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March 15, 2004
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Pianist Guillermo González in Concert at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – – The world-renowned Guillermo González will perform Spanish piano music at Kean University on Monday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. González will play works by Mompou (Children Scenes), Falla (Four Spanish Pieces), and Albéniz (From Iberia Suite), said Dr. Martha Marchena, coordinator of keyboard and professor in Kean’s Department of Music, who also facilitated González’s appearance. Admission is free.

Born on the Island of Tenerife, Spain, González began music studies at the Tenerife Conservatory and continued with professor José Cubiles at the Madrid Conservatory. Later, he studied in Paris at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique and the Schola Cantorum, where he received the great impressionistic piano tradition through his professors V. Perlemuter and J.P. Sevilla. He also studied with M. Heuclin and S. Roche and won prizes at the Milan, Vercelli (Viotti), Jaén and Tenerife Piano Competitions. He has played recitals and concerts throughout the world and has performed with orchestras such as Strasbourg, Dresden, Liverpool, and the Scottish Chamber, and regularly with the most important Spanish orchestras.

González is a consummate specialist in Spanish music repertoire, such as I. Albéniz Suite Iberia, and the complete works by Falla and E. Halffter. He has also premiered works by the Spanish contemporary composers Castillo, Coria, Cruz de Castro, García Abril, C. Halffter and Oliver. In 1998, he published a new edition of Iberia by I. Albéniz for the Española de Ediciones Musicales Schott Internacional S.L. In this work, the manuscript text of the composer in a facsimile edition, an urtext edition (a printed copy of the manuscripts), and a revised edition, are offered for the first time. This same text was used for the 1996 recording of the Suite Iberia, which the Radio European Union broadcast live worldwide to 37 members of this radio organization.

He has been a piano professor at the Royal Music Conservatory of Madrid since 1974 and has been a frequent guest at international piano courses and competitions, being a regular guest professor at the Music Department of the University of Melbourne, Australia. Since 1990, he has been president of the Jaen International Piano Competition, which has awarded him with the Golden Medal for his work.

His recording Piano Works by Teobaldo Power was awarded Spain’s Great National Prize for recording in 1980. In 1998, he recorded the Suite Iberia and the two Spanish Suites by I. Albéniz for the multinational Naxos. He has also recorded the piano works of E. Halffter and A. Scriabin. In 1991, González was awarded the Music National Prize, the highest honor given by the Spanish State in his specialty. He was Premio Añavingo in 1993, in 1994 he was awarded the Golden Medal of Tenerife, and in 1996 the Medal of Villa de Garachico. In 2000, he was awarded with the CEOE Spain Foundation Prize of Musical Performance.