LORENZO PALOMO (b 1938 )
Lorenzo Palomo is one of the most successful contemporary Spanish composers not only in Spain, but also internationally. His music has been performed in the most prestigious concert halls worldwide, among them Carnegie Hall (New York), Symphony Hall (Boston), Covent Garden (London), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Tchaikovsky Auditorium (Moscow), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), L’Auditori (Barcelona), Palau de la Música (Valencia), Teatro de la Maestranza (Seville), Palacio Euskalduna (Bilbao), Auditorio Manuel de Falla (Granada) and many others.
Córdoba, his home town, and the nature of the Andalusian life as well as its music, of which the roots are so strongly influenced by Hebrew and Arabic elements and melismas, are readily perceived in most of his compositions as the fountain of his inspiration. A native of Pozoblanco (Córdoba), he received his first musical education at the Córdoba Conservatory of Music and continued at the Barcelona Superior Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition with
Joaquín Zamacois and piano with Sofía Puche de Mendlewicz. Awarded the Juan March Foundation Grant, he studied conducting under Boris Goldovsky in New York City. Among the orchestras which have interpreted Lorenzo Palomo’s compositions are the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Opera Orchestra (Deutsche Oper Berlin), the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Suisse Romande Orchestra
(Geneva), the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of RAI (Turin) and of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), the Norwegian philharmonic orchestras of Bergen and Oslo, the symphony orchestras of Boston, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Phoenix, San Diego and North Carolina, the New Russia Philharmonic Orchestra (Moscow),
the Cuban National Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra and the Spanish symphony orchestras of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Euskadi, Sevilla, Córdoba, Málaga and Granada. Naxos has recorded and distributed worldwide Lorenzo Palomo’s Andalusian Nocturnes, Spanish Songs, Songs of the Soul, Granada Symphony, My Secluded Garden, Madrigal and Five Sephardic Songs, and Concierto de Cienfuegos. His most prestigious interpreters include Montserrat Caballé, María Bayo, Ainhoa Arteta, Ofelia Sala, Iride Martínez, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, the Romeros Guitar Quartet and the conductors Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Miguel Angel Gómez Martínez, Jesús López Cobos, Jahja Ling, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Alexander Sladkovsky, Silvia Massarelli and many others. Lorenzo Palomo lives in Berlin, where he was a member of the music staff of the Berlin Opera (Deutsche Oper Berlin) from 1981 to 2004.