lito valle wrote:The Castro family
Juan José, José María and Washinton
(Ilu puedes subir las biografías? Gracias por tu gentileza)
Here the 3 of the Castro composers' biographies:
1.- Juan Jose Castro (Avellaneda, March 7 of 1895 - † Buenos Aires, September 3 of 1968) composer, pianist, violinist and conductor Argentina.
He studied music in Buenos Aires and Paris. From 1929 was Director General of Teatro Colon in capital Argentina. He was subsequently hired to head in several countries, mainly in Australia and UruguayWhere he remained for several seasons.
His work In 1943 he premiered his opera The Shoemaker's Prodigious which uses the play of Federico García Lorca as script. In 1951 Verdi was awarded the prize, instituted by Scala, For his opera Proserpine and AbroadBeing represented in the following year. In 1956 was performed at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Bodas de Sangre, An opera inspired by the work of Federico García Lorca.
He also wrote, among other things, a Biblical Symphony for chorus and orchestra, a Symphony Argentina and a Piano Concerto.
Sonata for Violin, (1914)
Cello Sonata, (1916)
Piano Sonata No. 1, (1917)
A mother, (1925)
Symphony No. 1, (1931)
Biblical Symphony, (1932)
Mekhano, ballet, (1934)
Symphony Argentina, (1934)
Symphony No. 3, (1936)
Symphony No. 4, (1939)
Piano Sonata No. 2, (1939)
Offenbachiana, ballet, (1940)
Piano Concerto, (1941)
String Quartet, (1942)
The Shoemaker's Prodigious, opera, Booklet Federico García Lorca, (1943)
Martin Fierro, cantata, (1944)
The Weeping of the Sierras, (1947)
Corales Criollos No. 1 & 2, Piano, (1947)
Proserpine and Abroad, opera, Booklet Omar's Carlo, (1951)
Blood Wedding, opera, Libretto Federico García Lorca, (1952)
Corales Criollos No. 3, Orchestral, (1953)
Symphony No. 5, (1956)
2.-Jose Maria Castro
(Avellaneda, Buenos Aires Province, 15.12.1892;
Buenos Aires, 2-08-1964)
Composer, conductor, cellist. He belonged to a notable family musicians. Both his father, John Joseph, like his younger brothers, Louis Arnold, Juan Jose and Washington, played a prominent activity.
José María Castro graduated from the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Buenos Aires, with first prize, gold medal in 1907. There studied cello with José García Jacot (master Pablo Casals) and Humberto Ferrari, with Constantino Gaito harmony and composition with Edward Fornarini.
As interpreter started his career in the orchestra of the Teatro Colon (1913-1914). But his important and fruitful career he developed within the field of chamber music and orchestral conducting. He joined the Society Argentina Quartet Chamber Music (1914-1915), Fontova with León, Juan Jose Castro (violin), Anibal Canut (viola) and Constantino Gaito (piano). Between 1916 and 1917 was part of the Trio and Quartet Wagnerian Association of Buenos Aires. He shared his task and Roque Vela Citro Telmo (on fiddles, the latter was succeeded by Fernando Criscuolo), Bruno Bandini (viola) and Juan Jose Castro (piano). In 1926, founding the Society of the Quartet, had the fellow to his brother Juan Jose, Manuel Almirall (violin), Bruno Bandini (viola) and Francisco Amicarelli (piano). Two years later participated in the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra.
3.- Washington Castro was born in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina on 13 July 1909.
The youngest of the family of musicians began their studies at a corresponding age, studied composition with Honorio Siccardi and cello with his brother, Jose Maria, and Alberto Schiuma, and completed his training with Maurice Maréchal1 instrumentalist. Pablo Casals in Paris to see his qualities as an interpreter.
In 1929, Washington began his work as a cellist, to appear in the main rooms of the capital and the interior. Young has served as soloist in agencies such as the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra and Radio Symphony Orchestra World, was the founder of the Haydn quartets and Acedo, and has served on since its inception the Association of Cellists of Buenos Aires . Thanks to his excellent work, and has earned awards sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and his performance has gone beyond borders in a successful concert tour performing in Paris, Rome and London by the year 1971.
With time, experience and professionalism permeated into the skin, withdraws from this activity and making the commitment to join the Classic Argentine Interpreters Association, as a founding member in 1989. While he has belonged to the area of management, Castro began in 1944, to obtain a competitive position in the Chamber Orchestra of Orchestral Faculty Association.
Then by the year 1956 has been hired to organize the creation of the Province of Santa Fe Symphony, an organization with which debuted in May of that year and which has tended to serve until 1963. Subsequently Washington has become stable director of the symphony orchestras of Cordoba in 1964, Youth Chamber "Teodoro Fuchs" LRA Radio Nacional until 1976, Mar del Plata Symphony until 1984 Jeunesses Musicales subsidiary Mar del Plata in 1988 .
This music teacher has egercido teaching in the conservatory Manuel de Falla "and" Juan José Castro ", La Lucila, and at the universities of La Plata, Littoral and Cordoba, where he was responsible Chairs Cello and Chamber Music, delivered in an incredible way as has been his work in the field of musical creation beginning with two works, "Festive Overture" and "Sonata for clarinet and piano.
Turning to another phase of his life, from his first creations, there is evidence of adherence to the neoclassical ideal shared with his brother José María, who was a leading figure of this specific stage of production, and later some of his orchestral scores catalog were withdrawn early by the author: "Festive Overture," "Bethlehem," "Tragic Overture," "Night and Dance," "Variations and Fugue," "Spring Symphony" and "Symphonic Suite," the worthy recipient Municipal, 1953.
Then in 1946 comes "El Concierto campestre" inaugurates a new line of work: as reflected in his compositions translate into plastic sorting elements.
In 1986, on the muse of Picasso paintings, comes "Symphonic Suite" which was composed in 1983 and revised in 1986, has been inspired by paintings from different periods of production of the famous Spanish.
In year 1991, which includes in its repertoire, "Walk around the orchestra," which is the only score methodology aimed at understanding and symphonic timbre recognition.
In his distinguished career Washington Castro, has received awards in quantity, as they have been: Mention the Music Critics Circle of Buenos Aires "for the best Argentine conductor of the season 1950. Also, the honor of being appointed by the representative of Argentina before the International Competition Jury "Villalobos" for Conductors, or 1979 who has been appointed Academician of the National Academy of Fine Arts. They have become Illustrious Citizen of Mar del Plata, where he has also won the prize "Neptune", instituted by the Municipality of Gen. Pueyrredón; the Municipal Prize "Alfonsina Storni" in the category Music, Peter Luro Prize, the Trade Union of Industry and Production. They have also recognized his career with the Grand Prize of the Society of Authors and Composers in 1990, the Prize Consecration of the Province of Buenos Aires the following year, the Prize of the Music Critics Association Argentina, the Prize of the Chamber Orchestra Instrumental Ensemble Argentino del Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, Konex Platinum Award in 1999, the Proscenium Foundation Prize in the area of Music and Dance to reach 2001 and the Grand Prix 2001 National Endowment for the Arts.