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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.



Picture: ALBÉNIZ, Isaac

Camprodón, 1860 - Cambo-les-Bains, 1909. Born in Camprodon, province of Girona, to Ángel Albéniz (a customs official) and his wife Dolors Pascual, Albéniz was a child prodigy who first performed at the age of four. At age seven, after apparently taking lessons from Antoine Marmontel, he passed the entrance examination for piano at the Paris Conservatoire, but he was refused admission because he was believed to be too young. His concert career began at the young age of nine when his father toured both Isaac and his sister, Clementina, throughout northern Spain. By the time he had reached 12, he had made many attempts to run away from home. At the age of 12 he stowed away in a ship bound for Buenos Aires. He then made his way via Cuba to the United States, giving concerts in New York and San Francisco and then travelled to Liverpool, London and Leipzig. By age 15, he had already given concerts worldwide. After a short stay at the Leipzig Conservatory, in 1876 he went to study in Brussels. In 1880, he went to Budapest to study with Franz Liszt, only to find out that Liszt was in Weimar, Germany. In 1883, he met the teacher and composer Felip Pedrell, who inspired him to write Spanish music such as the Chants d'Espagne. The first movement (Prelude) of that suite, later retitled after the composer's death as Asturias (Leyenda), is probably most famous today as part of the classical guitar repertoire, even though it was originally composed for piano and only later transcribed. (Many of Albéniz's other compositions were also transcribed for guitar, notably by Francisco Tárrega — Albéniz once declared that he preferred Tárrega's guitar transcriptions to his original piano works). At the 1888 Universal Exposition in Barcelona, the piano manufacturer Erard sponsored a series of 20 concerts featuring Albéniz's music. The apex of his concert career is considered to be 1889 to 1892 when he had concert tours throughout Europe. During the 1890s Albéniz lived in London and Paris. For London he wrote some musical comedies which brought him to the attention of the wealthy Francis Money-Coutts, 5th Baron Latymer. Money-Coutts commissioned and provided him with librettos for the opera Henry Clifford and for a projected trilogy of Arthurian operas. The first of these, Merlin (1898–1902) was thought to have been lost, but has recently been reconstructed and successfully performed; Albéniz never completed Lancelot (only the first act is finished, as a vocal and piano score), and he never began Guinevere, the final part. In 1900 he started to suffer from Bright's disease and returned to writing piano music. Between 1905 and 1908 he composed his final masterpiece, Iberia (1908), a suite of twelve piano "impressions". In 1883, the composer married his student Rosina Jordana. They had three children, Blanca (who died in 1886), Laura (a painter), and Alfonso (who played for Real Madrid in the early 1900s before embarking on a career as a diplomat). Two other children died in infancy. Albéniz died on 18 May 1909 at age 48 in Cambo-les-Bains of Bright's disease, and is buried in the Cementiri del Sudoest at Monjuïc, Barcelona.


  • ALBÉNIZ | Soriano < Piano

    Iberia para piano solo T 105


    CLASS 2361: [O.V.: Spanish] [Tras: English ]


    Melodía acompañada, Formas de ataque - 1' 24''
    Carácter, Libertad o rigor métricos - 1' 40''
    Dinámica, Carácter - 1' 42''
    Claridad de ejecución, Carácter - 1' 58''





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