Jorge Grundman

He began his musical studies at the age of 12, making his first composition at the age of 14. He began studying music theory, piano and choral ensemble at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, with Carmen Ledesma, in the Joaquín Soriano Chair and, although he was not able to complete them, he has continued his training to the present, being in possession with the title of Doctor of Arts from the Rey Juan Carlos University and having completed Master's studies in Musical Creation and Performance from the Rey Juan Carlos University and the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid; in the Bachelor of Science and History of Music from the University of La Rioja; Technical Engineer of Sound and Image from the Polytechnic University of Madrid; and a Technical Diploma in Computer Science from the Pontifical University of Comillas. He has also received master classes from teachers Jesús López Cobos and José Luis Temes and orchestra conducting with teacher Navarro Lara.

As a musicologist he has endorsed the dissemination of contemporary consonant music and has given premieres in Spain of works by Vladimir Martynov, Michael Hurd, Gerald Finzi, Astor Piazzolla, Marjan Mozetich and Giovanni Sollima, among others. He has been co-founder of the Non Profit Music Chamber Orchestra with the violinist Ara Malikian. He has collaborated with the Extremadura Orchestra and its director Jesús Amigo in making the world's first recordings of works by Ernesto and Rodolfo Halffter and Julián Bautista, as well as in the dissemination and rediscovery of the work of the bohemian composer Adalbert Gyrowetz (1763-1850). or the late composer Robert Kahn (1865-1951) together with the B3 Classic Trio.

He is also a Full Professor at the Higher Technical School of Engineering and Telecommunications Systems of the Polytechnic University of Madrid since 1985, teaching in the Graduate Degree in Sound and Image Engineering in areas such as Architectural Acoustics, Sound Control, Audio Engineering or Audio Production and Postproduction.

He has more than thirty recordings since 1981 published by labels such as Sony Classical, Chandos, Virgin, Warner Music, Silenzio, BMG, RCA or Non Profit Music and works in the fields of film and television, national and international. His works have been performed and broadcast mainly in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, China, Japan, Brazil and Spain.

The music he has written has been nominated and awarded numerous times. Thus, he has received awards in the United States such as the Narcissus Awards in 2005 and the nomination for “Best Instrumental Contemporary Album” at the NAR 2004 for my work “We are the future past, take care of it”. In 2013 he received the award for Best Instrumental Work in the United States at the 12th edition of the International Independent Music Awards for his string quartet dedicated to the Brodsky Quartet and called “On Blondes and Detectives”, a work that he has also received in 2014 First Prize for Best Instrumental Work in the 12th Edition of International Songwriting Composition. In 2014 he received two awards from the Boston Metro Opera for his monodramas “Four Sad Seasons over Madrid”, which received the BMO Concert Award, and “God's Sketches” which received the BMO Director's Choice.

In addition, other of his works are nominated directly or on nominated albums, as well as in 2013 and in the 5th edition of the Independent Music Awards with God's Sketches as Best Classical Music Album and performed by the Brodsky Quartet, Susana Cordón and Jaime Fernandez. In 2012, the album “Play it Again” performed by the Arbós Trio and containing their piano trio dedicated to the Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin called “A Walk across Adolescence” was nominated for Best Classical Music Album in the 4th edition of the Music Awards. In 2010 the album “No Seasons” performed by Ara Malikian, Daniel del Pino, Susana Cordón and the NPM Chamber Orchestra and which contains his work “Four Sad Seasons over Madrid” for Violin, Soprano, Piano and String Orchestra received the nomination for Best Classical Music Performer at the Music Awards. Furthermore, in 2008 the album performed by Ara Malikian and the NPM Chamber Orchestra “Meeting with a friend” and which contains his Concerto Sentido for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Orchestra, received the nomination for Best Classical Music Performer in the Music Awards.

Among the performers, orchestras and directors of his works are prestigious soloists such as the flutist Gili Schwarzman; violinists such as Ara Malikian, Daniel Rowland, Vicente Cueva or Rubén Darío Reina; violists like Isabel Villanueva; cellists such as Alisa Weilerstein, Torleif Thedèen, Jiří Bárta, Iagoba Fanlo and Christoph Otto Beyer; pianists such as Daniel del Pino, Eduardo Frías, Albert Guinovart or Josu Okiñena, Ohad Ben Ari; sopranos like Susana Cordón or Laia Falcón; tenors like Antoni Comas or Guillén Munguía; instrumental ensembles such as the Brodsky Quartet, Trío Arbós, Habemus Quartet or B3 Classic Trio; orchestras such as the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, the Kuraia Ensemble, the Catalan Chamber Orchestra, the Navarra Symphony Orchestra, the Winchester Orchestra of San José, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, the Chamber Orchestra of Spain, the Chamber Orchestra of Non Profit Music or the Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid; and directors such as Pedro Halffter, Guy Braunstein, Joan Pàmies, Javier Ulises Illán and Víctor Pablo Pérez. My works have been premiered in venues such as the National Music Auditorium in Madrid, the Zarzuela Theater, the Teatros del Canal, the Conde Duque Auditorium, the Cibeles Palace Auditorium, the Bilbao Cathedral, and Carnegie Hall in New York. , the Berliner Philharmoniker, the National Theater of Brasilia, the Rathaussal Hall of Wasserburg, the Great Hall of the University of Sydney, the Trinity Cathedral of California, the West Valley College Theater of California, the Foz Palace of Lisbon or the Church of the Dolorosa of Quito, to name a few.

In April 2011 he was commissioned by the XVII Toledo International Music Festival to write the work for the world premiere of that year and he performed the Sonata for Flute and Piano called “Warhol in Springtime” which was premiered with resounding success at said festival. His sonata for violin and piano, “What Inspires Poetry”, dedicated to the composer Marjan Mozetich, has been and continues to be broadcast by many American stations, becoming one of the most broadcast contemporary Spanish works of the 21st century in the United States.

In 2011, the Ukrainian pianist and composer Nikolai Kapustin accepted the dedication of his work for violin, cello and piano, called “A Walk across Adolescence,” which was premiered that same year in Toledo by Daniel del Pino, Roman Patocka and Jirí Bárta. This work has been recently recorded by the Trío Arbós and included in their album called Play It Again.

The prestigious American magazine Fanfare Magazine dedicated its May/June 2012 cover to him, including an extensive interview along with the critique of his work “Los Bocetos de Dios” performed by the Brodsky Quartet and defining him as “the composer who makes your feelings flow…”

He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States known for the annual GRAMMY Awards; He is also a member of the Latin Recording Academy; from the Spanish Society of Musicology, from the Madrid Association of Contemporary Composers and from the Academy of Performing Arts.

In 2013 the Brodsky Quartet together with Susana Cordón, recorded their Chamber Oratorio in Latin “The Resurrection of Christ: A Mortuis Resurgere” and which was published worldwide by the London label Chandos Records in May 2014. Also in In 2013, the recording of his complete sonatas for violin and piano by Daniel del Pino and Vicente Cueva was made in an album called “The W Sonatas” and which contains “What Inspires Poetry”, “Warhol in Springtime” and “White Sonata: The Child Who Never Wanted to Grow.”

His work “Why?” was selected in 2014 for the development of the European Dance Memory within the international European Video Dance Heritage program with which it has toured museums such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon (France) , in September 2014, the Body/Mind Contemporary Dance Festival in Warsaw (Poland), at the end of September 2014 the Prague Festival (Czech Republic), in October 2014 the InShadow Festival in Lisbon (Portugal), in November 2014 and, finally, the Porto Festival (Portugal), in April 2015.

He has been designated by the heirs of Miguel Delibes and the Carmen Ballcells literary agency as the composer who has turned Delibes' masterpiece “Cinco Horas con Mario” into an opera, a work already completed.

In 2016, the radio stations of Chicago, New York, and Hawaii, WFMT, WCNY Classical FM, and KHPR/KKUA/KANO respectively, dedicated a two-hour monographic program to him.

In 2017, the complete version of his piano work was published on the Sony Classical label and was presented at Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as his part written in tribute to the Victims of the Holocaust “Shoah for Solo Violin and Sacred Temple”. on the Non Profit Music label.

Also, in 2017, the XXVIII International Festival of Sacred Art dedicated two monographic concerts to him: Shoá for solo violin and sacred temple, which was held on March 9 in the Hall of the Lost Steps of the Congress of Deputies, and On February 17 in the Church of San Millán and San Cayetano the absolute premiere of the orchestral version of A Mortuis Resurgere: The Resurrection of Christ for Soprano and Orchestra took place with the performance of Susana Cordón and the Chamber Orchestra of Spain under the baton of Javier Ulises Illán.

In 2018 he was commissioned by the Community of Madrid to write a tribute to Primo Levi in ​​order to commemorate the centenary of his birth, which will be premiered at the closing of the XXIX International Festival of Sacred Art in Madrid. The work is called Cantata Levi for violin, soprano and chamber orchestra and is based on Levi's work If This Is a Man .

Furthermore, in 2019 and to remember the 50th anniversary of the immolation of Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc in Prague, he wrote the work Jan & Jan for symphony orchestra and choir , which was premiered in May 2019 at the National Music Auditorium in Madrid by the Symphony Orchestra of the Polytechnic University of Madrid under the direction of Alejandro Cantalapiedra.

In 2021, the recording of his concertos for piano and cello performed by Eduardo Frías and Iagoba Fanlo together with the Navarra Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pedro Hallfter will be presented. This work received the Melómano de Oro and Recommended Record awards by Ritmo Magazine and was designated as Record of the Year by La Hora Azul on Radio Clásica.

In 2022, a monographic concert will be presented at Carnegie Hall with part of my flute repertoire performed by Gili Schwarzman, Alisa Weilerstein and Eduardo Frías.

His scores are published internationally by the publishers Wise Music Classical, Miotta & Molière, OE Oficina and the Non Profit Music Foundation.