The soprano, composer and orchestral conductor Pilar Jurado, new president of the Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE)
The composer and lyricist replaces the musician José Ángel Hevia, who has not passed the motion of censure

Jurado has advocated "dialogue with institutions, both in Spain and in Europe and Latin America," as well as "transparency in the institution’s management and the recovery of its prestige"
She becomes the first female Executive President of the SGAE

The SGAE Board of Directors has agreed the appointment of the soprano, composer and orchestral conductor Pilar Jurado as President of the Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE), at an extraordinary meeting held today. The symphonic composer replaces the Asturian musician José Ángel Hevia, who has not passed the  motion of censure (22 votes in favour of the motion, 12 against and one blank).

The result of the vote has been 17 in favour of Pilar Jurado, 12 in support of the playwright and screenwriter Antonio Onneti, and one blank.

The new SGAE President has called for “dialogue with institutions, both in Spain and in Europe and Latin America,” as well as for “transparency in the institution’s management and the recovery of its prestige”.

Pilar Jurado becomes the first female Executive President of the SGAE and is the 42nd president of the institution.  She is the first woman to premiere her own opera (La página en blanco) (The Blank Page) at Madrid’s Teatro Real and is a member of the SGAE Board of Directors as a representative of literary, dramatic, musical drama, choreographic and pantomimic works. Until now, she held the position of institutional director of Performing Arts of the SGAE Foundation.

Jurado is one of the most unique and recognized figures of European classical music. A composer, singer and conductor, she has performed as a soprano with the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Spain, the Strasbourg Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Orchestra Oper Berlin, the RTVE Symphonic Orchestra and Choir, Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, Symphony Orchestra of Castilla y León, Symphonic Orchestra of Barcelona and National of Catalonia, Symphonic Orchestra of Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, ​​Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Limoges Baroque Orchestra, Avignon Opera Orchestra, Portuguese National Symphony Orchestra, Greek Television Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, under the direction of G. Sinopoli, J. Levine, R. Frübeck de Burgos, A. Tamayo, G. Noseda, E. García Asensio, A. Ros Marbá, J.R. Encinar, Pedro Halffter, Beat Furrer, Kuame Ryan, L. Pfaff, E.P. Salonen and M. Schøntwandt, amongst others. As a composer she has premiered more than 100 works and has received commissions from the most important institutions and international festivals.

Amongst other important awards, she has received the Community of Madrid Culture Award, the Spanish National Radio Critical Eye Award, the Meninas Prize awarded by the Prime Minister of Spain, the Puente Iberoamérica Award, Woman Who Makes a Difference of the International Women's Forum (San Francisco), Queen Sofia Ibero-American Composition Award and 1st. SGAE Composition Award, among others. Beyond the field of musical, Forbes magazine has named her as one of the 20 most influential women in Spain.