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).

From his early years as a student Domené won two prizes at the 'Arpa Plus' Competition, in Salamanca (2001) and Zaragoza (2002), where they awarded him the 'Victor Salvi' special prize; an honorific mention in the 1st Intercentros National Competition (2002); the UFAM International Competition in Aix-en-Provence (2004) and Courbevoie (2006) and the Jeunesses Musicales Competition (2007). In 2009 he was awarded the Miguel Ángel Colmereno Foundation Award.

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

José Antonio plays regularly with the Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de las Islas Baleares 'Ciudad de Palma'.

He has collaborated with international orchestras including the Brasov Opera Symphony Orchestra (Rumania), the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovak Republic), the Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (Russia), the Kishinev Chamber Orchestra (Moldavia), the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra (USA), and the Thüringen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), conducted by Alfonso Saura, Vladimir Valek, Adrian Sunshine, Pedro Hallfter, Jaime Belda, and Terje Mikkelsen respectively.

He has also published the book “The harp in Ancient Greece” (currently available in Spanish translation only), ARLU Editions.

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, "Rising Star Concerts" Series of the RCM. In July 2010 he performed at Wigmore Hall Saint.Saëns’ Fantaisie for violin and harp. Since 2007 he forms a duo with flautist Mariano Bas.

Recent engagements include collaborations with Garnati Ensemble; with solo dancer of the Hamburg Ballet, Aleix Martínez; concerts as a soloist with Il concerto Accademico and the Elche Symphony Orchestra, as well as alongside soprano Isabel Monar at the LifeVictoria Festival in Barcelona. He features on the premiere recording of the quintet with harp 'Diálogo' by Catalan composer Joan Manén. He combines his agenda with various orchestras and solo recitals.

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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