ALFONSO ROMERO ASENJO (b 1957 )
Born in Bilbao in 1957, Alfonso Romero Asenjo began to learn the piano at the age of six, completing his studies with distinction at the age of 18. He alternated studying music with economics, and after graduating, worked as an economist. Returning to music, he completed his degree in composition and orchestral conducting, going on to study at the University of California, Los Angeles and becoming a visiting professor at Cornell University, shortly after obtaining a chair in accompanying, and then composition.
From 1985 to 2000, while a professor in Córdoba, Alfonso Romero Asenjo premiered his first two concertos for piano with the Orquesta de Córdoba, and conducted the premiere of the Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra. In 1996, the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra premiered his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, recorded the following year. The premiere of the Third Concerto for Piano took place in 1999.
Since 2000, he has been appointed as professor of composition at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, written Symphony No. 2, which won the Unión Fenosa Prize, and Symphony No. 3, which was commissioned by the Association of Spanish Orchestras and the Fundación Autor. Critics place his works as being between the avant-garde and the traditional, and he is inspired by all genres of music.
His works have been performed by the orchestras of Córdoba, Sevilla, Málaga, Castilla y León, and the London Symphony Orchestra, among others. He holds a PhD in music from the Academia de la Música, Spain.