Biography

José Antonio Domené is one of the most outstanding harpists of his generation. Born in Alberca de las Torres (Murcia, Spain), he graduated at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, under the direction of María Rosa Calvo-Manzano, and then at the Royal College of Music in London, under the tuition of Ieuan Jones. He was the winner of the 'RCM Harp Competition' and obtained the 'Artist Diploma' under the direction of Ieuan Jones and Rachel Masters (London Philharmonic Orchestra).

Domené was awarded first prize in the 'Arpa Plus' Competition, the 1st Intercentros National Competition, the UFAM International Competition and the Jeunesses Musicales Competition.

Domené has collaborated with some of the most important orchestras in Spain, such as the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Comunidad de Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Región de Murcia Symphony Orchestra and Comunidad Valenciana Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of maestros such as Davis, Luisotti, Pons, Soler, Posada, Nielsen and Ros-Marbà.

José Antonio plays regularly with the Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra.

Among the international orchestras with which he has performed are the Thüringen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra (USA), the Teatro Regio in Turin (Italy), the Porto Symphony Orchestra (Portugal), the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovak Republic) and the Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (Russia), conducted by Halffter, König, Noseda, Sunshine o Válek.

He has also published the book “The harp in Ancient Greece” (currently available in Spanish translation only), ARLU Editions. Domené is a founder member the Spanish Harp Association (AEDA).

José Antonio has played at the most important concert halls in Spain, including the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid. In 2009 he made his debut at Cadogan Hall in London, as part of the “Rising Star” concert series of the RCM. In July 2010 he performed at Wigmore Hall. Recent engagements include concertos by Debussy, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Lancen in Palma de Mallorca (Auditorium) and Bilbao (Palacio Euskalduna), collaborations with Garnati Ensemble, with solo ballet dancer of the Hamburg Ballet, Aleix Martínez, and with soprano Isabel Monar at the LifeVictoria Festival in Barcelona, as well as several solo recitals around Spain, Portugal and Italy.

He has recorded live as a soloist, as well as in chamber music groups for Radio Clásica of RNE and Catalunya Música of Catalunya Radio.
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