Francisco Lara - Composer

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Francisco Lara's music has been widely played both in Spain and Europe. In November 2007 The London Sinfonietta conducted by Thierry Fischer performed his Kammerkonzert at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London and at the Auditorio 400 in Madrid to great audience and critic acclaim.

Lara started his musical studies in his hometown, Valladolid, in 1987 he began to study in Madrid where he graduated at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in 1990. In September 1991 he moved to London to study composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music where his tutors included Jeremy Dale-Roberts, Edwin Roxburgh and George Benjamin; and at King´s College London where in 1999 he finished a PhD in composition under the supervision of sir Harrison Birtwistle.

In 1995 he was the only non-British composer featured at the Fast Forward Festival at the Royal College of Music.

Oisín agus Niahm composed in 1994 for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León was presented at the Expo-98 in Lisbon..

Fin Again, commissioned for the IV Centenario de la Ciudad de Valladolid (Spain), was premièred in 1996 by Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León conducted by Christian Kluttig at the Valladolid Cathedral and later recorded on CD.

As a result of a CDMC (Spanish SPNM) commission the Spanish Radio Orchestra Alles ist leer... premièred In September in 1999 under Lucas Pfaff at the XV Festival de Música Contemporánea de Alicante. The concert was broadcasted live on the Spanish National Radio.

Cuatro ecos, composed for Encuentro de Composición Injuve 2001 was premièred at the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid in July 2001.

In 2001 Hopscotch was awarded the Spanish Symphony Orchestras Association Composition Prize. As a result this composition was performed in the period 2002- 2004 by every orchestra in the Association.

In May 2003 his work Dust was awarded the first prize at the International Composition Prize Luxembourg 2003 hosted by the Luxembourg Sinfonietta.

Also in 2003 his Fractures for Piano and Orchestra was runner-up in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels.

His next orchestral piece Murr, composed under the influence of E.T.A.Hoffman´s story about Cat Murr, was presented at the 2004 Estío Musical Burgalés Festival by the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra under Jesús Amigo.

In 2005 (also commissioned by the CDMC), Lara composed his Kammerkonzert which was premiered by TAIMAGranada conducted by José Luis Estellés in that year´s edition of the Alicante Contemporary Music Festival.

Oboekonzert was first performed in March 2006,at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid by Vicenta Gisbert as solist and he Conservatory´s Contemporary Group conducted by Sebastián Mariné.

Spanish young violinist, Leticia Moreno included Lara´s Capriccio for Violin and Piano in her Wigmore Hall debut concert in December 2006.

Francisco Lara´s conducting debut took place at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London with the contemporary music ensemble Ophelia. The programmed included Stravinsky´s Septet Murail´s Vues aériennes and Lara´s own piece Sur.

In 1995 Lara founded Perspectives Ensemble .With this group he toured Spain extensively performing at important festivals such as Jornadas de Música Contemporánea del Bierzo, Festival de Música Española de León, or Festival Koken. In 1998 he conducted Perspectives Ensemble at Auditorio Nacional in Madrid in a Francisco Guerrero memorial concert shortly after Guerrero´s tragic death. With this group Lara has a number of concert in London featuring Spanish new music in venues such as the Conway Hall or the Instituto Cervantes.

In October 1997 Lara took the post as conductor of the University of Valladolid Youth Orchestra. His successful debut concert included the challenging Beethoven´s 2nd Symphony and Mozart´s Don Giovanni overture. He has conducted the orchestra for over a decade during which it has become one of the most accomplished youth orchestras in Spain.

From 1999 till 2002 Lara has been artistic director of the Classical Music Youth Festival hosted by the Fundación Don Juan de Borbón in Segovia. He was also directed the Orchestral Practice Course and conducted the festival´s orchestra.

Since 1999 Lara has been artistic director of the University of Valladolid Contemporary Music Festival.

In 2004 Lara created the University of Valladolid Opera Project. In May every year a full-scale opera production is presented. Francisco Lara both conducts and directs these productions. Recent staged titles include Verdi´s Simon Boccanegra, Donizetti´s Roberto Devereux, Weber´s Freischütz and Mozart´s Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Guest conductor appearances include City of Leon Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Laurentina, Spanish National Youth Orchestra (Jonde), Joven Orquesta de Castilla y León (Joscyl). In February 2007 Lara made his debut at the Bilbao Opera Friend Association (ABAO) where he conducted Dullcinea by Mauricio Sotelo.