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Jury 2019


Diego Fernández Magdaleno

Diego Fernández Magdaleno (Medina de Rioseco, Valladolid 1971) is National Music Prize 2010, pianist and piano teacher at the Conservatory of Music of Valladolid, of which he was director for four years, and a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of the Purísima Concepción, which he entered with a discourse focused on current Spanish music. He has been director of the Congress on Contemporary Musical Creation of Valladolid and president in Spain of the European Association of Piano Professors.

In his musical trajectory, his permanent dedication to contemporary Spanish music stands out, and at present he is an undoubted interpretative reference and a constant stimulus for the composition of new works. Pedro Aizpurua wrote what is one of the greatest accolades an author can make to an interpreter: "He has penetrated my works in a very subtle way, so much that he has even made me know nuances that I would not have noticed for myself" .

He has starred in over 300 premieres of Spanish music for piano by more than seventy composers. In addition, he has rescued numerous scores of Spanish authors unjustly forgotten, presenting integrals of musicians such as Felix-Antonio, Enrique Villalba, Jacinto Ruiz Manzanares, etc. He has recorded music of Aizpurua, García Álvarez, Grèbol y Soler and other recordings for the BBC, RAI, France Musique, TVE, Antena 3, RNE, etc.

He premiered 22 works in the National Auditorium of Madrid, in 2009, to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Ramón Barce, of whom he was a friend and, judging by the words of the composer himself, extraordinary performer.  The press, both general and specialised, praised his performance in a commendable manner. As Víctor Pliego de Andrés noted in his critique: "The proposals were very varied and Diego Fernández Magdaleno performed the titanic task of releasing them all with his impeccable touch and a magnificent sense of musicality. In addition, he knew how to find a common thread in the heterogeneous collection, and he succeeded in arranging them in a coherent sequence ".

He is the author of interesting books such as:  Contemporary musical creation. The composer Pedro de Aizpurua, 1999, The composer Félix-Antonio, 2001, Dúo Frechilla and P. Zuloaga, 2003, Time incinerated, 2005 (poetry), Book of fear, 2006 (poetry), Reason and disenchantment, 2008 (poetry), The piano in the works of Josep Soler, 2009. His activity as a lecturer on the composers he interprets, like Ramón Barce and Josep Soler, has been very intense during the last years.

Since November 2017, he presides over the jury of the Frechilla-Zuloaga International Piano Award.




Nina Kereselidze Djaparidze

She was born in Tibilisi (Georgia) in 1959. She began her first music-based studies at the Tbilisi Special Music School along with masters E. Mujadze and E. Virsaladze. She attended composition training courses under the direction of A. Shaversashvili. She was only seven years when she started her career as a concert pianist across the entire territory of the former Soviet Union. Among others she performed at the following: Moscow at the Great Hall of the Conservatoire, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Hall of Columns; Leningrad at the Philharmonic Hall; and Odessa at the Opera.

She was accepted at Moscow Conservatoire as a scholarship recipient with Master Jakob Zak for 4 years. After Zak’s death, Kereselidze continued her studies with L. Timofeeva.

Once she finalized her Bachelor’s Degree at the Moscow Conservatoire, she pursued her PhD studies at the Gnessin State Musical College with Master V. Ponizovkin. During this period, she was laureate with many prizes: First prize at the Russia National Piano Competition in Kazan (1980), Second prize on the USSR Inter-republic Piano Competition (1982), and a winner of the VII International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition (1982).

She has held the position of Tenured Professor of Piano in Tbilisi Conservatoire since 1984, where her teaching practice has been endorsed by laureate students who successfully carry out their concert activity in important European cities. She simultaneously performed a pedagogic activity and an intense solo work for the Tbilisi Philharmonic Orchestra as well as for Goskoncert State Company concerts.

She currently works in CSM-Katarina Gurska, and since 2017 she works as a music teacher at the Centro Superior de Música Ntra. Sra. de Loreto FESD.




Marta Zabaleta Barandiaran

Born in Legazpi in 1965, she began musical studies in her hometown at the San Sebastián Conservatory, where she obtained the first piano prize. She continues training at the National Superior Centre of Music in Paris with D. Merlet, the Reina Sofía School in Madrid with Bashkirov, Povsun and G. Eguiazarova and at the Marshall Academy in Barcelona with Alicia de Larrocha.

She has won many prizes in international competitions such as the Chopin of Darmstadt (1989), the Paloma O'Shea of Santander (1992), the Pilar Bayona of Zaragoza (1992) and the Festival of Jaén (1995). Among other awards, Marta Zabaleta received the Albéniz Medal of the Isaac Albéniz Foundation.

Directed, with great success, by maestro Sergio Comissiona and by other great masters such as Mandeal, John Bell, Sebastian Bereau, J. Jose Mena, Sabas Calvillo, Manuel Galduff, Lucas Psaff, Gabriel Chmura and Max Bragado, she has given concerts in important auditoriums and concert halls of Spain and Europe.

He has been part of the Enesco Quartet, and of the contemporary music groups Ostots, Alternante and Proyecto Gerhard. As a soloist he has performed with the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Paris Conservatory, the Valencia Symphony Orchestra, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, the Castilla y León Orchestra, Krefeld Orchestra, etc.

Among her records, we include the engravings of Joaquín Rodrigo, F. Escudero; in camera, with Asier Polo, and two pianos with the RTVE label for the concert of M. Pompey; her latest works, "Pecados de juventud" with compositions by Alicia de Larrocha, Goyescas y El Pelele de Granados.

She represents the current generation of pianists that is the necessary link to keep alive the legacy of music and the pianistic conception that Granados embodies and that she was able to transmit in his school, the Granados-Marshall Academy, which Marta Zabaleta has directed in recent years.

Currently, she is professor at the Higher Music Centre of the Basque Country-Musikene, as well as director of the Marshall Academy of Barcelona, by express wish of her predecessor, Alicia de Larrocha.


Luis del Valle del Valle

Luis was born in Malaga in 1983. He began his musical studies under Professor Irene Rodríguez, and continued his training with the professors Horacio and Paloma Socías and José Felipe Díaz. He has received master classes from Galina Eguiazarova, Boris Berman, Serguei Babayan, Vitaly Margulis and Ralf Gothoni, among others. He received a scholarship from the Madrid Velázquez Rotary Club, became a student at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he received lessons from the pianist Juhani Lagerspetz, and studied at the Reina Sofia Music School.

He has received classes from Professor Dmitri Bashkirov in the Banco Santander Foundation Piano Chair. Member of the Mozart Trio of Deloitte, with which he has given recitals in different places in Spain, and with which he has recorded a CD sponsored by Deloitte, he received from Her Majesty Queen Sofía the most outstanding Group Diploma of his department, directed by Professor Márta Gulyás.

Together with his brother Víctor, he entered the Chamber Music Institute of Madrid under the tutelage of Professor Ralf Gothóni, debuting in November 2004 at the National Music Auditorium in Madrid. Both are part of the Duo del Valle. 

He currently combines his concert activity with his teaching work at the Royal Superior Conservatory of Madrid and as an Assistant Professor of the Chamber Music Institute of Madrid; he is also frequently invited to teach piano and chamber music master classes both in Spain and abroad.

He has received numerous national and international awards and has performed on numerous stages, both in Spain and Europe. Linked especially to the world of chamber music, Luis del Valle actively collaborates with different instrumental ensembles and soloists, although his projection as an emergent value of the musical panorama is undoubtedly due to the concert career he has with his brother Víctor, forming a piano duet that, after having been proclaimed winner of the prestigious ARD International Music Competition (Munich, 2005), was soon recognised as one of the most outstanding chamber music groups in Europe.

Recently, the del Valle duo has recorded an album with music by Tomás Marco at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga, in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia for the production of a CD with unpublished works by the Galician composer José Arriola. On the other hand, he has recorded for RNE "Radio Clásica", BR (Radio de Baviera) SWR (Süden-Westen Radio) and for the Sony Spain record label..





Juan Luis Pérez Floristán

Born in Seville in 1993, son of musicians, he took his first lessons in the family at the hand of his mother. Later, he began studying officially at the Seville conservatory, moving to Madrid to continue his training at the Reina Sofia School of Music. Later he perfected his studies at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin.

Throughout his musical training he has received classes and advice from great interpreters, among others Ana Guijarro, Galina Eguiazarova, Daniel Barenboim, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Eldar Nebolsin and Javier Perianes. Special mention in his training should be made to Elisabeth Leonskaja, who, since she knew him, proved not only to be an exceptional artist, but also a person committed to the new generations of pianists in a delivered and totally disinterested way, which has meant an invaluable help in both his career as in his personal and artistic development.

His first solo recital was at the age of 12, at 14 he won the first prize in the piano competition Marisa Montiel and later the First Prize in the VII National Piano Competition of El Ejido.

Juan Pérez Floristán is a leader among the new generations of Spanish and European musicians. He has won the First Prize and Audience Award in the Santander Piano Competition "Paloma O'Shea" in 2015, as well as First Prize in the Steinway Competition in Berlin 2015 and the Medal of the City of Seville.  In 2018 he won the first prize at the Kissinger Klavierolymp (Kissingen Piano Olympics) in Germany.

He has debuted at some of the main venues in the world and performed at festivals such as: the Ruhr Klavier Festival, the Verbier Festival, the Sommets-Musicaux in Gstaad (Switzerland), the Santander, the Granada or the Beethoven Festivals in Warsaw, and collaborated with directors, soloists and chamber groups such as Jesús López Cobos, Juanjo Mena, Pablo González, Marc Soustrot, Lorenzo Viotti, Pedro Halffter, Andrei Ionita, Pablo Ferrández, Adrien Boisseau (member of the Ébène Quartet), etc. His tours have taken him through practically all of Europe, Latin America and the USA.

With a repertoire that includes more than 30 concerts for piano and orchestra, and ranging from Mozart to Prokofiev, he is a regular guest at the orchestral seasons throughout Spain. His collaboration with European orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra is a constant in his career.



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