Ricardo Gallén (Spanish: Ricardo Jesús Gallén García, born in 1972) is a Spanish classical guitarist who has been active since the mid-1990s. He is currently a Professor of Guitar at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar, Germany and a Professor at the University of Extremadura in Spain. He was, until 2009, an Assistant Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, under the direction of Eliot Fisk.
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Gallén was born in Linares, Jaén in Spain in 1972. He started playing classical guitar at the age of four, performing in public just a year later.
At the age of ten he entered the Conservatory of Music in Cordoba, receiving his first formal music education by the Conservatory's director and founder Tomás Villajos Soler. He continued his studies at the Conservatories of Jaén, Cordoba, Madrid and Granada, studying under Professors Victor Valls, Miguel Barbero, Demetrio Ballesteros and Carmelo Martinez and at the same time attended a number of master classes both in Spain and abroad. He studied guitar and ancient music at the University of Salzburg (Mozarteum) and Munich under Fisk, Eglhuber, Hübscher and Clerch. In 1999, he graduated at the Meisterklasse at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.
Gallén has been performing since the mid-1990s. He has given numerous recitals in Spain, Europe and the United States, in solo performances, in a duet (with Eliot Fisk), or with an orchestra. He has recorded for Radio and Television in various countries including Spain, Finland, Belgium, Romania, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, South Korea and Bulgaria.
His first album, was one of Naxos's best-selling albums in 2001. It was followed by five albums published by Naxos, with a particular focus on the works of Joaquín Rodrigo.
Gallén has been a member of the jury in several international guitar competitions and has given a number of master classes in several countries including Austria, Germany, Poland, Israel, USA, Chile, Lebanon, Portugal, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, France, Greece, Romania as well as his native Spain.
Awards and recognitions:
Gallén has participated in over twenty international guitar competitions, having won five first prize awards including: the 32nd Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition (1997), the 14th Andrés Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition (1998), where he also got a Special Prize, the Fourth Alhambra International Guitar Competition (1998), the 33rd Francisco Tarrega International Guitar Contest (1999) and the 11th International Guitar Competition (2002).