María Luz Casal Paz

(Luz Casal) (born in Boimorto, La Coruña, Spain, 11th November 1958) composer. In Gijón she studied piano and ballet, and, in addition, she formed part of a Rock group called Los Fannys that made versions of other artist's songs. In 1977, she went to Madrid, where she made her first recording called: "La guapa" (The beautiful). From that moment, she started composing her first songs and in 1980 she released her first single with a multinational company, "El ascensor" (The elevator). She started the recording of her first solo album, in Madrid, Brussels and Amsterdam, which was released in September 1982 and was named: "Luz". The album was produced by Carlos Narea and included songs composed by herself and by Roque Navaja. After that, with the following albums she became an important figure in Spanish pop music. She recorded a cover version of Étienne Daho's French language song "Duel au Soleil" in Spanish called "Un nuevo día brillará", which became a hit song. In 1992, she enjoyed great success with her appearance in the soundtrack of Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed film "High Heels" singing Agustín Lara's theme "Piensa en mí". This massive hit made her a European superstar, especially admired in France. In January 2007, Luz Casal was diagnosed with breast cancer and seven months later, she revealed to the Spanish media that she had overcome her disease, turning her into an example of overcoming. In 2007 Luz released a new single "Se Feliz" (Be Happy) from her new album, Vida Tóxica (Toxic Life), inspired by her experience with chimotherapy. On 29 September 2009, she published a new album called La Pasión (The Passion), an album in which the singer paid homage to the most important bolero singers from the 1940s to the 1960s. In that album, she made versions of songs such as "Alma Mía" (My Soul), "Cenizas" (Ashes), and "Historia De Un Amor" (The History Of A Love). This album went gold in Spain and platinum in France.
Select Recordings: Albums: El ascensor (Single) (1980); Luz (1982); Los ojos del gato (1984); Luz III (1985); Quiéreme aunque te duela (1987); Luz V (1989); A contraluz (1991); Como la flor prometida (1995); Un mar de confianza (2000); Con otra mirada (2002); Sencilla alegría (2005); Vida tóxica (2007); La Pasión (2009)
Awards: In 2001 she was awarded, along with Pablo Guerrero, the Goya Award for Best Original Song with "Tu bosque animado", from the film El bosque animado. In 2009 received the Medal of Arts and Letters of France

María Pilar Tejedor Couceiro

(María Pilar Couceiro) (born in A Coruña, Spain, on December 6, 1948). She studied piano, violin, singing and percussion at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, obtaining the titles of Composition (1974) and Conducting (1975). She also has the degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Salamanca and PhD from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in which her field of interest to study is the structural relationships of the literary work in comparison with the musical. She has conducted groups like Banda Unión Musical de Lliria, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta Municipal de Valladolid, Orquesta Filarmónica de Madrid, and the orquesta femenina mujeres en la musica, and also as director conductor of the orchestra "Gaspar Sanz" since 1980 and of the orchestra "Francisco de Salinas" since 1987. She has taught musical language, orchestra and choir at the Conservatory of Music in Amaniel since 1975, obtaining the position of assistant professor in opposition in 1981.
Select works: Andante, 2 vl, vla, vlc; Musas, 1972, fl, 3 perc; Os Trasgos, percussion group; Tres villancicos, choir (voices- bi); Variaciones sobre una tema medieval, chamber orchestra.
Awards: In 1983 she was awarded the prize Ciudad de Odine of composition (Italia).

María Rosa Calvo Manzano

(born in Madrid, Spain, 1946), harpist, composer and teacher. She graduated from the Madrid Royal Music Conservatory with an "Extraordinary Conservatory Degree Achievement" recognition. She has a Masters in Philosophy and Human Arts, a PhD in Architecture and a second PhD in History from the Department of History. Calvo Manzano has written essays about pedagogy, historiography, and musicology. Her books have been published by ARLU publications, a branch of Arpista Ludovido Association. Calvo Manzano created a didactic technique, known as the ARLU Technique, which is used in courses at the Madrid Complutense University and at the RCSM. As composer, she is author of several books, mainly for the harp, as well as reviews and transcriptions of old works. She has composed numerous collections of children's pieces for harp with didactic function. She is harp professor at the Madrid Royal Music Conservatory.
Selected works: El ABC del arpa, 1971, arp; Andalucía e improvisación, arp; Dúo para dos arpas, 2 arp; Estampa cuatripartita, 1974, arp; La Navidad de los niños, 1968, arp; El pequeño arpa de Técnicas ARLU, 1992, arp, choir; El pequeño mundo de los niños, 1967, arp; El pequeño nacimiento, 1967, arp, mimo; Retablo de Navidad, arp; Las siete palabras, 2003, arp, reciter.
Selected Recordings: Repertorio hispano para arpa I, II, III; Cuatro siglos de musica para arpa, 1978; Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz, 1983; El arpa en el renacimiento español, 1986; Puer natus est, 1992; Concierto de arpa en la National Gallery de Washington, 1996; Música francesa para arpa, 1996; Música para arpa del siglo XVIII, 1996; Trío de flauta, viola y arpa, 1996; Música española para arpa, 1996.
Awards: She has been recognized with numerous national and international prizes and awarded by the King of Spain with "El Lazo de Isabel la Católica" and "La Encomienda de Alfonso X el Sabio". Among her recent awards: Académica Correspondiente de la Academia Mundial de Ciencia, Tecnología y Arte, 2000;Académica Correspondiente de la Academia de Cultura Valenciana, 2001; Académica Numeraria de la Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias de la Música, 2002; Cruz de Isabel La Católica de la Orden del Gran Almirante de Madrid, 2002; Académica Correspondiente de la Muy Ilustre Academia de Música de Valencia, 2003.