Premio Piano Jaén
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Concurso Internacional de Piano Premio Jaén. Diputación Provincial de Jaén, Palacio Provincial. 23071 Jaén (España)

Jury 2019

Jury 2019




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.





Akemi Alink-Yamamoto was born in Japan. From the age of three, she received music lessons. Two years later, she began taking piano lessons.

Akemi won prizes in national and international piano competitions and performed in important halls. Since 2010, she is playing regularly in Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya in Japan.

She plays solo and is also active in Chamber Music and Lieder Accompaniment. Since 2012, she forms a duo with German Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Gericke. They are giving Lieder recitals in Europe and Japan.

Apart from her performances, she is also busy as a piano teacher. She has given lessons and master classes in Europe, Japan and the U.S.A.

Since 2013, she has been writing a series of articles “Competition reports from across the world” for the monthly piano magazine “Chopin” in Japan. She also made large reports and interviews about the major International piano competitions in the world, such as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan, the Sydney Competition in Australia and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Israel.

Akemi Alink-Yamamoto is a Board member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation. She attended more than 100 competitions over the past 17 years. She has been invited as a jury member at international piano and chamber music competitions in Brazil, France, Italy, Lithuania, Spain and the U.S.A., and she frequently gives advice to young pianists and competition organizers.



Pilar Bilbao



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.



Mi-Joo Lee


Mi-Joo Lee started her career after winning prizes at the Brussels Queen Elisabeth, the Viotti (First prize) and the Tokyo International Competitions within a period of a year and half.

Since then, she has played with growing success concerts in various European countries (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Ukraine), Turkey, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, and the United States, as well as regularly in her home country South Korea.

Special events were concerts with orchestra in Berlin (frequently in the Philharmonic Hall and the Konzerthaus), Brussels, Liège, Oostende, Boston, Ljubljana, Cracow, Seoul, Pusan, Tokyo, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Nurnberg, Mannheim, Jena, Darmstadt; Chorin Festival, as well as piano recitals in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Paris, Orléans, Brussels, Milano, Torino, Genova, Bologna, Salzburg, Boston, at the Yokohama-Festival, Seoul and many other cities in Korea, Munich, Bonn (Beethovenhaus), Dresden, Zwickau (Schumannhaus), and in many other German cities.

Her CD with works by Schumann and Saint-Saëns were highly appreciated internationally.

Besides her activities as a soloist, Mi-Joo Lee also has played chamber music (violin-piano, piano trio, piano quartet), increasingly in a piano duo team with Klaus Hellwig (one piano four hands and two pianos). She recorded for many radio stations in Germany, Belgium, France, the Czech Republic and South Korea.

Already as a child, Mi-Joo Lee was awarded many prizes and appeared in concert and on television. A German state scholarship allowed her to study in Essen, Berlin; studies in Boston and Salzburg and courses with Guido Agosti and György Sebök completed her education. She graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts with a Diploma and the concert examination, and the International Foundation Mozarteum awarded her with the Lilli-Lehmann-medal for outstanding artistic merit.

Mi-Joo Lee is professor for piano at the Berlin University of the Arts and held master classes in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and South Korea. She was in the juries of international competitions: Munich ARD, Busoni, Geneva, Viotti (solo and chamber music) repeatedly, San Marino, Pinerolo, Massarosa, Taranto, and Piano music of the 20th century in Orléans (France), André Dumortier (Belgium).

She increasingly is in demand as artistic adviser for festivals and pedagogical projects in South Korea, such as Gimhae International Festival, Jirisan international Music Festival. She is distinguished professor at Inje University in Korea.

Her CD recordings to German label MDG include works by de Schumann, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn. To Aulos label has recorded works by Schumann, Reger, Dohnányi and Rachmaninov (Aulos), and to KBS Korea works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.



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The pianist Ralf Nattkemper is widely recognized by international critics as an outstanding representatives of the German pianistic tradition. He studied with the Russian-Brasilian pianist Yara Bernette, the Italian-Argentinian pianist Fausto Zadra and with Wilhelm Kempff.

He plays regularly in most European countries and musical centres, such as Hamburg, Rotterdam, Brussels, Venice, Rome, Madrid, Tokyo, Caracas, Sofia, etc., and is a frequent guest at numerous festivals, e.g., Venice, Verona, Assisi, Santander, Wallonie, Colonia Tovar (Venezuela).

He has played with celebrated orchestras, e.g., l'orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, Hamburger Symphoniker, Bucharest Radio Symphony Orchestra, l'orchestra municipal de Caracas, Bulgarien Radio Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Symphonic, etc.

His repertory is very wide from Bach to Messiaen and with special emphasis on the German classical and romantical composers. Especially noted by audiences and critics are the deep understanding and sensitivity he displays in the music of Schubert, which has come to form a central part of his recitals in the recent years.

Ralf Nattkemper is also much in demand as a teacher. Beside his leading a Piano Class at the Hamburg University of Music and Performing Arts he has held masterclasses in New York, Tokyo, Brussels, Venice, Rotterdam, Lausanne, Girona, Lisbon, Madrid, Fulda (Pianale) and many others. In 2011 he was nominated Guest professor at the Aichi University of Music and Arts in Nagoya. Since 2011 he is also regularly teaching at Yamaha Masterclass.

Numerous International piano competitions have invited him to serve on the jury like Brussels, Rome, Messina, Caltanissetta, Vibo Valentia, Sofia, San Sebastián, Jaén, Tokyo, etc.

His students got Prizes in important International Competitions and have got numerous awards like the Echo Klassik.

Now many former students are professors at renowned German and foreign Music Universities.


Rafa Quero


Born in Porcuna, Jaén, he began his musical studies in the Córdoba Conservatory with María Teresa Moreno and Joaquín Reyes, where he got, at the end, the First “Premio Fin de Carrera”.

In Madrid he entered in the virtuous class of the great master José Cubiles, being his pupil during four years. At the same time he studies harmony, contrapunto, fuga and composition.

In 1960 he obtains the extraordinary Prize of Virtuosity and the first Prize of Harmony. He gets lately the same award in the speciality of contrapunto and fuga. He improves in Italy and Germany.

To mention a few ones, he had Jesús Guridi, Julio Gómez, Gerardo Gombau or Calés Otero as teachers.

At the age of twenty-three he became professor, designated to the Córdoba Conservatory, and in 1969 he was elected director of this institution, where he stayed for eighteen years.

He has given concerts all over Spain, as well in some European countries and in Latin America.  





Since winning the Robert Schumann International Competition’s Gold Medal at age nineteen and following her subsequent Berlin debut, Emma Tahmiziàn has been concertizing extensively throughout Europe and North America as a recitalist, chamber musician, and a soloist with orchestra. She has appeared in concert venues such as the Distinguished Artists Series at the 92nd Y, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, Symphony Space, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; The Smithsonian Institute and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts and the Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles; Jordan Hall in Boston; and has performed in most of Europe’s and Canada’s major cities including Paris, Rome, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Geneva, Vienna, Prague, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vilnius, Montréal and Toronto. Among the orchestras she has performed with are all the leading orchestras in her native Bulgaria, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, East Berlin Radio Symphony, Münster Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Prague Chamber Orchestra, and Yale Philharmonia.

Ms. Tahmiziàn has garnered top prizes from the Leeds, Tchaikovsky and Van Cliburn, as well as from the Montréal, Bach and Smetana international competitions; and is a winner of a Pro Musicis International Award. Her recital programs often span music of diverse eras from over four centuries, from Frescobaldi and Byrd to Messiaen, Crumb, Ligeti, Corigliano, Bolcom, Boucourechliev, Lazkano and Mackey, among many others. She has premiered new pieces by both well established and up and coming composers. Numerous new works, including a significant part of that by American composer Sebastian Currier, have been written for or dedicated to her.

Her performances have been hailed by critics as “stunning” (The Times Record on her Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2) and “electrifying” (New York Times on her premiere of Currier’s Piano Sonata).

Ms. Tahmiziàn began her piano studies at age three, made her first public appearance at five, and won a National Competition for all instruments at six. She is a graduate from the Bulgarian National Academy of Music and from The Juilliard School. She has been featured at MIDEM Classique, on Radio Swiss Geneva, Radio Netherlands, the Bulgarian major radio stations, and in live-recital broadcasts on WQXR and WNYC in New York City and WGBH in Boston.

Ms. Tahmiziàn has given master classes and workshops, and has served as an Assistant Professor at the Bulgarian National Academy of Music; a faculty member at the Bowdoin International Music Festival; a lecturer conducting seminars at the College of the Holy Cross; a visiting professor at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music; and an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Virginia and the New York Piano Academy.



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".