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Jesús Torres

Zaragoza 1965

Jesús Torres was born in Saragossa on 15 July 1965 of Andalusian descent, and lives in Madrid since he was ten years old. Born into a family with a long musical tradition, he started learning the violin wiht his uncle José Torres and later entered the Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid where he received his academic background. He studied composition privately with Francisco Guerrero from 1986 to 1988. His catalogue expands for over hundred works and includes fourteen orchestral works and numerous works of chamber music for the most varied tiped of ensembles. A special interest of his is setting texts to music, above all the poetry of Vicente Aleixandre, alongside that of other literary figures including San Juan de la Cruz, Rubén Darío, Miguel Hernández, Juan Eduardo Cirlot and Leopoldo Panero. His pieces have been performed in numerous countries at festivals and in concert series, including at the Venice Biennale, Musica 99 Strasbourg, Musikfestspiele Saar, Ars Musica Brussels, Prèsences 2000 of Radio France, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Khumo Festival, the SIMC Festival in Copenhagen and Bucharest, Festival de Alicante, the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (2001 and 2008), PRIX Italia, Música de Hoy, Time of Music of Vitassari, Festival Spaziomusica in Cagliari, the Mostly Modern Series in Dublin, the Royal Academy in London, Gaudeamus Music Week, Festival Manca in Nice, Ibermúsica, Prague Premieres 2008, etc. He has received commissions from both private and public institutions including: INAEM (Spanish Ministry of Culture), the Gaudeamus Foundation (Amsterdam), the Kaleidoscope Programme (of the EU), the Comunidad of Madrid, the Colegio de España in Paris, The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the Aula de Música in Alcalá de Henares, the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Fundación Canal, the "Cadaqués Orchestra" Conducting Competition, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Nacional Youth Orchestra of Spain, Institut Valencià de la Música, the Basque Government Department of Culture, Cameralia 2007, O.R.C.A.M., the Teatro de la Zarzuela, FestClásica, etc. He has also received commissions from numerous performers. He has been the recipient of various awards, including that of the SGAE (Madrid, 1992), of Gaudeamus (Amsterdam, 1995), the Valentino Bucchi Award (Rome, 1997), the Reina Sofía Award (Barcelona, 1999), The Millennium Chamber Players (Chicago, 2008) and the National Music Award 2012. He spent the 1998-99 season as composer in residence of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain. Since 2002, all of his compositions have been published by Editorial Tritó in Barcelona. Four portrait CDs have already appeared on the Kairos, Verso, Tritó and Autor labels.

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