Nоrman Gabriel Gomez Ballester
Spain, Madrid Madrid
Composer, conductor and guitarist. In 2013 he obtained 2nd place in the National Guitar Competition Alirio Díaz and the honourable mention of the Municipal Music Prize of the Caracas city, in the category of short symphonic work. In 2015 he won the orchestra award and the audience award for his work Dawn Pieces, at the 2nd Simón Bolívar National Composition Competition.
His works have been performed in countries such as Venezuela, Spain, Argentina, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. He studied composition with Blas Atehortúa and Miguel Astor, guitar with Luis Campins and Ignacio Órnés and conducting with Miguel Ángel Monroy and Alfredo Rugeles. He served as a teacher at the Latin American Chair of Composition, at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music, the National University of the Arts, at the "Sistema" of Venezuelan orchestras, Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid and the Conservatory of Music Joaquín Turina. He was a finalist in the Young Looks Contest of the International Organization for Youth 2017 and the winner of the commission of a work for the 2018 Alessandro Stradella Baroque Festival, in Italy.
He has had the opportunity to conduct the Contemporary Music Ensemble of the Chair Latin American Composition, the Simón Bolívar Guitar Orchestra and different professional and youth orchestras of the Simón Bolívar Musical Foundation. In 2015 he participated as musical conductor of the Venezuelan film "Luisa" soundtrack, with original music by Luis Laya.
He participated in concerts with the Simón Bolívar Symphonic Band and the Simón Bolívar Contemporary Music Ensemble, in turn, was invited to participate in the Prudencio Esáa Festival for Young Guitarists 2011. From 2013 to 2015 he was concertmaster of the Simón Bolívar Guitar Orchestra. A jury of the 1st International Composition Competition for Guitar America 2017, in turn, attended a masterclass with composers such as Bruno Mantovani (France), Luca Belcastro (Italy), Gerardo Gerulewicz (Venezuela) and Marlos Nobre (Brazil). In 2017 he was awarded a scholarship to attend music courses in Santiago de Compostela under the tutelage of the composer Antón García Abril and the director Maximino Zumalavé.