Albert Attenelle



Spanish pianist. Professor of Barcelona High Conservatory of Music “Liceu”

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Spanish pianist. He was born in Barcelona, early showing his talent for music. At the age of six he gave his first recital in his hometown. The great pedagogue Frank Marshall, who attended the concert, took charge of his piano training from that moment, transferring to him in the course of the following years the legacy of the Catalan piano school that goes back to Joaquín Malats , Ricardo Viñes and Albéniz , going through Granados and Marshall himself. Later he expanded his studies in Paris with Professor Marcel Ciampi .

His performance as a soloist with the Bilbao and Barcelona orchestras in 1957, as well as his winning various International Awards, place him at the forefront of the piano current affairs of his generation.

His career has developed as a soloist and performer of chamber music in Europe, America and Japan; As a soloist with large orchestras, he has performed a large number of concertos from Bach to contemporary ones, passing through Beethoven, Chopin, Franck , Schumann, Ravel, Stravinsky , Poulenc , Saint -Saens , Prokofieff , Bartok , etc., under the direction of conductors like Janos Sandor , Peter Maag , Ros – Marbà , Ronald Zolmann , Walter Weller , Gary Bertini, Christopher Hogwood , etc …

In possession of a large repertoire that covers all styles, he has paid special attention to the composers of the 20th century, which has led him to offer the first audition of Mompou ‘s Música Callada or to repeatedly perform Luis’ Concertos for piano and orchestra. de Pablo, Roberto Gerhard or Xavier Montsalvatge among others.

From his discography we would highlight the Concertos for piano and orchestra by Luis de Pablo, Roberto Gerhard, as well as volumes dedicated to Déodat de Séverac and Joaquín Nin-Culmell ( Anacrusi ). In chamber music, and as a member of the Barcelona Trio , Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and the Mendelssohn and Dvorak Trios ( Harmonia world ). He has recently published a double CD with the complete Iberia and La Vega by Isaac Albéniz under the Columna Música label and a double CD dedicated to Federico Mompou has just been released under the same label that includes the complete Música Callada, Suburbis and Variations on a Theme by Chopin.

He has recently performed in Australia presenting different programs including Iberia by Albéniz , Danzas Españolas by Granados, Música Callada by Mompou and Fantasia Bética by Manuel de Falla.

He has published a revised edition of Isaac Albéniz ‘s Suite Iberia, and is in possession of the Albéniz Medal of the City Council of Camprodón for his contribution to the dissemination of the music of this brilliant composer.

He is President of the Competition Jury since 2016.

Ernesto Rocío



Spanish pianist.

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He began his musical studies at the Conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with María Isabel Pérez Canino and Amparo Barrera, continuing them in Seville with Ramón Coll and later at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Madrid with Professor Guillermo González and his assistant Consuelo Mejías, obtaining the Superior Degree in Piano with outstanding and Honorable Mention.

He is in possession of the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in the Department of Didactics and School Organization and Special Didactics, Doctorate program of “Curricular, technological and institutional innovation”. He has participated in different International Pianistic Interpretation Courses taught by Vlado Perlemuter , Paul Badura-Skoda , Joaquín Achúcarro , Esteban Sánchez, José Francisco Alonso etc.

He regularly teaches Piano Improvement courses, among which it is worth highlighting the “Manuel de Falla” International Courses in Granada, the Musical Improvement Cycles at the Professional Music Conservatory of Jaén, the Summer Courses organized by the University of Murcia, held in Águilas , the Interpretation Courses “Ciudad de Jamilena ” of which he has been an uninterrupted teacher since 1999 and the Improvement Courses of the Professional Conservatory of Úbeda.

He has given recitals as a soloist and in chamber groups in different Spanish and European cities. Critics have highlighted his sensitivity and technique: “Ernesto Rocío obtains beautiful sonorities from the instrument, through a safe and clear mechanism” (El Mundo).

He has been Tenured Professor of piano at the Conservatory of Music of Madrid, professor and vice-director at the Professional Conservatory of Music of Jaén and professor at the Conservatory of Music of Jaén.

Since 1997 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the International Piano Competition “Premio Jaén”, and Secretary of the Competition since 2019.

Pilar Bilbao



Spanish pianist. Born in Bilbao.

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His musical training began at an early age. Her mother, Pilar Iturburu , initiated her piano studies, interpreting pieces by Mozart, Schumann and Beethoven at the age of four. At the age of seven he was presented for the first time to the public in Bilbao, causing an excellent impression.

Later he continued his higher studies at the Madrid Conservatory with Pedro Lerma. His training is completed under the guidance and advice of prestigious teachers such as Hans Graf, Bruno Seidlhofer , Vlado Perlemuter , Nikita Magaloff and Claudio Arrau , who had a notable influence on him.

He has made concert tours of Germany, Portugal, Belgium, England and Italy, with extraordinary critical and public success, always standing out for his great musicality and artistic maturity.

He has been a soloist with the Israel Chamber Orchestras, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Pro-Música and Madrid Symphony, Bilbao Symphony, ROSS in Seville, Collegium Bonn Musicum , BBC Symphony etc., under the direction of maestros García Asensio, Spiteri , Bolet , Wolf Ferrari, Ziino , Platen , Lockaert , Commissioner, etc.

His prizes and awards include the Extraordinary Prize for Chamber Music, the “End of Degree” Honor Award, Diploma and Silver Medal at the Pozzoli International Competition in Seregno (Italy), Diploma and Gold Medal at the “ Viotti ” International Competition ” in Vercelli (Italy), “Ibañez de Betolaza ” Prize, Prize in the International Competition “F. Bussoni ” in Bolzano (Italy), Absolute First Prize in the Musical Interpretation Contest organized by RNE and the General Directorate of Fine Arts, Cruz de Alfonso X “El Sabio”.

He has made recordings for RNE, Canal Sur Televisión as well as recorded records for Movieplay and Etnos, obtaining with the latter the Ministry of Culture Award for the complete Preludes for piano by Padre Donosti .

She is regularly invited to be a member of the Jury of important Piano Competitions, as well as to teach piano improvement courses.

Since 1978 she has been Professor of Piano by opposition at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Seville. In 2003, she entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel de Hungría in Seville as a Numerary Academician. In 2007, she joined the faculty of the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music as a professor.




Bulgarian pianist.

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She began studying the piano in her city of birth Sofia (Bulgaria) at the age of five and played only few months later with great success in several public performances. When she was ten she gave her first solo recital, at the age of eleven debuted with orchestra performing Mendelsohn´s Piano Concerto Nº 1.

After finishing her studies at the “Liubomir Pipkov” Music Institute of Sofia, she continues her higher education firstly with Bogomil Starshenov in the Sofia National Consevatoire (Bulgaria). Likewise, he has taken improvement courses with Hans Graf, Lev Vlasenco, Leon Fleisher and Paul Badura-Skoda. Since 1988 he has lived in Madrid, a city where he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music with Joaquín Soriano, who became his teacher and mentor in the authentic approach to musical art.

Mariana Gurkova has been awarded numerous times. The first prizes in the international competitions “Jacinto Guerrero” (Madrid), “Senigalia” (Italy) and the national “Sv. Obretenov” and “Musical Youth of Bulgaria”; other international awards such as the second in the “Ettore Pozzoli” in Seregno (Italy) and the Jaén Competition (Spain); third prizes in the “Paloma O’Shea” contests in Santander and “José Iturbi” contests in Valencia, etc. His predilection for Spanish music has been rewarded in the awards obtained for the best interpretation of it in the Santander and “José Iturbi” competitions.

During his time in the most prestigious venues in Spain – National Auditorium, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Palace of Festivals in Cantabria, Auditorium in Zaragoza, Auditorium in Murcia, and a long etcetera – he has offered a very extensive soloist repertoire to which he adds more than thirty-five works for piano and orchestra. Likewise, he has given recitals and concerts in Bulgaria, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Czechoslovakia, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, India, Japan, Australia and South Africa, and recorded for different radio stations and television networks such as RAI, RTVE, Radio Melbourne, Radio Yokohama, and RTV Bulgaria. Among the orchestras with which he has played are the Kiev Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Wienerkammerorchester, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Rubistein Orchestra of Poland, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Radio Symphony Orchestra, RAI-Milano Symphony, Moravian Philharmonic, Timisoara Philharmonic, Valencia Symphony Orchestra, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra, “Andrés Segovia” Orchestra, all Bulgarian orchestras. He has performed under the baton of directors of the stature of S. Comisiona, Ph. Entremont, R. Stankovski, G. Kostin, A Rahbari, E. García Asensio, M. Galduf, A. Soriano, T Mikelsen, A, Natanek, E. Bauer, G. Pehlivanian, etc.

His record label includes, among others, works by Bach, Haydn, Liszt, Chopin, P. Soler, Albéniz, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovski, Stravinsky, M. Franco, M. Martínez Burgos, etc. His performance and recording of the complete Chopin etudes has earned the highest praise from the public and critics.

Currently he combines his concert activity with teaching, giving courses, master classes and in his piano chair at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid.

Stephan Möller



German pianist.

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Since his sensational success at the Vienna Beethoven Piano Competition in 1985, the pianist Stephan Möller has gained worldwide reputation as a pioneering Beethoven interpreter. His repertoire includes all 32 piano sonatas and five piano concertos by this composer, works he has also repeatedly performed in complete cycles. His concert activities have taken him all over Europe, to North and South America, Japan, Korea and China. In 2020, he planned a worldwide concert-tour “Beethoven 32×32”, featuring 32 integral performances of Beethoven’s piano sonatas on 6 continents!

Besides playing the general repertoire, Stephan Möller is focussing on the Viennese Classics, Beethoven in particular, and Liszt’s transcriptions on Wagner operas and Beethoven symphonies. His CD recordings include such rarities as Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge”, performed four-hands with himself on a computer-assisted Bösendorfer concert-grand, and the complete piano works of Richard Wagner.

Stephan Möller, born in Hamburg, Germany, received his degrees as a pianist and orchestra conductor at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Austria. From 1983-89, he was an artistic assistant to Herbert von Karajan at the Salzburg Festival. From 1990, Stephan Möller taught for 30 years at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He is frequently invited to give masterclasses and lectures at home and abroad, and adjudicate at international piano competitions. His main pedagogical concerns are to unite theory and practice in performance, and to elaborate each composer’s “stylistic fingerprint”.

Since 1998, Stephan Möller has been president of the association “Vienna International Pianists” and director of their annual festival, the “VIP Academy”. In 2009, he founded the “International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition”.




German pianist.

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Ralf Nattkemper is widely recognized by international critics as one of the most exceptional representatives of the German piano tradition. I study with the Russian-Brazilian pianist Yara Bernette, the Italian-Argentine Fausto Zadra and with Wilhelm Kempff.

He plays regularly in most European countries and musical centers, such as Hamburg, Rotterdam, Brussels, Venice, Rome, Madrid, Tokyo, Caracas, Sofia, etc., and is a frequent guest at numerous festivals, such as in Venice, Verona, Assisi, Santander, Wallonie or Colonia Tovar (Venezuela). He has played with renowned orchestras, such as l’orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, Hamburger Symphoniker, Bucharest Radio Symphony, Caracas Municipal, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony, Nagoya Symphonic, etc.

His repertoire extends from Bach to Messiaen, with special emphasis on German classics and Romantic composers. Especially highlighted by the public and critics is his deep knowledge and sensitivity to Schubert’s music, which has become the central part of his repertoire and recitals in recent years.

Ralf Nattkemper is in high demand as a teacher. In addition to being the head of the Piano department at the University of Hamburg, he has offered master classes in New York, Tokyo, Brussels, Venice, Rotterdam, Lausanne, Girona, Lisbon, Madrid, Fulda (Pianale) and many others. In 2011 he was nominated as a visiting professor at Aichi University of Music in Nagoya. Since 2011 he has taught regularly at Yamaha Masterclasses.

He has been invited as a member of the jury of numerous international competitions, such as Brussels, Rome, Messina, Caltanissetta, Vibo Valentia, Sofia, San Sebastián, Jaén, Tokyo, etc.

Its students have won prizes in important international competitions and have won musical awards, such as the Echo Klassik. Many of them are today piano professors at renowned universities in Germany and other countries.




Spanish pianist.

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His training began with classes from his mother Tatiana Prjevalskaya, and continued at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Irina Zaritskaya and Kevin Kenner. Since 2003 he studied with Alexander Toradze at Indiana University. At Yale School of Music he studied with Boris Berman and obtained a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma. His doctorate was obtained at the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Boris Slutsky.

Winner of the First Prize of the Premio Jaén Competition in 2011, Dr. Prjevalskaya has been praised by critics as “a great pianist” (Il Cittadino, Italy). During his artistic career, he performed with renowned orchestras such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian National Orchestra, Galician Symphony Orchestra or the Granada Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with important conductors such as Rumon Gamba, Ion Marin, Roberto Trevino, Carlos Prieto, Clemens Schuldt or David Danzmayr. As a soloist, he gave recitals in prestigious halls such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia or Weill Hall in New York.

She also won first prizes at the International Piano Competition in New Orleans in 2014 and at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati in 2013. She has also been laureate in Normandy 2013, Panama 2012, Sendai 2010, José Iturbi 2008, Paderewski in Poland 2007, Dudley 2003, among many others.

His first album for the Naxos label was released in 2012 and the album dedicated to Rachmaninov for the Fanfare Cincinnati label has been praised by critics in the United States and Spain.

Parallel to her concert career, she has worked as a piano teacher at East Tennessee State University, Peabody Conservatory, Nelly Berman School of Music and at Gettysburg College in the United States. Likewise, he has offered master classes at the University of Iowa, Tulane University, El Liceo de Barcelona, ​​Superior Conservatories of Music in Albacete and Jaén, Iturbi Festival in Valencia, New Orleans Piano Institute and InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. He has also been part of the juries at the Albacete City National Piano Competition, the International Piano Competition in New Orleans, the Open Piano Competition in London, among others. He has published several articles in the magazine Ritmo and Mundoclasico, and has given several presentations at conferences on the life and work of Alexander Scriabin.




English pianist.

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Graham is Head of the School of Keyboard Studies. Hailed by the Gramophone magazine as “an exceptional talent” he has performed extensively throughout the world most notably in New York (92nd St. Y), Washington DC (Kennedy Center), Los Angeles (Ambassador Auditorium), Tokyo (Suntory Hall), Beijing (Beijing Concert Hall), Paris (Bagatelle) as well as all the major London venues (Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican Centre.)

He has performed with leading orchestras, notably the London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Belgium National Symphony, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinlandpfalz (standing in for Martha Argerich), Cape Town Symphony, Singapore Symphony, St Louis Symphony and the New York Chamber Symphony under such conductors as Sir Charles Groves, Bernhard Klee, Marin Alsop, Paul Daniel, Barry Wordsworth and Alexander Lazarev.

Graham’s discography includes CDs of works by Scriabin, Gershwin, Macmillan and a live recital CD from Los Angeles. He has broadcast on BBC Radio and National Public Radio in the USA.

Graham studied with Professor Ryszard Bakst at both Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM. He became the first artist to win both the YCA Inc. auditions in New York and the YCAT auditions in London. He also won the Dudley National Piano Competition and the Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain.

Since 2007 he has held the position of Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Artistic Director of the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition. He has previously been a member of the jury of the Horowitz Competition in Ukraine, Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain and the YCAT auditions.

Graham has taught at many summer schools most notably Musicfest Perugia in Italy, the Colburn Festival Academy in Los Angeles, the Chethams International Piano Summer School in Manchester and the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy.





Japanese pianist.

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President of The Japanese Society for Spaniche Piano Music, Professor at the National University of Ryukyus, Japan.

He studied and deepened in French music under the teachings of the pianist and grandmaster Jacque Février and studied the repertoire of Spanish music with Alicia de Larrocha, Carmen Bravo and with the pianist and composer Antonio Ruiz-Pipó. He studied chamber music at the Ecole Normale in Paris with Professor Serge Blanc. He graduated from this institution in 1979 with the highest grades, btaining in the same year the first prize in the Franco-Japanese Competition. He has offered a large number of recitals, audiovisual broadcasts, lectures and materclasses in France, Spain, Japan and Cuba.

He has recorded many albums with repertoires of Spanish music, with very good reviews, especially Obras para piano by Albéniz vol. 1 ~ 4, edited by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain. He has been awarded the “Special Disco” prize of the magazine “Arte de discos” for his albums.

He has recorded the Piano Concerto by Takayoshi Yanagida for North Pacific Music (USA) and has edited many scores of Spanish composers.