Born in Iznatoraf, a small village in the south of Spain, José González joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 2010 and holds the position of Principal Clarinet. He began studying the clarinet at the age of eight. Both his father and grandfather are band directors. Mr. Gonzalez received his Bachelor Degree from Granada Superior Conservatory (Spain) and G. Verdi Conservatory (Italy). In 2007, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California and The Colburn School of Music to study with renowned clarinet teacher Yehuda Gilad.
Mr. Gonzalez has won numerous competitions and awards, including Grand Prize for exceptional talent and musicianship in the Pasadena Instrumental Competition (2009), First Prize in the Burbank Philharmonic Concerto Competition (2009), Second Place in the Downey Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (2009) and Second Prize in the Pasadena Instrumental Competition (2008).
Mr. Gonzelez was Principal Clarinet of the Andalucia Philharmonic Orchestra (Spain) from 2005-2007. He has also performed as Principal Clarinet with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (Norway), Odense Symfoniorkester (Denmark), Young Musician Foundation Debut Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra (Spain), City of Granada Orchestra (Spain), Orchestre des Jeunes de la Mediterranee (France), and the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (Luxemburg).
Mr. González enjoys composing music for concert band and wind ensemble. He won Second Prize in the Ville de Comines-Warneton composition competition in Belgium, and some of his works have been published in Spain and Italy.