Ricardo Gallén was born in Linares, Jaén, in 1972 and began to play the guitar at the age of four, making his first public appearance a year later. He entered the Linares Conservatory when he was ten, studying with the composer Tomás Villajos Soler, and continuing his studies in the conservatories of Jaén, Córdoba, Madrid and Granada, as well as participating in masterclasses. He studied the guitar and early music at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at Munich University. A prizewinner in national and international competitions, he has appeared as a recitalist and soloist in Spain and throughout Europe, as well as in Cuba, Mexico and the Middle and Far East, with masterclasses in many countries. His recordings include highly acclaimed performances of concertos by Rodrigo and other releases for Naxos. He serves as a professor at the Barcelona Escuela de Artes “Luthier”.