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Guillermo González in Piano Recital at Kean University

UNION, N.J. — The Spanish pianist Guillermo González will perform in a free recital on Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in Kean Hall. The event is sponsored by the Music Circle Student Organization of the Kean University Department of Music.

A reception with the artist will follow the performance. The program, titled Las danzas en la Música, will include compositions by Isaac Albéniz and Maurice Ravel. The recital is part of the 6th International Artist/Educators-In-Residence program. It is organized by Dr. Martha Marchena, director of the program and coordinator of keyboard studies.

Born in Tenerife, pianist González began music studies at the Tenerife Conservatory and continued with José Cubiles at the Madrid Conservatory. He later studied in Paris at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique and the Schola Cantorum, where he received the great impressionist piano tradition through his teachers 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.

González has played recitals and concerts throughout the world and has performed with orchestras including the Strasbourg, Dresden, Liverpool, Scottish Chamber Orchestras, and regularly with the leading Spanish orchestras. He is a consummate specialist in Spanish music repertoire and has given the premières of works by contemporary Spanish composers, including Castillo, Coria, Cruz de Castro, García Abril, C. Halffter, and Oliver.

A piano professor at the Royal Music Conservatory of Madrid since 1974, Gonzalez has been a frequent guest at international piano courses and competitions. He is a regular guest professor with the Music Department of the University of Melbourne. Since 1990, he has been president of the Jaén International Piano Competition, which has awarded him its Golden Medal for his work. His recording Piano Works by Teobaldo Power was awarded Spain’s Grand National Prize for recording in 1980. In 1998, he recorded the Suite Iberia and the two Spanish Suites of Albéniz for Naxos (8.554311-12). He has also recorded the piano works of Ernesto Halffter and Alexander Scriabin.

In 1991, he was awarded the National Music Prize, the highest honor given by the Spanish State in this field. He was awarded the Premio Añavingo in 1993, the Golden Medal of Tenerife in 1994 and the Medal of Villa de Garachico in 1996 at its fifth Centennial. In 2001, he was awarded the CEOE Spain Foundation Prize for Musical Performance.