Mercedes Zavala

Was born in Madrid in 1963. She studied piano and composition at the Madrid Music Conservatory. She has been Malcolm Singer pupil (Guildhall School teacher and headmaster of Yehudi Menuhin School at London), a main figure in her development like composer. She teaches at Madrid Conservatory analysis, harmony, counterpoint and composition and XXth century music. She has made researches on african music, travelling to Senegal in 1996 to study percussion with professor N’Diaye. In 1997 she graduated in Philosophy, studying after a postgraduate related to Aesthetics. She belongs since 2002 to the Instituto de Investigaciones Feministas, at Complutense University in Madrid (Institute for Feminist Research), being active in diffusion of Women Music. From 2007 to 2010 she was in charge of Spanish Women in Music Society.