Name: Jorge Grundman Isla
Born: July of 1961
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Jorge Grundman started his musical training when he was 12 years old and wrote his first composition being 14. He began his studies in solfeggio, piano and choir at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid with Carmen Ledesma and Professor Joaquín Soriano. He has continued his training until these days, taking a Ph.D. in Arts by Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, a master´s degree in Musical Creation and Interpretation at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid; a degree in Sciences and History of Music at Universidad de la Rioja; a degree in Sound and Image Engineering at Universidad Politécnica of Madrid and a degree in Computer Technologies at the Universidad Pontificia of Comillas. He has also received master classes from Jesús López Cobos and José Luis Temes and conducting master classes from maestro Navarro Lara.
As a musicologist, Grundman has led the diffusion of consonant contemporary music and has premiered in Spain works by Vladimir Martynov, Michael Hurd, Gerald Finzi, Astor Piazzolla, Marjan Mozetich or Giovanni Sollima, among others. He is co-founder of the Non Profit Music Chamber Orchestra, together with the Violinist Ara Malikian. He has collaborated in world premiere recordings of works by Ernesto and Rodolfo Halffter and Julián Bautista with the Orquesta de Extremadura and his conductor Jesús Amigo; as also in the diffusion and rediscovering of the work of Bohemian composer Adalbert Gyrowetz (1763-1850) or late composer Robert Kahn (1865-1951) with the B3 Classic Trio.
Grundman is also Proffesor at the Escuela Universitaria de Ingeniería Técnica de Telecomunicación of the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid since 1987, where he teaches subjects related to architectural acoustics, sound systems, sound engineering or sound production in the degree of Sound and Image - Technical Telecommunicating Engineering.
He has made more than seventeenth recordings from 1981 and worked on projects in cinema and television, both in Spain and abroad. His works have been performed and broadcasted mainly in the United States, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil and Spain. Grundman has won awards such as the Narcissus Awards of the United Stated in 2005 and the NAR 2004 as “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” for his work We are the forthcoming past, take care of it. His music has been recorded for Warner Music, Virgin Records, RCA and other independent record labels, but is now mainly published by the Non Profit Music Foundation.
Among the performers of his pieces there are prestigious soloists such as Brodsky Quartet, Ara Malikian, Daniel del Pino, Susana Cordón, Jirí Bárta, Albert Guinovart, Antoni Comas, Trío Arbós, Inés Moraleda, B3 Classic Trio, Renée Rezneck or Blau Kamara Quartet, The Winchester Orchestra of San José, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Ecuador, Orquesta de Cámara de España or Non Profit Music Chamber Orchestra. His pieces have been premiered in music halls such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorio Nacional de Música of Madrid, Teatro Nacional of Brasilia, Trinity Cathedral of California, West Valley College Theater or Iglesia La Dolorosa of Quito.
In April 2011 Grundman is commissioned by the XVII Festival Internacional de Música of Toledo and writes his sonata for flute and piano called Warhol in Springtime, very successfully premiered at such festival. His sonata for violin and piano, What Inspires Poetry, dedicated to the composer Marjan Mozetich, is broadcasted on many American radio stations, becoming one of the XXI century contemporary Spanish pieces most broadcasted in the United States.
In 2011, the Ukrainian pianist and composer Nikolai Kapustin accepts the dedication of Grundman´s work A Walk across Adolescence for violin, cello and piano. The piece is premiered that same year at Toledo by Daniel del Pino, Roman Patocka and Jirí Bárta and has been recently recorded for Play it Again, last recording by the Arbós Trio.
The Movida Madrileña years
Jorge Grundman was born in 1961 in Madrid, Spain; his birth name is Jorge Grundman. After composing initial pieces for a school contest at age 14, he later studied at the Royal Advanced Conservatory of Music in Madrid. His piano training was with Carmen Ledesma, while music theory (sol-fa) and choral group instruction came under the professorship of Joaquín Soriano. This classical training laid the foundation for the rest of Grundman’s musical career.
By age 17, he had become a key member of power pop groups ETC and Fahrenheit 451, as both a singer and a keyboardist. Shortly thereafter, Fahrenheit 451 was recognized as one of the most promising of the bands critics called "Movida Madrileña". Together with other famous touring bands -- Nacha Pop, Secretos, Mamá, Alaska y Los Pegamoides, Pistones and others -- they launched the most celebrated music show of that time in Madrid, called “The Spring Concert at the Architectural School in Madrid.”
Jorge Grundman subsequently recorded with Fahrenheit 451 for independent labels, and collaborated with other bands like Pistones and Episodio. In 1980, he joined Fahrenheit 451’s drummer Oscar Bergón and renowned film composer Mario de Benito to form the first power pop group called Trópico de Cáncer; they recorded the notable album "Detrás del Espejo" for Virgin Records in Spain.
Jorge Grundman sang, played keyboard and composed some of the tracks on the album, which was recorded and mixed at Air Studios in London by Nigel Walker. However, by the time the single "Yo lo Intentaría una Vez Más" went to #1 on Spain’s FM radio playlists, Grundman had already exited the band seeking new directions and freedom from the major label marketing machine.
Distancing himself from the pop music industry, he began his University teaching career in 1985 and started to privately compose music at home. While there were some dark periods during Grundman’s transition to composing more personally-meaningful music, they were lifted by moments of light and inspiration. First, in the joyous birth of his first daughters, Sara and Rebeca, and, second, in famed New Age radio DJ Ramón Trecet’s decision to air Grundman’s new compositions despite the fact that they were simply on tape and not professionally formatted.
While continuing to teach, he composed the celebrated "Los Hijos del Frío" ("The Sons of the Cold") which is acclaimed as one of the most famous electronic tunes of MP3.com, where it was published in January 2001. It was #1 in the New Age charts 27 times, remaining in the Top 40 for six months alongside other leading New Age artists like Enya and Suzanne Ciani.
Jorge Grundman resides in Spain with his family, continuing to compose music and teach at the university. He founded Non Profit Music to facilitate donating proceeds from his music sales to Doctors Without Borders in Spain. In June 2004, the U.S. version of his first solo album, “We Are the Forthcoming Past, Take Care of It,” is being released through Los Angeles-based Only New Age Music. (www. newagemusic.com). For more press info, contact beth@theBcompany.com.
The teacher and his scientific works and developments
Since 1985 Jorge Grundman is teaching at the Higher Technical School of Telecommunication Systems and Engineering at the Politechnical University of Madrid. He is actually teaching the following subjects: Audio Engineering I & II (Audio Systems) and Audio Engineering IV (Audio Production and PostProduction and Restoration)
Jorge Grundman is an acoustic investigator who has published in several international congress on acoustics, and has been member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES). He has patented two audiometers by computer and published several books as "MIDI Systems: Devices, Specifications and Synchronization" or "Sound field study by means of computer". He has participated in the translation to spanish of the famous Polhman book "Principles of Digital Audio". Actually Jorge Grundman belongs to ADDA, a university research group for develop digital applications in acoustics.
As a software developer he has developed a PC World awarded program for drugstores named "FarMac" for Windows an Apple computers. Also, he has developed shareware utilities like "Mrs. Broom" or "WWW-VFP" for protect Microsoft Visual Foxpro applications.
The family man
Jorge Grundman has married with Mar Bañón in July of 1987 and they have three daughters: Sarah, Rebecca and Eve. He is now living in Madrid.