Francisco José Gil Ortiz completed his musical studies in Albacete with the teacher J. Carlos Vila and in the RCSM in Madrid, with the professors J. Vicente Peñarrocha and Justo Sanz, with Honors. Also, he has a diploma in Musical Teaching from the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, a master course in Musical Research of the International University of Valencia (VIU) and has finished his studies of Orchestra Conducting in the RCSM in Madrid.
He has been a member of the Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the O. des Jeunes de la Méditerranée, the European Youth Wind Orchestra, the World Orchestra Jeunesses Musicales, the Netherlands Young Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra. He has collaborated with several orchestras like the ORTVE and the Municipal Wind Band of Madrid. He has been a member of the Municipal Wind Band of Albacete and has taught courses at the Conservatoires of Amaniel (Madrid) and Alcalá de Henares, and currently teaches at the Conservatoire of Castilla-La Mancha. He is on leave from his post as conductor of the Spanish National Police Wind Band.
He has won prizes in several national and international clarinet competitions and more than 15 awards in chamber music competitions with the cellist Georgina Sánchez (duo Santor-Gilort). As a soloist he has interpreted works from Mozart, Spohr, Mendelssohn, Bernstein, Perón, Weber, Calatayud, Françaix, Copland... He has performed in Europe and America, where he has also participated in radio and television recordings. Recently, he has been invited as member of jury in the contestRovere d´oroin San Bartolomeo al Mare (Italy). His records are:Works for E-flat clarinetwith the pianist Elías Romero (one of the few records dedicated to this instrument);Leyenda,focused on the Spanish music for clarinet and piano; andBeethoven/Tauschwith music from these composers for clarinet and cello duo.
His compositions can be found published through SANTOR Ediciones.
«Mi bemol: Una propuesta interpretativa-“novocreativa” de repertorio para requinto»
The E-flat clarinet is the smallest clarinet in the family that is used nowadays. It is not usual to see a specialist in this instrument that plays it in a recital, as it’s done with the soprano clarinet. There is short literature for this instrument as a soloist or in small ensembles of chamber music compared with the clarinet, although at the beginning of its appearance, it was an instrument tuned in D (essentially very similar to the E-flat clarinet). From the middle of the 18th century, composers stopped writing for this instrument in benefit of larger clarinets: the soprano clarinet. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the E-flat clarinet has had certain attractiveness because some composers have written for it.
On the one hand, the end of this work is to make a study about the soloistic music of E-flat clarinet to make its repertoire known. On the other hand, all Spanish compositions founded will be analyzed to propose solutions about the particularities required by the E-flat clarinet and what differentiates it from the clarinet. There is short specific pedagogical literature, so the research will help anyone who may need information about it.