Antonio Jesús Cruz
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Antonio Jesús CruzAntonio Jesús Cruz, founding member and president of the Ensemble NeoArs Sonora, boasts an impressive musical career. He has been a first prize winner in international competitions, and been heard in some of the most important auditoriums across Spain. His musical training began at the age of six under the instruction of his father, graduating with his college degree from the Granada Conservatory---where he studied with Gloria Emparán---with the highest qualifications and honors at the age of nineteen. After graduating, he took finishing lessons with Leonel Morales and later with Guillermo Gonzáles in Madrid.

Of the prizes he has won, the most important are First Prize and Special Mention by the jury's unanimous decision in the International Competition “Compositores de España,” and First Prize in the VI National Piano Competition “José Roca” of Valencia. He was also the winner of other awards in the International Piano Competition d'Escaldes Engordany, VII International Piano Competition of the Foundation “Jacinto e Inocencio Guerrero,” the Petrof Piano Competition, The II International Piano Competition “Ciutat de Palmanyola,” VII National Piano Competition “Manuel de Falla,” II National Piano Competition “Royale,” and was awarded, again unanimously, a Silver Medal in the Young Performers competition of Juventudes Musicales de Granada.

Antonio Jesús Cruz has performed in Madrid at the National Auditorium of Music and in the Ataneo, at The Manuel de Falla Auditorium in Granada, in the hall of the Juan March Foundation, Capitol Hall in Barcelona, Zuloaga Hall in Segovia, The G. Pierluigi da Palestrina Conservatory, The “Conde Duque” Cultural Center, the American Institute, The International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, and the International Festival of the Mediterranean, among others.
He has recorded for Canal Sur Television, Telemadrid, and Radio 2 of National Spanish Radio. Apart from his solo performances, Antonio Jesús Cruz has also collaborated in numerous chamber music groups.

Currently, Mr. Cruz is a piano professor at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música “Victoria Eugenia” of Granada.