Over to Spain this week for a rather short concert by the celebrated Orquesta Sinfonica de RTVE in Madrid, broadcast live and recorded on October 15, 2010 by Radio Nacional España.
Led by the Colombian-born Spanish conductor Alejandro Posada, the concert features works by Blas Galindo, Amadeo Roldan, Alejandro Tobar and Arturo Marquez. Sones de Mariachi by Galindo, followed by La Rembambaramba by Roland – Kalmary by Tobar and ending with Danon Number 2 by Marquez.
Maestro Alejandro Posada has developed an important artistic work in Europe and Latin America. He was the first Colombian in the history of his native country (Colombia) to be appointed Principal of a professional European orchestra of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León 1 OSCyL) from 2002 to 2009 . His connection with this orchestra for more than a decade, led her to become one of the leading orchestras of the Spanish scene.
He is the founder and Artistic Director of Iberacademy – Iberoamerican Philharmonic Academy, and in addition to the OSCyL, he has been Principal Conductor of the Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina), City Orchestra of Baden (Austria) and the National Orchestra from his native country (Colombia).
In addition to his outstanding career as a conductor, Maestro Posada has been internationally recognized as a visionary, mentor and pedagogue of young and talented musicians with the creation of several pioneering programs in Latin America, among which are: Iberacademy and the Philharmonic Academy of Medellín, AFMED. The Congress of the Republic of Colombia conferred Knight’s order for “his work for the benefit of the Universal Culture” and the city of Miami made a special recognition for his successful international career and for “serving as an outstanding source of innovation” He is currently also a professor of direction at EAFIT University.
He frequently works with first-rate symphonic groups – he has directed close to 70 different orchestras, in more than 20 countries – which has allowed him to accumulate an extensive national and international career with internationally renowned soloists such as Gidon Kremer, Frank Peter Zimmermann , Julian Rachlin, Natalia Gutman, Gil Shaham , Ewa Podles , Alessio Bax , Steven Isserlis, Lilya Zilberstein, Simon Trpceski , Sergei Krilov , Maria Joao Pires , Lars Vogt, Sarah Chang, Gary Hoffman, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Piotr Anderwzeiski, Simon Trpčeski, Sarah Chang among others. In Medellín he conducted the only concert with orchestra that the renowned pianist Lang-Lang made in Colombia.
His discography includes more than fifteen international discs and DVDs, two of them nominated in Spain to the “Premios de la Música”. He studied conducting at the University of Vienna where he graduated with honors unanimously, receiving the academic award of excellence granted by the Austrian Government.
This concert might be full of unfamiliar music to you – that should certainly not stop you from hitting the play button and enjoying this to pieces. Wonderful concert, top-notch band and excellent live recording. Can’t ask for better.