Born in Madrid in 1961, Jesús Rueda received the National Music Award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 2004. His composition include three symphonies, three string quartets, three chamber concertos, an opera, Fragmento de Orpheus, commissioned by the Venice Biennale, and a large and important amount of piano music. Rueda’s music is regularly played all over the world by prestigious orchestras, ensembles and musicians, including Gianandrea Noseda, James MacMillan, Ananda Sukarlan, the Arditti String Quartet, Drumming percussion group and many others. He has served as Composer-in-Residence with the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), and now holds a similar position with the Orquesta de Cadaqués, whose honorary president, Sir Neville Marriner, has commissioned Elephant Skin for orchestra. Together with Ananda Sukarlan he is a founding member of Musica Presente. Jesús Rueda is a professor of composition at the Conservatorio Superior de Música, Zaragoza, and also the artistic director of the prestigious Queen Sofia International Composition Contest.