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2019 Master Series: Pianist Josu de Solaun (Spain)


"De Solaun lets expression lead at all times, no matter how intense the virtuosity. There’s a bouncy vitality to his playing, a warm and intimate approach to phrasing and a beautifully mellow tone." BBC Music Magazine De Solaun is a winner of the First Prize at the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition, the First Prize at the I European Union Piano Competition held in Prague, and the First Grand Prize at the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition. He is the first and only pianist from Spain to have ever been awarded the coveted prizes in the more than 30 and 50 years of their existence. Solaun is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, from which he holds a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctorate in Musical Arts. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. Program :Janacek In the Mists, Schuman Davidsbündlertanze, Op. 6, Liszt Mephisto Waltz Nr. 1, S. 514,Brahms Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119, Enescu Pavane, Op. 10 Nr. 3, Liszt Les Jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este, Chopin Impromptu Op. 36 Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op. 61, Enescu Burlesque, Op. 18 Nr. 4, Choral, Op. 18 Nr. 6, Carillon-Nocturne, Op. 18 No. 7 Nova Alvin Sherman Library Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery, 2nd floor