The tuba class at the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM) benefits from the cordial teaching of its professor Ricardo Carvalhoso. Our professor is not only a renowned artist but also an educator par excellence. 

Currently the first soloist at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Munich, he is part of a generation that has given new impetus to the modern playing of the instrument. To complement his teaching, internationally renowned artists are regularly invited, in the context of Masterclasses.

The students taking the HEM’s tuba classes benefit from a particularly stimulating learning environment, which emphasizes their cultural diversity. The atmosphere is one that favours human contact and new friendships. Besides the individual classes, there is a large number and variety of opportunities to play in a group: orchestra sessions, chamber music, brass ensembles such as the HEM Red Flag brass band, and multi-disciplinary projects. Simulations of orchestra contests are also regularly held.

Our students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by following a dual curriculum (trombone and saxhorn/euphonium). Thanks to the resources at our ‘Centre de musique électroacoustique’ (Centre for electro-acoustic music, CME), they can also experiment with avant-garde styles of music through amplification, the use of effect pedals, etc.

Thanks to the close ties that the HEM maintains with the region’s professional ensembles, our students have numerous opportunities to play in renowned ensembles such as the Orchestre de la Suisse romande (OSR), the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève (OCG) or the Ensemble de musique contemporaine Contrechamps. The music scene in French-speaking Switzerland, in particular its rich fabric of fanfare ensembles, mean that there are ample opportunities for engagement, to enrich their practice and develop their network. 


Ricardo Carvalhoso

Professeur de Tuba et Euphonium

One of the most prominent tuba players of his generation, Ricardo Carvalhoso has built his career on a singing and energetic approach to brass playing, leading him to win jobs in several orchestras across Europe.  Since 2017 he is Principal Tuba of the Munich Philharmonie Orchestra. Prior to this engagement, Carvalhoso was Tuba-Solo of the Nice Philharmonie Orchestra and later he assumed the same position with the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House Philharmonia Zurich.  His orchestral activity has led him to perform in some of the most important concert halls around the globe, including New York, Tokyo, Paris, London, Berlin and Vienna.  ln 2014 he played Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto with the Nice Philharmonie Orchestra under the direction of Walter Hilgers.  Between 2009 and 2011 he was awarded with a series of international prizes including the Young Musicians Award in Portugal, the "Aosta Valley" Brass Competition in ltaly, the Tuba Competition "Ville d'Avray" in France and the Music Prize of the Kiefer Hablitze\ Foundation in Switzerland. His musical education started in Portugal at the age of 14 years old and his first teachers included Juan Carlos Diaz, Chris Lee, Eduardo Nogeroles and Sergio Carolino. After graduating from Porto University of Music and Performing Arts, he pursued his Master Degree in Switzerland with Anne Je lie Visser.  Ricardo Carvalhoso plays Yamaha instruments and is a sought-after pedagogue and soloist. Learn more about Ricardo Carvalhoso

Ricardo Carvalhoso

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