- Alicia Casares-Alonso
(b Madrid, Nov 7, 1923). Spanish composer, pianist and conductor. After studying with José Balsa, she began her concert career at the age of 12. In Barcelona she studied the piano with Frank Marshall and composition with Ricardo Lamote de Grignon; later, in Madrid, she studied composition with Joaquin Turina, Julio Gómez and Lopez Varela, and conducting with Ataúlfo Argenta. She also attended courses in Freiburg, Breslau (Wrocław) and Heidelberg, studying Baroque keyboard music in particular, and in Paris where her tutor was Salvador Bacarisse. She toured in Spain and abroad as a pianist, and is probably the first Spanish woman to have conducted large symphony orchestras (including the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE and the Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona). Among awards for her compositions are the Premio Pedrell for the ballet Títeres and a BBC prize for Ensayo para orquesta sobre dos canciones sudafricanas. In the context of her generation in Spain, her work is distinguished by its modernity. This takes on different guises: a nationalism inherited from Manuel de Falla and Turina in ...