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José María Gallardo Del Rey

Since his début in Seville at the age of nine, Jose Maria has achieved universal public and critical acclaim. As a mature artist with a profound affinity for all aspects of the guitar, he has become a leading authority on the instrument among conductors and players alike, and a soloist in great demand by orchestras throughout the world.

His development as a classical guitarist has been enriched by his intense relationship with the world of Flamenco. The fusion of both styles has created a unique way of playing and listening to Spanish music, and Jose Maria has made an indispensable contribution to projects like “Pasión Espanola” with Plácido Domingo (Grammy Latino 2008), “Habanera Gipsy” with Elina Garança (2010), “Caprichos Líricos” with Teresa Berganza, and in his role as director and artistic adviser to Paco de Lucía for the latter’s Japanese début with the Concierto de Aranjuez in 1990.

He has frequently appeared as a musical ambassador for Spain in concerts and cultural events such as EXPO 92, EXPO AICHI 2005, Spanish Years in China and Korea, EXPO Shanghai 2010, Cervantes Year, the Albeniz Centenary, and in particular the Centenary celebrations for Rodrigo, of whose guitar concertos he is an especially well known interpreter.

He is director and founder of La Maestranza, a Spanish chamber ensemble with which he performs his own music, and which since its formation in 1994 has played in a number of major international events. Jose Maria’s music has also been choreographed by well-known dancers such as Maria Pagés, Victor Ullate and Lola Greco.

As an Deutsche Grammophon artist, he has recorded “The Trees Speak” and “14 Maneras de Echarte de Menos”, and has just finished his latest disc with La Maestranza, “My Spain”, with best critics and public acclaim. His previous discography includes a wide variety of works, for companies such as Mandala, RTVE, Autor, Almaviva and BMG, who issued his recordings of Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto and Concierto de Aranjuez in 1998.