Pilar Jurado

(born in Madrid, Spain, in 1968). Soprano, composer and conductor. She began her studies at the Madrid Royal Music Conservatory when she was 8 years old, where she studied piano, singing, composition, musicology, music education and conducting. She expanded her training in specialized courses with masters like Leonardo Balada, Luis de Pablo, Javier Darias, Tom Johnson and Franco Donatoni. She is counterpoint professor at the Madrid Royal Music Conservatory. As a composer, she has received numerous commissions from various institutions such as the Fundacion Juan March and Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea, and the Royal Theater. In 2011 the premiere of her opera La página en blanco commissioned by the Royal Theater. With it she was the first woman composer in history to see her opera represented at the Royal Theater.
Selected works: Ablanathanalba, 1998, s, sax s, 4 sax, 2 perc, pf; Al mar... agua, 1998, pf 4 hands; Amarganz (1. Amarganz- 2. Oglamar- 3. Pyernajzarck- 4. Muhru- 5. Hynreck), 2000, vl, pf; Ámbar en tiza, 2005, tr, 2 vl, vla, vlc; Avec moi, 1993, cl, vla, chi, pf, tape; Besa el aura, 1989, s, pf; Castillo de Damas nº 8, picc, timp, perc, vibr, string; Como la luna, 2006, s, perc, pf; Concierto breve para cuerdas II, 2001, string orchestra; Cuarteto de cuerda nº 2 (1. Presto- 2. Lentamente- 3. Veloce), 1996, 2vl, vla, vlc.
Awards: Reina Sofia American Award, 1992; Jacinto Guerrero 1992; Cristóbal Halffter, 1993; SGAE Award 2nd, 1994, 1st SGAE Award, 1997; Critical Eye Award RNE Classical Music, 1998 (for her triple role as songwriter, singer and conducter) and Villa de Madrid 2000 Award.

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