“I was dazzled by this record: this 30 year old Spanish pianist offers a pianism that is “rare”: all fingers flesh, a perfect homogeneity of registers: everything is timbre, everything is clear, singing, never harsh, it sometimes sounds like an organ… or Arrau!. A revelation: The “Piano-King” is called Juan Carlos.
Thierry Vagne Musique classique & Co.
Juan Carlos’s international career is rapidly flourishing after he stepped in last minute for an injured Zee-Zee performing Mozart Piano Concerto Jeunehomme at Carnegie Hall with The Chamber Orchestra of New York, which resulted in a standing ovation and immediate reengagements.
Juan Carlos 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 in a live broadcast on Spanish National Radio.
Juan Carlos has concertized throughout his native Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Ukraine, Central America, Puerto Rico, to name a few. He has collaborated with orchestras such as, Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española, The Chamber Orchestra of New York, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, Orquesta Nacional de El Salvador, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y León, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta de Extremadura, among others, and has performed in venues as the Schumann Haus in Zwickau, Steinway Hall in New York and London, St James’s Piccadilly in London, Chicago Cultural Center, Royal Dublin Society, Kharkov National Opera House, Teatros del Canal, Teatro de la Maestranza, Auditorio Monumental, Teatro Nacional de El Salvador, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Fundación Juan March, Fundación Scherzo. He was featured on the Messiaen Centennial Celebration at Yale performing Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus. Also 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 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.
In the media, Juan Carlos has been a guest-star in Season 3 of Musical Cities, produced by Mediaset España. He has also been a featured guest in TV shows and radio, as in Estudio 206, Programa de Mano, Los Conciertos de La2, Televisión Castilla y León, and Radio Nacional de España, Radio Nacional de El Salvador, Price-Rubin Radio, and has been featured as well in specialized magazines as Ritmo, Scherzo and Melómano.
His newly published CD, Carnaval, a monographic CD with music of Schumann, features both his carnavals and is garnering rave reviews.
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 Claudio Martinez-Mehner.
For the upcoming season 2017-2018, Juan Carlos returns to the North American and European stages, and will make his debut in Asia in a month long tournee.