CQ: Instrumental, Volume 1
José Enrique González-Medina is a Mexican composer deeply connected to his home state of Baja California.
Works such as “Baja California y Altar”, a symphony of landscapes from the Mexican northwest, “El cancionero bajacaliforniano”, a songbook with twenty-five settings of poems by Baja California poets, highlight his well-spring of inspiration.
González-Medina grew up in Tijuana, in northwestern Mexico, and one of his earliest music experiences were the family gatherings at his grandparents’ home. He eventually pursued music studies in Mexico City where he became very familiar with the music of my country, not just concert music composers, but also the vast and diverse folk music.
González-Medina lived in the United States from 1983 until the summer of 2013. He spent six years at KUSC-FM in Los Angeles hosting a bilingual radio program about Latin American concert music and taught piano and composition to many talented young people for sixteen years at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.
In 2013, González-Medina moved to Mexico City, where he continues to compose and also teaches composition, and harmony at the Escuela Superior de Música in the Centro Nacional de las Artes.