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.