Ricardo Jesús Gallén García studied guitar and ancient music at the Universities of Salzburg (Mozarteum) and Munich with the Masters Fisk, Eglhuber, Spiri, Gilbert, Huebscher and Clerch, graduating in 1999 in the Master Class (Konzertexam) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, with Joaquín Clerch. He has given recitals and played in concerts with more than 25 orchestras under the direction of well known conductors such as Maximiliano Valdés, Juan José Mena, Sergiu Comisiona, Leo Brouwer, En Shao, Monica Huggett and Jordi Savall, throughout Europe and the Americas, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, the United States, as well as Russia, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel, in concert halls like Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Auditori and Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Shostakovich Hall in Saint Petersburg and Tchaikowsky Hall in Moscow.
Ricardo Gallén García has recorded many works for state radio and television in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Romania, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Chile, South Korea, Hungary Australia and Bulgaria. Presently on the market, can be found his first five CDs, recorded for Naxos, in which he performs music by Giuliani, Brouwer, Takemitsu, etc., as well as all of the guitar concertos by the Spanish master Joaquín Rodrigo. His first recording was among 50 top-selling Naxos records in 2001, and has received outstanding reviews in the specialized press. His sixth CD (a double one), of the Bach Complete Lute Suites, was released by Sunnyside Records in New York, in June 2013.
He was featured on the cover of “Classical Guitar Magazine”, in August 2000, in which he was interviewed by Cecilia Rodrigo, Joaquin Rodrigo’s daughter. His biographical information has been included, among others, in the fifth edition of “The Classical Guitar: It’s Evolution, Players and Personalities, since 1800” written by the director of the Ashley Mark Publishing Company, Maurice J. Summerfield.
Ricardo Jesús Gallén García has received over twenty international prizes, including: First Prize at the XXXII Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition in 1997, in Markneukirchen, Germany, First Prize and a Special Prize for the best interpretation of the works of Enrique Igoa at the XIV Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition held in 1998, in La Herradura, Granada, First Prize at the IV Alhambra International Guitar Competition 1998, First Prize and Special Audience Prize at the XXXIII Francisco Tàrrega International Guitar Contest in 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 XI International Guitar Competition held in Havana, Cuba in 2002.
He was Eliot Fisk’s Assistant Professor in “Mozarteum” University in Salzburg for five years and he is currently Professor at the HFM “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Germany.
Recently he was granted the “Andres Segovia Medal Award” by the Andres Segovia Foundation in Spain. His last album “Sonatas para Guitarra” by Ferran Sor is considered a masterpiece from the specialized press: “Definitely, we are in front of a maestro whose Lope de Vega could have said: who has tried, knows: Sor and Gallen, both shine”.