Studies and Teaching
Born in Vienna, Lorenzo Ramos is the last pupil of Karl Österreicher and graduated in orchestral and choral conduction at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. He has actively participated in a number of conduction seminars with prestigious professors such as Eric Ericson and Helmut Rilling. He is one of the four Spanish conductors selected by the Teatro Real (the Royal Opera House of Madrid) to attend the conduction workshop taught by Daniel Barenboim in July 2003. He has also taught a course for young conductors under the auspices of the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) in January 2006.
Over the years, he has held the following positions:
- 1997 to 1998, Assistant Conductor of the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE).
- 1998 to 2002, Artistic and Music Director of the Escolanía del Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
- 2001 to 2004, Music Director of the Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (JOCMA, JORCAM by today).
- 2003 to 2005, Conductor of the Coro Nacional de España, attending to the performance of the choir at the Royal Wedding of their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias.
- 2008 to 2011, Music Director of the Opera Season of the Theatre Cervantes in Málaga.
Lorenzo Ramos has largely developed his artistic career in Spain by conducting the main orchestra and choral associations in the country, namely: Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España (OCNE), Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro de R.T.V.E. (ORTVE), Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (OSM), Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM), Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (JOCMA), Escolanía del Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi (OSE), Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao (BOS), Joven Orquesta de Euskal Herria (EGO), Orfeón Donostiarra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (OSG), Orquesta Real Filharmonía de Galicia (RFG), Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (OST), Orquesta y Coro Filarmónicos de Gran Canaria (OFGC), Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA), Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Oviedo (OSCO), Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (OSCL), Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (OCG), Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga (OFM), Orquesta de Cámara Ciudad de Málaga, Coro de Ópera de Málaga, Coral “Cármina Nova”, Orquesta de Córdoba, Orquesta de Cámara “Andrés Segovia”, Orquesta Clásica de Madrid, “Cámara XXI” and “Modus Novus”.
In addition to the above, he has also developed his career abroad by conducting a number of foreign orchestras, including the following: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestre de Chambre de Laussane, Orchestre Symphonique Région Centre Tours, Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, Orquesta Universitaria de Guanajuato and Slovenski komorni zbor (Slovenian Chamber Choir).
Festivals and Special Performances
Lorenzo Ramos has been invited to participate in the following festivals:
Art Camera Wien (Viena, 1996), XVII Festival Internacional de Música (Torroella de Montgrí, 1997), Festival Are-More (Vigo, 2001), XI Festival Arte Sacro (Madrid, 2001), IX Ciclo de Música Contemporánea (Málaga, 2002), XIX Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea (Alicante, 2003), XI Festival de Zarzuela de Canarias (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2003), XI y XII Festival de Teatro Lírico Español de Asturias (Oviedo 2004 y 2005), XXXII Semana do Corpus (Lugo, 2004), VI Temporada de Música (Úbeda, 2004), XII Edición del Otoño Musical Soriano (Soria, 2004), XXXIII Festival Cervantino de Guanajuato (Guanajuato, 2005), XXII Veranos de la Villa (Madrid) and XV Festival de Música Contemporánea de Málaga (Málaga, 2009).
He has musically conducted editions XXI and XXII of the Lyrical Season organised by the Teatro Cervantes, in Málaga.
In addition to the above, the following performances are worth highlighting:
- For the 10th Anniversary of the Ancient Music Academy of the Salamanca University, he conducted the Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Chorus of the University, in a very successful production of Haendel’s Messiah.
- During the Seasons 2000/01 and 2002/03, he conducted productions of Così fan tutte, Amahl and the night visitors with the Arte Ópera Company, as well as Pan y Toros and La Bruja at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, production which he repeated in Oviedo during the season 2003/04.
- Further performances at the Teatro de la Zarzuela: La Venta de Don Quijote and Retablo de Maese Pedro (2005, to commemorate the 4th Centenary of Quixote in Madrid, Oviedo and México); Música Clásica (2008 and 2009, to commemorate the centenary of Chapí, at the first edition of the Special Family Sundays and Teaching Sessions at the Teatro de la Zarzuela). The said production inaugurates, under his direction, the XXI Lyrical Season organised by the Teatro Cervantes, in Málaga, where he has also conducted the following productions: Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, Carmen, Così fan tutte, Il Segreto di Susanna, La Voix humaine, Cádiz and La Marsellesa. In addition to these, he has also directed productions of El Barberillo de Lavapiés, Doña Francisquita, La del Manojo de Rosas and Bastien und Bastienne, the last one of these as part of the “Family Music” cycle organised by Fundación Unicaja at the Sala María Cristina in Málaga.
- In 2011 he debuts at the Teatro Arriaga, in Bilbao, the Teatro Villamarta, in Jerez, and the Gran Teatro de Córdoba.
- One of his most memorable performances was an extraordinary concert, conducting the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, with Teresa Berganza and Lucero Tena, as a tribute to his former Head Conductor, Jesús López Cobos. After this he has further collaborated with other soloists of international fame, such as Ainhoa Arteta, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Isabel Rey, Elisabete Matos, Ofelia Sala, Asier Polo, Mischa Maisky, Anatol Ugorsky, Nelson Freire or Lang Lang...
- In 2006, he received a personal invitation from Riccardo Chailly to make his debut in Germany, to conduct the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig at the Leipzig Opera House, in a new production of the Opera Ballet: Drei mal genial. The production proved a success and as a result he was reinvited to conduct another Ballet production for the 2006/07 Season: Shakespeare made in Leipzig.
- In 2007 he made his debut in France conducting the Orchestre Symphonique Région Centre Tours. He also made his debut at the Teatro Real (the Royal Opera House of Madrid) conducting the première in Spain (in modern time) of Il Tutore Burlato, to commemorate the second century of the composer Martín y Soler.
- In 2008 he conducted the XXth Aniversary Concert of the Coral “Carmina Nova” of Málaga.
- In 2009 he conducted the opening concert of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga (a tribute to Chapí in his centenary), and his debut as Musical Director of the Operatic Season of the Teatro Cervantes in Málaga, conducting Die Zauberflöte.
Among his future commitments is a concert at the Canal Theatre in Madrid, with the Comunidad de Madrid Chorus.
Lorenzo Ramos has released four recordings as conductor of the Escolanía del Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, as well as a recording of basque songs together with Ainhoa Arteta and the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE.
There are additional audiovisual recordings of his concerts within the archives of RTVE, both recent and dating back to his early day as a young musician. In the last few years he has participated in a number of editions of the Spanish educational and cultural programme for children “El Conciertazo”.
Other Professional Activities
Parallel to his activities as a conductor he has participated as member of the jury in different national competitions and carried out the critical edition of Música Clásica by Chapí and La Marsellesa by Fernández Caballero (ICCMU) and Miserere by Eslava (Tritó).
His extensive repertoir covers all kinds and styles from the 16th century to modern times, with particular attention to the spanish liric repertoire and the 19th, 20th century and avant-garde spanish symphonic music (he has premiered many works of new composers), and also to thematic concerts (“Jazz and the 20th century Classics”, “Humor in Music”).
Lorenzo Ramos’s performances are praised by both the audience and specialised critics, and he is held to be one of the young directors with greater projection within the national scene.