FRANCISCO JOSE MARTINEZ GALLEGO (b 1969 )
Francisco José Martínez Gallego, a native of San Antonio de Requena, began his musical studies at the School of Music of the Musical Society, “La Armónica,” in San Antonio, with subsequent studies at the conservatories of Murcia, Torrente, and Valencia, earning his graduate degree in clarinet at the latter in 1994. Since 1998, Gallego has been interested in directing bands and has studied with professors including José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana. Now, his work as a director is centered in the S. M. “El Arte” in Sinarcas, Valencia. Although he works as a director, it is clear that his focus is on composition. He continued his studies in this field with the professor and jazz composer Daniel Flors, as well as Miguel Ángel Matéu and Teodoro Aparicio. In June 2010, Gallego completed his graduate degree in composition at the Conservatory of Castellón. During his time there, he studied with professors including Ferrer Ferrán, César Cano, Miguel Ángel Berbis, Claudia Montero, Jesús Vizcaino, and Emilio Calandín. In 2000, he received first prize in the National Competition of Festival Music in Altea with his march, Mora Ziryab, and in 2002 he won first prize in the Second Competition of Festival Music in Calpe with his march, Mora Benifat. In 2005 he was awarded first competition in Finestrat with his suite for band, Monumentos, followed by first prize in the Composition of Pasodobles Competition of San Joan de Moró with his Angel ‘El Calo’ in 2009. Gallego has received numerous second place awards and has participated in many final rounds of composition competitions. His works include more than twenty pasodobles, Moorish marches, processional marches, film music, and symphonic music for band and orchestra. These include the Cantata Profana for two choirs and orchestra, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Concerto for Trumpet and Woodwind Orchestra, Akhenatón (symphonic poem for band), La Cancepción 1910 (suite for symphonic band), Monumentos (suite for band), Theatrum (scenic music) Españolada No. 1 (for wind quintet and piano), Los Caprichos de Goya, Sinfonía No. 1 ‘Kaprekar,’ El Agua Prodigiosa, and many more. He is a member of the SGAE (General Society of Authors and Editors), COSICOVA (Association of Valencian Symphonic Composers), and ACMMIC (Association of Composers of Moorish and Christian Music). Gallego is currently the Professor of Harmony, Analysis, and Fundamentals of Composition at the Conservatory “Mestre Molins” in Quart de Poblet, Valencia.