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Jose Luis Rodrigo


Born in Madrid where he studied guitar with maestro José María López and Regino Sainz de la Maza at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid.

Since 1982, he has been Professor of Guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid since 1970, except for the 1975-76 academic year when he moved to Pamplona to teach at the Pablo Sarasate Conservatory. The figure of José Luis Rodrigo Bravo stands out throughout his personal and professional life path both as a teacher and concert performer, being one of the best connoisseurs of the guitar repertoire, even the most infrequent and undoubtedly the deepest connoisseur of Spanish music for the instrument in which he fixed his attention as a child thanks to the early contact he had with him through his father, Leandro Rodrigo Gil, a great fan who came to receive classes from Daniel Fortea in his studio on Calle de la Cruz in Madrid.

After the beginning of his guitar learning with José María López de la Osa he entered the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid in the Sainz de la Maza class completing a very important regular course full of the most important academic awards: Extraordinary Award de Carrera (1961), First Prize of Harmony (1962) and First Prize of Contrapunto y Fuga (1966); Meanwhile, it expanded from 1961, attending the International University Course of Spanish Music “Música en Compostela” as a disciple of Andrés Segovia, and later of José Tomás, and his prestige was also contrasted with obtaining different awards in international competitions, as well as of the position of teacher of Guitar in the Conservatory of Freiburg (Germany) in 1978, of which finally did not get to take charge due to the disillusion suffered in the pamplonés conservatory. 

Professional activity:

Of undoubted professional rigor and seriousness, and without this diminishing in any way the proximity with which his presence, person and teaching is perceived, it must be said that José Luis Rodrigo Bravo, true depository of the tradition of maestro Andrés Segovia, has been one of the most relevant interpreters in the second half of the 20th century, having toured Europe, America and Asia, holding recitals and collaborating with prestigious orchestras, as well as teaching master classes, maintaining in addition to the confidence in the work that characterizes him, a renewed optimism supported by the successes that their students, some outstanding performers, are getting, turning the best of these the balance that they show at all times between knowledge, virtuosity and elegance in school teaching.

Since 1981, he holds the Andrés Segovia Chair of the International University Course of Spanish Music “Música en Compostela”.

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