Instituto Cervantes Tokyo - Presentation début of Alex Alguacil in Tokyo! With the occasion of the anniversary between the countries of Japan and Spain, a piano recital at the the Instituto Cervantes of Tokyo introducing some of the most representative Spanish Piano repertoire and composers, such as Manuel de Falla, Albeniz, Mompou and Montsalvatge. In his first recital in the Japanese capital, Alex Alguacil will also perform some compositions by Salvador Brotons, included in his latest CD, recorded in New York City and released by Columna Música: The Complete piano music of Salvador Brotons. Friday April 11th, 2014 at 19h.
Auditori de Girona, Nits de Clàssica – Three Premieres in this piano recital at the cloister of Girona’s Cathedral. On the one hand the first Spanish audition of two pieces by two major composers: Brahms’ Albumblatt in A minor, found in 2011 and which the composer would use again years later in his Horn Trio, and Mozart’s Allegro Molto, found in 2012 in a notebook, and composed when Mozart was only eleven years old. On the other hand, the world premiere of Carícies cap al blanc, by Hector Parra, inspired in the paintings of Gerhard Richter. The recital will also include Visions Fugitives by Sergey Prokofiev, Trois Pastorelles by Francis Poulenc and a selection of compositions by Frederic Chopin. More info
L’Auditori - We finish the season with the visit of Alex Alguacil, pianist from Barcelona with a great international projection, who will be championing the extremely difficult and spectacular Concerto in F by George Gershwin, the North American composer who created the symphonic jazz genre by fusing the rhythms and harmonies of African American music with the European tradition of classical music. The American music that is the star of this concert is completed by the most famous work of Ferde Grofé, Grand Canyon Suite, a composer who had already become famous a few years earlier for having done the instrumentation of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Grofé manages to turn the grandiose American landscape into music: a nature of sound filled with energy, rhythm and sensitivity. More info.
Salvador Brotons, The Complete Piano Works (1975-2011). New CD release, recorded in New York City and presented by Columna Música records. The official presentation will take place in May 2nd, 2013 at the Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona. There will be a brief talking and introduction about the music with Salvador Brotons, Núria Viladot, from Columna Música, and Alex Alguacil. A performance by the pianist will follow the presentation, with some selections from the CD, including the Piano Sonata No. 1, written for and dedicated to the pianist. More info.
Pianoforte Foundation, Chicago. “The Pianoforte foundation presents “Spanish Fantasy”, a piano recital by Spanish pianist Alex Alguacil. A native of Barcelona, Alguacil has performed in major concert halls in North-America, Europe and Japan. His Carnegie Hall début in 2008 was hailed as one of the best performances of the season by the New York Concert review Magazine, and at his début with Barcelona’s Symphony Orchestra was praised as a brilliant pianist. Alguacil has extensively toured the United States and has performed with orchestras such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra or the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and in venues such as the aforementioned Carnegie Hall, CAMI Hall or the Merkin Hall at the Lincoln Center, among others. Alguacil will perform works by Haydn, Manuel de Falla and the premiere of Salvador Brotons’ Piano Sonata No. 1, recently composed for the pianist, to be included in an upcoming CD of his complete piano works. More info.
Soloist with Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra.
Review Mundoclásico – José del Rincón. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, Op. 43. Otoño Musical Soriano. September 16th 2011. “One of the guests orchestras at the Otoño Musical Soriano Festival was the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, which after a few years of a certain apathy recovered its best sound with british conductor Andrew Gourlay, winner of the Cadaqués International conducting competition. Gourlay accompanied very well to the fabulous pianist Alex Alguacil, not so well-known as he ought to be outside his native Catalonia. They offered a precise, fluent, clear an energetic musical performance of the Rhapsodhy on a theme by Paganini, which is one of the most famous works by Rachmaninov, but less programmed than his own second and third piano concertos”. More info.
Soloist with Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.
Palau Congressos Tarragona: Alex Alguacil was the pianist chosen to premiere the work Echoes, toccata for piano and orchestra, by composer Xavier Pages, with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra at the Palau de Congressos of Tarragona. The work, winner of the Tarragona International composition competition, was conducted by Paul Mann. Alex Alguacil, who performed previously with the OBC during the season 2006-07 Prokofiev’s 3rd piano concerto in a subscription concert, also performed Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 3 in C minor in the second half. More info
MUNDOCLÁSICO - Juan Krakenberger. Cambrils International Music Festival. August 4th, 2010. Brotons: Dedicatories op. 112; Alexander Scriabin: Sonata in f-sharp minor No. 3; Manuel De Falla: Four Spanish pieces and Fantasia Baetica. “I admit this is the first time I hear the name of Alex Alguacil, but I hope it won’t be the last. There is no doubt of his technical capabilities, and he far proved so with this difficult program. His biography explains he spent some years in New York and became a sort of ambassador to Catalan and Spanish music. It is obvious he likes the late-romantic and modern periods.(…) As a result of that, he had the honor of premiering a work by the Catalan composer Salvador Brotons.(…) I found his version to be flawless, expressing with each piece the exact character meant by the composer.(…). Because of the extended ovation, he offered two encores: first, La Milonga del Ángel by Astor Piazzolla, and second, the popular Dance from La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla. Good dynamic contrasts and lots of energy made the audience stand to a closed ovation for the pianist. We had witnessed a very impressive recital.” More Info.
LA VANGUARDIA – Jaume Radigales. Auditori of Barcelona, Sala Oriol Martorell. July 16th 2009. Debussy: Images Book II; Brotons: Impromptu Op. 37; Manuel De Falla: Fantasia Baetica; F. Chopin: Scherzo 1, 2, 3 i 4. “The career of Alex Alguacil is developing in a way closely related with the talent of a pianist who is, undoubtlessly, a virtuoso. He showed his abilities in his second appearance in Barcelona’s Auditori, with a program to “settle down” things. If one had to choose from the program, Debussy’s second book of Images would be my favorite one, performed with clear lines, immaculate phrasing and an intelligent pedalling. Same happened with the Piazolla as a second encore, as if Alguacil had wanted to conclude his circle of perfection. The recital followed up with the Impromptu Op. 37 by the Catalan composer Salvador Brotons, where the incisive energy of the pianist was substancially shown. The first half concluded with the Fantasia Baetica, resolved with extreme contrasts, maybe excessive, very distant from the taste of the aforementioned piece by Debussy. It was after the intermission, and with Chopin’s 4 Scherzi , where Alguaci’ls virtuous and vigorous playing found its place, trying to pursue the exact meaning of the sound that supports the musical speech. His skills are of a good quality, his potential unarguable and the talent wide for an intelligent pianist with a secure projection in the piano scene.” More info.
Carnegie Hall – Début of Alex Alguacil at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall! The recital will take place on November 13th 2008, with the support of The Consulate of Spain in New York and the Art-Modern foundation. Alguacil, recent winner of the Joseph and Rosalind Stone International award piano competition, has recently been presented to American audiences as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony orchestra and with the Bergen Philarmonic orchestra, performing Brahms piano Concerto in D minor and Prokofiev’s 3rd piano concerto. In his début at Carnegie Hall he will perform works by Debussy, Prokofiev, and Chopin’s four Scherzi. More info.
CD COMPACT MAGAZINE – Lluís Trullén. Torroella de Montgrí Festival. Granados: The Maiden and the Nightingle, Fandango del Candil; F. Chopin: Two Polonaises; Brotons: Impromptu Op 37; Liszt: Sonate in B minor - CD Compact Magazine, Lluís Trullén – “With a brilliant program pianist Alex Alguacil made his début at the Torroella de Montgrí Festival, showing promising technical and musical skills. Alguacil is a pianist who displays great technical feasibility, his confidence never undermined by the most difficult passages. Quite the contrary, he seems to seek those passages in which he can expose all his musical potential, big sound and strength. (…) Alguacil approached Liszt’s B minor Sonata with unarguable knowledge of one of the great peaks of romantic literature, where the essential, depth, poetry, warmth, majesty and controlled outbursts appeared as the pianists’ version unfolded. A high caliber interpretation which undoubtedly Alguacil will mould over future performances (…) A pianist with an unarguable musical future.”