Biography

Pablo ROJAS


He began his musical studies at the Círculo Municipal de Música de Alfacar and acquired basic training to enter the C. P. M. “Ángel Barrios” in Granada. After finishing his Clarinet studies, he decides to continue his musical apprenticeship in a professional way and outside the conservatory. This moved him to Barcelona, where he co-founded the Banda de Rubí (Associació Rubí Musical s. XXI) with Luís Calduch in 2010, thus beginning his career as musical director. He currently maintains a constant relationship as guest conductor with this group. He works from 2009 to 2012 as clarinetist in the Music Unit of the I. G. E. Pirenaica. He continues his studies of Philosophy at the Universitat de Barcelona and studies modern music at the Taller de Músics de Barcelona, focusing his interests on musical language and harmony from the 20′ of the twentieth century. His practice with various musical groups and intense self-taught study led him to take the Licentiate in Music Direction examinations at the Royal Music Schools of the United Kingdom in 2012, making him the youngest Spaniard to obtain such a degree.

In 2013 he returns to Granada, where he collaborates as conductor in the Granada Youth Symphony Orchestra (JOSG) conducting the JOSG Orchestra School within the program of concerts in civic centers of the City Council of Granada. He held the position of conductor in the Joven Orquesta Ciudad de Motril in the 2013-2014 season, programming, managing and conducting concerts in places such as the Traumatology Hospital of Granada, the Science Park of Granada and the Calderón Theatre of Motril, and inviting the young soloists Néstor Pamblanco (marimba) and Darío Tamayo (harpsichord). In 2014 he is elected new artistic director of the Choir of the Padre Manjón Institute in Granada.

After the continuous contact with string orchestras, he forms as conductor, clarinetist and arranger the wind group Novecento, which premieres at the Teatro Isabel la Católica in Granada with the show Pedro y el Lobo of the prestigious company Títeres Etcétera, for the Christmas season 2013-14. From this quintet is born the project Bóreas Ventus, whose objective is to foment the music of art for winds, mainly the written one in our days. This activity is reflected in a CD whose recording began in June 2014 with the record label Arcomúsica, and which is presented at the Centro de Documentación Musical de Andalucía on 31 October 2015. At the moment the second CD is being managed, foreseeing its presentation in December 2018.

He is currently working on his doctoral thesis, provisionally entitled “Fundamentación de la gestualidad de la dirección musical: figuras de compás, ontología y normatividad en la dirección de conjuntos musicales”, and is studying Composition at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música “Victoria Eugenia” in Granada. Since April 2016, he has been a student of Maestro Antonio Sendra Cebolla, former director of the Music Unit of the Royal Guard.

The 2016-2017 season begins with the privilege of being chosen as conductor of the Municipal Band of Maracena. It begins with two world premieres: the first is a beautiful piece by Fco Javier Rodríguez in a concert dedicated to the bandistic symphonic sonority and the second a villancico-romance by Germán Tejerizo in the inauguration of the Auditorium of the Fray Leopoldo Residence, framed in the cycle of concerts of Sinfonendo. Two of his most important symphonic concerts were offered in the Campo del Príncipe de Granada in festivals organised by the City Council of Granada and sponsored by Cervezas Alhambra: in April 2017 he participates in the “Primavera Musical”, and in April 2018 in “Momentos Alhambra: Granada Distrito Sonoro”.

In December 2016 he relinquished his position as musical and artistic director of the veteran Choir of the Padre Manjón Institute in Granada after three years of work, singing in venues such as the Isabel La Católica Theatre, the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of Granada, the Plaza de la Iglesia de Rubí (Barcelona), the Monastery of San Jerónimo, or participating in the BSO of the film Tenma.

By means of the musical formations with which he works, he manages to promote and premiere music by contemporary composers such as Germán Tejerizo Linares, Eric Whitacre, Geoffrey Álvarez, Guillermo Schiavi, Irene Mira Sánchez, Roberto R., and others. Guerrero, Óscar Musso Buendía, Roberto Pineda Tenor, Juan Manuel Cisneros, Jeff Manookian, Ramón Civit, José López Montes, Bartolomé Pérez Botello, Rafael Peralta Torrecilla, Francisco Javier Rodríguez, or Juan Bautista Meseguer, among others – which he considers a moral and artistic responsibility.

In Argentina, in 2017, with the support of the General Directorate of Education of La Pampa, he has the pleasure of working as a guest director and as a teacher. As a teacher trainer, he teaches a course of initiation to the art of musical ensemble conducting, titled “Fundamentos técnicos de la dirección musical” at the Instituto Superior de Bellas Artes (ISBA) in General Pico, and at the Centro Regional de Educación Artística (CREAr) in Santa Rosa. As guest conductor, he works in rehearsal of typical Spanish repertoire with the Symphonic Band of the Argentine National Gendarmerie, and directs in concert the Symphonic Band of the II Festival of Winds and Percussion of General Pico, and the Symphonic Band of La Pampa.

Thanks to the results obtained in the Competitions for the Corps of Music and Performing Arts Chairs organised by the Regional Government of Andalusia and held in 2018, he obtained a position as Acting Professor of the Chair of Orchestra Conducting at the Higher Conservatory of Music in Malaga.

Since May 2019, he has been artistic director of the Band “Amigos de la Música” of Dúrcal.