"[José González Granero] music is mature, entertaining, excellent work. - San Francisco Classical Voice
Jose Gonzalez Granero, Clarinetist and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently 1st Prize Winner for the Villiers Quartet New Works Composition Competition (London), also he has been nominated twice for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Mr. Gonzalez Granero holds the Principal Clarinet position for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 2010. He graduated from Granada Royal Conservatory, USC Thorton School of Music and The Colburn School in Los Angeles under his mentor Yehuda Gilad.
Mr. Gonzalez has won numerous competitions and awards, both as a clarinetist and composer, including Grand Prize for exceptional talent and musicianship in the Pasadena Instrumental Competition (2009), First Prize in the Burbank Philharmonic Concerto Competition (2009), Second Place in the Downey Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (2009), Second Prize in the Pasadena Instrumental Competition (2008), Second Prize ‘Ville de Comines-Warneton’ composition competition and winner of the Villiers Quartet New Works Composition Competition (London, UK). His pieces has been published by Scomegna Edizioni Musicali ( Italy ) and Rivera Musica ( Spain ).
Mr. Gonzalez was Principal Clarinet of the Andalucia Philharmonic Orchestra (Spain) from 2005-2007. He has also performed as Principal Clarinet with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (Norway), Odense Symfoniorkester (Denmark), Young Musician Foundation Debut Orchestra ( USA ), Galicia Symphony Orchestra (Spain), City of Granada Orchestra (Spain), Orchestre des Jeunes de la Mediterranee (France), the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (Luxemburg), toured as a soloist with UC Davis Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto through Spain and sub with the San Francisco Symphony. In addition, he is an active chamber music player, he has performed with Susan Graham, Music@Menlo, Oregon Bach Festival, Music in the Vineyard, Music in May and EnsembleSF.
Currently, Mr. Gonzalez Granero alternates his career as a clarinetist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and as a composer, premiering pieces with EnsembleSF, Music in May, EOS Ensemble, Granada Brass Quintet, Proemium Metals and Stanford Philharmonia.
Jose Gonzalez Granero plays with Yamaha, Vandoren and Ishimori products.
" … a narrative response to the events and psychological states in a Lorca poem underlies the First Quartet by Jose Gonzalez Granero, not dissimilar in principle or idiom to Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht, and this Iberian tinted expressionism won over the listener in the hall and online to gain the first prize."
-The Strad Magazine.
© 2023 by Jose Gonzalez Granero
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