About Joaquín Rodrigo
Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) was a major 20th century Spanish composer most celebrated for his Concerto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra. Blind since childhood, Rodrigo was trained in music and taken to Paris, where he studied with Paul Dukas and became friends with Manuel de Falla. The Spanish Civil War brought hardship to Rodrigo in the late '30s, but after the 1940s his fortunes improved and he became internationally recognized. Commissions from famous musicians for new concertos increased Rodrigo's renown, and awards from the governments of Spain and France eased his retirement. He was raised to the Spanish nobility in 1991.
HOMETOWNSagunto, Valencia, Spain
BORNNovember 22, 1901