It took mere seconds for all of us in the audience to rise to our feet and deliver the longest standing ovation that I can recall. In this premiere, we had witnessed a major event, the debut of piece from a young composer that may well become a mainstay of the contemporary classical repertoire.
For me, it was a moment of awe, as I believe it was for all the others who just could not stop applauding.
(Dick Frantzreb. The Sacramento Choral Review)
GABRIEL RUIZ-BERNAL, M.M., Ph.D., Spanish composer and pianist established in the Washington, DC area; his compositions range from solo instruments, to vocal and instrumental ensembles, orchestra, and film projects. He has formed his musical studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música of Málaga, Spain, Shenandoah University, Universidad de Sevilla, extending studies at Yale University and New York University.
As a classical pianist, he has released CD recordings featuring composers J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Albéniz, Falla, and Granados.
His latest orchestral work, "MAGNIFICAT" for choir, chamber orchestra, piano and soloists was commissioned by the choir and orchestra of the University of Seville, and premiered at the Teatro Lope de Vega in Seville, Spain on December 4, 2013. MAGNIFICAT received its U.S. premiere on November 15, 2015 by "Camerata California" in Sacramento, CA. In June of 2015 he premiered "ACROSS THE WIDE: Songs of Farewell", a commissioned collection of songs for soprano, violin, choir and piano, which is now being orchestrated and re-recorded (see audio examples below this paragraph). His latest work for piano solo is the Theme and Variations on "La Tarara" (see audio recording above this paragraph).
DO NOT STAND ON MY GRAVE AND WEEP from "Across the Wide"
Composed and orchestrated by Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal. Text by Mary Elizabeth Frye
Allison Hughes, soprano. Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal, piano.
RECORDING. Matthew Lee Garza records "Andante for Trumpet and Piano". Cathedral of St. Matthews
PERFORMANCE. Matthew Lee Garza performs "Andante for Trumpet and Piano". Air Force Concert Series. California.
CD RELEASE. Magnificat in D Major
Málaga, Granada. Spain
CD PRODUCTION. Magnificat.
Mastering and proof editing.
SCORING."La Reina del Azúcar"
de Dolores García Ruiz
U.S. PREMIERE -MAGNIFICAT-
November 15, 2015
COMMISSION. New song cycle. Premiere on September 2016
RECORDING. Andante for Strings
PERFORMANCE.September 23 -Pianist for Pope Francis visit to Washington D.C. -Basilica
COMPOSITION. Conclusion "Theme and 5 Variations on a Spanish folk song 'La Tarara'".
PRODUCTION. Solo piano piece recorded and published.
REHEARSALS for Pope Francis start
ORCHESTRATION and PRODUCTION. ACROSS THE WIDE. Songs of Farewell. Orchestration and recording process
PREMIERE. June 7, 2015
Falls Church, Virginia.
ACROSS THE WIDE. Songs of Farewell
Allison Hughes, Soprano
Arun Ivatury, violin
Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal, piano
College Park Chamber Singers
PREMIERE. PEACE LIKE A RIVER.
May 16 - The College Park Chorale.
University of Maryland -Chapel-
PREMIERE. May 6 NYC Premiere of PBS documentary "PS DANCE! Dance Education in Public Schools".
Music by Bob Novak and Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal
REHEARSALS. ACROSS THE WIDE: Songs of Farewell
Song cycle for soprano solo, choir, violin and piano. Rehearsals start.
FILM SCORING. Along with composer Bob Novak for the PBS documentary PS DANCE! Dance Education in Public Schools
CHOREOGRAPHY. "Peace Like a River" set to choreography by Laurie Sanda for dance concert in May 2015
COMMISSION. New commission for a multi movement composition for soprano, violin, choir and piano, to be premiered in June 2015