José Ramón Méndez
Described as "an artist with a polished sound and tremendous constructive power" and hailed by the Hoja del Lunes de Madrid, as "the Spanish pianist of his generation," Jose Ramon Mendez is one of the most exciting Spanish pianists of today. Recent performances include Chopin's first piano concerto with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra and Manuel de Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" with the Nittany Valley Symphony, as well as numerous solo and chamber music performances in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Mendez's professional teaching career began in 1996, when he was invited to teach master classes at the Gijon School of Music. Since then, he has given master classes in numerous cities in Spain, including Lugo, Aviles, Valencia, Gijon, Oviedo, Santiago de Compostela, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as well as in the United States at top music schools. Formerly on the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, he formed part of the Artist Piano Faculty at New York University in New York City from 2007 to 2014. He is now teaching as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Pennsylvania State University. Jose Ramon Mendez is a Yamaha Artist. www.joseramonmendez.com
Jean Saulnier- Jean Saulnier leads an active career as a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher, with broad experience in both the solo and the chamber music repertoire. He is a sought-after collaborator by the best musicians from Canada and abroad, speaking eloquently to the flexibility, natural playing ability, and spirit of partnership he brings to every performance. His doctorate from the University of Montreal was saluted with the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. He is currently Associate Professor at the Music Faculty of the University of Montreal where he has been teaching for over 20 years. He is regularly invited to give master classes at institutions of higher education. He frequently serves as a jury member for national and international competitions, higher education institutions and government agencies.
Award-winning Portuguese pianist Nuno da Silva Marques is currently based in New York City where he recently aquired his doctoral degree at Rutgers University with Prof. Min Kwon. He is one of the most sought-after Portuguese pianists of his generation. His previous studies include an Advanced Diploma in piano at NYU- Steinhardt School with Prof. José Ramón Méndez where he was awarded the prestigious Reinhold Scholarship which supported his studies and granted him the opportunity to make his New York concert debut. Mr. Marques graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied with Artur Pizarro and Caroline Palmer. He has also completed his Master’s Degree in Advanced Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music in London, with Niel Immelman and a second Master’s degree in Instrumental Pedagogy, at the Aveiro University, Portugal. His most recent concerts took him to countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, England, Germany, Serbia and Switzerland where he performed at renowned music halls and festivals. In 2015 Mr. Marques embarked on an eight concert tour in China and had his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York. He was also invited to take part in the World Piano Congress in Serbia, where he played a recital and gave a masterclass. Nuno Marques is the founder and artistic director of Porto Pianofest. www.nunosilvamarques.com
Oscar Colomina i Bosch
Director of Music of The Yehudi Menuhin School and Professor of Orchestration at the Royal Academy of Music, Òscar is a sought-after composer and conductor who has guest conducted and lectured at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague – School for Young Talent and is part of the teaching faculty of the Akoesticum Talent Programme in Holland, alongside some of Europe’s leading chamber music specialists. A member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (performing with Carlo Maria Giulini and Gianandrea Noseda), he later pursued further studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Academy of Music with Malcolm Singer and Simon Bainbridge (composition) and Alan Hazeldine (conducting). A commission from the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, Shpigl for solo violin (2016), has been described by American composer John Adams as ‘a small masterpiece of both musical and dramatic imagination’. Impressed by the piece, Adams programmed Shpigl in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series ‘Noon to Midnight’ festival, inviting Òscar to attend the American premiere in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. As a conductor, he was Principal Conductor of the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra (2011-2014), works regularly at the Royal Academy of Music and The Yehudi Menuhin School, and has conducted orchestras and ensembles including the Orquesta de Valencia (ENSEMS International Festival, 2017), Royal Conservatoire of the Hague – School for Young Talent’s Atheneum Kamerorkest, Camerata XXI Chamber Orchestra in the 36th Pau Casals International Festival, Orpheus Sinfonia (London) and the Conservatorio Superior de Castilla y León’s New Music Ensemble. www.oscarcolomina.com/
Born in Porto, studied with Helena Costa, Sequeira Costa, Leon Fleisher and Dmitry Paperno, having also attended masterclasses with Karl Engel, Vladimir Ashkenazi, T. Nikolaieva and E. Leonskaja. Mr. Burmester was awarded prizes in international competitions such as the Second Prize at the Vianna da Motta Competition and a special award at the Van Cliburn Competition. He performed at illustrious piano festivals such as La Roque d’ Anthéron, Salle Gaveau, Festival de Flandres, Frick Collection, 92nd Y in NY , na Koln Phirlarmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Beethoven Haus in Bonn and Amsterdam Concertgebouw, performing also as a soloist with renowned orchestras under Georg Solti, Leopold Hager, Baldur Brӧnnimann, Peter Rundel and Frans Brüggen, amongst many others. As a recording artist, he has recorded 10 albums, both solo and with orchestra.In 1999 he recorded the complete cycle of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas with the violinist Gerardo Ribeiro.
Singled out by critics as a luminous, elegant and personal artist, Judith Jáuregui has become one of the most sought-after figures of the Spanish musical scene. Born in San Sebastian her talent shone through at a very early age. A familiar figure on the main Spanish stages, including the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Barcelona Auditori and Palau de la Musica, the Festivals of Granada, Musika-Música in Bilbao as well as the San Sebastian Musical Fortnight amongst others, Judith’s international career has taken her to leading international festivals and stages in both Europe and Asia, including the Louvre Auditorium in Paris, the Festival du Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron, the Folle Journée in Nantes, the Festival du Piano in Lille or the Montpellier Festival in France, the Southbank Centre in London and the Murten Classics Festival in Switzerland - where she was artist in residence -, Suntory Hall in Tokyo - where she closed a tour that took her to several cities throughout Japan together with the Spanish National Orchestra - as well as several tours in China that have seen her play to great acclaim in auditoriums including the Grand Theatre of Tianjin, Guangzhou Opera House, Harbin Concert Hall, Telunsu Concert Hall in Chengdu or the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. http://www.judithjauregui.com/