Frank Marshall, Barcelona (SPAIN)
Marcel Ciampi, Paris (FRANCE)
LANGUAGES: Spanish, French, English, Catalan
Born in Barcelona, showing his musical talent already at an early age. He gave his first concert at the age of six. The great teacher Frank Marshall, who assisted the concert, became responsible from then onwards for his further pianistic formation, transferring to him in the course of the following years the legacy of the Catalan school of piano dating back to Joaquim Malats, Ricard Viñes and Albéniz, as well as Granados and Frank Marshall himself. He later continued his studies in Paris under the guidance of Marcel Ciampi.
His exposure as a soloist of the orchestras of Bilbao and Barcelona in 1957 as well as obtaining several international awards (Rio de Janeiro, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Vianna da Motta of Lisboa, etc...) have placed him in the forefront of today's pianists of his generation.
His career has developed as a soloist and interpreter of chamber music in Europe, America and Japan; as a soloist of important orchestras interpreting a great number of concerts from Bach to the contemporanies, including Beethoven, Chopin, Franck, Schumann, Ravel, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Prokofiev, Bartok, etc., and he has been directed by Janos Sandor, Peter Maag, Ros-Marbà, Ronald Zolmann, Walter Weller, Gary Bertini, Christopher Hogwood, etc...
Furthermore his prolonged dedication to chamber music has allowed him to cover all the trios, quartets and quintets for piano by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, as well as other works by Dvoräk, Ravel, Shostakovich, Messiaen, Guinjoan, J.L. Turina, Casablancas, Brotons, Joaquin Turina, etc., collaborating with soloists such as Ludwig Streicher, Gonçal Comellas, Agustïn León-Ara, Michel Léthiec, Ashan Pillai and string quartets like Quartetto Stradivari, the Rafael Quartet, Lindsay Quartet, etc.
His discography includes the concerts for piano and orchestra by Luis de Pablo, Robert Gerhard, several volumes dedicated to Deodat de Séverac (Columna Música), Joaquin Nin-Culmell (Anacrusi), Frederic Mompou (EMI), chamber music, as a member of the Trio de Barcelona, Beethoven's Triple Concerto and the Mendelssohn and Dvorák Trios (Harmonia Mundi). He has also recently recorded a CD of the sonates for violin and piano by Pau Casals and Gaspar Cassadó in collaboration with Agustin León Ara (Columna Música) and the Sonatas for violin and piano, viola and piano, and violoncello and piano by Lluis Benejam (ASV), as well as re-edited the works by Frederic Mompou (EMI), The Suite Iberia and La Vega by Isaac Albéniz (Columna Música) and works by Mompou (Columna Música), that includes Variations on a Theme of Chopin, a piece that he premiered in Madrid in 1964. Among his recent recordings, special mention should be made to Goyescas by Enrique Granados (Columna Música).
He had held profesorship in the Masters program of performance at the University of A Coruña. He is professor at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona and Director of L'Escola de Música de Barcelona. He gives masterclasses in many different countries. Recently, he has been invited by Sidney University for teaching, as well as to perform several recitals in Australia, offering differents programs, including Spanish composers like Granados, Mompou, Albéniz and Falla. He has published a revised edition of the Suite Iberia of Isaac Albéniz, and he has been awarded the Albéniz Medal, bestowed by the Town Hall of Camprodon, for his contribution to the difussion of this great composer's music.