Ruben Dario Salazar Gallego

1961 -

Ruben Dario Salazar, born in Colombia, South America, moved to the United States at the age of 25. He completed bachelor's and master's degrees in music at James Madison University in Harrison, Virginia, and then continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he earned a D.M.A. in composition.

In 1998 Salazar moved to Japan, married, and opened a private school in Wakkanai City, where he taught English, Spanish, and violin. Presently, he works for the Sarufutsu Village Board of Education, dividing his time between teaching English and composing music.

Salazar’s music has been performed by ensembles and soloists in Japan, the U.S., and Colombia. He also arranged several Christian songs originally written by his father, Jose Salazar, two of which are included in 99 New Songs, a song book edited by Evelyn Pursely-Kopitzke and published in 2003.


Source: biography in 99 New Songs, 2003.

Music by Ruben Dario Salazar Gallego

A Partial listing

Three Pieces String Quartet

Duo (3 min) Violin and Cello

"Grafico De La Petenera" (After Federico Garcia Lorca) (12 min.) Soprano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Cello, Harp and Percussion

Passacaglia (8 min.) Chamber Orchestra

Dos Canciones De Amor (After Pablo Neruda) (11 min.) String Quartet with Tenor

Woodwind Quartet (four movements) (9 min.)

Three Pieces "De Profundis" (8 min.) Clarinet and Piano

De Profundis II (11 min.) Viola and Piano

Variations (12 min.) Orchestra

Soliloquy I (12 min.) Solo Cello

Soliloquy II (three movements) (8 min.) Solo Bassoon

Soliloquy III (7 min.) Solo Guitar

Soliloquy IV (5 min.) Solo Oboe

Soliloquy V (8 min.)Solo Clarinet

Tryptich (8 min.) Flute, Clarinet, Cello & Harpsichord

Miniaturas (10 min.) Solo Guitar

The Cat and The Rat (a musical play for children) (16 min.) Children’s Voices, Percussion and Piano

Pregon (after Jose Amadeo Salazar) (20 min.) Voice and Piano

Contrastes (8 min.) Trombone and Marimba

Midaregami: Book I (after Akiko Yosano) (16 min.) Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Viola, Harp and Percussion

Midaregami: Book II (after Akiko Yosano) (18 min.) Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Viola, Harp and Percussion

Meditacion (4 min.) Organ

A Trumpet Call: "Is There Anybody Out There?" Wind Symphony

Saxofonia (6 min.) Saxophone Quartet

Alabemos Con Cantos” (after Jose Amadeo Salazar) (14 min.) Voice and Piano

Moon Reflecting Over a Limpid Sea Violin and Cello

Ricercare Violin, Marimba and Bass Clarinet

Two Songs (after Kozue Mizusu) Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Viola, Harp and Percussion

                        Me, a Songbird and a Bell”

                        “A Song I Forgot”

Brassofonia (7 min.) Two Trumpets and two Trombones

To Swing Or Not To Swing (7 min.) Jazz Band