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BIO

Óscar López Plaza was born in Madrid and completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory under the chairman José Luis Rodrigo.

From 1992 to 1995 he moved to the United States to complete his studies at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (Maryland), where he earned a Graduate Performance Diploma in Guitar and Chamber Music.

During these three years at Peabody, Oscar received scholarships from the Johns Hopkins University and the Fundación Rich Among his teachers during this time were Aldo Lagrutta, Ray Chester, Ronn McFarlane and Manuel Barrueco.

Oscar’s awards include: Best Instrumentalist Award at the XII International Festival of Getxo, First Prize at the Festival of the Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid First Prize at the National Exhibition of Young Artists.

In 1994 and 1998 he received two Peabody Career Development Grants from the Johns Hopkins University in recognition of his artistic career.

He has given recitals and concerts in Denmark, USA, Romania, Germany, France and Spain. In 1988 he represented Spain at the International Festival of the European Broadcast Union in Montpellier (France).

As a performer, Oscar has premiered works by Spanish and American composers, highlighting the release of the Hamilton Street Concerto for guitar and orchestra written for him by composer Karen A. Allen, which he recorded in Bratislava with the Slovak Radio Orchestra in 2004.

With the label Banco de Sonido he also recorded the CD "Spanish Music for Guitar" and with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble the CD entitled "Triste España", with works from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

At the same time Oscar has developed an intense activity as a jazz guitarist. With his quartet Naima he was given the Best Spanish Jazz Group Award in 1989 by the RTVE (Spanish National TV.

For a few weeks each year he also teaches workshops on computer music and gives lectures on film music.

For the last ten years he has been working as a composer of music for the screen, covering all types of formats: feature films, shorts, documentaries, advertising spots, theater.

© Oscar López Plaza 2011         oscarlopezplaza@me.com