Tuesday, September 9, 7pm
Instituto Cervantes Auditorium
31 W. Ohio St.
60610 Chicago Illinois
Suggested General Admission: $15
Ricardo Jesús Gallén García studied guitar and ancient music at the Universities of Salzburg (Mozarteum) and Munich with the Masters Fisk, Eglhuber, Spiri, Gilbert, Huebscher and Clerch, graduating in 1999 in the Master Class from the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich, Germany with Joaquin Clerch.
He has given recitals and played in concerts under the direction of well-known conductors such as Maximiano Valdés or Sergiu Comisiona throughout Europe and America, including Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, the United States, Russia, Norway and Israel.
Gallén García has recorded many works for the state radio and televisions in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Romania, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Chile, South Korea and Bulgaria. He has realized five CDs for NAXOS Label, in which he interprets, among others, music by Giuliani, Brouwer, Takemitsu, as well as all of the concerts for guitar and orchestra by the Spanish master Joaquin Rodrigo. His first recording was among NAXO’s 50 top-selling records for 2001, and received sensational reviews in the specialized press.
He was featured on the cover of the August 2000 issue of “Classical Guitar Magazine” in which he was interviewed by Cecilia Rodrigo, Joaquin Rodrigo’s daughter. His biographical information has been included, among others, in the fifth edition of The Classical Guitar: It’s Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800, written by the director of the Ashley Mark Publishing Company, Maurice J. Summerfield. He is presently a professor of Master Degree at the Extremadura University in Spain and Professor Assistant of Eliot Fisk at the “Mozarteum” University in Salzburg, Austria.
Ricardo Jesús Gallén García has received over twenty international prizes, including:
-1st Prize at the 32nd Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition 1997, in Markneukirchen, Germany,
-1st Prize and a Special Prize for the best interpretation of the works of Enrique Igoa at the 14th Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition 1998 held in La Herradura, Granada,
-1st Prize at the 4th Alhambra International Guitar Competition 1998,
-1st Prize and the Special Audience Prize at the 33rd Francisco Tarrega International Guitar Contest 1999,
-1st Prize and five Special Prizes (Best Interpretation of a Cuban work, the Leo Brouwer Special Prize, the Cuban National Union of Writers and Artists Musicians Association Prize, the Music Recording and Publishing Company Prize and the Cuban Radio and Television Institute Prize) at the 11th International Guitar Competition held in Havana, Cuba in 2002.
Gran Solo op.14………….. F. Sor
-Sonata Romántica……….. M.M. Ponce
(Allegro moderato, Andante, Momento Musical, Allegro ma non troppo)
-Sonata …………………….. A. José
(Allegro, Minuetto, Pavana Triste, Final)
-Suite BWV997……………. J.S. Bach
(Preludio, Fuga, Sarabanda, Giga, Double)