Arámbarri (y Gárate), Jesús
- Noël Goodwin
(b Bilbao, April 13, 1902; d Madrid, July 11, 1960). Spanish conductor and composer. He studied at the Vizcaíno Conservatory in Bilbao, and in Paris with Paul Le Flem and Dukas (composition), and with Vladimir Golschmann (conducting). He also worked with Weingartner at Basle in 1932. On his return to Spain in 1933 he took charge of the part-time Bilbao SO, which he steadily developed and improved and which, in 1938, became the first civic orchestra in Spain on a regular basis. Arámbarri helped to organize musical activities throughout Spain, and performed large-scale choral works with the vocally distinctive Basque choirs of northern Spain. He also introduced several works by Britten, Vaughan Williams and Walton. In 1953 he was appointed a professor at the Madrid Conservatory, and became conductor of the Madrid SO and president of the Spanish conductors' association. His compositions include Viento del sur, a zarzuela in two acts (...