On 28 January 1901 he gave his first public concert with the Philharmonic Society of Bilbao. At the age of 18 he enrolled in the Schola Cantorum in Paris, studying organ with Abel Decaux, composition with Auguste Sérieyx, and fugue and counterpoint with Vincent d'Indy. There he met composer Jose Maria Usandizaga with whom he developed a deep friendship. Guridi studied in Brussels with Joseph Jongen and in Cologne with Otto Neitzel, following the recommendations of Resurrección Maria de Azcue. In June 1912, he was appointed director of the Choral Society of Bilbao. In 1922 he married Julia Ispizua. The couple had six children.
In 1944 he began working at the Madrid Conservatory where, years later, he became director. He died suddenly on 7 April 1961 at the age of 74 in his home on Sagasta Street in Madrid. While strongly influenced by Richard Wagner and other late-Romantic musicians, he found inspiration in the roots of Basque folklore. Guridi produced copiously in a huge range of genres- chamber music, vocal and choral compositions, orchestral works, religious pieces for the organ, operas and operettas. Read more on Last.fm.
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