Weber State University Music Faculty and Staff
Francisco de Galvez
Director of Orchestral Studies
Born in Málaga, Francisco de Gálvez is one of the leading Spanish conductors of his generation. He obtained international recognition when he was awarded First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1994 Tokyo International Conducting Competition(Min-On), among 194 conductors of 36 countries. Dr. De Gálvez is Director of Orchestral Studies at Weber State University, Utah, USA. As guest conductor, Francisco has offered concerts with Orchestras like Symphoniker, Zagreb Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic Tokyo City and Osaka Philharmonics, Saint Petersbourg Philharmonic, Berliner Filarmonica di Russe Orchestra, Postdam Philharmonic, Sinfonica di Sofia, Fort Worth Symphony, Danish Radio Orchestra, Flanders Opera, Spanish National Orchestra, Madrid Symphony, Málaga, Seville and Granada Symphony Orchestras, among many others. He has been Music Director of University of Malaga Chamber Orchestra and of Malaga Symphony Orchestra between 1998 and 2011. Also, he was Artistic Director of Contemporary Music Cycles organized by the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra between 1995 and 2000. He was director and founder of the Montreal Chamber Players Orchestra in 1991, with whom he performed extensively in North America and Spain. With this orchestra made its first CD, which others have followed, as well as numerous recordings for radio and TV.
He studied Conducting, Composition, Orchestration and Analysis in Canada and graduated with a Master in Orchestral Conducting at McGill University, Montreal. His main teachers in conducting have been Timothy Vernon and Ferdinand Leitner. He also studied conducting at Vienna, Hochschule für Musik, and Siena, Accademia Chigiana, Italy. In 1993 he continued his studies with Carlo Maria Giulini in Milan, Italy.
He has an extensive musical backgroundas a violinist (Título Superior-Madrid; Orquesta Nacional de España; Performing Diploma-Royal College, London, England; Master-McGill, Montreal, Canada). Between 1995 y 1998 lives in Berlín, where he performs with various orchestras (it is worth mentioning his conducting of the World´s Premiere of Carlo Domeniconi’s El trino del diablo at the Philharmonie, later presented at the Istambul International Music Festival and recorded on CD). De Gálvez obtained a PhD “cum laude” in Music and Comunication at Malaga University. Dr. De Gálvez now lives with his family in Ogden, Utah, teaches at Weber State University and develops an intensive and creative pedagogical and artistic musical program.