José D'Aragón


José d’Aragón was born at 1965 in Saragossa (Spain) and begins his music studies at the age of four years. Focuses his dedication musical in the piano and classical guitar music, acting in numerous concerts as soloist at the age of six years. Simultaneously he
studied composition and harmony with the organist of the Cathedral of the Pilar Basilica Professor Gregorio Garcés Till and Master Dr. González del Valle.
In 1977 (with 12 years) gets the first prize of the International Classical Guitar Competition" in Spain, recorded for Radio and Television and is invited to give concerts in the most important European cities.
In 1979 gets the first prize of composition with his orchestral work "Symphony One" that is interpreted by the National Orchestra in special concert.
In 1983 he completed his music studies in Spain with honors, the same year travelled to Germany to study Orchestral Direction with the prestigious Maestro Sergio Celibidache.
During 1984 he performs concerts throughout Europe with the Bach College, the Munich philharmonic orchestra, Music Rinata, the television ZDF-ARD and the
Bayerische Rundfunk and is appointed director of the chorus of the Kulturinstitut of Munich.
In 1985 acts leading director with the Maestro Sergio Celibidache, orchestral director of the Musikhochschule in Munich, for recording and concerts of the "San Matheus
Passion" of Johann Sebastian Bach.
In 1986 is invited to give concert tours as soloist and conductor in Europe, USA and Japan to public and critics aclaim.
In 1990 José d'Aragon is appointed Doctor in Musicology. Records for varios record companies such as "Grammophon", "Ariola", "Pasarela" "FONO FSM" and "EMI" interpreting his own compositions and arangments.
From 1991 to 1994 composed and acts for Japanese NHK television as soloist and conductor invited to perfom with the most important orchestras in the country. For a period resides in the United States performing numerous concerts, and giving lectures and seminars.
During 1997 and 1998 performs concert tours in South America collaborating with orchestras from Colombia and Venezuela, and as a jury member in international competitions.
From 2004 to 2006 performs concert tours in Europe and Russia.
From 2007 to 2012 establishes José D´Aragón in Spain, Japan and United States organising numerous concerts, tours, conferences and international seminars.
Jose d'Aragon has composed many works for orchestra such as: "Symphony 1", Ballet of "The Haunted House", "Zeitwoelbung", "Symphonic Studies", "Dance Macabre", "The Clan," "Himno Galaxis", etc. and various compositions and transcripts for the classical guitar.

José D´Aragón records with 10 and 11 strings guitars. The tuning is based on enhancing the intonation of each work and the result is a wonderful tone and exceptional brilliance. For piano and Orchestra transcripts, he is able to maintain the bass notes accurately without changing chords. This way the bass melody is not lost, and chords can be up to 10 notes, as on the piano. The loudness is deeper, by keeping the resonance on the harmonic chords. The result is truly orchestral. In transcripts of complete works of Manuel de Falla, very appropriate for the ten or eleven string guitar, or virtuous works such as "Pictures at an exhibition" of Modest Mussorgsky one experiences a very reliable and accurate interpretation of the original, improving capacity and expressiveness superior to that of the guitar with six strings. This involves very clean, technical work in the implementation of the duration of notes in such a way that the resonance will not cause a dissonance due to the superposition of chords. Transcribing works for piano or Orchestra for guitar often falls into mere adaptation. This is what José D´Aragón avoids with his elevenstring guitar.

José D´Aragón uses only Hannabach strings for his recordings and performances especially manufactured for the eleven-string guitar.

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