Born in Teruel in 1933, he was initiated into the world of music by his father. He studied in Valencia, Madrid, Siena and Rome. He was a member of the group “Nueva Música” (New Music), of which Cristóbal Halffter, Luis de Pablo and Luis Moreno Buendía, among others, are also members.
He investigates new trends in musical expression. From 1974 to 2003 he taught composition and musical forms as a professor of the Advanced Royal Music Conservatory of Madrid. At the request of the Ministry of Culture, he collaborated on a work for the grand opening of the National Auditorium in 1988 along with poet Rafael Alberti. He was selected as a member of the Royal Academy of the Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. He composed the official hymn of the Community of Aragón. Since 2010 he has presided the Antón García Abril Foundation.
García Abril has been awarded with the following distinctions: