Manuel Lillo Torregrosa was born in 1940 at San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante - Spain). He studied clarinet with Mr. Joaquín Chicano, piano with Ms Antonia Jover and harmony with Mr. Antonio Moreno. In Madrid he continued his studies with Mr. Julián Menéndez and Mr. Vicente Lillo Cánovas.
In 1959 he entered the Banda Sinfonica Municipal de Madrid as 'Requinto' (being Eb Soprano Clarinet Soloist), playing this position for 50 years. He has been a contributor to the National Orchestra of Spain and founder of the contemporary music group LIM (Laboratory of Music Performance).
As a composer he has recorded nearly 600 works of which more than 90 are symphonic andthe rest popular genre. His works have been recorded and performed by multiple formations including orchestras, symphonic band and chamber ensembles.
The works of the symphonic genre have been interpreted and released worldwide, under famous conductors such as Torrella, García Asensio, Jan Cober, Piero Gamba, Barnabas Sanchis, Henrie Adams, Fernando Bonete, Foriscot, Rafael Llorens, Maria Ana Barceló, Valero, ...
His vast knowledge of the Piccolo Clarinet and the Clarinet makes their works for these instruments widely accepted. His pasodobles have become classics, such as Plaza de las Ventas or Costa Dorada. We also noticed the hard work done for the world of the saxophone.
Another Maestro's work has been transcription of works for Symphony Band. These faithful adaptations has been commissioned by the Municipal Symphonic Band of Madrid, which is especially careful in the area of the transcriptions.
Brief highlights of his biography
- Gold Medal of Merit of Culture Minister of Spain, 1975
- Piccolo Clarinet soloist in the Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid.
- Collaborating with the National Orchestra of Spain.
- Founder of LIM contemporary music group.
- Appointed Sanvicentero Universal, 2005
- Awarded at National Faller Pasodoble of Alzira, 2003
- Jury multiple singing competitions.