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Josu De Solaun is a Spanish classical music pianist and winner of both the First Prize at the I European Union Piano Competition
I European Union Piano Competition
The I European Union Piano Competition took place in Prague and Ostrava from June 24th to the 29th 2009, as part of the cultural program accompanying the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was jointly organized by the International Dvorak Society and EPTA...

 held in Prague, and the First Grand Prize at the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition
XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition
The XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition took place in Valencia, from September 14th to the 30th, 2006. The competition is held every two years and is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions...

. He is the first pianist from Spain to have ever been awarded the coveted prize in the more than 30 years of its existence. He has resided in New York City
New York City
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...

 since moving there in 1999, at the age of 17, and is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music
Manhattan School of Music
The Manhattan School of Music is a major music conservatory located on the Upper West Side of New York City. The school offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels in the areas of classical and jazz performance and composition...

, from which he holds a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctorate in Musical Arts.

He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Moscow Chamber Orchestra
The Moscow Chamber Orchestra is a Chamber Orchestra based in Moscow, Russia, and assigned to the Moscow Philharmonia, a State-run enterprise, formerly under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and now, Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation.-Founding, 1955 :Rudolf Barshai was a virtuoso...

, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra is a noted orchestra based in Ostrava in the northeast of the Czech Republic. It is named after the famous Czech composer Leoš Janáček. The orchestra was established in 1954 and has toured all across the world...

 (formerly known as the Czech Radio Orchestra), Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra
RTVE Symphony Orchestra
The RTVE Symphony Orchestra , also known as the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra is a Spanish radio orchestra servicing RTVE, the Spanish national broadcasting network....

, Orquesta de Valencia, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari in Italy, Monterey Symphony Orchestra of California, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and under conductors such as Constantine Orbelian, Theodore Kuchar
Theodore Kuchar
Theodore Kuchar is a Ukrainian American conductor of classical music and a violist.-Biography:Kuchar was born in 1960 in New York City. He started to learn to play the violin at ten years of age, later switching to viola...

, Yaron Traub
Yaron Traub
Yaron Traub is an Israeli conductor and pianist.Throughout the 90s he served as Daniel Barenboim's assistant at the Bayreuth Festival and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After being prized at the 1998 Kirill Kondrashin Competition, Traub has internationally active as a guest conductor before he...

, Ormsby Wilkins, Francesco Angelico, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez
Miguel Angel Gómez Martínez
Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez is a Spanish conductor.-External links:**...

, Ramón Tébar, Max Bragado-Darman, and Yuri Krasnapolsky.
Record of prizes
Year Competition Prize
2006   XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition
XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition
The XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition took place in Valencia, from September 14th to the 30th, 2006. The competition is held every two years and is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions...

 (Valencia, SPAIN)
1st Prize
2009   Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions (New York, USA) 2nd Prize
2009   I European Union Piano Competition
I European Union Piano Competition
The I European Union Piano Competition took place in Prague and Ostrava from June 24th to the 29th 2009, as part of the cultural program accompanying the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was jointly organized by the International Dvorak Society and EPTA...

 (Prague/Ostrava, CZECH REPUBLIC)
1st Prize

See also

  • Official Results of the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition
    XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition
    The XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition took place in Valencia, from September 14th to the 30th, 2006. The competition is held every two years and is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions...

  • History of the José Iturbi Competition/Previous Winners
    José Iturbi International Piano Competition
    The José Iturbi Competition is an international piano competition named after the famed Spanish virtuoso José Iturbi, who later became a famous Hollywood actor. Created in 1981, it has been held ever since in the month of September and is part of the World Federation of International Music...


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