JOAQUÍN RODRIGO. COLEGIO APÓSTOL SANTIAGO ARANJUEZ. Joaquín Rodrigo was born in Sagunto (Valencia) on 22nd November 1901. When he was three years old he lost his sight due to the diphtheria.
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COLEGIO APÓSTOL SANTIAGO
Joaquín Rodrigo wasborn in Sagunto (Valencia) on 22nd November 1901.
In 1906 Joaquín Rodrigo and his family moved to Valencia where he started his studies of musical theory, piano and violin at the age of eight.
His first composition dates from 1923, and in 1924 his first work for orchestra, Juglares, was awarded in Valencia and Madrid.
In 1927 he moved to Paris (like Albéniz, Falla, Granados and Turina had done some time ago ) and studied composition at the EcoleNormale de Musique with Paul Dukas for five years.
On 19th January 1933 Joaquin Rodrigo got married with Victoria Kamhi.
In 1934 he won First Prize of Circulo de BellasArtes in Valencia. From 1936 to 1938 Rodrigo family lived in Paris, Salzburg and Freiburg.
On 9th November 1940, took place the first performance of“Concierto de Aranjuez”
Elected Full Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid.
In 1939, Joaquín Rodrigo and Victoria return to Spain to settle permanently in Madrid.
Gold Medal and Honorary Doctorate at the University of Madrid
Gold Medal MéritoArtístico, from the City of Madrid
Honorary Doctorate, University of Alicante
And on 22nd April 1970 his grand-daughter, Patricia Sofia, was born.
Joaquín Rodrigo was raised to the nobility by H M Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, with the hereditary title “Marqués de los Jardines de Aranjuez”.
On 6thJuly 1999 Joaquín Rodrigo died in Madrid. He was buried in the family vault in the cemetery of Aranjuez.
COURTESY OF VICTORIA AND JOAQUIN RODRIGO FOUNDATION