Armando Lorente

Biography

Biography

Armando Lorente was born in Madrid, Spain. He was awarded a Degree in Percussion by the Madrid Conservatory of Music, where he received first prize in the Graduate Awards. He went on to carry out postgraduate studies at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatorium in Holland, where he was awarded the Uitvoerend Musicus Diploma.

Armando Lorente has performed in concert with the groups Koan, Círculo de Madrid, Noco Music from Strasbourg, Grupo K-104 and London Wind, and also with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra and Amsterdam Concertgebown, among others.

“He was the percussionist of the RTE (Spanish State radio and television) Symphony Orchestra from 1987 to 1988, and has made recordings for the French State radio and television company at the Odeon Theatre in Paris, at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and at the Píccolo Theatre in Milan. Among these, a special mention must be made of his recordings with Noco Music from Strasbourg and, more recently, with the Jazz Camera Trio.

Armando Lorente was a founder member of Percunits, and he has shared the stage with internationally famous artists like Glen Velez, Peter Erskine, Alex Acuña, Julio Barreto, Keido Abe, Jorge Pardo, Carlos Benabent, Horacio Icasto and Pedro Iturralde.

He has taught at the Palma de Mallorca Conservatory of Music and Música Creativa in Madrid, as well as being a guest teacher at the J.O.N.D.E (1999). Similarly, he has given summer courses in Xixona (1986-1992), Santanyí (1991-1993), Javea (1993), at Madrid’s Autónoma University (1996-1997) and Shenyang and Beijing in China (1999).

He has performed in numerous cities in Spain and abroad as a soloist including Palma de Mallorca, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Tenerife, Paris, Amsterdam, Beijing and Washington, focusing particularly on music by contemporary Spanish composers.

Among the numerous percussion events that he has organized, it is important to highlight the 5th International Convention on Percussion and the Ritmo Vital International Percussion Festival.

Armando Lorente has composed music for films, chamber music and work for percussion instruments, published by Alfonce Productions in France.

Since 1999, Lorente has been the kettledrum soloist of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, also teaching at the Balearic Conservatory of Music and acting as the Artistic Director of the association Factoria del Ritme.

Armando Lorente is an endorser of Yamaha percussion instruments in Spain.