David del Puerto was born in Madrid in 1964. He studied guitar with Alberto Potin, harmony with Jes£s Mar¡a Corral and composition with Francisco Guerrero and Luis de Pablo. Since 1985 he has participated in many festivals and concerts in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Japan, USA, etc., where his music has been performed by many international soloists, ensembles and orchestras. He has received commissions from several institutions and performers, such as Ensemble InterContemporain, CDMC-INAEM (Spain), Fundaci¢n Juan March, Geneva City Hall, Ars Musica Festival, Fundaci¢ de M£sica Contempor…nia de Barcelona and others. He has given lectures and taken part in forum discussions in Madrid, Amsterdam, Brussels, Middelburg and Valencia, and has taught composition at conservatories in Holland and Spain. In 1993 he won the Gaudeamus Prize with his Oboe Concerto. That same year he received the prize "El ojo cr¡tico" of RNE (Spanish National Broadcasting). The Spanish Ministry of Culture has recently awarded him its National Music Prize for 2005.