Ferran Gorrea (Llíria, 1995) is a Spanish musician, saxophonist and improviser based in Zurich since 2017.

He shows a very versatile profile with a strong commitment with contemporary music and the composers of the current generation, always interested in the sonic experimentation and bringing the possibilities of the instrument far beyond its limit.

The free improvisation is Ferran’s most representative side of his personality as an artist. Guided by the renowned percussionist and improviser Lucas Niggli during his studies at the ZHdK, Ferran has developed his own musical language for the improvisation. A language that allows him to explore with great precision every possible of the saxophone.

Ferran Gorrea has worked regularly with renowned groups such as Zurich Saxophone Collective or 2.13 SAX. Currently he is an active member of Slide and Delirium, his two main ensembles

Thanks to his openness and will to collaborate, he has worked with artists and groups such as Steamboat Switzerland, Sigma Project Ensemble, Billiger Bauer, JODOQ, Matt Ilda, Thymian and many others.

He has performed in music festivals like Unerhört (Zurich, CH), Zurich meets Seoul (Seoul, KR), 18th World Saxophone Congress (Zagreb, HR), Mallorca Saxophone Festival (Palma de Mallorca, ES), Ensems (Valencia, ES) or Sax & the City (Zurich, CH); and also in relevant concert halls such as Het Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, NL), Tonhalle Maag (Zurich, CH) or Auditorio Nacional (Madrid, ES).

Ferran Gorrea was awarded the 1st Prize at the ZHdK Contemporary Music Competition in 2022, 2021 and 2019. From 2017 to 2020 he has been supported by the Valencian Culture Institute (IVC) to pursue his studies.

Ferran finished his Saxophone Bachelor at COSCyL (Salamanca, ES) in 2017, being granted the Extraordinary Bachelor Final Prize. At the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich) he completed a Master of Arts in Music Performance (2020) and a Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy (2022), both in the class of the renowned saxophonist and conductor Lars Mlekusch.

Nowadays he teaches Saxophone at the Musikschule Fislisbach.

Ferran Gorrea is a JLV Sound Ambassador since 2021.

Photos by Alicia Olmos