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Ricardo Gallén. Photo: Paco Montañés. 2014.

Ricardo Gallén is a distinguished guitarist with a continuously flourishing career. His inspiring and innovative interpretations place him on the top musicians, while his revolutionary and influential playing and teaching is the best proof of his quality.

“Immense creativity and virtuosity, which is sensed by just looking at his hands”, the words of Maestro Leo Brouwer raise Ricardo Gallén to a level of mastery very rarely seen.

His rare combination of virtuosity and musicianship has captivated audiences around the world in solo recitals, duets or with orchestras in great concert halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Auer Hall in Indiana University and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki among others.

Ricardo Gallén has performed numerous Premiers of world known composers and participated in several projects under the direction of important conductors such as Maximiano Valdes, En Shao, Juan José Mena, Monica Huggett, Leo Brower, Jordi Savall and Seirgiu Comisiona, with an immense moment in his career being the Premier of the Sonata del Pensador dedicated to him by the Maestro Leo Brouwer.

Ricardo has won numerous awards in important music competitions (Francisco Tárrega, Andrés Segovia, Markneukirchen among others) and held several teaching positions. In 2009 he received the honor of becoming one of the youngest musicians to obtain a professorship in the prestigious University of Music “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Germany, a position that he holds until today.

Ricardo Gallén is being a jury member in several international guitar competitions and he is giving Master Classes with great response.

Maestro Leo Brouwer letter to Ricardo Gallén.

His recordings, since his very first album, receive sensational reviews in the specialized press. His last works of the Bach Complete Lute Works and Fernando Sor – Guitar Sonatas are being widly approved as masterpieces, as it has been written accordingly:

“We stand, at the end, before a Maestro for whom as Lope de Vega would say: Those who have tested it, know”