Spanish Composer Anton Garcia Abril Wins Gold Medal

Fernando Fernan Gomez, Manuel Gutierrez Aragon and Rosa Maria Sarda are previous winners of the award.

MADRID — Spanish composer Anton Garcia Abril, 81, has won this year’s Gold Medal, awarded annually by the Spanish Film Academy. Garcia Abril will receive the award in a gala ceremony in October.

“I’m very happy about this prize,” Garcia Abril said. “As long as I’m physically able, I will keep working. It’s hard for me to choose one musical style over another because I’ve always tried to give my all in each one.”

Garcia Abril — who worked with Spanish directors Mario Camus, Pilar Miro and Antonio Isasi, among others — is presently working on a project for the Granada Film Festival that includes seven songs and will be made public in September.