Biography

 

Biographical note of Rogelio Groba

(1930, Guláns, Pontevedra, Spain).

 

 

Rogelio Groba was born in 16th January 1930 in a small village in Pontevedra. The customs and the way of life based on the agriculture, summarise Galicia in-depth: the green and lush landscape where the religion and superstition coexisted.

His first contacts with the music started in the band “A Unión” from Guláns, where he played the piccolo until he was 17 years old and then he became the director of the band.

He studied in the “Real Conservatorio de Música” in Madrid and he obtained the Superior Degree in Composition getting the first prizes in Harmony and in Descant and Fugue. Then he worked as a conductor with different bands in diverse Galician ‘plazas’ (A Estrada, Tui and Ponteareas) and Spanish squares (“Pedro Muñoz” in Ciudad Real)

In 1962 he moved to Switzerland where he lived for seven years. There he conducted numerous musical groups ( Yverdon, Orbe and Perroy in the canton of Vaud, Martigny and Saint-Maurice in the canton of Valais) with great success, as it shows the fact that four “Festivales Groba”took place at that time in recognition of his artistic work. He also ran the Musical Publishing Company Rauber in Lausanne.

In 1967, back in Spain, he was appointed conductor of the Banda-Orquesta Municipal de A Coruña, a job he was undertaking for 23 years. At the same time, he founded the Orquesta del Conservatorio Superior de Música de A Coruña and the Orqueata de Cámara Municipal. He worked as a  Descant and Fugue teacher, an  Harmony and Composition teacher in the previous mentioned Conservatory also run by Groba himself for over 20 years. Besides, he founded several conservatories all around the Galician community.

From his discography, we can point out the recordings of “Cantigas de Mar” and “ Intres boleses”made by the Stuttgart kammerorchester conducted by Maximino Zumalave or the recordings played by the London Symphony Orchestra: “Gran Cantata Xacobea” (double CD) with the choir London Voices; the  “Concierto para violín y orquesta nº2 Confidencias”, With Pedro León as a soloist (both of them conducted by Groba himself); and the “Concierto nº1 para cello y orquesta Fauno” conducted by Andrew Litton and with Mats Lidstrom as the soloist. It is of great relevance to highlight the recordings carried out by the Orquestra de Cámara Galega in the “Concierto para dos violines y orquesta Arcaico” in which his son, Rogelio and Javier Cedrón are the soloists, in the “Concierto nº2 para cello y orquesta Añoranzas (with his daughter Clara as the soloist), and the suite “Intres boleses”.

Writer of essays and books such as “252 alalás”, he has engaged in music creativity and composition since 1990, a field in which he was acknowledged with the  Composition International Prize Dante Luini announced by the Radio Television Suisse Romande (1973), The Prize of the Galician Critics (1979), The Cultura Prize of the Xunta de Galicia (1992), The Castelao Medal (1995), The International Prize of Composition Auditorio de Galicia (2004), and he was named the  Favourite Son of  his home village in 2005. He is member of José Cornide Institute, the Royal Galician Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid.

Since 2002 he has been the president of the Foundation Rogelio Groba, classified as of “Cultural Interest” and of “Galician Interest” by the Government of the Autonomous Community of Galicia.