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Soriano, Joaquín

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León (Spain), 1941. Joaquin Soriano, one of the most celebrated pianists Spain has produced, came into the limelight when he was still young. He studied with Magenti in Valencia, Perlemuter and Henelin in Paris, and Brendel in Vienna. He first won the grand prize in Vercelli in 1959 and won more grand prizes in Jaen, Naples, Casella, and Pozzoli. His technically polished performance at the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw eventually became his first album record. Gradually, he expanded his passionate performance activities to other Continents as a solo pianist. He played with various prestigious orchestras such as Spain National Symphony, Spain Radio-Television Symphony, France National Symphony, RAI, Halle Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra (with which he played Falla and Turina for CD recordings), Koln Gurzenich, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Orchestra, Israel National Symphony, Mexico National Symphony and Brazil Symphony. He also played in Dallas and Buenos Aires as well as at the Granada Music Festival. He made highly acclaimed tours in the United States, Japan, and the former Soviet Union (1980). In addition, his solo performances were recorded by BBC for TV and radio broadcasts in Europe and the United States. As a professor, he taught at Juilliard School, Menendez Pelayo University (in Santander), in Tokyo as well as Madrid Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music. As the chairman of the jury, he has served in the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, and the Van Cliburn Competition, along with other various competitions held in Iturbi, Santander, Leeds, Dublin, and at Paris Conservatoire de Musique. His CD albums cover Soirees de Vienne by Schubert and Liszt, Iberia by Albeniz, Homage by Vines, Piano Trio by Turina (recorded with Trio de Madrid) as well as pieces by Falla, Mompou, Chopin, Schumann and Rachmaninov. He is currently working on recordings of Mozart chamber music with Telos Academy in Koln. He is also re-recording Noches en los jardines de Espana with Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and ONE for a newer version of a CD. Joaquin Soriano is a member of San Fernando Academy in Madrid.

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