Angel Illarramendi Larrañaga, was born in Zarautz (Gipuzkoa) in April
At the early age of six, he took his first steps into music, singing at
several festivals around the Basque Country, introduced by Manolo Urbieta.
From 11 years on, he started composing his first songs, playing the guitar
self-taught. At the same time, he studied music and piano with Maria Barbara
Aranguren, as well as secondary education.
At the age of 16 he begun harmony, counterpoint, fugue and composition
studies with Francisco Escudero at San Sebastian's Music Conservatory.
In 1978 his first recording was published, containing not only songs -it
was a singer-songwriter album mainly- but also his first instrumental
pieces. He embarked then on a tour around the Basque Country in order
to introduce the album, from which the concert performed at "la Trinidad"
Square in San Sebastian standed out, due to a string quartet accompaniment.
In 1981, once finished musical studies, he started a brief but fruitful
collaboration at the new-born Basque Theatre School "Antzerti".
He composed the score for various scenic works (more information
at "Work > Theatre work" section) as well as his
first soundtracks, while teaching harmony at different music schools.
From the 1990's on he withdrew from teaching to dedicate entirely to compose
both concert and cinema music.
Amongst his various concert works, the folowing; nine symphonies, his "Concerto for
clarinet, piano, viola and orchestra", both his symphonic poems "Espacio
sonriente" ("Smily space") and "Zarautz", his
suite "Una historia reciente", his "Mass for 4 mixed voices
and organ", and also the chamber opera "Zapatos de mujer"- are
noteworthy, together with his chamber music output ("Work >
Chamber music" for further information).
As a filmscore composer, he has worked with several directors and proucers
("Work > Film scores" for further information),
being his collaboration with the producer Elías Querejeta remarkable.
Amongst several recognitions he has received, the following awards and
nominations must be mentioned:
"Premio del Circulo de Escritores Cinematográficos" (C.E.C.)
(Cinematographic Writers' Circle Award), "Premio EL MUNDO DEL PAIS
VASCO" (Basque "EL MUNDO" Award -newspaper-) and a nomination
for the Best Soundtrack at the 1996 GOYA Awards edition for "Robert
Rylands' Last Journey", by Gracia Querejeta.
Nominations to C.E.C. and GOYA in 1999 for "Cuando Vuelvas
a mi Lado", by Gracia Querejeta.
2001 C.E.C. Prize Nomination for "Aunque tú no lo Sepas",
by Juan Vicente Córdoba.
2002 CONDOR Prize Nomination (Argentina) for "Son of the Bride"
(El Hijo de la Novia), by Juan José Campanella.
" Teledonosti" Prize 2003 (award given by a Basque TV channel)
to a professional career.
CLARIN ESPECTACULOS 2004 Nomination and Argentinian CONDOR Prizes 2005
Nomination for Juan Jose Campanella's "Luna de Avellaneda".
Prize C.E.C. 2005 for "Hector" by Gracia Querejeta.
Nomination to GOYA 2005 for "Hector" by Gracia
Nomination to CONDOR 2005 (Argentina) for the film "Luna de Avellaneda"
directed by Juan Jose Campanella.
The "7th Symphony" receives Best Spanish music record of the year "CD Compact 2009" award.
14th Toulouse Film Festival choses "La Buena Nueva" (an adaptation of the 7th Symphony) as best soundtrack in October 2009.
2011 - Illarramendi is awared best classical music author by the Academy of Musical Arts & Sciences for his 3rd Symphony "HARRI ZURIA".