Encinar José Rámon

Encinar José Rámon

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Born in Madrid in 1954, José Ramón Encinar has at one time or another conducted practically all of Spain's major orchestras. Moreover, his conducting career outside the confines of Spain has taken him to a number of European and American cities at the helm of orchestras, such as the Mexican Philharmonic, Puerto Rican national, Argentine National, Radio Cracow, Yugoslavian National and Radio, Portuguese Radio Symphony, English Bach Festival and London Symphony Orchestras, while simultaneously maintaining an active profile in Italy, whether with the RAI, in theatres or on tour in the provinces.

On the operatic front, he has distinguished himself by a lifelong devotion to 20th - century music. In this regard, he can pint to the premières of operas such as "Kiu" and "El viajero indiscreto" by Luis de Pablo, "Francesca" by Alfredo Aracil, "El bosque de Diana" by José García Román, "Luz de oscura llama" by Eduardo Pérez Maseda, "El secreto enamorado" by Manuel Balboa and his own "Fígaro", to which he also penned the libretto. Similarly, he has conducted a series of "revivals" of operas enjoying less prominence in the standard repertoire, e.g., "La Clementina" by Luigi Boccherini and Ramón de la Cruz, the production of which (the very first since it was premièred in the 18th century) took place on the occasion of the second Madrid Regional Autumn Festival in 1985, and "La Zapatera Prodigiosa" a work based on Lorca by the Argentine composer, Juan José Castro, and likewise staged at the Madrid Autumn Festival, in its 1987 edition. Furthermore, he has conducted new productions of operas by Mozart, Salieri, Hindemith, Menotti, etc., at venues both here in Spain and abroad, including the Petruzzelli Opera House in Bari, the San Carlos Opera House in Lisbon, the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, La Fenice in Venice, among others. His long list of gramophone recordings for national and international labels feature the Koan Ensemble and Choir, Spanish National Choir, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Emilia Romagna Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Gran Canaria Symphony Orchestra. José Ramón Encinar acted as composition aide to Franco Donatoni during the international master classes held at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, from 1976 to 1982. In the more than twenty years that have elapsed since 1972, he has directed the Koan Group, an ensemble debuted to the interpretation of 20th - century music, ranging from the classics, such as Stravinsky and Ravel, to today's young composers. This has entailed an intense performance schedule, covering Spain and a good number of European countries, e.g., Portugal, France, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom and Germany, among others. From 1982 to 1984, he was the resident and artistic conductor or the Gran Canaria Philharmonic. Since 1985, he has been a Spanish Committee Member of the International Contemporary Music Society. Among the may prizes received, special mention should be made of the Icarus (Ícaro) Prize, awarded by the Diario 16 newspaper in 1982, the First Prize for Polyphonic Composition awarded by the Ministry of Culture in 1981, and the C.E.C.A. First Prize for Chamber Music Composition awarded in 1978 and first price by Asociación Madrileña de Compositores.

In 1998, he received the Ministry of Culture's National Music Prize. Since 1994, José Ramón Encinar has been a Corresponding Member of the Granada Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Since January 2003 he is Elected Scholar at the Royal Academy of Bellas Artes of San Fernando.