Pilar Rius

Pilar Rius

Guitar Professor

2 - 9 of July

Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio - Facultad de Música y Artes Escénicas


Born in Madrid, since she was a child, she had a genuine passion for the world of acting, directing it towards the repertoire of contemporary creation and multidisciplinary scenic aspect.

She studied guitar under concert guitarist Avelina Vidal at the “Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid”, where she developed knowledge in areas such as composition, pedagogy, early music, Gregorian chant and analysis. Later, she specilised in contemporary music in Germany, obtaining her Meisterklassdiplom in Germany having been awarded from the Humboldt Foundation.

She has formed part of several chamber music projects such as duo Spatium Sonorum (mezzo and guitar) Kairos (flute and guitar) and stage projects such as duo Larel within the company Voz Dramática, with mezzo Elena Montaña.

She collaborated with the painter Ivan Montaña in the creation of the show Mikrópera Painting and recently she has created the new proyect Tetragamia: Repertorio Lírico para una partenogénesis artificial, under the stage direction of actor Jesús Barranco.

A member since 2011 of the Ex Corde Guitar Quartet, dedicated to the diffusion of contemporary music for guitar, she participates in festivals such as the “52 Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca”, premiering works by composers such as Jesus Torres, Arturo Cardelús, Alicia Diaz or Olivia Carrión among others.

She is a member of the Arcadia Guitar dúo alongside Avelina Vidal, and she is also immersed in the IndiCtivE multidisciplinary project (interdisciplinary group created in 2015 to explore the expressive possibilities of sound, speech, the gestures, image and improvisation).
She develops part of his concert work in orchestras such as Sax Ensemble, JONDE, OSPA, Neotonarte or Musicadhoy and spaces such as the “Festival de Música Contemporánea de Alicante”, “CDMC-Teatro de la Zarzuela”, “Auditorio Nacional de Madrid”, “Teatro Circo de Albacete” or “Teatro Jovellanos”.

She has played under the baton of Arturo Tamayo, Roberto Fores, José María de Eusebio or Hans Zender.

As a soloist, she has played at the “Foro madrileño de la Guitarra”, “II Muestra Internacional de Música y Mujeres”, “Festival Clásicos en Verano”, “Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Jordi” (Barcelona), “Hochschule für Musik Wurzburg” (Germany), Cycles of “Gendai Guitar” (Japan) or “COMA'11”, among others.

She has premiered works by authors such as Carles Guinovart, Cláudio Tupinambá, Tomás Marco, Peter Villaroig, Jose Pablo Polo, Diana Pérez Custodio or Sonia Megías.

She has recorded for RNE -Radio2-, Telemadrid, Onda Madrid and Fundación Autor.

In 2008, she recorded for the “Junta de Andalucía” the premieres CD, Homenaje to Manuel Castillo.

Since 2003, she has taught guitar in centres such as Schools of Music (Fuenlabrada and Meco), “Conservatorio Superior Eduardo Martinez Torner” (Oviedo), “Centro Superior de Enseñanza Musical Katarina Gurska” (Madrid), “II Aula de Música de Almazan” (Soria) and “Curso Internacional de Música española Sierra de Guadarrama -Valle de los Caídos”.

Together with Avelina Vidal, she is the organizer of the “Curso-Festival Internacional Ex Corde” in Molina de Aragón (Guadalajara).

She currently teaches at the “Conservatorio of Alcalá de Henares” (Madrid).

In 2013, she obtained the Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Doctorate in “Languages ​​and artistic and literary events” at “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid”, with the work: Vision of female composition for guitar in the S. XX and XXI: The reception of female repertoire in the students of official teachings.

Nowadays, she is working on her Thesis at the UAM, under the “PhD program in Artistic, Literary and Cultural Studies”.

Since 2014 she has been president of “Mujeres en la Música” (Women´s Association in Spain).