José Ramón Encinar (Madrid, 1954) is a conductor and composer. He is honorary conductor of the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, of which he was the chief conductor and artistic director from 2000 to 2013. He has conducted ensembles including the Grupo Koan, thr Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (of which he was chief conductor) and the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (of which he was chief conductor between 1999 and 2001). He works in the realm of symphonic music as well as opera. Among his works as a composer is his opera Figaro, written to his own libretto (1987).
Among other awards, he has received the Premio Nacional de Música (1988) in the category of composition and the Premio de Música de la Comunidad de Madrid (2010). He is a permanent member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando de Madrid and a corresponding member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de Granada.
This initiative takes place in the form of a series of talks with outstanding personalities from different cultural areas who were one-time recipients of a scholarship or grant from the Fundación Juan March, which they used to begin their careers or progress professionally in their respective disciplines. With the descriptions of their experiences, the Fundación Juan March aims to put the spotlight on their lives and careers and consequently portray the evolution of a country, capturing an image of Spain during the 1950s, 60s and 70s and projecting it on to the Spain of today. This is the explanation for the title of this activity, "Memories of the Fundación": a series of programs looking back on the origins of outstanding professional careers, as well as because the results of these scholarships were reflected in a final report (referred to as a “memoria” in Spanish) or thesis deposited at the Fundación.
The host is the journalist Íñigo Alfonso, who has worked at Radio Nacional de España (RNE) since 2001, where he has performed different roles at RNE in the areas of economy and national news information, directing the late news program “24 Horas” (24 Hours). He has been co-director of the lunchtime TVE News. He is presently coordinating the parliamentary area of the news services at RNE.
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