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"[José González Granero] music is mature, entertaining, excellent work. - San Francisco Classical Voice


"[Matsuri Overture] It is very well composed from its overall structure down to small-scale details and the orchestration is  superb. Granero packs just the right amount of material - Martin Gaskell

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José González Granero is a Spanish-American multi Award Winning Composer and Clarinetist based on the San Francisco Bay Area. His upcoming premieres as a composer include a premiere at the Teatro Real (Royal Opera House, Madrid) and at The Grand Teton Music Festival (Wyoming)

Mr. Granero's compositions has been widely performed and premiered in North America, Europe and Asia by orchestras such as Académie  Festival d'Aix—en—ProvenceSan Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Stanford Philharmonia, Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, London City OrchestraUniversity of Granada Orchestra... Mr. Granero has received commissions from Chamber Music Ensembles such as "Music in May Chamber Music Festival" (USA), "Farallon Quintet (USA)", "Premium Metals (SPAIN)", Clarinetist István Kohán (Hungary-Japan), Ensemble SF (USA) and Stanford Philharmonie Orchestra (USA).  Mr. Granero is a two time finalist of the Bartók World Composition Competition in Hungary (2020, 2022) and  a receiver of a honorary mention for his 2nd String Quartet (2020 Bartók World Composition Competiton). 1st Prize Winner of the Villiers String Quartet International Composition Competition (UK), Second Prize ‘Ville de Comines-Warneton’ composition competition (Belgium) and two time nominee for the Hollywood Music Awards. Mr. Granero publishes his music exclusively with Universal Edition.


 As a clarinetist Mr. Granero awards include the 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),.


Mr. Gonzalez Granero 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. 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. González Granero holds the Principal Clarinet position with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra



" … 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.


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