CARLOS CRUZ DE CASTRO
Carlos Cruz de Castro was born in Madrid on December 23rd 1941, his mother being also from Madrid and his father from the Canary Islands. In the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid he studied composition with Gerardo Gombáu and Francisco Calés, conduction with Enrique García Asensio and piano with Manuel Carra and Rafael Solis. Subsequently he did further studies with Miko Kelemen in the Hoschschule Robert Schumann Institut in Düsserldorf and was counselled by Günther Becker and Antonio Janigro.
In Juventudes Musicales de Madrid he was co-founder of “Problemática 63”. In 1976 he founded, along with other six composers, the Spanish Association of Symphonic Composers (ACSE – Asociación de Compositores Sinfónicos Españoles). In 1971 he represented Spain in the VII Biennial in Paris. In 1973 he founded in Mexico, along with Alicia Urreta, the Spanish Mexican Festival of Contemporary Music. He represented Spanish National Broadcast Radio in the Italian Prize (Premio Italia) in 1975 and in the International Tribune of Composers in the UNESCO in Paris in 1979. In 1985-86 he taught composition, counterpoint, “fuga”, chamber music, aesthetics and musical forms in the Conservatory of Music of Albacete (Spain).
In 1977 he was awarded the Music Prize by the Mexican Union of Theatre and Music Journalists. In 2002 he was awarded the Culture Prize by the Comunidad de Madrid. In 2006 he was awarded the Daniel Montorio of the Scenic Arts Prize by the Spanish General Society of Authors (SGAE), in recognition of his work La Factoria, which had been an assignment by the Fundación March to commemorate its 50th anniversary.
Academic in the Canary Royal Academy of Fine Arts San Miguel Arcangel, Cruz de Castro was since 1972 and until 2006 programmer in the Spanish National Broadcast Radio in its Segundo Programa, Radio 2 and Radio Clásica. He was also Production Manager in Radio Clásica.