Pedro Chamorro Martínez
Concertist, composer, plectrum instruments professor. Chamorro was born in 1961 in Madrid and attended musical colleges in Madrid, Barcelona and Esch-Alzette (Luxemburg). He received both bandurria and mandoline training from Manuel Grandío and Juan Carlos Muñoz, and deepened in mandoline repertoire with Marga Wilden-Hüsgen.
Throughout his musical career, Chamorro has received several awards, including the Bandurria National Prize ‘Manuel Grandío’ in 1976 and 1977 and the “Interregional Mandolin Prize” (without a dissentient vote) in 1994 at the Konservatorium Esch-Alzette (Luxemburg). Pedro Chamorro is also founding member of the orchestra “Roberto Grandio”, created in 1976 in Madrid, and currently its director. Since 1979 he has a duet with the plectrum instrumentalist Caridad Simón.
In 1983 he starts together with his friend the poet Rafael Alberti, the poetic and musical performance “Invitación a un viaje sonoro” (Invitation to a sonorous journey), which is later shown on 2 channels of the public Spanish television (TVE) and also recorded on CD. From 1986 to 1991 he forms a duet with the piano player Esteban Sánchez, and they received the “National Award Record” for best performing in 1986. In 1988 he founded together with Caridad Simón and the guitarist Manuel Muñoz the ‘Trío Chamorro’. He has appeared in concerts in Europe, Africa, Asia, North, Central and South America.
Currently Chamorro is member of the faculty of the Professional Conservatory of Music “Arturo Soria” in Madrid. He holds the position of Head of the String Department, and conducts his Plectrum Instruments Orchestra.
Prof. Chamorro is Director of the European Orchestra “Il Forum Musicale” of Luxemburg since the year 2003 and directed the EGMYO (European Guitar and Mandolin Youth Orchestra) in 2005 and 2008. In 2011 Maestro Leo Brower devoted to him his “Bandurria Sonata” in four movements. At present he forms a duet with the guitarist Pedro Mateo González and is member of the “Grandío” bandurria quartet.
He is Doctor in Arts (Music) cum laude by URJC -Universidad Rey Juan Carlos-