Teacher Profile: Juan Gallastegui Roca

Juan Gallastegui Roca

Juan Gallastegui Roca

Instrument(s): Brass, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, French Horn, Euphonium

City: Washington, DC


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About Juan Gallastegui Roca

Dr. Juan Gallastegui is a Spanish conductor and scholar residing in the United States. During the 2016-2017 he conducted the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra (Ashburn, VA) during their Christmas concert and a regular season classical concert, as well as a concert for the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington D.C. as one of the conductor finalists.

As a Graduate student at Bard College in NY, he was Assistant Conductor of the Bard College Conductors Institute Summer Orchestra, and Graduate Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra, under the advisement of Harold Farberman. He conducted Farberman's Opera "Medea" in March 2015, the first time it has been performed since 1963.

Prior to coming to the States, Dr. Gallastegui conducted concerts with the Huelva Municipal Wind Orchestra in Huelva, Spain and "Camerata Antonio Soler" in Madrid. He was a Co-founder of "Castro Urdiales Municipal Wind Band," a nonprofit music association in his hometown Castro-Urdiales, Spain, with forty musicians and the town hall's music school, also serving as Board Member, Music Librarian, and Treasurer.

Dr. Gallastegui has attended numerous conducting and professional development workshops as an active participant, including "Pershing's Own," Bard College's Conductors Institute Summer Orchestra, the First International Conducting Workshop "San Lorenzo del Escorial" with Jorma Panula and Conducting Workshops with Spanish Maestri Enrique Garcia Asensio and Francisco Navarro Lara.

His main conducting teachers and workshop mentors include: Harold Farberman, Jorma Panula, Apo Hsu, Lawrence Golan, Mark Gibson, Raymond Harvey, Eduardo Navega, Leon Botstein, Guillermo Figueroa, and in composition, Dr. Laurence Wallach.

Dr. Gallastegui has an outstanding performance history as a euphonium player, playing principal and soloist for several wind bands in Spain. He was also a participant in concerts with the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Festival and New York Wind Symphony. He formerly served as a Brass and Musicianship Instructor at Bard College Preparatory Division and as a Brass Specialist at Red Hook High School, both in NY. He was a Music Teacher in Castro-Urdiales.

Dr. Gallastegui holds a Ph.D in Music History (University of La Rioja), Master in Music in Orchestral Conducting (Bard College, NY) and a Masters in Education (University of Cantabria). Previously, he earned a B.A. in Musicology (University of La Rioja, Spain) and a double B.M in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy of Tuba (Navarre Conservatory). Among other awards, Dr. Gallastegui was a "Rafael Del Pino Foundation" Scholarship Recipient in 2014.

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