What can I say?... I love music.
I have always been surrounded by music since I was born. As a child, I got used to listening to music thanks to my parents. There was always music at home and my mother spent many hours playing the piano. They used to listen to or sing folk music, Cat Stevens' or Simon & Garfunkel's songs and play Beethoven or Chopin.
At a very early age, I started to study piano and afterwards, during my adolescence, I began to be interested in composition and then it's when I composed my first short piano pieces. Thanks to the guidance of two composition teachers, Enrique Blanco and Armando Zanón, I began to know about composition techniques and to organise ideas, finishing the Professional Diploma of Music with Mention of Honor in Composition. At the same time, I met my mentor, Antonio Zamorano, who guided me for many years and taught me composition, counterpoint, orchestration...
During my years at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid
I studied with the teachers: Manuel Martínez Burgos, Daniel Vega or Alfonso Romero, among others. Also, I was able to attend seminars given by important Spanish composers such as Antón García Abril, Valentín Ruiz, José Luis Turina or José María Sánchez Verdú.
Thanks to the Erasmus Schoolarship, I had the opportunity to study at the Konijkli Conservatorium of Brussels for a year. It was a really mind-opening experience that allowed me to discover that wonderful city, full of life and musical culture, and to learn from the composers Jan van Landeghem and Peter Swinen.
I worked as a music consultant for TVE where I had the privilege of collaborating in the last stage of the program "El Conciertazo". But soon, I began to combine composition with another passion: teaching. I have had the pleasure of teaching music in schools such a the Conservatorio de música de Guadalajara or "Progreso Musical" (Higher Education Music School) where I taught composing, harmony, history and music analysis until 2015, when I moved to London following the love of my life and looking for new professional targets.
At present, I teach music in London, where I live and got married. Of course I am still composing, but now inspired by London and all my new experiences, because composing is like life, a long journey full of exciting paths.
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