A Spanish author with a calling to share the best music of all time
with audiences of all ages.
Here is Georgina’s 3-minute video résumé up to 2017.
I AM A WRITER, ILLUSTRATOR, AND EDUCATOR willing to enlighten your life with the best music of all time. Music has helped me all along my life, and since I was a teenager I felt the need of sharing the powerful experience of listening to classical music. To know about my education & academics you can see my LinkedIn profile, but here allow me to introduce myself in a more personal way.
SINCE 1996 I’ve walked the fulfilling path of my mission and I have reached thousands of children in Spain and many other Spanish speaking countries. More than 30 titles of mine were published and I have been an entrepreneur Transmedia author for many years without even knowing it. That made me skillful in many senses though I am sorry I wasn’t able to properly finance most of my projects.
IN THIS BIO I feel happy to bring the highlights of my life as an author. They are still inspiring to me today to face new challenges, to find new ways…
GEORGINA’S AUTHOR ALBUM (1996-2016)
I was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1962. In 1996 I started telling my own stories to my son Manuel in this first room of his. I had painted the walls to feel like in a garden…
1998, Ezcaray – La Rioja (Spain). Here I am telling my son the first series of stories I wrote, “Once upon a time…” We had just met our friend Mirlo who helped me find my way to write my tales…
By 1999 I had already written and illustrated my first operas as tales, which Manuel could enjoy in the homely format you can see in this photo…
In 1999, as Manuel was starting at school and I was invited to tell my stories there, at the Lycée Français. These are the letters from some of the participants in one of my most successful workshops. I enjoyed so much sharing with other children my operas as tales! Then I realized I had to try to publish them…
That year 1999 couldn’t end better, with two illustrations of mine for “Samson et Dalila” published in the Program booklet of Teatro Real (in Madrid)…
2000-2004, my “SONY years”. After insistently looking for a publisher, and when I was starting thinking of self-publishing some titles for my workshops, I got a wonderful offer from Sony Classical Spain. For two years, I worked in new titles to complete a collection of 18 CDs… There were also an Italian edition and a Mexican one. There were interviews and reviews in Televisions and Radio stations… Those were crazy times!
2000-2007, Teacher and Educator. The Sony edition led naturally to many activities in libraries, schools and bookshops. I enjoyed a lot telling my stories, playing in several workshops and offering talks for teachers.
But those years, until 2007, were also full of really important personal experiences with my father, my son and his friends… and my singing lessons. Those were actually inspiring years for new writings to come…
2005, after Sony Classical Spain dropped “Cuéntame una Ópera”, despite its international success I decided I couldn’t let down all those followers interested in discovering opera through my tales and I launched the web http://www.cuentameunaopera.com with the support of Naxos Deutschland GmbH. There I could share my tales and also games, education tools and I had the chance of interviewing some great artists like Teresa Berganza, Maestro Noseda…
In 2006 I was still in Barcelona and I started selling my first self-published Cd-books in my web. This brings me the memories of getting crazy as I had to design and edit everything on my own. I became friends with QuarkXpress after more than one nervous breakdown… and by the way I also learned how to edit music!
In 2006, I started an online contest “Concurso CUÉNTAME UNA ÓPERA” proposing to primary school children the illustration of an opera. The contest took place for seven years in a row. I recall those times when I received hundreds of wonderful drawings from different schools and the moving gratefulness of the teachers. I was really sad to give up, but I had to take care of everything on my own, and I wasn’t able to go on with all the workload as well as financing all the organization.
2008-2010. In December 2007 I moved to Madrid where I decided to register my publishing seal and start growing the catalog of my humble self-published editions. Now I realize in about two years I designed, edited and published 9 new titles and a game with their Cds. I also published several articles and educational pages in specialized magazines such as Música y Educación and BRIOClásica… This time my husband was by my side working with me as manager of our new business project MIRLOideas.
2010-2014. As we were looking for a distributor for our little seal, a publisher in Madrid, Ciudadela Libros, offered me an interesting project for my collection Cuéntame una Ópera. I worked in the new edition for three years, launching 9 titles as books+Cds and was welcome at the International “Feria del Libro de Madrid” every time. It was such a wonderful experience to meet my young readers, teachers, librarians!
For Christmas 2011, “Feliz Navidad con… Merry Christmas with… Joaquín Rodrigo”, a very special book+Cd, was published by Victoria & Joaquín Rodrigo Foundation. It was a family project and I was honored to present my work with Maestro Rodrigo’s daughter and granddaughter in several showcase-concerts where I was the narrator.
2011-2012 was also the year for two wonderful courses for Primary School Teachers and for Animators at the official schools of Madrid. It was also time to contribute to a stage production of Saint-Saëns “Carnival of the Animals” with a pedagogical script. I also remember I recorded a video-conference for Museo Thyssen Congress of Museums and Education.
2013 & 2014. I helped my son in the management of a series of charity concerts to collect donations for soup kitchens in Madrid. We offered 8 concerts in two seasons… Here are some pictures of the first season, where I was the presenter. I had to bring here these wonderful moments, so enriching in so many ways!
Christmas 2013. “Merry Christmas with Joaquín Rodrigo” was premiered as a family musical play at Conde Duque Theater in Madrid. In the middle of the season celebrations, the intimacy of the story along with the sensible music of Maestro Rodrigo deserved a surprising success and I felt really moved when I was called on stage.
2014 was a year full of contrasts. Personally, it was a hard year: I had to sell my apartment in Barcelona and find a new home in Madrid. Considering Manuel was starting College, I decided to look for a place suitable to host House Concerts, workshops, storytelling… and this is where I settled down. In January 2015 I presented my first House Concert, while I was launching many other activities.
2015 was the year I started Música en Casa in my living-room. I lead 7 workshops for families and hosted 3 House Concerts, and I opened the doors of my house twice to present my programs… Unfortunately, my project in the living-room didn’t work and in Fall I had to stop all the programs for the next year. Nevertheless…
I didn’t bring here the unfinished projects and some failures and disappointments I experienced as an author. Let’s face it, my calling is not so easy to follow on my own and I never found the proper partner. But thank the Internet I am fairly optimistic. Since 2010 I have been managing my Facebook profile and page and I also learned video-editing, online teaching…
2016 was an intense year. I improved my editing skills -publishing 3 books, an online course, a few videos, etc.- and I took my time to learn how to face the next steps for my Transmedia project. These led me to start my new page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georginamaurino/ and also to set up my YouTube page in a much way I think can be more useful to my followers. Here you have one of the videos I uploaded in January 2017. You can have in 3 minutes an overview of my work during these past 20 years.
In 2017, I started a transition time. I still published a book “Cancionero de Mirlo”, but I actually tried to focus on finishing the world and story of the transmedia I have been working on for a few years now. You can find out more about it on this webpage under Max in Family.
2018 was the actual turning point for me as a writer and illustrator.
I had to face the challenges of giving up some customs and embracing new technologies.
2019 was the year I took to focus on learning to better to see if I could find a solution for authors on the blockchain. As an author myself I started by reflection on my own experiences throughout the years, I also studied what was being done… I worked on an idea of DApp and I met quite a few communities of developers in Madrid.
I was looking to build my ‘solution’ on Blockstack, a unique ecosystem committed to defend the fundamental rights of users. I Joined the community in July and did quite a job as Blockstack Ambassador in Madrid… It was especially engaging to meet all those engineers and developers committed to fix the problems of the present Internet. Knowing about surveillance and behavior manipulation by the technological giants became a real concern for me as an educator. The year ended with promising news for my project of DApp as well as for my activity as Blockstack Ambassador bringing awareness on tFundamental rights and the need to switch to use the new DApps to build a more respectful web3.
Blockstack Ambassador at Open Source Weekend. Madrid , Oct. 2019
Of course, many personal matters are strongly related to the “highlights” in this special auto-bio, and many were the source of projects which were never published… I actually managed to write and illustrate many other stories along the way that I hope to be able to share someday.
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