Duet Percussion Trombone

Members of the Group


— Sergi Sempere – Percussion
— Francesco D’Urso – Trombone

Origin of the ensemble


The two musicians met within the Orchestre de Chambre of Geneva and a strong friendship was born. Naturally, they decided to create a duo with a repertoire of different music genres, from Bach to contemporary music. In their new program, jazz sounds mix with the dance rhythms and the melodies of the Romantic period. This is how you can listen to a dialog between the instruments playing very important pieces as the “Arpeggione Sonata” by Schubert or the “Pavane pour une infante défunte” by Maurice Ravel. In this very famous piece, they celebrate a very simple and gentle melody. While Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns will lead you to a frenzied waltz, the piece by Mastrangelo will let you travel through the classic genre mixed with jazz sounds and impressionist colors to tell you the history of a wonderful human meeting. The duo explore the expressive dimension of the tones that will delight your ears for a wonderful musical experience.

Sergi Sempere


Of Spanish origin, Sergi Sempere was born in 1990 in Alcoi, where he began his percussion studies. In 2012, he graduated from the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, where he studied with professors César Peris, Lorenzo Ferrándiz and Paco Inglés. That same year, Sergi received a scholarship from the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe. Shortly afterwards, he entered the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Netherlands) and was awarded a scholarship by the Residentie Orkest Den Haag. In 2014 he obtains the Masters degree in Orchestral Percussion. After his studies, Sergi was admitted as a percussionist to the Zurich Opera Orchestra Academy for a two-year period. Always interested in the world of the symphony orchestra, he has been a member of several orchestras of young European musicians such as the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, the Dutch Ensemble and Orchestra Academy or the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival. In the professional field, he has collaborated with many renewed orchestras such as Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Het Gelders Orkest, Orquesta National do Porto, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Orquesta Radio Televisión Española, Tonhalle Orchester Zûrich, Philharmonia Zurich and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In the chamber music repertoire, Sergi has collaborated with several groups in the Netherlands and Spain such as Slagwerk Den Haag, Plural Ensemble and Natalia Ensemble. In February 2017, Sergi Sempere was appointed principal timpanist of the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, an activity he combines with the Makrokosmos contemporary music quartet.

Francesco D’Urso


A graduate of several conservatories in Switzerland, Germany and Italy, Francesco won second prize at the Aosta International Trombone Competition in 2008 and was awarded the István Kertész Scholarship in 2015.Francesco D’Urso teaches trombone at the Geneva Conservatory of Music for the “MusicEnsemble” project (coordinated by Maestro Domingo Hindoyan and sponsored in particular by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel) and at the Multisite School of Music (Canton of Vaud, Switzerland). Since 2008, he has been collaborating with the Orchestre Sinfonietta de Lausanne and from 2011 has regularly played as first and second trombone with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He currently holds the role of principal trombone with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra under the artistic direction of Maestro Arie van Beek. In 2015, he produced – in collaboration with Difem Music Publisher – his first album entitled “Stella”, dedicated to his daughter. He is also a member of the ensemble Moya Trombones. Francesco D’Urso and the Moya Trombones are Vincent Bach artists and ambassadors for the René Hagmann® systems, dedicated to trombone cylinders and developed by Servette-Music in Geneva.