Jesùs Villa-Rojo
(Brihuega (Spagna) 1940)


Studied clarinet, piano, violin and composition at the Madrid Royal College of Music and won numerous awards, including the Special Prize For Composition in 1967. He received the Bonaventura Somma Prize from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome in 1971 as best student and has been the recipient of many other prizes in Spain and abroad throughout his career, such as the Béla Bartòk Prize (1971), the Gran Premio of Rome (1972), the National Music Prize (1973 and 1994), the Silver Harp Prize (1975), the Koussevitzky Prize (1978), the National Record Prize (1986) and a number of commissions and grants in his home country and elsewhere. Mr. Villa Rojo's many books and writings on the theory and practice of music include "The Clarinet And Its Possibilities", "Graphic-Musical Games", "The Current Clarinet" and "Music Reading 1 and 2". He has composed works for solo instruments, chamber forces, choir and symphony orchestra and is a frequent guest as both composer and performer at festivals in Europe and America premiering his own works and those of other composers. He has made recordings for various radio stations and record companies such as CBS, RCA, LIM Records, Edi-Pan, Hispavox and Cramps Records. Mr. Villa Rojo has held a large number of prestigious posts, as will be readily apparent from the following list: member of the instrumental research team at IRCAM at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, head of the Cuenca College of Music, head of the International Music Courses of Navarre, head of the Alicante International Festival of Contemporary Music, head of the concert cycles and festivals organized by the LIM at the Goethe Institut, French Centre of Culture and Italian Institute of Culture, the Juan March Foundation, the Centre of Culture "La Villa", Vel àzquez' House, the Royal College of Music and Queen Sofia Centre in Madrid, at the "Principe de Viana" Institute in Pamplona and Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao, Coordinator of the Puerto Rico Music Biennial, and Bilbao Twentieth Century Music Festival, professor at the Madrid Royal College of Music (1980-1994) and the "Corsi Internazionali di Perfezionamento" in Rome, visiting professor at the Faculty of Musica of McGill University in Montreal, head of seminars at Latin-American Contemporary Music Courses in Brazil, New Music International Forum in Mexico, Royan Contemporary Art Festival in France, the "Corsi Internazionali di Perfezionamento" in Perugia, the "Premires Rencontres Internationales de Clarinette" in Montgenevre, France, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Arts Institute of Havana, the A.Peri Music Institute of Reggio Emilia, International New Music Days of the Joan Mirò Foundation in Barcelona, the College of Music in Valenza, Bilbao, La Coruña, the University of Murcia, Santander, the Manuel de Falla Courses, Granada and others. Mr. Villa Rojo was head of the Centre of Contemporary Music of the Spanish Ministry of Culture from 1995 to 1997 and is currently head of the LIM in Madrid.

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