Albert Attenelle



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

Albert Attenelle was born in Barcelona, received his pianistic training from the great teacher Frank Marshall, who passed on to him the legacy of the Catalan piano school dating back to Joaquim Malats, Ricardo Viñes, Albéniz and Granados. Later he studied in Paris with professor Marcel Ciampi.

He gave his first concerts as orchestral soloist in Bilbao and Barcelona in 1957 and was a prizewinner in several international competitions (Rio de Janeiro, “Vianna da Motta”, Lisbon, Reine Elisabeth of Belgium), placing him in the forefront of pianists of his generation.

His career developed in Europe, America and Japan as an orchestral soloist under the baton of conductors such as Janós Sandor, Peter Maag, Ros-Marbà, Ronald Zollman, Walter Weller, Gary Bertini, Christopher Hogwood and as a chamber musician with soloists such as Ludwig Streicher, Gonçal Comellas, Agustín Leon-Ara, Lluis Claret, Michel Lethiec, and string quartets including the Rafael Quartet, Lindsay Quartet, Stradivari String Quartet...

His repertoire is large and covers all styles, with a special focus on 20th century composers.

He gave the first performance of Musica Callada by Mompou and has on many occasions performed piano concertos by contemporary Spanish composers such as Luis de Pablo, Robert Gerhard or Xavier Montsalvatge, among others.

He has recorded the Luis de Pablo’s and Gerhard’s Piano Concertos, and a recording with piano music of Déodat de Séverac and Joaquín Nin-Culmell (Anacrusi). In chamber music, and with the Barcelona Piano Trio, the Beethoven’s Concerto and the Trios by Mendelssohn and Dvorák (Harmonia Mundi). Recently a disc has published with Sonatas by Pau Casals and Gaspar Cassadó, with Agustín Leon-Ara (Columna Musica) and Sonatas for violin and piano, viola and piano and cello and piano by Lluis Benejam (ASV), and works by Mompou (Emi) with the Chopin Variations; this work was premiered by Attenelle in Madrid in 1964.

His most recent recordings include Iberia and La Vega by Albéniz and Musica Callada by Mompou.

He has formed a part in the professorship of the “Máster en Interpretación de la Universidad de A Coruña” and nowadays he is in the “Cursos Permanentes de Clases Magistrales de Alter Musici” in Cartagena, of the High Conservatoire in Barcelona and Director of L’Escola of Music of Barcelona.

He has published a revised edition of Isaac Albéniz’s Suite Iberia, and he has the “Medalla Albéniz del Ayuntamiento de Camprodón”, for his contribution to the diffusion of the music and works of this great composer. Columna Musica Record label has edited his new recording with Granados’ Goyescas in 2016.

Pilar Bilbao



Spanish pianist. Professor at the Madrid Royal High Conservatory of Music

Born in Bilbao, she began the musical training at an early age. Her mother, Pilar Iturburu, introduces her into the piano studies at four years old, playing piano pieces by Mozart, Schumann and Beethoven. At seven was her first public performance in Bilbao, causing a great impression. Later she continued the piano studies at the Music Conservatory in Madrid with Pedro Lerma.

Her training is completed under the guidance and advices of leading pianists as Hans Graf, Bruno Seidlhofer, Vlado Perlemuter, Claudio Arrau and Nikita Magaloff, who exercised a considerable influence.

She has made concert tours in Germany, Portugal, Belgium, England and Italy, with extraordinary critical success, always emphasizing her great musicality and artistic maturity.

She has been piano soloist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Pro-Music and Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Bonn, BBC Symphony, under the direction of García Asensio, Spiteri, Bolet, Wolf Ferrari, Ziino, Platen, Lockaert, Comissiona.

Among her awards and honours includes Chamber Music and Piano Conservatory Prize, Silver Medal at the “Pozzoli” International Piano Competition in Seregno (Italy), Gold Medal at the “Viotti” International Piano Competition in Vercelli (Italy), “Ibañez de Betolaza” Prize, Prize Winner at the “Busoni” International Piano Competition in Bolzano (Italy), First Prize at Music Performance Competition organized by RNE and the Department of Fine Arts, as well as “Cruz de Alfonso X El Sabio”.

Mrs. Pilar Bilbao has made broadcastings for RNE Radio, Canal Sur TV and recorded albums for Movieplay and Etnos labels, obtaining the Spanish Ministry of Culture Award for the complete recording of Piano Preludes by Aita Donostia.

She is regularly invited to take part as jury member at national and international piano competitions and master classes. Since 1978 she is Piano Professor at the Royal Music Conservatory of Seville.

In 2003 she made his entrance debut as Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts “Santa Isabel de Hungría”, Seville. In 2007 Mrs. Pilar Bilbao joined the faculty staff of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid as Piano Professor.

Hortense Cartier-Bresson



French pianist. Piano teacher at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris

Nacida en Francia, inició sus estudios en el Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Música y Danza de París a la edad de 15 años, donde obtuvo cinco primeros premios. Más tarde, admitida en el ciclo de perfeccionamiento, estudió con el gran pianista húngaro Gÿorgy Sebök en la Universidad de Indiana en Bloomington (EE. UU.).

Considerada como una de las pianistas más notables de su generación, obtuvo el premio 3D en el Concurso Liszt-Bartok de 1981 en Budapest, comenzando entonces una brillante carrera ofreciendo recitales y actuaciones en solitario con grandes orquestas como la Orquesta de París dirigida por Ricardo Chailly y la Orquesta Sinfónica de Detroit dirigida por Antal Dorati.

Fue nombrada profesora de piano en el Conservatorio de París en 2011.

Hortense Cartier-Bresson, una pianista singular y apasionada, interpreta todo tipo de música, destacando especialmente en la de cámara. Ha tocado con muchos otros pianistas, entre ellos Roger Muraro, Raphaël Oleg, Ayako Tanaka, Philippe Graffin, Pierre Fouchenneret, François Salque, Henri Demarquette, Xavier Gagnepain y Quatuor Ébène.

John Salmon (Large)



American pianist. Piano Professor at University of North Carolina (Greensboro). First Prize in Jaén International Piano Competition, 1979

Pianist John Salmon, on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has distinguished himself on four continents, as both a classical and jazz artist. His performances have been heard on many radio stations in the U.S., including National Public Radio, WNYC in New York, WFMT in Chicago, and KUSC in Los Angeles; and on the national radio stations of Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Ukraine.

Salmon is a frequent guest performer at festivals in the U.S. and Europe, having appeared at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, South Carolina), Piano Festival Northwest (Portland, Oregon), Interlochen Piano Festival (Interlochen, Michigan), Festival for Creative Pianists (Denver, Colorado), Festival Internacional de Música del Mediterráneo (Cartagena, Spain), and the International Bartók Festival (Szombathely, Hungary). He has toured China six times, with concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Hangzhou.

Other special appearances include an all-Liszt recital in Mexico City for the American Liszt Society and an all-Brubeck recital in Washington, DC for the Music Teachers National Association, after which he jammed at two pianos with Dave Brubeck in a spontaneous version of Duke Ellington’s “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be”.

He has also been the featured artist for the Music Teachers National Association state conferences in California (CAPMT), Virginia (VMTA), and Minnesota (MMTA).

He has recorded four compact discs of Dave Brubeck’s classical piano music, on the Phoenix, Naxos, and Albany labels. Brubeck dedicated two compositions to Salmon (“The Salmon Strikes” and “Bach Again”). Salmon’s CD of piano pieces by Nikolai Kapustin is also on the Naxos label, and his CD of his own jazz compositions, Salmon Is A Jumpin’, was released by Albany Records in November 2010.

As guest lecturer, Salmon has spoken on a wide array of topics including “Beethoven’s Shadow” (The Juilliard School), “September 1828: Schubert’s Last Three Piano Sonatas” (Boston Conservatory) and "Adding Notes to Classical Scores" (Conservatorio de Música, Morelia, Mexico).

As author, he has covered such subjects as “What Brubeck Got From Milhaud” and “Urtext, que me veux tu?” and his articles have appeared in American Music Teacher, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Clavier, College Music Society Newsletter, Piano & Keyboard, and Piano Today. His book The Piano Sonatas of Carl Loewe is published by Peter Lang. Add On Bach (addonbach.com), called “playful, creative, and unique” by Clavier Companion, contains Salmon’s added lines, varied reprises, and cadenzas to keyboard works of J.S. Bach. Jazz Up the Inventions (jazzuptheinventions.com) and Jazz Up the Sinfonias (jazzupthesinfonias.com) have Salmon’s jazzy accompaniments to J.S. Bach’s Two-Part Inventions and Three-Part Inventions. Jazz Standards (salmonstandards.com) has his arrangements of twelve classic pieces from the American songbook, including “All of Me,” “Blue Moon,” and “Over the Rainbow”.

Graham Scott



English pianist. Head of School of Keyboard Studies at Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester). First Prize in Jaén International Piano Competition, 1991

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.

Jean Paul Sevilla



French pianist. Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Music of the University of Ottawa, Canada

Born in Algeria and of Spanish origin, French pianist Jean-Paul Sevilla gave his first public performance at the age of nine and at fourteen years of age entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. A highlight of his four years of study there was receiving the Premier Prix, à l’unanimité in piano as well as the Prix d’Honneur which has never been awarded since. He also received the Premier Prix in Chamber Music. In 1959, he was awarded the Premier Prix, à l’unanimité in the Concours International de Genève. His numerous tours as both soloist and chamber musician have taken him all over Europe, Africa and the Americas.

For over twenty years, Jean-Paul Sevilla lived in Canada and he is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa. While on regular faculty here, he taught piano, chamber music and keyboard literature, all the while maintaining an active performance career. He even taught a course in opera! He can count among his past students some of the most brilliant pianists of the day, several of whom have won top prizes in international competitions.

Jean-Paul Sevilla gives summer courses in Europe (Aix-en-Provence, Perpignan, Toulon, Nice, Poitiers, St Jean de Luz, Flaine, Courchevel), Canada (Orford, Banff, Victoria) and Korea. He is frequently invited to jury national competitions (CMC, Canada Council for the Arts) and international, such as Conservatory of Paris, Munich, Lisbon, Cleveland, Porto, Senigallia, Marsala, Jaén, Orleans, Moscow, Leipzig, Pretoria, Monterrey and Xiamen. He spent a year in Japan as visiting professor at Musashino University in Tokyo and has returned to Asia every year since. From 1997 to 2001 he taught at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and in 1999 he was visiting professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

His numerous recordings include a disc of works by Vincent d’Indy and Albert Roussel; a double album “Homage to Childhood”, featuring works inspired by childhood; Variations in C minor by Gabriel Pierné, which won a Diapason d’or; and a double album of works by Gabriel Fauré in Naxos label.

Jean-Paul Sevilla is an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (France).

Michiko Tsuda



Japanese pianist. First Prize in Jaén International Piano Competition, 1976

The Japanese pianist Michiko Tsuda received her first music lesson before her fourth birthday. Her unusual musical talent soon became apparent, and at the age of seven she gave a public performance of Mozart‘s AMinor Piano Concert KV 488. By this time she was also performing her own compositions - songs and character pieces for piano. Her musical gifts became even more evident when she won several Japanese Youth music competitions.

After completing her studies with Kazuko Yasukawa at the Tokyo University of Arts Michiko Tsuda travelled to Europe in 1974 and studied at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels with the Spanish pianist Eduardo del Pueyo.

From him she acquired her profound knowledge of Spanish piano music which was honoured by a special prize for Interpretation of Spanish Music at the Festival of Santander in 1980. Having already been awarded prizes in international piano competitions, in 1976 she went on to win the Premio Jaen in 1976 and the Vina del Mar Prize in Chile in 1978.

Michiko Tsuda has lived in Switzerland since 1980 and continues to give concerts worldwide. She frequently performs with well-known orchestras in Europe, Japan and North and South America and has also given many recitals. Her Tokyo Cycle is a series of recitals which have enchanted her audiences in Tokyo. In 2001 Michiko Tsuda initiated her own festival concert entitled: MTMT (Michiko Tsuda Musik Treffen/Meet the Music of Michiko Tsuda) in the Kleiner Tonhalle Saal (the small concert hall) in Zurich. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary composers and includes numerous little-known works.

Her CD recordings appear under the „Cyprès“ label. Her outstanding technique, a method developed by Franz Liszt and systemised by Marie Jaël, produces a controlled touch which lead to a brilliant and exceptional transparency of sound and a tremendous strength that is always delicately mastered.

Ernesto Rocío



Spanish pianist. Professor of Jaen High Conservatory of Music

Pianist and Professor of the High Conservatory of Music of Jaén. Began his studies of music at the Conservatory Santa Cruz in Tenerife with Maria Isabel Pérez Canino and Amparo Barrera and proceeded in Seville with Ramón Coll. Continued later at the Royal High Conservatory of Music of Madrid with Professor Guillermo González and his assistant Consuelo Mejías, where he obtained the Avanced Degree in Piano, graduated with the highest qualification and Honourable Mention.

Obtained the Diploma of Advanced Studies (D.E.A.) in the Department of Didactics and School Organization and Special Didactic, within the Doctoral Program of “curricular, technological and institutional Innovations” of the National Distance Education University (U.N.E.D.).

He has participated in several International Courses for Piano Interpretation taught by Vlado Perlemuter, Paul Badura-Skoda, Joaquín Achúcarro, Esteban Sánchez, José Francisco Alonso, etc.

Ernesto Rocío regularly teaches master classes, highlighting among them the International Courses "Manuel de Falla" of Granada, Cycles of Musical Improvement at the Conservatory of Music of Jaén, Summer Courses at the University of Murcia, Courses of Musical Interpretation "City of Jamilena", Courses of Musical Improvement at the Conservatory of Úbeda and the Conservatory of Murcia, among others.

He has performed as soloist and as a member of chamber music groups in several Spanish and European cities. He is a member of the Chamber Ensemble of Jaén (ENCAJA). The specialized media has emphasized his sensitivity and technique: "Ernesto Rocío obtains beautiful sonorities of the instrument, through a sure and clear mechanism" (El Mundo/Newspaper).

He has been Piano Professor at the High Conservatory of Music of Madrid. In 1996 he moved to Jaén, being Professor and Vice-Director at the Conservatory of Music of Jaén and currently he is Professor at the High Conservatory of Music of Jaén.

Since 1997, he is a member of the Assesoring Committee of the International Piano Competition Prize “Jaén".