Michael comes from a Belgian-English family with a musical background. He began playing the piano and the violin at a very young age, and at only eleven years old, he founded one of the most prestigious chamber music groups in the world, the Brodsky Quartet, with which he performed concerts all over the globe for over 25 years. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) with Yossi Zivoni and at the Mozarteum (Salzburg) with Sandor Vega.
Giraldez studied with professors from the Banda Municipal such as Vicente Micó at the Superior Conservatory of Seville. He earned an advanced degree as Professor of Oboe and graduated with honours (GPA Honors and an honourable Mention at graduation) [Premio Fin de Grado Medio y Mención de Honor Fin de Carrera] with Carlos Baena. Later, Jacobo honed his craft at OJA, JONDE, the Academy of Contemporary Music in Madrid and the Barenmoim-Saïd Center for Orchestral Studies, and currently with professors such as Thomas Indermühle.
José Manuel was trained in Europe and the United States, was a member of the Honors Division at his University (Indiana University), has won Prizes at several International Competitions such as the Mozart 250th Anniversary Prize in 2006, and has debuted at concert halls such as the “Chopin” in Warsaw, Mesikverain in Vienna, Auer Hall and Ford-Crawford Hall (USA). He currently resides in Spain.