Tutor of Saxophone, Piano, Composition and Music Theory
Nacho is an award-winning composer, saxophonist, pianist and music educator based in London, UK. He has performed and premiered his works at the finest venues in the UK, Spain, France and Malta, including the Bridgewater Hall, Stoller Hall, Arts Club and Grand Theatre de Provence. At the age of 16, after concluding his musical studies in Spain with an Extraordinary Prize for the highest mark in Castilla y León, he received a scholarship to study composition and saxophone performance at Chetham’s School of Music (in Manchester). He then went on to study Music at the University of Cambridge, where he won First Prize in the Cambridge University Musical Society’s Concerto Competition 2018 and received a Donald Wort Prize for the highest overall result in the examinations of his second-year cohort. Following his graduation from Cambridge in July 2020, receiving a Double Starred First and a Larmor Award as one of the best students of St John’s College Cambridge, he currently studies a Master’s course in Composition for the Screen at the Royal College of Music (in London). Some upcoming projects include the performance of his first opera ‘María Soliña’, which will be premiered in Spain in May 2021 in collaboration with world-renowned opera singers, dancers, actors and the Spanish film director Sigfrid Monleón.
As a music educator, Nacho has taught composition, saxophone, piano and music theory to students as young as 7 to adults of 50 years of age. He mainly uses ABRSM, but has also worked with other exam boards, such as Trinity College London. In his lessons, Nacho aims to bring a flexible approach that suits the student and specifically addresses his/her own ambitions and preferences. As a result, he often puts into practice an interactive teaching method that gives each student the opportunity to provide him feedback at the beginning and end of each lesson, discussing the progress made, as well as personal experience during practice and potential areas of further improvement. Last but not least, Nacho believes that attitude is very important in music and can really enhance the process of learning, and he is always positive and encouraging towards his students, focusing on the improvement that has been made and turning mistakes into learning opportunities. If you would like to try a new approach in your music learning, Nacho is the one who can accompany you on your music discovery journey!
"I would like to strongly recommend Nacho as a music teacher for harmony, counterpoint, music theory and saxophone, given that he has passed his knowledge in an exemplary way to our son Rodrigo G throughout the years 2016 and 2017 in person and from the year 2018 until the present day through Skype video calls! He has shown at all times a great degree of involvement, seriousness, professionalism and interest in the progress of our son, dispelling the doubts that worried us as parents, too!" - Manuel M. G.
"I’ve been having Composition lessons with Nacho for the last couple of months. He has a great way of explaining and breaking down the elements of Composition. The lessons are fun and challenging. I’ve learned a lot so far. He has excellent skill and enthusiasm. I would highly recommend." - Cheryl