Tonio Comesaña (Xosé Antón Comesaña Pintos) is a Galician clarinetist, currently active member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE).
Recently graduated from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, he studied there for 4 years under the guidance of Arno Piters and Hans Colbers. Previously he studied with Vicente López at the Escola de Altos Estudos Musicais de Galiza and with Felipe González Agell and Marta Sancho in the conservatory of his hometown, Vigo.
In the orchestral scope, he has been a reserve member of the most important youth orchestras in Europe: European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Academy or the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (NJO). Besides that, he has been a member or collaborated with: Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), Orquestra Sinfónica Vigo 430, Orquestra Xove da Sinfónica de Galiza or Xove Orquestra Sinfónica Vigo 430.
As a soloist, he has made appearances with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de Granada and Joven Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Salamanca.
He is awarded in the following competitions: 1st prize and best woodwind player in the 14th National Performance Contest “Intercentros Melómano” (2015), 2nd prize in the 14th edition of the “Terras de la Salette” Wind Instruments International Competition (2019), 1st prize in the 3rd Competition of Young Musicians “Antonio Granja” (2016), “David Russell” mention in the 8th edition of the “David Russell” Honorary Awards for New Talents.
He gives recitals in festivals as Festival de Segovia, Festival Internacional de Panticosa, Forum Internacional de Alto Perfeccionamento Musical del Sur de Europa and Festival Peregrinos Musicais, besides playing with some members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
As a complement to his studies, he receives lessons from renowned clarinetists such as Andreas Sundén, Davide Lattuada, Vicent Alberola, Wenzel Fuchs, Darío Mariño, Harmen de Boer, Bart de Kater, Luis Miguel Méndez, Josep Fuster, Beatriz López, Antonio Suárez ou Nicola Boud. In the same way, chamber music lessons with the Trío Arbós, Marjolein Dispa, Frank van de Laar, Frank Peters or Peter Brunt.
As a member of the Matthias Van den Brande Group, a nonet that combines Jazz with Classical music elements, he recorded in 2018 a CD in the prestigious Wisseloord Studios.