Detail of a photograph of Juan Luis Madrigal
by Michal Novak
Detail of a photograph of Juan Luis Madrigal
by Michal Novak
Born in Madrid, Spain, on 26th December 1982. His childhood takes place in the city of Alcalá de Henares. He begins his musical training at the age of seven at the Jeunesses Musicales (Juventudes Musicales) Music School/Academy of the Cervantes' city, completing his elementary music studies as a pianist there, while, in parallel, attending the Colegio Calasanz School in the same municipality.
Afterwards, he enters the Professional Conservatory of Music of Alcalá de Henares, taking piano lessons firstly with Hortensia González Carrera and secondly with Roxana Prieto, an Argentine teacher. He obtains the Professional Title of Music with a specialisation in Piano in 2003 with outstanding results, having particularly excelled in the subject of Fundamentals of Composition, taught by Manuel Sánchez.
In 2008 he receives the Title of Telecommunications Engineer at the University of Alcalá (Universidad de Alcalá), being awarded the Extraordinary End of Degree Award for his outstanding academic achievements. Then he works in a Madrid engineering consulting company until March 2016, taking on positions of increasing responsibility in the field of software development, including those of project manager and head of department.
From 2013 onwards, he pursues his Music Degree with a specialisation in Composition at the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music (Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid), and combines his work as an engineer with his musical education. In the spring of 2014, as a first-year composition student, two of his first works were premiered in concert: a wind quintet and a piano sonatine, the recordings of which are currently available to the public on this website, as well as a selection of later compositions and piano performances. He has obtained excellent results in multiple subjects, finishing his Music Degree with a specialisation in Composition in 2018, obtaining the Honorary End-of-Degree Award in Composition of that year from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, awarded to the best academic record.
In July 2017 and July 2018, he attends, respectively, the 8th and 9th International Postgraduate Courses in Musical Composition, held at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Universitat Politècnica de València, UPV), both taught in Valencia (Spain) by the acclaimed composer Leonardo Balada, Professor Emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University (located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA).
In November 2017 he is awarded one of the "Grants for the Creation and Development of Performing, Musical and Cinematographic Arts 2017" (Ayudas a la Creación y Desarrollo de las Artes Escénicas, Musicales y Cinematográficas) of the Comunidad de Madrid in the category of Musical Composition for his project and work "Music of the Elements" for orchestra, which is divided into four movements, dedicated respectively to Air, Water, Earth and Fire.
In October 2018, he starts teaching at the Mater Salvatoris Authorized Center for Professional Music Education in Madrid, as teacher of Musical Analysis, Harmony and Musical Language, and head of department throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. In September 2019, he joins the faculty of the Madrid Higher School of Singing (Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid) as an interim professor of Composition specialty in Musical Analysis, Harmony and Aural Education subjects during 2019-2020 academic year, combining his professional teaching activity with his Master's Degree in Musical Research at the International University of La Rioja (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, UNIR), which he completes with excellent results in 2021.
In June 2021, after assessing his excellent academic record and his numerous curricular merits, his recently requested membership of the Spanish Society of Academic Excellence (SEDEA) is accepted, being recognized, therefore, as one of the best students in his country.
He has attended classes with the renowned professors and music professionals, amongst others: Alicia Díaz de la Fuente, Enrique Igoa, Manuel Seco de Arpe, Alfonso Romero Asenjo, Leonardo Balada, Zulema de la Cruz, Enrique Rueda, Manuel Martínez Burgos, Juan Medina, Eduardo Armenteros, Alejandro Román, Ángel Huidobro, Lourdes García Melero, Javier García, Álvaro Guijarro, Luis Robledo, Eva Esteve, Daniel Moro, Rafael Martín Castilla, Manuel Tizón, Víctor Padilla, Edith Alonso and Brian Martínez Rodríguez.
Detail of a photograph of Juan Luis Madrigal by Michal Novak
MILESTONES - LAST YEARS
He completes his Master's Degree in Musical Research at the International University of La Rioja (UNIR) with an average mark of 9.21 out of 10.
The recording of his piece In memoriam Iohannis Sebastianis Bachis published, composed in the style of the Baroque master J. S. Bach, is published.
This website has been fully translated into English, facilitating international visits.
Member of the Spanish Society of Academic Excellence (SEDEA).
He publishes his prelude for piano Nymphéas (Water Lilies), dedicated to the memory of the composer Claude Debussy and the painter Claude Monet.
He publishes his Song to the victims for children's choir.
He completely renews this website, reviewing and enhancing its content and presentation to improve the visitor experience.
He has completed two courses of professional experience in music teaching, the last of which was in Higher Artistic Music Education at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid as an interim professor of Composition.
He publishes the recording of the premiere in concert, at the COMA'18 festival, of his song White Moon, in its version for soprano and piano.
He continues his teaching activity at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid as a professor of the subjects of Analysis, Harmony and Aural Education during the 2019-2020 academic year.
He begins his teaching activity during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Honorary End-of-Degree Award in Composition 2018 from the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music.
He publishes the recording of the premiere of the musical piece Irisation (in June 2018) at the Auditorio 400 of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and the recordings of the premieres (in March 2018) of the musical works Searching Shambhala, and Earth and Fire, performed, respectively, by the Symphonic Band and the Classical Orchestra of the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music.
He is awarded one of the Grants for the Creation and Development of the Performing, Musical and Cinematographic Arts 2017 of the Comunidad de Madrid in musical composition for his project and work Music of the Elements for orchestra.