Manuel Seco de Arpe was born in Madrid in 1958. He studied at the Conservatory in his hometown, with Carmelo Bernaola and Anton Garcia Abril, among others. In 1981 he won the 'Prize Rome' and lived in Rome for two years, where he studied Musical Composition with Franco Donatoni. During these years, he came into contact with Goffredo Petrassi, who encouraged him and congratulated him on the work 'Trío Num.2' (performed at the Pontino Festival). Together, and working together with the critic Mario Bortolotto, they prepare the First Meeting of Italian and Spanish Composers in 1982.
Manuel Seco has won numerous composition competitions and his works have been performed at many international and national festivals. He has received commissions from prominent festivals and institutions, such as the Pontino Festival in Italy, the European Council, Europalia (Belgium), Musica D'Oggi (Italy), the Madrid Autumn Festival (Spain), the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Alicante (Spain), the Religious Week of Cuenca (Spain) or the Santander International Music Festival (Spain).
His available discography includes his 'Misa Jubilate Deo' (RTVE Music Label), chamber music performed by the Concertus Novo ensemble (EMEC Label) and piano works performed by Antonio Narejos (Opera Tres Label), awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Spain in 1991. His music has been recorded and broadcast on RNE, RTVE, RAI, Radio France and Radio Alsacia, among other media. NAXOS has published his works "Concertino for piano, harp, glockenspiel and strings", "Cabiria Song for oboe and strings" and "Concerto for strings" performed by Borja Quintas, Andrey Yaroshinsky and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
He has taught the highest degree of Composition at the High Conservatory of Murcia,
heading the Department for 18 years. He has taken part in many contemporary music
forums, and published articles in press and specialized magazines.
He has also been a founder member and musical adviser of the “Concertus Novo”
contemporary music ensemble, and founder director of the ‘Ciclos de Música Española’ and
‘Mayo Musical’ events in Murcia. He has been founder president of the Murcia Symphonic
Orchestra and president of the ‘St. Cristobal Hermitage’ cultural association, dedicated to
promoting and spreading scenic Spanish arts. He has been the director of the ‘Rafael Seco’
Art Museum, and the ‘Conciertos de Estio’ performing in St. Cristobal Hermitage.
He was teacher of Composition and Analysis of the Defense School Group and nowadays,
he is Teacher of the Composition Department at the Royal High Conservatory of Madrid.
With an extensive catalogue, including more than 170 works of all genres, Manuel Seco de
Arpe sets apart due to his aesthetic contribution to ‘post-vanguardism’, based on an eclectic and
polistylistic approach with a high expressive content, and at the same time, with a strong serious structure.
"The result of leaving my work 'Instant' in the hands of the Novus Promúsica team has been splendid. Both the work and I have received more attention than one would expect. I congratulate myself and the Novus Promusica team for showing me their professional and human competence."
Jose BuenaguNOVUS ARTIST - COMPOSER
"It was Manuel Ruiz del Corral, Founder and Artistic Director of Novus Promusica who introduced me to the technical and artistic possibilities of his project. Immediately, I met Irene Cantos, who is part of the project and, besides, she is a very remarkable talented pianist. She recorded two of my works and the result achieved seems to me of great beauty and quality. I think I will discover even more aspects of the excellence of Novus Promusica."
Miguel BustamanteNOVUS ARTIST - COMPOSER
"My experience with Novus Promúsica speaks of quality and respect, with production methods that facilitate and bring the recording process closer, open to suggestions and flexible in terms of the final sound result. Irene Cantos understands and breathes music deeply, with a clean sound that reveals every detail of the musical message that I wanted to convey in my pieces, making these musical miniatures great."
Ana Vazquez SilvaNOVUS ARTIST - COMPOSER
"Recording with Novus Promusica label was a real pleasure since the team is made up of professional musicians, which facilitates the relationship and communication with the performer. The recording was done in a natural and organic way thanks to the fact that they perfectly intuited the musical ideas that I wanted to carry out as well as the type of sound that I was looking for in the recording. Without a doubt, it was a very pleasant and comforting experience."
Andres NavarroNOVUS ARTIST - PIANIST
"It has been a great and surprising experience to record with you for the simplicity and speed of the procedure with the upright piano. The quality and attention received are of the highest quality with wonderful generosity, availability and respect, as well as great professionalism. I am excited to see the result for the development possibilities not only as a pianist, but as president of my Fundación El Sonido y El Tiempo Internacional, for our didactic and concert activities with young pianists and also with great artists in our international cultural exchanges."
Daniel GoldsteinNOVUS ARTIST - PIANIST
"Working with the Novus ProMusica team has been a great pleasure; from the wonderful artistic
interpretation through the highly collaborative, efficient and timely process of refinement and
mastering. They have been great partners in bringing my musical vision to life"
"The innovative procedure, the quality of the results and the attention received was what amazed me the most. The Novus team is really professional and caring. They respond quickly to all the needs that arise in the process. Another country and another continent, time change is not an obstacle for an effective collaboration with them (I recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina)"
"A fantastic artistic journey with NOVUS Promusica. Innovation, professionalism, and support for young talents. A wonderful initiative with several very interesting ingredients: the artistic quality, youth, the uniqueness of the proposals, and a suitable balance between established and experimental new music... all seasoned with great doses of human quality. One of my first creations as a composer has brought us together, and I have no words to express the magnificent result achieved by pianist Noemí Teruel. She demonstrates an absolute mastery of the pieces, imprinting each one with the personality and expressiveness of the music itself, with absolute clarity. A powerful and brilliant performance that transports me to the moment of its creation."
"Recording with Novus Promusica has been a fantastic artistic experience. From my personal point of view, one of the most important aspects I have appreciated during the recording process is the fact that I felt completely free in the creative process. I had the time and space to experiment, choose, and decide down to the tiniest detail, always advised and wonderfully accompanied by my producers, Manuel Ruiz del Corral and Irene Cantos Pérez."