Biography

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Oswaldo Antonio González Lizausaba, began his career as a composer in 1977 adopting Schönberg's twelve-tone composition method. He takes composition classes with Brian Kelly, John Lambert and Lawrence Casserley at the Royal College of Music in London.

His meeting with Max Deutsch– who was a student and later assistant of Arnold Schönberg – in Paris in 1981 at the École Normale de Musique, (composition and analysis courses) was decisive for the technical, musical and ethical development. Max Deutsch defined González as… ...a complete musician with a granite temperament and humor.

He begins conducting an orchestra with the premiere of his work Amor América that was premierd at the Aula Magna of the Central University of Venezuela in 1983. The professional contacts with composers such as: Taira, Boulez, Donatoni, Luis de Pablo, Dutilleux, Lutoslawski and Ferneyhough have been decisive in instrumental, artistic and productive life of Oswaldo Gonzalez.

Another decisive encounter for Gonzalez was with the composer and Venezuelan conductor Antonio Estévez. Estevez gave to him important advice in conducting, composition and orchestration.

He founded in 1986, the Research and Information Center for Contemporary Music CIIMC along with Vicky Estévez and Venezuelan musicologist and cellist Alberto Calzavara, institute dedicated to the dissemination of contemporary music in Venezuela.

González has been awarded a scholarship by the governments of Venezuela and France. National Composition Award in Venezuela. He was invited by Brian Ferneyhough to analyze details of his work Willows at the annual composers' meetings in Darmstadt, Germany in 1996.

He created a musical analysis method where the formal structures of musical works correspond to undulatory models capable to showing unprecedented morphological structures not previously revealed by traditional musical analysis systems. The undulatory It is also a tool with good and interesting perspectives for musical composition.

Oswaldo Gonzalez is Doctor of Arts and Art Sciences from the University of Paris 1 the Sorbonne. In addition he is Mgister in Music Composition of the Royal College of Music in London, Magister in Music and Musicology of the twentieth century from the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences of Paris jointly with the University of Paris 4, the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and IRCAM (France).

Gonzalez works are usually played in Europe and America. He also participates as a conductor, percussionist and lecturer in international contemporary music scene.

In January 2018, the European premiere of Calligrammes for trio with piano, was done. The work is based on six poems from the homonymous book by the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918). This work was played in the David Josefowitz Hall of the Royal Academy of Music, London. Calligrammes, poems of peace and war, was written by Guillaume Apollinaire between 1913 and 1916.

Recently (2017-2021) Oswaldo González has developed an application 'The Escalador' by which all kinds of frequency spaces (scales) can be created. For more information, you can visit the website here.