of de City of Sibiu. In 2010, he won a special Prize at the Yamaha-Venezuela flute competition and in the same year he served as principal flute of the Orquesta Juvenil Iberoamericana, playing important concerts in Mexico and Argentina.

In 2017, Etni was accepted into Mario Caroli’s class at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, France where he studies flute in the “Cycle de Spécialisation”. Upon his arrival in France, he 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 international “Dinu Lipatti” Flute Competition in Bucharest 

A Miyazawa Emerging Artist, Etni plays a Miyazawa flute with MX-1 style headjoint, studies at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg with Mario Caroli, is a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana “Simón Bolívar”, and is a teacher and founder of the Fundación Opus “Sonidos y Vida”. 

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Etni Molletones (Venezuela)

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