Born in Valencia in 1988, Javier Azanza Ribes is one of the most talented and promising timpani players of his generation. He is active as a musician and teacher giving concerts and masterclasses across Europe. Javier obtained his bachelor’s degree at universities of Valencia and Castellon. During this time he entered the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. After finishing his studies in Spain, he went on to study Timpani and Orchestra Percussion at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with prof. Raymond Curfs, prof. Peter Sadlo and prof. Franz Bach.
In September 2012, he joined the Academy of Berliner Philharmoniker being taught by prof. Franz Schindlbeck and Rainer Seegers in addition to playing concerts and making tours with the Berlin Philharmonic. His professional life as a timpani player started in August 2015, when he got a Timpani Solo position in the Basque Country Orchestra, Spain. In the year 2016, he was appointed a Timpani professor in Musikene – Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco.
In 2018, he was appointed a solo timpani player in the Orchestre de Paris.
He has played with many orchestras, like the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Staatsoper Munich, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra among other orchestras.