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Francisco Escudero

Zarauz - Guipúzcoa 1912 - San Sebastian - Donostia 2002

He was born in San Sebastián and studied there in the Conservatory and also in Madrid with Conrado del Campo, Paul Dukas and Paul Le Flem.
During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) he moved to France, where continued his studies. In 1941 he was sent to a concentration camp, but he survived and in 1942 he came back to Madrid with several scholarships for studies. In 1946 he went to Bilbao, where he worked as a music teacher in the "Santa Casa de Misericordia" and as an assistant conductor in the Sociedad Coral de Bilbao. Three years later he obtained the Harmony and Composition Chair in the Conservatory of Donosti (San Sebastián), where he leaded and important pedagogical work. Lorenzo Ondarra, Gotzon Aulestia, José Mª Alberdi, Merche Isasti, Iñaki Salvador, Ángel Illarramendi, Alberto Iglesias and Ramón Lazkano, among others, where his pupils.
He was the conductor of "Schola Cantorum Nuestra Señora del Coro", the "Banda Ciudad San Sebastián" and the Orquesta de Cámara de Guipúzcoa. He received commissions from Spanish institutions and won prizes such as the prize "Ipaguirre" in 1953, for his oratorio Illeta; the prize "Aránzazu" in 1955, for his symphonic poem Aránzazu; the gold medals from Zarautz Council in 1996, from the Fine Arts Academy in 1997 and from the Sociedad General de Autores de España in 1999.
He died in San Sebastián in 2002.

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