Chosen to represent Spain and the entire Hispanic world in the concert that took place as part of the cultural events during the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, Guillermo González, born in Tenerife, is considered one of Spain’s greatest artists and a prominent champion of Spanish music. He has served as professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Madrid since 1975, and has given recitals and concerts throughout the world, appearing with leading orchestras and conductors in Spain, France and China.
His many recordings include releases of music by Alexander Scriabin, Ernesto Hallfter, Manuel de Falla, Antón García Abril, Zulema de la Cruz, Carlos Cruz Castro, José Luís Turina and Teobaldo Power, for which he received the Premio Nacional del Disco in 1980. Since 1990 he has presided over the Concurso Internacional de Piano de Jaén, receiving a gold medal for his work with this organization. He is a member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes of Tenerife (Canary Islands), Granada and Cádiz, as well as Honorary and Extraordinary Academician of the Conservatory of Santa Cruz of Tenerife. In addition, several music schools have been named after him in his native Spain. In 1994 he was awarded the gold medal of the Island of Tenerife and named Favourite Son of the Lagoon and Adoptive son of Garachico (Tenerife). In 1991 Guillermo González was awarded the Premio Nacional de Música, the most prestigious prize awarded to musicians in Spain; his numerous prizes and awards include the medal of the Village of Garachico 1996, and the Premio a la Interpretación Musical de la Fundación CEOE. and in 2007 an honorary doctorate from the University of Granada, with the Albéniz Medal presented in 2009 in Camprodón, that composer’s birthplace.