Brief Notes, My Music So Far and Academic Research

Brief Notes About Me
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 1985, 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.

There are near thirty recordings published with his music from 1981 and he have 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, China, Japan, Brazil and Spain. Grundman has won many 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.  Also he has received awards from Boston Metro Opera for his monodrams God's Sketches for String Quartet, Soprano and Mallets and Four Sad Seasons Over Madrid for Soprano, Violin, Piano and String Orchestra. His music has been recorded for Warner Music, Chandos Records, Sony Classical, Virgin Records, RCA and other independent record labels, and it is published by Music Sales Classical.

Among the performers, orchestras and conductors of his pieces there are prestigious soloists such as flutist Gili Schwarzman; violinists such as Ara Malikian, Daniel Rowland, Vicente Cueva or Rubén Darío Reina; violoists like Isabel Villanueva; cellists such as Alisa Weilerstein, Torleif Thedèen, Jiří Bárta, Iagoba Fanlo or Christoph Otto Beyer; pianists like Daniel del Pino, Eduardo Frías, Albert Guinovart or Josu Okiñena, Ohad Ben Ari; sopranos like Susana Cordón or Laia Falcón; tenors like Antoni Comas or Guillén Munguía; instrumental ensembles like the Brodsky Quartet, Trío Arbós, Habemus Quartet or B3 Classic Trio; orchestras like the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, Ensemble Kuraia, Catalan Chamber Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, The Winchester Orchestra of San José, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, the Spanish Chamber Orchestra, the Non Profit Music Chamber Orchestra or the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid;  and conductors like Pedro Halffter, Guy Braunstein, Joan Pàmies, Javier Ulises Illán and Víctor Pablo Pérez. His works have been premiered in venues such as the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Teatro de la Zarzuela, the Teatros del Canal, the Auditorio Conde Duque, the Auditorio del Palacio de Cibeles, the Catedral de Bilbao, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the National Theater of Brasilia, the Rathaussal Hall of Wasserburg, the Great Hall of the University of Sydney, the Trinity Cathedral of California, the West Valley College Theater of California, the Foz Palace of Lisbon or the La Dolorosa Church in Quito, to name a few.

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 prestigious American magazine Fanfare Magazine dedicated its May/June 2012 cover to him including an extensive interview along with a review of his work "The Sketches of God" performed by Brodsky Quartet and defining him as "the composer who lets your feelings flow..."

He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States known for the annual GRAMMY Awards; He is also a member of the Latin Recording Academy; the Spanish Society of Musicology, the Madrid Association of Contemporary Composers and the Academy of Performing Arts in Spain.

His work "Why? " was selected in 2014 for the development of the European Memory of Dance within the international program European Video Dance Heritage with which it has toured museums such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon (France), in September 2014, the Body/Mind Contemporary Dance Festival in Warsaw (Poland), in late September 2014 the Prague Festival (Czech Republic), in October 2014 the InShadow Festival in Lisbon (Portugal), in November 2014 and finally the Porto Festival (Portugal), in April 2015.

Among his latest outstanding works are “A Mortuis Resurgere: The Resurrection of Christ” for Soprano and String Quartet, and the opera “Cinco horas con Mario”, based on the novel of the same title by Miguel Delibes.

In 2016 the radio stations of Chicago, New York, and Hawaii, WFMT, WCNY Classical FM, KHPR/KKUA/KANO respectively, dedicated a two-hour monographic program to the composer.

In 2017, the integral of his piano works is published on the Sony Classical label and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and his partita written in tribute to the Victims of the Holocaust "Shoah for Solo Violin and Sacred Temple" on the Non Profit Music label.

In addition, in 2017, the XXVIII International Festival of Sacred Art has dedicated two monographic concerts to Grundman: Shoah for Solo Violin and Sacred Temple, which was held on March 9 at the Salón de los Pasos Perdidos of the Congress of Deputies, and on February 17 at the Church of San Millán and San Cayetano took place the absolute premiere of the orchestral version of A Mortuis Resurgere: The Resurrection of Christ for Soprano and Orchestra with the interpretation of Susana Cordón and the Chamber Orchestra of Spain under the baton of Javier Ulises Illán.

In 2018 the composer have been commissioned by the Community of Madrid to write a tribute to Primo Levi to commemorate the centenary of his birth, which will be premiered at the closing of the XXIX International Festival of Sacred Art in Madrid. The work is called Cantata Levi for violin, soprano and chamber orchestra and is based on Levi's work Si esto es un hombre.

To remember the 50th anniversary of the immolation of Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc in Prague, the composer wrote the work Jan & Jan for symphony orchestra and choir which was premiered in May 2019 at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid by the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid conducted by Alejandro Cantalapiedra.

In 2021 the recording of his concertos for piano and cello performed by Eduardo Frías and Iagoba Fanlo with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra conducted by Pedro Hallfter is presented. This work receives the Melómano de Oro and Disco Recomendado awards by Ritmo Magazine and was designated as Record of the Year by La Hora Azul on Radio Clásica.

In 2022, a monographic concert with part of his flute repertoire performed by Gili Schwarzman, Alisa Weilerstein and Eduardo Frías is presented at Carnegie Hall.

His scores are published internationally by Wise Music Classical, Miotta & Molière and the Non Profit Music Foundation.

The Movida Madrileña and Up To Year 2004
He 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 came under the professorship of Joaquín Soriano, also recive courses in music theory (sol-fa) and choral group. 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 synthpop 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, 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 others..

Jorge Grundman resides in Madrid, 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,” was released through Los Angeles-based Only New Age Music.

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.

He has participated in the design and developing of new audio equipment and as result of this has registered with his colleagues the following patents:

He is actually researching on the humanization of virtual musical performances made by computer as a result of his doctoral thesis. The following examples are virtual performances of a Windows computer with the algorithm proposed by Jorge Grundman.

Frédéric Chopin
Fantaisie Impromptu Op. 66
Frédéric Chopin
Scherzo No. 1 in B minor Op. 20
Frédéric Chopin
Etude No. 12 in C minor Op. 10
Frédéric Chopin
Prelude No. 15 in D Sharp Major Op. 28

His doctoral thesis was about The Humanization of Virtual Interpretation: Three significant examples of Chopin's work. You can read the PDF file at the following link  or access this site with Adobe Flash for an interactive and multimedia read. Note that in this last case you will need to have installed in your computer Adobe Flash Player.