Trained at the Conservatory of Bilbao, Gorka Benítez honed his skills as a saxophonist through a scholarship at the Harbor Performing Arts Centre and the Mannes School of Music in New York.
He holds a degree in Intermediate Flute, a Bachelor’s degree in the specialty of Jazz Saxophone and Modern Music Performance (ESMUC), and a Higher Diploma from INCANOP.


He has toured Japan with the Flamenco Company of Shoji Kojima and also performed with various artists and groups such as David Mengual Mosaic Trio, José Reinoso & Repic, Emilio Solla & Afins, Arthur Kell, Steve Cardenas, Aikiko Pavolka, Guillermo Klein & Els Guachos, Martirio, Omara Portuondo, or with the Gorka Benítez Quartet "Bilbao," representing the Basque Country at the MIDEM in Cannes in 2008.

In 2002, he founded Simbiotiz-Art and has performed at prestigious festivals and events, including those in Menorca, Barcelona (with the Joe Smith Melodic Workshop), Greece (thanks to the Cervantes Institute), Pirineus Jazz, Grec (with Paco Ibáñez), Donostia-San Sebastián, Belgium, Sueva, Bucharest, Munich, and Genoa.


Gorka Benítez has released 8 CDs as a leader and has participated in over 70 recordings as a collaborator. He has also worked as a composer for films by Carles Bosch and José Luis Guerin.


He has received numerous awards from the Associació de Músics de Jazz i Música Moderna de Catalunya: Best Wind Soloist, Best Group, and Best Album (1997), Best Soloist and Best Group (1998); he continued to receive awards in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2005, years in which he also won the Best Jazz Album award from Enderrock magazine.


Gorka Benítez is a contemporary jazz saxophonist and a Modern Music flute performer. He has shared the stage and recordings with top-level international musicians.