Award-winning Spanish born pianist Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto made his debut at the age of sixteen with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in d minor under the baton of Lutz Köhler to critical acclaim. This performance was broadcast live.
Juan Carlos has concertized throughout Spain, El Salvador, Germany, Holland, Puerto Rico and the United States. He has collaborated with orchestras such as, Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, Orquesta Nacional de El Salvador, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y León, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española, among others, and has performed in venues as NY Steinway Hall, Teatro de la Maestranza, Auditorio Monumental, Teatro Nacional de El Salvador, Auditorio Manuel de Falla. He was featured on the Messiaen Centennial Celebration at Yale performing Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus.
An advocate for contemporary music, he has premiered works by Fernando Buide, Jesús Rueda and Sean Hickey.
As a chamber musician, Juan Carlos has performed in festivals in Europe and the US, such as The Holland Music Sessions, Norfolk Music at Yale, Stony Brook and Wintergreen Performing Arts. Past engagements include chamber music performances with members of the Tokyo String Quartet, as well as performances with the Grammy-nominated "Yale Cellos" under the
direction of Aldo Parisot.
Juan Carlos is a prize-winner of many prestigious competitions internationally, such as 56 Jaén International Piano Competition, CSMTA Young Artists Competition, Chamber Music Society at Yale, Ciudad de Linares, National Piano Competition in Leon. He has also been the recipient of prizes and awards as the George Miles Fellowship, Linda & Alan Englander Fellowship, and the Yale Alumni Prize. He has been a featured guest in TV shows and radio, as in Programa de Mano, Los Conciertos de La2, Televisión Castilla y León, and Radio Nacional de España.
Juan Carlos holds degrees from the Yale School of Music (MM '09, AD '10) where he studied with Boris Berman. He previously studied in Spain under Julia Diaz-Yanes and