“I always intend to tell a story with my music”, Efraín Oscher describes his motivation as composer.
“I want to move the listener – and I can achieve that by telling them a story infused with emotions”.
Efrain lives in Germany since 2003, where he performs, composes, and teaches. He has composed many works for the Bolivar Soloists, which lead to a close collaboration with Edicson Ruiz, double bass player of the Berliner Philharmonic, for whom he has written many pieces in different combinations of instruments, including a double bass concerto. Efraín has also worked closely with star trumpeter Pacho Flores, who has performed his trumpet concerto “Mestizo” more than 30 times worldwide and entrusted him with several arrangements and one composition for his debut album for the Deutsche Grammophon “Cantar.” More recent commissions include a cello concerto for Matias de Oliveira Pinto, professor of the Musikhochschule Münster and bassoon concertos for Matthias Rácz and Hans Agreda, members of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. His orchestral works have been played by ensembles such as the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic Venezuela, Camerata Antlântica, and Kammerensemble Konsonanz, to mention a few. Efraín trained as a flutist at the Conservatory of Music Carabobo, an institution part of “El Sistema,” the world-famous children and youth orchestras organization in Venezuela. He was a member of the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra and the principal flutist of the Valencia Municipal Orchestra.
Efrain is also a very accomplished arranger. His arrangements have been recorded by Rolando Villazon in his albums “Tresures of Belcanto” and “¡México!” which was awarded with the Echo Klassik award. He arranged and recorded fultes for Avi Avital’s CD “Between Worlds” as well as for Ksenjia Sidorova’s album “Carmen”, both for the yellow label Deutsche Grammophon.
Efraín was given the Benjamin Dale Award at the Royal Academy of Music to undertake a postgraduate course with William Bennett, which he completed with Merits in June 2003.
During his studies in London he performed at the Bath International music Festival and the English Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Series. He enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with musicians such as composer and conductor Benjamin Wallfisch, British pianists Clifford Benson and Rhodri Clarke and Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodriguez. He also founded the Bolivar Soloists, an ensemble dedicated to Latin-American chamber music with which he has appeared in the most important venues and festivals around Europe and Latin America such as Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and iTunes Festival, to mention a few.
Currently he is focused on performing his own compositions for flute, such as the Green Concerto, Barroqueanas Venezolanas Nr.1 & 3, Barroqueana Sudamericana Nr.2, Asosrosa, 12 Latin-American Fantasias and others.