About the School
Who We Are
Encounter of Santander
Alejandro Gómez Pareja was born in Madrid in 2002. Since the 2016-2017 academic year, he studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Aline Foriel-Destezet Cello Chair with professor Jens Peter Maintz, after having studied with Ivan Monighetti, Michal Dmochowsky, and Fernando Arias. He has been granted scholarships by Consejería de Ciencia, Universidades e Innovación de la Comunidad de Madrid and Fundación Albéniz.
He has attended masterclasses in United States with Benjamin Gish and Steve Doane and in Spain with Gary Hoffman, Wolfgang Boettcher, Frans Helmerson, Helena Poggio, Gautier Capuçon, and Asier Polo. A special experience in his musical has been playing for Natalia Shakhovskaya, from whom he received valuable advice.
He has been awarded first prize at the City of Vic International Competition and first prize at the Arturo Soria Conservatory’s Soloists Competition (2014). Later, he won the first prize ex aequo at the 1st Mundi Talent Awards (Málaga, 2018) and first and jury prize at the 20th Llanes Competition (2018). More recently, he has been awarded the Audience and Jury awards at the Galimusic-Fest Clásico Ribeira Sacra Competition 2020, as well as second prize (9th category) at the 2021 Gustav Mahler International Cello Competition in Prague and first prize at Caen’s Appassionato Jöel Klepal Competition (2021).
He has performed as soloist with the Youth Orchestra of Catalunya, the Symphony of the Arturo Soria Conservatory, the Andrés Segovia Chamber Orchestra and the Dreamers Orchestra, with conductors Manel Valdivieso, José Carlos Martín, Víctor Ambroa, and Ramón Torrelledó at the Chamber and Symphony Halls of Madrid’s National Music Auditorium.
He has also performed in recitals at Oviedo’s Philharmonic Hall, Gijón’s Teatro Jovellanos and Avilés’ Casa de la Cultura, sponsored by the Philharmonic Societies of Asturias and Pamplona’s Palacio del Condestable.
With a scholarship from Juventudes Musicales de Madrid and the AIE, he has attended several summer festivals, such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick (Maine, USA), the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, and the Mendelssohn Festival in Hamburg, where he received advice from cellists such as Astrid Schween, Danjulo Ishizaka, Maria Kliegel, Orfeo Mandozzi, Emil Rovner, Torleif Thedeen, and Jerome Pernoo.
As a student of the School, he has been a member of the Casa de la Moneda Scarlatti, Cosan, Deloitte Mozart, and Enagás Schumann ensembles. He is currently part of the Banco de España Arriaga Ensemble.