Composer, pianist and European Doctor in Musicology by the Oviedo University, José Zárate (Madrid, 1972) is considered by critics, musicologists and musicians like one of the most significant younger composers of the Spanish music. He has won different awards of composition: "San Fernando" of Cádiz, ?Flora Prieto? of Madrid, Prize of graduation, ?Frederic Mompou? of Barcelona, Spanish Authors Society SGAE in 1996 and 1998, ?Tomás Luis de Victoria? of Seville, "Symphony Orchestra" of Murcia in1997 and 1999, ?Valentino Bucchi? of Rome, ?Luis de Narváez? of Granada, two awards ?Ch?ur et Maîtrises de Cathédrales? of Amiens (France), ?Camillo Togni? of Brescia (Italy). In November of 1996 was named ?Young Composer of the Year? for the Jeunesses Musicales (Spain), and in 1997 Spain awarded him the Rome Award.
Works for symphony orchestra (Madreliana, Alonso de Quijada, Cántico espiritual for soprano, mezzo, barítono, choir & orchestra, or the opera Trinoceria), string orchestra (Gabon, Sanchesca or Cinco piezas breves), chamber music (La casa roja, Cuarteto de cuerda, Cahier d´Amiens or Kamarazene I, II, III & IV), choir a capella (Ego flos campi, Lamentatio quarta & Zacharias), and for several instruments (Trois bagatelles de nuit, Piccolo pezzo nero, Paseos for guitar, Cançó de Bressol for vibraphone, Tres piezas for recorder, Cantos para violoncello for violoncello solo), and his important piano music (six Cantos negros, Castilla, Nocturnos de Barataria and the seven books of Il bosco di Giarianno), have been performed in International Festival of Music in Europe (Spain, France, Suisse, Italy, Germany, etc.), in America (USA, Mexico, Canada, Chile, etc.), in Asia (Jordania, China, Japan, Russia, etc.) and in Africa (Marroco, Egipt, etc.). As pianist has played in several places of Spain, France and Italy. He has recorded all his Piano work for RNE (National Spanish Radio).