Recital: Juanjo Blázquez – piano

Tuesday 7th March, 2023, at 1:15 pm

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The Programme

Juanjo Blázquez – piano

Franz Schubert

Gretchen am Spinnrade
arranged Franz Liszt

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sonata No 1, Op 28
1. Allegro moderato
2. Lento
3. Allegro molto

The Artist

Born in Lorca (Spain) in 1998, Juanjo Blázquez began his piano studies at the ‘Narciso Yepes’ Professional Conservatory of Lorca in 2006. He completed his piano studies at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid in 2020, under the guidance of Ana Guijarro, having previously studied with Pilar Bilbao Iturburu; and then at the RNCM with Graham Scott and Kathryn Stott. Juanjo has received masterclasses from teachers such as Lilya Zilberstein, Anna Malikova, Stefan Vladar, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Stephen Hough, Eldar Nebolsin, Claudio Martínez-Mehner and Eliso Virsaladze among others.

Juanjo has performed all over Spain and the UK, and in the ALTI Hall in Kyoto. He was the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto at Madrid’s National Auditorium with the María Rodrigo Symphony Orchestra, and with Getafe Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed Mozart’s Concerto in D minor with Salford Symphony Orchestra and Tchaikovsky again with the Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra. In the UK he is supported by Talent Unlimited.

Juanjo has won prizes in national and international competitions such as the ‘Ciudad de Albacete’, the ‘Almudena Cano’ and the ‘ClaMo Music International’. Winner of the 2022 Emmanuel Prize in Manchester, he is also a fellow of the prestigious ‘La Caixa’ Foundation, recipent of the ‘FW Wright Piano Scholarship’ endowed by the RNCM , and he was chosen to represent Spain in the ‘Kyoto International Music Students Festival’ in 2019, receiving outstanding reviews. He recently appeared in the June issue (no. 83) of International Piano, which reviewed the charity concert in aid of the Disasters Committee Ukraine Appeal and A Bed Every Night.

In the UK, Juanjo collaborates with the Olympias Music Foundation, which brings music education and experience to those who don’t have access to it, and with the LGBTQ+ Choir, the Rainbow People, which brings inclusion and a safe space to queer people in Manchester.

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