Josu de Solaun

A recipient of the first prizes at both the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition and the I European Union Piano Competition held in Prague, Spanish pianist Josu De Solaun has been invited to perform in distinguished concert series throughout the world, having made notable appearances in Washington (Kennedy Center), New York (Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera), Chicago (Chicago Cultural Center), Princeton (Taplin Hall), London (Southbank Centre), Paris (Salle Cortot), Leipzig (Schumann-Haus), Taipei (Novel Hall), Mexico City (Sala Silvestre Revueltas), Prague (Nostitz Palace), Rome (Accademia di Spagna), Menton (Festival International de Musique) and every major city in Spain.

Beginning at a young age, he has performed in Canada, Germany, Japan, China, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands, Chile and Switzerland as a recitalist, chamber musician and concert soloist, appearing under such conductors as Francesco Angelico, Yaron Traub, Max Bragado-Darman, Paul Daniel, Ryan Haskins, Theodore Kuchar, Constantine Orbelian, Ramón Tebar, Yuri Krasnapolsky, Ormsby Wilkins, Alexis Soriano, Francisco Valero-Terribas and Andrés and Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez among others, as well as with orchestras including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, the Monterey Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Radio Orchestra, the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, the Valencia Philharmonic Orchestra, Spain’s Radio and Television Orchestra (RTVE), the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine and the Orchestra Filarmonica of Bari in Italy. His performances have been broadcast on Spanish national radio, Taiwanese National TV, Ukrainian National TV and Czech National TV, as well as on New York’s WQXR, Princeton’s WPRB, and Chicago’s WFMT.

Highlights of recent seasons include performances of Britten’s Diversions for Piano and Orchestra at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, a tour of Spain with the Basque National Orchestra, performances of the rarely heard Martucci Second Piano Concerto in Spain, Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto in Lviv, Stravinsky’s Les Noces at the Virginia Arts Festival, the Hummel A Minor Concerto in Santiago de Compostela, Manuel de Falla’s Noches en los jardines de España at the Tilles Center of New York, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and a solo recital as part of Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts as well as appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Mexico City’s UNAM in addition to his conducting debut in Spain with the Joven Orquesta de Málaga in a Mozart programme.

Future engagements include solo recitals in Tbilisi, Madrid, Málaga, Stamford, Leipzig’s Schumann Haus, New York’s Roerich Museum, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, chamber music performances at the Virginia Arts Festival (featuring a recording of Stravinsky’s Les Noces under JoAnn Falletta for the NAXOS label) and a CD release with works by Schumann for MELOS RECORDS.

A native of Valencia in Spain, he is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, from which he received his BA, MA and Doctorate of Musical Arts and where his principal teachers were Nina Svetlanova (former wife of Evgeny Svetlanov and pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus) and Horacio Gutiérrez (2nd prize winner at the 1970 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and pupil of Sergei Tarnowsky).

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