Born in Germany, Alex took his first clases wiith Bettina Fabiunke and Rainer Auerbach (Berlin State Opera) and studied with Bob Platt, Konradin Groth (Berlin Philharmonic) and Peter Leiner (“Das Rennquintett”) at the Universities of Arts in Berlin and Saarbrücken. He has participated in courses with Jens Lindeman, Allan Vizutti, Tim Morrison, Hannes Läubin, James Thompson etc. Alex has been invited to play with well-known orchestras as the Berlin State Opera, Semper Opera Dresden, the Cologne Radio Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, and others.
In Germany he had contracts with the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremen, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Disney’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” etc., in México he was principal trumpet of the Michoacán Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Monterrey and Mineria in Mexico City.
He performed as a soloist in Mexico, Korea, Italy, Germany and France. Alex lives in San Miguel de Allende, is currently trumpet professor at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, and teaches Meditation of the ancient Ishaya Tradition.
Oscar Villegas Miranda – Trumpet
Originally from Santa Catarina del Monte, Oscar studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City under maestro Francisco Peralta (National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, and has participated in master courses with Philip Smith (New York Philharmonic), Pierre Dutot (Paris Conservatory), Boyd Hood (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Uwe Köller (German Brass), among others.
He has performed with The State of Mexico Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of Xalapa, and the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, and was Co-Principal with the Michoacán Symphony Orchestra. Currently Oscar plays Principal Trumpet and soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Toluca. Oscar and Alex are the founding members of METALES M5 MEXICAN BRASS.
He lives with his wife and two little girls in his birthtown in the mountains of Texcoco.
Instruments: SCHAGERL Bflat- and C- trumpets “Hörsdorf Heavy“, Piccolo/ Eb/ flugel “Yamaha”, Mouthpiece: GR
Juan Carlos Quiterio Miguel – French Horn
Born in Mexico City, Juan Carlos began playing music at age seven, and soon joined the José Pablo Moncayo Youth Orchestra. He studied french horn at the National School of Music (UNAM) with Elizabeth Rising Kinsey. Juan Carlos has participated in master classes with such well-known musicians as Guelfo Nalli, Radovan Vladcovic, Martin Hackleman, and Jon Gustely, as well as with members of the German Brass and Canadian Brass.
Juan Carlos played principal horn in the Youth Symphony Orchestra in Toluca, the Michoacán Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Hidalgo in Pachuca. With the members of M5, he has participated in classes with Fred Mills and Jens Lindemann, Jim Thompson and Andrew Hitz. Juan Carlos is currently principal horn player in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Toluca. He lives in Mexico City.
Instrument: Engelbert Schmid
José Lopez Juárez – Tuba
Jose was born in Texcoco and studied at the National Conservatory of Music and at the Culture Centre “Ollin Yolitztli” in Mexico City with Erasto Vázquez and Dwight Sullinger (Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra). José has participated master classes with Alan Trudel and with members of the Meridian Arts Ensemble and the San Luis Brass Quintet.
He toured Mexico for two years with a student brass quintet and regularly plays with the symphony orchestras in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Acapulco, Xalapa, Monterrey and Guanajuato. José has been principal tuba with the Pachuca Symphony Orchestra since 2002. He lives with his wife and 3 kids in in the mountains of San Jeronimo Amanalco, Texcoco, where he conducts his own sinfonic wind orchestra.
Instrument: Miraphone C-Tuba
Roberto Carlos Cruz – Trombone
Born in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, State of México, Carlos studied at the National Conservatory of Music with Benjamín Alarcón Bear and participated in masterclasses with Jacques Mauger (Paris Opera), Dr.James Lebens (Université Laval de Quebec), Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony), José Leonardo León (Florida Opera), Ángel Subero (Boston University), etc. In 2010 he was first trombone in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Toluca (OFIT) and in 2011 second trombone in the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Universidad Autónoma de México (OFUNAM).
He is frequently invited to perform with mayor Mexican orchestras like the OFUNAM, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Camerata de Coahuila and Orquesta de las Américas. M5´s trombone player since 2012, he is the youngest member of the quintet.
Instrument: Kiss Bone