Hailing from Alicante, Spanish horn player José García Gutiérrez’s performances have taken him to every corner of the world across all five continents and today he is regarded as one of the most internationally respected musicians of his generation.
He graduated with honours from the Conservatorio de Elche under the guidance of Gabriel García Martínez, and later completed his advanced studies in 1995 at the Conservatorio Superior de Murcia, where he obtained his Higher Teacher’s Certificate. In 1997 he was awarded a post-graduate diploma at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, where he studied with Vicente Zarzo Pitarch. Further tuition included masterclasses with Michael Thompson, Jeff Bryant, Nury Guarnaschelli, Jose Zarzo, Radovan Vlatkovic, Andre Casalet and Dale Clavenger.
He formed part of the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée (1990, 91, 96 and 99) and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (2000). In 1998 he obtained First Prize at the National Horn Competition “Villa de Benaguasil” in Valencia.
As a professional horn player he was co-principal and later principal horn of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, co-principal horn of the Orquesta de Galicia, Orquesta Real Sinfonica de Sevilla, principal horn of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, and principal horn of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Extremadura.
Since November 2007 José has held the post of principal horn with Spain’s prestigious Orquesta de RadioTelevision Española (ORTVE) in Madrid.
For several years he collaborated as guest principal horn with the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has also recorded various works. He has also been regular guest principal horn with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica Región de Murcia.
As a guest performer he has had concert engagements as soloist or principal horn with several leading international orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica della Scala de Milan, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orquesta Sinfónica do Porto, Orquesta Reino de Aragón, Orquesta de Cadaqués, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana (Les Arts), Orquesta de Castilla y León, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Orquesta de Granada, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao and Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid.
He has worked with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Rostropovich, Riccardo Chailly and Simon Rattle, amongst others.
During the 2018-19 season José was a member of Alicante’s ADDA Sinfónica, with whom he continues to collaborate regularly.
He has given performances of several concertos including Mozart, Haydn and Strauss, as well as Schumann’s Konzertstück alongside Stefan Dohr, Nury Guarnaschelli and David Melgar.
Jose is very active as a chamber musician and has appeared alongside various ensembles including members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Spanish Horns, and Cosmos Wind Quintet, and is a member of the Argotti Ensemble as well as the Chamber Orchestra of the Festival Lyrique International de Belle- Île-en-Mer, France.
Apart from his performances as soloist and his orchestral work, he is very much sought after as a teacher and is regularly in demand for masterclasses both in Spain and overseas. He was professor on the teaching panel of Alicante’s prestigious Brass Academy during 2019/20 academic year. International pedagogical projects have included Filarmónica Joven de Colombia with Mahler Chamber Academy and Sinfónica Azteca in Mexico (2023).
He has repeatedly been invited to sit on audition panels and in February of 2019 he was also invited as part of the international jury of Spain’s National Competition “Juventudes Musicales” in Madrid.
In 2016 he was made artistic consultant for the Malta Youth Orchestra, and in September 2019 was appointed its artistic director.
José plays a hand-hammered yellow brass Alexander 103 model and is a K&G Artist.