José Ramón Méndez
Described by the New York Concert Review 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,” José Ramón Méndez is one of the most exciting Spanish pianists of today. He has been a guest performer at many music festivals, and collaborated with such distinguished artists as Karl Leister, Itzhak Perlman, and Pinchas Zukerman. Méndez has given master classes around the United States and in numerous cities in Spain, and China. Currently, he is the director of the Gijón International Piano Festival and the artistic director of The Stony Brook International Piano Festival. He is now a member of the Artist Piano Faculty at Northwestern University, Chicago. www.joseramonmendez.com
Jean Saulnier leads an active career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher. Over the years, he has developed 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, which speaks eloquently to the flexibility, natural playing ability, and spirit of partnership he brings to every performance. A recipient of numerous prizes in national and international competitions, including the William Kapell International Competition, the Prix d’Europe, and the Leschetizsky Competition, Saulnier has performed in Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe. He has been a guest soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Rochester Philharmonic, and I Musici de Montréal. He has been heard in major Canadian music festivals and on CBC radio.
Award-winning Portuguese pianist, performed in solo and chamber recitals throughout Europe, Asia and North America, including at Carnegie Hall in New York, where he currently resides. Having also completed his education in London, UK, he was invited to give masterclasses in China, Serbia, Myanmar, Spain and USA. He 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/