Federico Palacios is graduated from the Music Academy of Strasbourg (Master 1), the International Conservatory of Athens (Bachelor) and the Conservatory of Montevideo (Uruguay). Federico was a student of prestigious teachers of his instrument such as Francisco Martino, Denis Tempo, Armand Angster, Richard Stoltzman or Stanley Drucker.
Federico is former musician (clarinetist) of the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Uruguayan National Radio Orchestra, the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra and the Northern Vosges Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has also been conductor of several orchestral ensembles such as the Waldhambach wind orchestra, the Romanswiller wind orchestra and the Northern Vosges Philharmonic orchestra. He is a member (solo clarinet) and founder of the Mo ensemble (France), the Balanço do Morro quartet (France), the Corda di Vento trio (Greece), the Notias quintet (France), the José Artigas youth orchestra (Uruguay) and the inter Arte ensemble (Uruguay). His experiences as a soloist have led him to share the stage as a soloist with orchestras in France, Luxembourg, Uruguay, Germany and Greece. And he has created pieces for solo clarinet, clarinet with piano, different chamber music ensembles and pieces for clarinet and orchestra.
Federico was invited to be the soloist in the European Council (Strasbourg, France) at the Prize Winning ceremony for European cities in 2015. And, in 2016, the largest classical music network on the internet «Hello Stage», chose its recording of the work «Crystal Cathedral» (2010) by composer Leanna Primiani, as «Recording of the Week». One of the greatest clarinetists in history, soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Stanley Drucker, commented on his first album "Yvi Piahu" as "Great Recording". Federico has also been awarded the Strasbourg Philharmonic Prize and twice the «Juvenalis» Prize (Uruguay). And in 2019 he was receiver of the «Fausto» award, Uruguayan recognition for his unequal career.
He was clarinet teacher at the music schools of Grosbliederstroff, Sarre-Union, Sarralbe and Phalsbourg, as well as in the music schools of Rosheim, Romanswiller, Robertsau, CRFM (Strasbourg) and the conservatory "Angeliki Mavroulis" from Nafplion (Greece). He is regularly invited by different music workshops to give Masterclasses of clarinet and conducting. And he was also professor of clarinet and saxophone at the music conservatory of Freyming-Merlebach, the Strasbourg conservatory.
Today, Federico is Artist Relations Manager for clarinet at Yamaha Music Europe. And at the same time, he continues his life as a professional musician.
One of my favorite clarinetists of today, Federico's interpretations are always fresh, engaging and moving. His refined taste and beautiful sound make every piece he plays shine and come to life. His recording of my Pacific Serenade is one that I love…
Miguel del Aguila, compositeur
I have recently become aware of Federico's playing and am so glad that I have. His superb sense of phrasing coupled with his wonderfully fluid technique makes his performances inspiring !
Scott Kurtzweil, music artist consultant
Vertueux et plein de couleur
Federico is an excellent musician focused on the promotion of Latin-American repertoire. He's been doing a great job for the cause of both traditional and young composers…
Harry Crowl, compositeur
Uruguayan Federico Palacios arrived in Europe in 2001. Devoted passionately to deepen his musical knowledge and express his own interpretation, he has since traveled extensively, his clarinet shoulder. Always curious of exchange, he felt and sensed, seen and heard. Heard and listened to.
He met, merged and studied. Explored and interpreted. Determined and committed, he traces ever since a new path for his instrument.
Independent professional musician, soloist, Federico Palacios carves his name today in the international music world and is devoted to innovative and very promising forecasts. An attending and altruistic man, Mr. Palacios became a teacher in several music schools, where he offers to his students the confidence and the freedom of his own play and to his audience the poetry and the flight of his virtuosity.
A passionate soloist and chamber musician, Federico moves through different genres and styles such as classical and contemporary music, freestyle improvisation and traditional sort.
An assiduous explorer of unknown works and composers, he has succeeded in the last years to expand his repertoire through exhaustive research. This has afforded him the ability to debut in each of his concerts at least one piece of previously unrecorded material and influenced the release of his first album, “Yvi Piahu” (New Land) which boasts the first historical recording of six pieces by Latin American composers. An assiduous explorer of unknown works and composers, he has succeeded in the last years to expand his repertoire through exhaustive research. This has afforded him the ability to debut in each of his concerts at least one piece of previously unrecorded material and influenced the release of his first album, “Yvi Piahu” (New Land) which boasts the first historical recording of six pieces by Latin American composers.
His accomplishments include a Maîtrise in clarinet of Strasbourg's Univeristy, three music degrees in Clarinet (Uruguay, France and Greece), two Juvenalis Awards, a Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra Award and several special mentions in his impressive career. He studied with world renowned clarinetists such as Francisco Martino, Denis Tempo, Armand Angster, Richard Stoltzman and Stanley Drucker who described Federico’s first album as “Great Recording!”. Former clarinetist at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo (Uruguay) and Philharmonic Orchestra of Athens (Greece), Federico has also performed as a soloist in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Greece and Uruguay. He founded the ensemble “Mo” , the “Notias” quintet, the “Balanço do Morro” and “Nota de Choro” quartets and the trio “Corda di Vento.” He has world premiered musical works for solo clarinet, clarinet with piano and clarinet with orchestra.
Mr. Palacios is today Artist Relations Manager at Yamaha Music Europe. He is also soloist at the ensemble «Mo »in France.
A seasoned and sensitive professional clarinetist. His "New Land" CD (featuring works by South American composers) was a great find.
travailleur indépendant du secteur de la musique
Federico Palacios is a wonderful ‘virtuoso’ clarinetist with a great technique and an excellent musical sensitivity. He plays perfectly in chamber music ensembles as well as a first clarinet in symphonic orchestras and also as a soloist in concertos for clarinet and orchestra. Federico deserves playing at the best orchestras worldwide.
José Manuel Rosa chef d’orchestre
Federico è un bravo musicista
preparato e al passo con i tempi.
Davvero un professionista.
A. Cericola chef d'orchestre/compositeur
Lovely tone and an excellent technique. A pleasure to listen to Federico.
Harry Sparnaay clarinettiste
Mr. Federico Palacios is an excellent professional, responsible, assiduous in his duties as instrumentalist in his mastery of clarinet. I recommend to everyone and endorsement for excellence in his admirable work as instrumentalist and his admirable musical technique.
Paulo Cesar Maia de Aguiar
Herr Palacios ist ein wunderbarer Klarinettist.
I have known Federico Palacios for ten years and I followed his professional career achievements very closely. Federico Palacios is a highly talented clarinetist, researcher and organizer. His last recording is a clear example of his abilities, a CD of great power and acclaimed by critics.
Cristo Barrios clarinettiste
Federico's first album is a great recording!
Stanley Drucker clarinettiste