José Miguel Rodilla, conductor

Maestro José Miguel Rodilla has conducted significant orchestras for major orchestral works and for operas in many international concert halls.


Virtuoso conductor José Miguel Rodilla is the originator of an ensemble which performs contemporary music. Currently, he is Head of the Orchestral Conducting Department at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Murcia, and Chief Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia.

José Miguel Rodilla was born in Valencia, Spain. He studied conducting, musical composition and clarinet at the Valencia, Alicante, Rotterdam and Salzburg Mozarteum Conservatories and gained an Honors Degree in Conducting with Distinction from the Royal College of Music (LRSM). Additional studies have included attending a variety of courses taught by J. Collado, M. Gielen, J. Rotter and A. Cecatto.

Rodilla made his debut as a conductor with the Orquesta del Conservatorio de Murcia in 1990, where he served as Chief Conductor until 1996, touring in Spain, Hungary and Portugal. In 1991 he received the “Best Conductor Prize” in the Murcia International Youth Orchestra Festival.

In 1993, he formed the Concertus Novo Chamber Orchestra, realizing his ambition of creating an ensemble to perform contemporary music. There followed numerous engagements with most of the prestigious contemporary music festivals. Some of those performances were featured in live radio broadcasts by RNE.

In September 1997 he assumed the position of Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia. At the helm of this orchestra, he has performed numerous concerts and undertaken several tours through Spain, Portugal, France. He conducted a wide range of repertoire, from early music to modern works, and has performed with numerous international soloists.

As a guest conductor, Maestro Rodilla has appeared with major orchestras including the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, Szeged Symphony Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Kuzbass Symphony Orchestra in Kemerovo, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Paraguay, Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta de Valencia, Hradec Kralove Philarmonie, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta Nacional do Porto, Radio Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Bayonne Côte Basque, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Orquesta Ciudad de Málaga, Orquesta Ciutat d’Elx, Orquesta Clásica de La Laguna (Tenerife), Orquesta Bética de Sevilla and Orquesta de Jóvenes de la Región de Murcia.

Soloists who have performed under Rodilla’s baton include Ana Mª Sánchez, Steven Isserlis, Montserrat Caballé, Ainhoa Arteta, Ludmil Angelov, Yung Wook Yoo, Pepe Romero, Los Romeros Quartet, Jan Simon, Guy Touvron, Carmen Linares, Carlos Bregaza and José Sempere.

Jose Radilla’s operatic and zarzuela repertoire encompassed scores such as Norma, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammemoor, L’elisir d’amore, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Marina, la Tempestad, La Tabernera del Puerto and Luisa Fernanda.

In the 2002-2003 season, he made his debut both at Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Real in Madrid with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia. Futhermore, he has appeared at many outstanding concert halls in Europe, such as the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague, where his conducting earned great success last September.

Recent recordings with RTVE label includes Elgar’s Violin Concerto, with Spanish violinist Miguel Pérez-Espejo, and Manuel Seco de Arpe’s contemporary score: Misa Plenaria Iubilate Deo.

Highlights of Mr. Rodilla’s appearances as a guest conductor during next season include performances in Germany, Russia, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Paraguay and Hungary.