Conductor Nacho de Paz (Oviedo, 1974) is specially renowned for his commitment to the music of XXth and XXIst centuries. His work with experimental and new creation repertoire is a reference in Spain. Trained in the Russian piano school (with Natalia Mazoun, Ilya Goldfarb, Tsiala Kvernadze), he holds a master’s degree in Piano from Conservatorio Superior del Principado de Asturias and a master’s degree in Composition from Conservatorio Superior Municipal de Barcelona achieving First-class honours. He has also followed doctorate studies in Art History and Musicology at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
He has been awarded the international composition prizes Joan Guinjoan (2002), Luigi Russolo (2003) and SGAE of electroacoustics (2004). He got specialized in Orchestral Conducting with Arturo Tamayo and Pierre Boulez (1997-2005). From 2000 to 2006 he was usual assistant of Arturo Tamayo. Chosen as conductor by Ensemble Modern, he received a scholarship from the German Government and did a Master in Contemporary Music at the University for Music and Performing Arts of Frankfurt am Main (2006).
He has conducted nearly 300 world premieres as well as first performances in Spain of milestone works such as Luigi Nono’s “Prometeo” and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Gruppen”. Frequently requested by composers of our time, he has collaborated with authors like Sylvano Bussotti, Pierre Boulez, Luis de Pablo, Joan Guinjoan, José Luis de Delás, Felix Ibarrondo, Tomás Marco, Magnus Lindberg, Philippe Manoury, Klaus Huber, Heiner Goebbels, José Manuel López-López, José M. Sánchez-Verdú, Jesús Torres, Alberto Posadas, Agustí Charles, Gabriel Erkoreka, María de Alvear, Ramon Lazkano, Yan Maresz, Hans Abrahamsen, Vassos Nicolaou, David Fennessy and Aurèlio Edler-Copes, among others, including the youngest generations.
He has conducted Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (Teatro Real), Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Oviedo Filarmonía, Orquesta del Teatro Nacional Sao Carlos de Lisboa, Orchestre Philarmonique du Luxembourg, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Ensemble musikFabrik (Köln), Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble PHACE (Vienna) and the choir Accentus (París), among others. He has recorded for labels and television stations like ZDF, Hessischer Rundfunk, ORF-1, TVE, Timpani Records, Claves, Verso-BBVA, Label OCNE, NEOS, Stradivarius and Col Legno.
He has restored scores of Spanish lyric patrimony (score edition and video recordings) in collaboration with Fundación Guerrero and Centro de Documentación y Archivo (CEDOA) of SGAE (Spanish Authors Society). Such works developed into premieres in modern times, new arrangements and musical versions. Among them, “El terrible Pérez” has been awarded the Premio Lírico Campoamor for best production of Spanish opera (2015), has been finalist of Max theater awards (2014) and its DVD has been chosen by Opera actual magazine as one of the best of 2015.
Parallel to this, Nacho de Paz develops an important educative activity in collaboration with museums and universities as well as with musical institutions in San Sebastián, Zaragoza, Barcelona and Madrid. Since 2005 up to 2016 he was Professor of Analysis of Contemporary Music at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón. At present, he maintains the link with this conservatoire conducting its “Academia para la Nueva Música” (CSMA). He is Professor of Analysis of XXth-XXIst c. Music at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Madrid, and Professor of Conducting of repertoire of XXth-XXIst c. Music at Centro Superior Katarina Gurska (CSKG), Madrid.