Eligio Vila Vázquez

Category: Composer
Birth Date: 1st January 1943
Birth Place: Lantaño (Pontevedra)

He started to study Music with José Laguarta in his native town and went on with his education at Pontevedra, Vigo, A Coruña and Madrid Conservatoires, until he became a Professor of Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition and Orchestration. He studied Harmony and Counterpoint with Enrique Saavedra and Ildefonso García Rivas, Composition and Instrumentation with Rogelio Groba, Dramatic Music with Román Alís and Gregorian Chant at 'St Domingo de Silos' Chapel (Burgos) with the chapel master José Luis Angulo. He has been a teacher of Primary Education and director of the Academy of Music in Vilagarcía de Arousa (Pontevedra). Nowadays, he teaches Music in a Secondary School.

 Work & Activities

Since 1993 (it was then that his work Variaciones para orquesta, Op. 1 was performed for the first time), his works have been performed on several occasions not only in Galicia and the rest of Spain but also in Portugal and Venezuela. In 1995, he performed Secuencias "Nocturno" for the first time in Caracas (Venezuela). This work was published in 1997 by the 'IGAEM' (Xunta of Galicia) to be included in the collection Colección de Música Culta: Ars Gallaeciae Musicae. Cantos y ritmos salvajes was performed for the first time in 1998 by two orchestras in Venezuela. That same year, he was commended the orchestration of Sinfonía Africana Pangeia to celebrate in Portugal the 25th Anniversary of Angola's Independence. In 1999, he composed Sinfonietta for the International Festival of Arts (Isla Margarita, Venezuela).

 Other Interesting Aspects

His biography has recently been included in important publications such as Enciclopedia Gallega Universal, Gran Enciclopedia Gallega and International Who's Who in Music (Cambridge, England).