Mario Gosálvez Blanco was born in Madrid, Spain in 1965.
He started his music studies at Madrid’s Royal Conservatory from 1980 to 1986. He was a disciple of José Alamá, Valentín Ruiz and Ernesto Halfter while also attending composition classes with Antón Garcia Abril and Román Alis.
In 1987, he traveled to the United Status to study composition with Elinor Armer and David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He also took part in Alden Jenks’ Seminars on Electronic Music and attended classes at the Early Music Exploratorium in Berkeley, California with Laurette Goldberg. While there he studied the harpsichord with Gideon Meir and early Chamber music interpretation. He composed and premiered works for piano, a “Missa Brevis” for chorus, organ and strings, various works of sacred music, and a suite for three guitars, “Noche”, which, with the support of soloist David Tannenbaum and the “Amsterdam Guitar Trio”, entered the repertoire of chamber music for guitar.
In the summers of 1988 and 1989, he continued his composition studies at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado; there he composed and premiered chamber music projects.
In the fall of 1989 he came to the Manhattan School of Music in New York to study composition with Nils Vigeland and orchestration with Gianpaolo Bracally. As part of the concert and lecture series “New Music by New Composers”, he premiered among other works, his Sextet “Dance of the Silence”, “Sparks” for guitar and trumpet and “Requiem for two voices”.
In 1991 he premiered his string quintet “Prosgeanode” at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
He graduated in 1991 from the Manhattan School of Music and won first prize in composition for his experimental work for orchestra.
Since the fall of 1991 he has lived in Madrid where he combines composing with other diverse musical projects for stage, advertising, television, theater, dance and film. For twenty-five years, he served as composer and musical producer for the Cadena SER adio network in Radio Madrid’s studios. He also composed music for other stations such as Radio Madrid-FM, M-80 Radio, Cadena 40 Principales, and Sinfo Radio.
In 1998, the United National Cultural Association commissioned him to compose a work commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. He composed ”Hacia las Estrellas” a Symphonic Poem which premiered under the direction of Pascual Ossa at the National Auditorium of Madrid. In April 2002, this work was performed at a private concert in honor of the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan in the Royal Theater of Madrid. The work was directed by Max Bragado Darman and performed by the Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
In recent years, he has composed a variety of choral pieces. In addition he has composed several works for chamber music, including the piano piece “Notch”, recorded by Gustavo Díaz-Jerez for Spanish National Radio station ”Radio 2” and two grand orchestra overtures.
His violin and symphonic orchestra concert “Arlequin” was awarded the XX Queen Sofia Prize for Musical Composition in 2002 by the Ferrer Salat Foundation. It premiered at the Monumental Theater of Madrid and was broadcast on live national radio in October 2003. The concert was performed by Spanish Radio and Television’s orchestra and directed by Adrian Leaper. Manuel Guillen was the violin soloist.
A range of institutions like ”Siemens”, Rafael del Pino Foundation, The Leon Spanish Music Festival in July 2004, the United Nations Cultural Association of Madrid have commissioned him for orchestral works. The Complutense Lyrical Society together with the City Hall of Alcalá de Henares commissioned a choral and orchestra suite to premiere in October 2005 for the commemorative concert in honor of the 400th anniversary of the universal Miguel de Cervante’s novel Don Quijote.
His works have been performed by orchestras including the Orquesta de Radio-televisión Española, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonía de Espanña, Orquesta Ciudad de Alcalá; and chamber ensembles like the Camerata de Madrid and the Orquesta de Caámara Ibérica.
Bratislav Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the chamber strings film music band from The London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded several of his film scores for domestic and international comercial productions.
Music directors who premiered his works include: Pascual Osa, Adrian Leaper, Robert Austin Boudreau, Max Bragado-Darman, Vicente Ariño and David Hernando. Virtuoso performers Manuel Guillén (violin) , Adam Levin (guitar), Gustavo Díaz-Jerez (piano) premiered his orchestral, solo or chamber works and have them on their repertoires.