Jesus Gavito Feliz

Jesús Gavito Feliz was born in 1979 in Arriondas, Asturias and began his musical studies in violin and piano at the Escolanía in Covadonga when he was eight years old. He was also a soloist for five years and complemented these two facets with the first notions of coral direction.

Later he moved to the Conservatory of Music "Eduardo Martinez Torner" of Oviedo to continue his musical training in violin with teachers such as Carlos Luzuriaga, Greta Hrda, Yuri Nashushkin and Marco Antonio García de Paz and in chamber music.

He joined the Young Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias with which he gave concerts in Asturias, Murcia, Valencia, Segovia, etc. He was guest musician with the Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid in the National Auditorium and plays with the International Orchestra of the Region of Murcia under director Benito Lauret. Jesus Gavito is also a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of Nalón which premiered “NIFE”, a work by Flores Chaviano under the baton of Manuel Paz and has performed on the television programme “The Conciertazo” presented by Fernando Argenta.

Jesus divides his time between his studies and the world of choral music. He directs several children's school choirs; " La Ería" of Oviedo, "Quirinal" of Avilés, "Rio Sella" of Arriondas and the Children's Choir of the School of Music "Divertimento" of Oviedo having won 1st and 2nd Prize in the Carol Competition in Oviedo 2001, 3rd Prize in the Carol Competition in Oviedo 2002 and a prize for the best unpublished carol. He also directed the "Schola Cantorum Virgen del Carbayu" choir of La Felguera, and later the Grado Choir of Asturias, successfully premiering several works by contemporary Asturian composers which were well recieved by both the critics and the press.

As a singer, he has collaborated with several choirs such as "Aires de Candás", "Coral Cima de Parres", "Orfeón de Castrillón" and is a member of the Golden Lion Choir of Luanco which has won many national and international prizes: Grand National Prize for Choral Singing 2003 and 2007, Guidoneum Award, seven first prizes in the International Festival of Choirs in Arezzo, Italy, 2nd Polyphony Prize, 2nd Folkmusic Prize at the Tolosa International Mass Choir Competition in 2011, First Prize at the I London International A Capella Choir Competition as well as prizes in contests in France, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Belgium etc together with concert tours in New York, Sweden, France, Morocco, etc.

He has worked with directors such as Peter Phillips (Tallis Scholars), Laszlo Heltay, Johan Duijck, Julio Dominguez, Javier Busto, Basilio Astulez, Xabier Sarasola, Juan Luis Martínez and Enrique Azurza, among others.

His work as a composer includes writing the set pieces for the 25th, 26th and 27th Habanera and Sea Songs Festival of Luanco, Asturias, where he was also a member of the juries. His music has been published and sung by various national and international choirs and he has edited more than twenty choral works for children’s choirs and mixed voice choirs with several commissioned pieces coming up this year. He has recorded numerous albums with Escolanía de Covadonga, NIFE with the Chamber Orchestra of Nalón and most recently the albums Lux Aurumque and Paxarines with the Golden Lion Choir.

He was choir and orchestra and improvisation teacher at the Conservatory of Music of Ponferrada from 2005 until 2008 and Choir, Orchestra and Chamber Music teacher at the Professional Music Conservatory of Jaén during the 2010-2011 academic year.

He currently holds the post of choir and chamber music teacher at the Conservatory of Music "María de Molina" in Úbeda. He also continues to compose coral music and is regularly invited to give workshops with various choirs around the country.