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LEONARDO BALADA  

(b 1933 )

Leonardo Balada was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1933. After his studies in piano and theory at the Conservatorio del Liceu in Barcelona, he moved to New York, where he completed his composition studies at The Juilliard School in 1960. He studied composition with Vincent Persichetti and Aaron Copland, and conducting with Igor Markevitch. Since 1970 he has taught at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he is University Professor of Composition. Some of his well-known works were written in a dramatic avant-garde style in the 1960s (Guernica, María Sabina, Steel Symphony). Later, he was credited with pioneering a blend of ethnic music with avant-garde techniques, creating an influential and very personal style which began with Sinfonía en Negro: Homage to Martin Luther King (1968), Homage to Casals (1975) and Homage to Sarasate (1975). Balada has received several international awards and an honour from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his ‘outstanding career and recognising his artistic personality’.

Leonardo Balada’s works have been performed by the world’s leading orchestras under the baton of distinguished conductors including Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jesús López Cobos, Lukas Foss, Mariss Jansons, Sergiu Comissiona, Jorge Mester, Lawrence Foster and Sir Neville Marriner, and with artists such as Alicia de Larrocha, Narciso Yepes, Andrés Segovia, Lucero Tena, Ángel Romero and the American Brass Quintet, to name a few.

His compositions have been recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, The Louisville Orchestra Editions, Albany and New World Records to critical acclaim, and much of his large catalogue of works has been commissioned by many outstanding organizations in the US and Europe.

Balada’s principal publishers are G. Schirmer, Inc. and Beteca Music (distributed by Subito Music), and he is represented by Music Associates of America.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 1 - BROTONS, S. / PUERTO, D. del / MORALES-CASO, E. / CRUZ DE CASTRO, C. / BALADA, L. (A. Levin) Naxos
8.573024
Instrumental
21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 2 - BALADA, L. / TORRES, J. / LÓPEZ GODOY, M. / GARCÍA ABRIL, A. / PABLO, L. de / SOUTULLO, E. (A. Levin) Naxos
8.573409
Instrumental
21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 3 - MORALES-CASO, E. / VEGA, L. / GARCÍA ABRIL, A. / BALADA, L. / HALFFTER, C. / GRECO, J.L. (A. Levin) Naxos
8.573760
Instrumental
BALADA, L.: Caprichos Nos. 1 and 5 / A Little Night Music in Harlem / Reflejos (Pietu, Mata, Franco, Iberian Chamber Orchestra, Temes) Naxos
8.572625
Chamber Music, Concerto, Orchestral
BALADA, L.: Caprichos Nos. 2-4 (Cardenes, Turner, Pittsburgh Sinfonietta, Lawrence Loh) Naxos
8.572176
Chamber Music, Concerto
BALADA, L.: Caprichos Nos. 6, 7 and 10 / Ballet City / Spiritual (Fernández-Castelló, Sanjuan, Carrascosa, Ensemble Col legno, R. Ferrer) Naxos
8.579036
Chamber Music, Concerto, Chamber Music
BALADA, L.: Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion / Cello Concerto / Viola Concerto (Graf, Premo, Pillai, Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble) Naxos
8.573064
Concerto, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BALADA, L.: Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) [Opera] (Carreras, Caballe, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Alcantara) Naxos
8.660237-38
Opera
BALADA, L.: Muerte de Colon (La) (Death of Columbus) [Opera] (J. Garrison, J. Jenkins, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Repertory Chorus, R. Page) Naxos
8.660193-94
Opera
BALADA, L.: Piano Works (Complete) (Amoros) Naxos
8.572594
Instrumental
BALADA, L.: Sinfonia en negro / Double Concerto / Columbus (Abbühl, Lluna, Málaga Philharmonic, Colomer) Naxos
8.573047
Orchestral, Concerto
BALADA, L.: Symphony No. 6 / Concerto for 3 Cellos and Orchestra / Steel Symphony (López-Cobos, Jensen) Naxos
8.573298
Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral
BALADA: Cello Concerto No. 2 / Concerto for Four Guitars / Celebracio Naxos
8.557049
Concerto, Orchestral
BALADA: Guernica / Symphony No. 4 / Zapata Naxos
8.557342
Orchestral
BALADA: Hangman! Hangman! / The Town of Greed Naxos
8.557090
Opera
BALADA: Maria Sabina / Dionisio - In Memoriam Naxos
8.570425
Choral - Secular
BALADA: No-res / Ebony Fantasies Naxos
8.557343
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
BALADA: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Concierto Magico Naxos
8.555039
Concerto, Orchestral
BALADA: Symphony No. 5 / Prague Sinfonietta / Divertimentos Naxos
8.557749
Orchestral
BALADA: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Folk Dreams / Sardana Naxos
8.554708
Concerto, Orchestral
BATTLES IN MUSIC Naxos
8.578293-94
Orchestral
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