Ricardo Gallén, Spain (Cleveland Debut)
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"Flawless interpretation and charisma and exquisite technique and particularly beautiful sound...."
Diario de Cordoba

Ricardo Gallén has given highly acclaimed solo recitals throughout Europe and America and performed in concerts under the direction of well-known conductors such as Maximiano Valdes, Juan Jose Mena, Monica Huggett and Seirgiu Comisiona.

He has recorded many works for the state radios and televisions in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Romania, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Chile, South Korea, Hungary and Bulgaria. He has also recorded four C.D.s for NAXOS in which he performs music by Giuliani, Brouwer, and Takemitsu among others, as well as all of the concertos for guitar and orchestra by the Spanish master Joaquin Rodrigo. His first recording was one of NAXOS' fifty top selling C.D.s for 2001 and received laudatory reviews in the press.

Ricardo Gallén has received over twenty international prizes, including: First Prize at the 32nd Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition, 1997, in Markneukirchen, Germany; First Prize and a Special Prize for the best interpretation of the works of Enrique Igoa at the 14th Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition, 1998, held in La Herradura, Granada; First Prize at the Fourth Alhambra International Guitar Competition, 1998; First Prize and the Special Audience Prize at the 33rd Francisco Tarrega International Guitar Contest, 1999; First Prize and five Special Prizes (Best Interpretation of a Cuban work, the Leo Brouwer Special Prize, the Cuban National Union of Writers and Artists Musicians Association Prize, the Music Recording and Publishing Company Prize, and the Cuban Radio and Television Institute Prize) at the 11th International Guitar Competition held in Havana, Cuba in 2002.

In 2009 Ricardo Gallén became one of the youngest musicians to become a  professor at the prestigious University of Music "Franz List" in Weimar, Germany, a position that he holds today.