Josu De Solaun

piano
biography
As a First Prize winner of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest (won by legendary pianists such as Radu Lupu, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and Dmitri Alexeev), 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 Bucharest (Romanian Athenaeum), Saint Petersburg (Mariinsky Theatre), Washington, DC (Kennedy Center), New York (Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera), Princeton (Taplin Hall), London (Southbank Centre), Paris (Salle Cortot), Leipzig (Schumann Haus), Taipei (Novel Hall), MexicoCity (Sala Silvestre Revueltas), Prague (Nostitz Palace), Rome (Academia deEspaña), Menton (Festival International de Musique), and all major cities of Spain.
           Beginning at a young age, he has performed in France, Georgia, Itay, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Japan, China, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands, Mexico, Chile, and Switzerland as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist, playing under conductors such as Justus Frantz, Francesco Angelico, Yaron Traub, Max Bragado, Paul Daniel, Ryan Haskins, Theodore Kuchar, Constantine Orbelian, Ramón Tébar, Yuri Krasnapolsky, Ormsby Wilkins, Alexis Soriano, Francisco Valero, and Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, among others, as well with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, George Enescu Philharmonic of Bucharest, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Monterey Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Valencia Philharmonic Orchestra, Spain's Radio and Television Orchestra (RTVE), American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, and Bari Philharmonic Orchestra of Italy.
          His performances have been broadcast on Spanish national radio, Romanian National Radio and Television, Taiwanese National TV, Czech National TV, as well as on New York's WQXR, Princeton's WPRB, and Chicago's WFMT.
          Highlights of recent seasons include performances as soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, at the Mariinsky Theatre, performing both Copland's Piano Concerto and De Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain, performances as soloist with New York's American Ballet Theatre Orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera playing Britten's Diversions for piano and orchestra, a tour of Spain with the Basque National Orchestra playing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, performances of the rarely heard Martucci Second Piano Concerto in Spain, Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto in Lviv, Ukraine, Stravinsky's Les Noces at the Virginia Arts Festival, the Hummel A-Minor piano concerto in Santiago de Compostela, Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain in the Tiles Center of New York, Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, a solo recital in Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in Mexico City's UNAM, and his conducting debut in Spain, conducting a Mozart program with the Joven Orquesta de Malaga.
        Future engagements include a cycle of 11 recitals covering Robert Schumann's complete piano music at New York's Klavierhaus Recital Hall, solo recitals and concercti performances in Romania, a participation in the Ravello Festival in Italy, solo recital in Auditorio Ciudad de Leon in Spain, chamber music performances in Malaga at the Malaga Clasica Festival , chamber music performances at the Virginia Arts Festival, a recording of violin and piano works by Catalan composer Jordi Cervello, Rachmaninv's First Piano Concerto with the Orquesta de Valencia in Spain, Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra of New York at the Tiles Center, recitals at the Roerich Museum in New York, Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, and Hartford's Schubert Club. Also, in 2015, the NAXOS label will release his recording of Stravinsky's Les Noces under JoAnn Falletta and members of the Virginia Symphony and Chorus, and in 2016, NAXOS will release a 3-CD Box Set with the complete piano works of George Enescu.
       Josu De Solaun is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where his two main teachers were pianists Nina Svetlanova and Horacio Gutierrez.

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