“Immense creativity and virtuosity, which is sensed by just looking at his hands”
Maestro Leo Brouwer
Ricardo Gallén is one of the greatest existing geniuses of the guitar, with an extraordinary musical and technical level. 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.
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 premieres of world known composers, with an immense moment in his career being the premiere of the Sonata del Pensador dedicated to him by the maestro Leo Brouwer. He has also performed under the baton of important conductors such as Juanjo Mena, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Maximiano Valdés, En Shao, Monica Huggett, Leo Brouwer, Jordi Savall or Sergiu Comissiona.
Ricardo has won numerous awards in important music competitions (Francisco Tárrega, Andrés Segovia, Markneukirchen among others) and held several teaching positions, like Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki or The Cleveland Institute of Music. 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.
His recordings, since his very first album, have received 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.
Gerardo Gómez de Valcárcel
Executive Director and Artist Manager of Linked Artists.