WHO I AM

Georgina is 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 from 1996 to 2016.

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. This has been my true reward as my published books and Cds (about 30 titles so far) never provided the necessary funds for my activity. TODAY I can’t  afford to go on anymore. I have actually been an entrepreneur Transmedia author for many years without knowing it. That made me skillful in many senses though I am sorry I wasn’t able to properly finance 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)

00 La habitación de mi hijo

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 there like in a garden…

Santa Bárbara, Ezcaray. 1999. Foto J.M. Gimferrer copia

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…

03 Cancionero de Mirlo Sabio original de G.G.-Mauriño

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…

2000, AÑO III-Atelier opéra Georgina G.-Mauriño

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…

05 1999 Canción de Sansón-G.G-Mauriño

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)…

06 años SONY 2000-2004

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!

08 2006 Bibliotecas, Librerías y Colegios

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.

07 -Inspiring 2004-2007

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 CuO-WEB

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…

2005- 2006 primera ediciones en Barcelona

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!

2006-2012 Concurso CuO

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.

2006-2008 Editorial CuO

2008-2010. In December 2007 I moved to Madrid where I decided to register my publishing seal and start growing the catalogue 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.

2008 2010 CuO-Ciudadela en la Feria del Libro

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!

feliz Navidad con Joaquín Rodrigo

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 honoured to present my work with Maestro Rodrigo’s daughter and granddaughter in several showcase-concerts where I was the narrator.

Cursos y guines pedagógicos

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.

Junto al ìano en La Favorita

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!

FNJR Conde Duque-autora

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.

Pas de Deux-presentación

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.

Música en Casa

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…

2016

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.

Of course many personal matters are strongly related to these “highlights”, 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 some day.

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