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Miguel Romea

Miguel Romea

Guest conductor from Spain

Born in Madrid, Miguel Romea studied at Madrid’s Superior Conservatory where he obtained a Master’s Degree and was awarded the First Extraordinary Prize. He moved to Holland and Austria, to the Rotterdam and Salzburg Mozarteum Conservatories where he studied clarinet, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and composition.

Mr. Romea began his conducting career in 2002 as Assistant Conductor of the Madrid Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he worked with conductors such as Yuri Nashuskin and Lorenzo Ramos. After two years he was named Chief Conductor of the Extremadura Youth Orchestra (Ojex), a position he held until January 2013. His many accomplishments with this orchestra have been remarkable, especially the Beethoven Symphony cycle. Under his baton the Extremadura Youth Symphony became one of the world’s foremost youth orchestras, performing in Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Mr. Romea has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Verum Symphony Orchestra since 2009. This orchestra, the first in Castilla la Mancha, Spain, brings together a new generation of outstanding Spanish classical musicians. Its main successes include the productions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Mahler’s Song of the Earth, and Berlioz’ Fantastic Symphony.

From 2004 to 2014, Mr. Romea was also Chief Conductor of the Beethoven Philharmonic in Campo de Criptana, one of the oldest and most respected musical societies in Spain. Under Mr. Romea’s direction the orchestra performed in Spain, France and Holland.

Mr. Romea has been a regular guest conductor with several ensembles, including the National Orchestra of Spain, the Madrid Orchestra ORCAM, the Cordoba Symphony, the Extremadura Symphony, the Andres Segovia Symphony, Orfeon Donostiarra, the Symphony Wind Band of Madrid, and the El Paso Symphony. His commitment to youth orchestras is strong and continuous, and he has made frequent appearances with the Spanish Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Madrid Youth Symphony, the Extrem-Art Ensemble, Musikene, the Superior Conservatory of Aragon, as well as youth orchestras in Montreal.

He has conducted a number of world premieres, including the operas Yo lo vi by Tomás Marco and Escenas de una vida cotidiana by Marisa Manchado, the Concierto de violín of Juan Medina, the Concierto para guitarra y orquesta de Joaquín Clerch, and many others by José Luis Turina and José Luis Greco.

One of the most renowned pedagogues of orchestral conducting, Mr. Romea has taught this discipline at the University of Madrid Alfonso X since 2008 and gives master classes throughout Spain.