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GRUPO KOAN (1973-1993)
Trough out twenty years of activity José Ramón Encinar developed an important activity in recording for the Spanish National Radio (RNE), to increase the broadcast archive and in many other occasions destined to different Prices of the U.E.R. (European Broadcasting Union) as the Prix Italia and Tribune Internationale de l´UNESCO.
During these years J.R.E. and KOAN premiered many musical works in Spain by the most important composers, as GOFFREDO PETRASSI, LUIGI DALLAPICCOLA, FRANCO DONATONI, LUCIANO BERIO, PIERRE BOULEZ, HANS WERNER HENZE, WOLFGANG RIHM, PASCAL DUSAPIN and SANDRO GORLI.
In relation to the hundreds of musical works premiered, some should be specially noted: by LUIS DE PABLO, TOMAS MARCO, CARMELO BERNAOLA, FRANCISCO GUERRERO, LEONARDO BALADA, JOAN GUINJOAN,JOSE LUIS TURINA, ALFREDO ARACIL., DAVID DEL PUERTO, JESUS RUEDA…
Besides strictly contemporary music, José Ramón Encinar presented a few programs with XXth Century classical composers, mainly Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Leos Janacek, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Manuel de Falla, Darius Milhaud, Héitor Villa Lobos amongst others.
Regarding concert activity, José Ramón Encinar conducted the most of them part in Madrid, as well as in many other cities of Spain and also took part in an important number of festivals and current seasons all over Europe: PORTUGAL (Cascais and Lisbon), FRANCE (Festivals of La Rochelle, Avignon, Bordeaux and Saintes),ITALY (Rome and Milan), GERMANY (Bonn, Berlin), HOLLANDE (Concertgebow and Eijsbraeker, Amsterdam and Musizentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht), ENGLAND, where he conducted in a few editions of Almeida Festival in London, NORWAY (Bergen Festival)….
The discography of Grupo KOAN under José Ramón Encinar includes works with labels as RCA, HISPAVOX, and RTVE with works by Luis de Pablo,Román Alís, Miguel Angel Roig Francolí, Francisco Guerrero, Pablo Riviére, Félix Ibarrondo, and Carmelo Bernaola.
GRAN CANARIA PHILARMONIC ORCHESTRA
PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR (1982 – 1984)
SEGOVIA MUSIC FESTIVAL
ASSOCIATED CONDUCTOR. SEGOVIA MUSIC FESTIVAL (1998)
José Ramón Encinar had his first contact with Segovia Music Festival (Artistic Director, José Luis Martínez), in 1995, conducting a coproduction with the Granada Music Festival. After this occasion, he took part at the same Festival during several years conducting various ensembles, chorus and orchestras.
Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid.
SUITE from DON QUIXOTE, Georg Friedrich Telemann.
DULZAINEA, Jorge Fernández Guerra (first performance)
EL RETABLO DE MAESE PEDRO, Manuel de Falla
Baryton; Enrique Baquerizo, …….
Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
RENDERING, Luciano Berio
SONATE Op.120 n.1, Brahms. (Orch: L.Berio)
Clarinet Solo: Adolfo Garcés
DEUTSCHES TÁNZE, Franz Schubert (Orch: Antón Webern)
QUARTETT Op.26, Johannes Brahms (Orch: Arnold Schoenberg)
1998 (Associated Conductor)
Chorus from the Comunidad de Madrid. Ensemble Cámara XXI
MOTETE “SINGET DEM HERR EIN NEUES LIED”, Johann Sebastián Bach
PORTRAIT IMAGINÉ, Luis de Pablo
DON PERLIMPLIN, Bruno Maderna
Soprano: Pilar Jurado
Orquesta de RTVE
SINFONIA N.1 “Antígona”, Carlos Chávez
CONCERTO Nº 2, for violoncello & orchestra, Alberto Ginastera
Soloist: Aurora Nátola
BACHIANA BRASILEIRA N.2, Héitor Villa Lobos
PROYECTO GERHARD PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR (1999)
With the Ensemble PROYECTO GERHARD (later PROYECTO GUERRERO) founded in 1996 by Xavier Güell with the collaboration of José Luis Pérez de Arteaga, José Ramón Encinar has mantained a continuous activity between 1998 and 2003, being its Principal Conductor in 1999.
Among the main performances of Proyecto Gerhard under José Ramón Encinar are the concert dedicated to Bruno Maderna with works of Maderna himself and Sandro Gorli, performed at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando de Madrid (21.04.98), the monographic program with the complete chamber work by Edgard Varése performed at the National Auditorium in Madrid (21.01.99); the concert dedicated to chamber works by Francisco Guerrero, just one year after he died (01.04.98), the monographic Franco Donatoni (22.02.01) and the concert performance of Salvatore Sciarrino´s opera LUCI MIE TRADITRICI, performed at the National Auditorium, Madrid, (18.03.02)
In 1998 José Ramón Encinar conducted Proyecto Gerhard in an operatic project based on Federico García Lorca´s texts: Hans Werner Henze´s EL REY DE HARLEM and DON PERLIMPLIN by Bruno Maderna.. The stage performance was directed by the film director Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón with set designs and costumes by the theatre and film director Gerardo Vera. It was a co-production between Teatro Nacional La Zarzuela (Madrid), Granada Music Festival, Segovia Music Festival and Teatro La Fenice (Venice), places which programmed the show always under the direction of José Ramón Encinar Encinar.
In 1999 he visited MUSICA, the Strasbourg Festival, with Proyecto Gerhard, conducting works by Tomás Marco, Jacobo Durán Loriga, José Manuel López and Roberto Gerhard.
PORTUGUESE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (OSP)
PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR (1999 – 2001)
The activity of Jose Ramón Encinar in Lisbon started at the beginning of the 1990´s, when he was invited to conduct the first performance in Portugal of the opera KIU by Luis de Pablo, during the season at the National Theatre of Sao Carlos, at the podium of the same orchestra of which Encinar would become Principal Conductor.
After this invitation Encinar conducted the Symphonic Radio Orchestra for the seven performances of his own opera FIGARO at the Teatro Nacional Dona Maria, in 1988. A couple of years later , at the same theatre, he conducted the Orquestra Metropolitana on the first performance of LLANTO POR IGNACIO SANCHEZ MEJIAS, by Tomás Marco, with the Companhia Nacional de Bailado.
During the season 1997/98 Encinar was invited to conduct the OSP (Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa) in a program with works by Joly Braga Santos, Luiz de Freitas Branco and Maurice Ravel and in the same year (1998) he visited Lisbon again, this time conducting the Grupo de Musica Contemporânea de Lisboa, with works by Clotilde Rosas and Jorge Peixinho. A few months later, on January 1999, Dr. Paulo Ferreira de Castro, Director of the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, offered him the post of the OSP Principal Conductor for two seasons. Encinar made his debut on april 99 with Anabela Chaves as soloist and works by Clotilde Rosas and Béla Bartók among others.
During 1999/2000 and 2000/2001 José Ramón Encinar programmed sixty concerts in his new seat at the OSP, the Theatre Luis de Camoes, focusing on Portuguese music, and trying to balance an older repertoire with new works whilst combining different groups. So he organised monographic concerts as the couple dedicated to Bach Brandemburg Concerts, others with the integral of Paris symphonies by Haydn, Symphonies by Schumann and Bartók Piano concerts.
Amongst the works conducted by José Ramón Encinar himself, we can underline the four Tone Poems by Luiz de Freitas Branco, LE ROY DAVID, by Honegger with Luis Miguel Cintra as narrator, Ravel DAPHNE ET CHLOE , DANÇA DA MENINA TONTA,by Frederico de Freitas, DIE SIEBEN TODSÜNDEN by Kurt Weill, Debussy LE MARTYR DE SAINT SEBASTIEN, and the Mozart 21st Piano Concerto with Alicia de Larrrocha and Ernest Bloch SCHELOMO with Misha Maisky
In addition to the season concerts at the Teatro Camoes, José Ramón Encinar conducted the OSP in several festivals as Lería, Alcobaça, Coimbra, Porto, Alicante, etc.
ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS OF THE COMUNIDAD DE MADRID (ORCAM)
PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (2000 – 2013)