Lorenzo Palomo

con-lorenzo-palomo_150Lorenzo Palomo is one of Spain’s most successful contemporary composers. He was born in Ciudad Real in 1938, but his family moved to Córdoba in southern Spain while he was still a youngster. Soon he found himself drawn to the Tablao Flamencos, where he watched emerging artists improvise their dance and music in the finest Andalusian tradition.

Palomo began studying music at the Córdoba Conservatory of Music. He continued more advanced work in composition and piano at the Barcelona Superior Conservatory of Music. While studying at the Conservatory, he became friends with the “Royal Family of Spanish Guitar”: the Romeros. They taught him techniques and have inspired many of his finest compositions. In addition to influencing his musical style, they also helped him perfect his guitar skills. Through their exuberance for flamenco, he discovered the deep beauty of Spanish guitar.

After graduating from the conservatory in Barcelona, Lorenzo Palomo was awarded a grant to study conducting in New York with Boris Goldovsky.

In 1973 Palomo became conductor of the Valencia Symphony Orchestra. While there, he conducted in Spain and abroad, including a 1976 concert in Geneva with l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande commemorating the centenary of Manuel de Falla. His long tenure as a conductor in Valencia had many positive side effects on his music. He honed his skills as a musician and developed a keen personal style as a conductor.

As a composer, Palomo received a fountain of inspiration from his native Córdoba, the life-style of Andalusia, and the music of the region which is strongly influenced by many diverse cultures. He dedicated his masterpiece Andalusian Nocturnes to Pepe Romero and his father Celedonio, who inspired his love for Spanish guitar. This complex composition blends Hebraic and Arabic elements along with traditional Spanish rhythms, and it musically illustrates the fiery passion and romance of true flamenco. The Romeros inspired Palomo again in 2003 when he wrote the Concierto de Cienfuegos (Concerto of a Hundred Fires). It is a magical mixture of Andalusian rhythms blended with others from Cuba and the Caribbean.

Lorenzo Palomo has created more than 200 compositions for piano, chorus, orchestras, and guitar. By using the diverse musical elements of Andalusia and combining them with passionate flamenco style, his compositions are musical ambassadors for Spain. Today he lives in Berlin where he conducts and serves as pianist for the Deutsche Oper Berlin.