RAÚL BARRIO ALONSO

Born in Madrid, I began my study of music at the age of 9 as a choirboy in the Choral School of the Sagrada Familia, where I performed in several concerts and opera festivals. At 13, I entered the Ángel Arias Maceín Conservatory of Music, earning a diploma piano teaching with honorable mention in 1993.

I also successfully completed my studies in flute and voice, at which point I gained entry into the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid, earning degrees in composition teaching, high-level music theory, and high-level choral conducting.  

I have participated in numerous graduate-level courses in Spain, the UK (Canford School of Music), Austria (Wiener Meisterkurse), and also Germany (Musikhochschule Karlsruhe), for which I was awarded an Erasmus Grant to study conducting with Martin Schmidt.

I specialize in conducting, both for orchestra as well as band and chorus. My most influential teacher in the field has been Enrique García Asensio, although I have also received instruction from M. A. Gómez Martínez, Josep Pons, J. López Cobos, and Georges Hurst, among others.

I founded and served as Director of the Coro de Voces Blancas of the RCJ (1993-1999), and the group was awarded a number of prizes and recorded a CD; the Children’s Chorus of the Municipal School of Music of Majadahonda (1999-2004); and the Children’s Chorus of the school Saint Louis des français (2005-2007).

I also founded and directed the Coral Polifónica Reinado (2000), made up of amateur singers from the Retiro neighborhood of Madrid, as well as the chorus Canticorum of the Municipal School of Music of Majadahonda (1999-2004). I directed the Chorus of the Pharmacists’ Association of Madrid (2004) and the Ad Libitum chamber choir on a number of occasions, recording the CD Voces del Mundo with the group.

I served as conductor for orchestra, band, and chorus at the Music Conservatory Tomás Luis de Victoria in Ávila (2004), where I organized numerous concerts in some of the most distinguished performance spaces in the city (e.g., Auditorio de San Francisco, Patio del Episcopio, the Cathedral of Ávila). 

In 2005, alongside a group of music-loving friends, I was a founding member of the Coro de Cámara Garoé and was also called on to direct the Coro Aldebarán in Madrid.

Under my leadership, Garoé has maintained a high level of activity, performing regularly in concerts both in Madrid and other regions of Spain as well as abroad. In Madrid, the group has performed in a number of high-profile locations, such as Palacio de Congresos, Museo de América, Ateneo, Salón de Plenos del Ayuntamiento de Móstoles, Casa de Cantabria, cultural centers, Casa de Cultura Carmen Conde (Majadahonda), Hospital de Fuenlabrada, Monasterio de Santa María de El Paular, among others. Outside of Madrid, Garoé has performed in the Colegiatas de Covarrubias (Burgos) and Pastrana (Guadalajara).

The group has travelled to Istanbul (2009), Malta (2010), and recently to Aosta in Italy, at the invitation of the Coral Grand Combin.

As leader of a number of different groups, I have conducted in the Palacio de Deportes in Madrid, the Auditorio Juan Carlos I, the Teatro Fernán Gómez, as well as many other cultural centers of the city. Some of the most noteworthy of these events were with the Grupo de Cámara Ad Libitum, which took place in the Auditorio Nacional de Música (1999 and 2004), in the Círculo de Bellas Artes (2002), and in the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus de Majadahonda (2000). The last two of these were recorded by the Spanish national radio and television networks.

Alongside my work as choral conductor, I perform as piano accompanist for lyrical singers, and I also impart courses and seminars on opera and the zarzuela. I have been an instructor of piano and music theory at the Municipal School of Music of Majadahonda since 1993.

I am a frequent collaborator in theatrical productions which combine a number of artistic disciplines, and I am a member of the Artistic Board of the Compañía Teatro del Alma, where I have participated in a number of productions, such as a the world premiere of the play En la otra habitación, by Paloma Pedrero (nominated for the Valle-Inclán Award in 2012). 

I am also a member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes y Ciencias Históricas in Toledo.