Alba Ventura

Alba Ventura (born 1978) is a Spanish classical pianist. She made her debut as a concert soloist at the age of 13, performing with the Cadaqués Orchestra of Spain, and went on to have an international solo career. She is a professor at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.

Early life and educationEdit

Ventura was born in Barcelona in 1978.[1] She started playing the piano at the age of five. At the age of ten, she began attending the Acadèmia Marshall in Barcelona, where she studied with pianist Alicia de Larrocha.[1]

CareerEdit

As a soloist, Ventura has performed with a number of orchestras in Spain and internationally, including the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Orquestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.[2][3][4] She has also held recitals at Wigmore Hall in London,[5] and toured China and the United States.[3]

As a chamber musician, Ventura has collaborated with other artists, including the Brodsky and Takacs quartets,[1] violinist Boris Belkin,[6] violist Isabel Villanueva,[7] and cellist Astrig Siranossian.[7]

Ventura is a professor at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.[8]

Awards and honoursEdit

In 1998, Ventura was selected in the international auditions of the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).[9][5]

In 2010, Ventura was awarded the Fundació Príncep de Girona (FPdGi) Arts and Literature Award "for her aptitude, precociousness and sensitivity in piano interpretations".[10]

In 2019, Catalonian Minister of Culture Mariàngela Vilallonga awarded Ventura the Albéniz Medal at the closing ceremony of the 34th Isáac Albéniz Festival.[11]

DiscographyEdit

  • Rachmaninoff (2009)
  • Études (2016)
  • Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2020)[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Alba Ventura". Gran enciclopèdia catalana. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2020-04-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Auckland Philharmonia at the Auckland Town Hall". NZ Herald. 2002-11-10. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  3. ^ a b "La pianista Alba Ventura ofrece un concierto en Baluarte". Diario de Navarra (in Spanish). 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2020-05-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Alba Ventura triomfa amb Beethoven al Liceu". Revista Musical Catalana (in Catalan). Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  5. ^ a b Norris, Geoffrey (2001-03-09). "Young, fresh, and bold with it". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  6. ^ "Boris Belkin llena de música el Jovellanos". El Comercio (in European Spanish). 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  7. ^ a b Sevilla, Diario de (2018-05-26). "Punto y seguido con Schubert". Diario de Sevilla (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  8. ^ "lba Ventura al piano en el ciclo 'Beethoven actual'". La Verdad (in Spanish). 2020-03-03. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  9. ^ "Past YCAT artists". Young Classical Artists Trust. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  10. ^ "Alba Ventura, 2010 FPdGi Arts and Literature Award". en.fpdgi.org. Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  11. ^ "La pianista Alba Ventura rep la Medalla Albéniz d'enguany". Diari de Girona (in Catalan). 2019-08-17. Retrieved 2020-04-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Gaillard, Valeria (2020-05-17). "Alba Ventura i Sira Hernández, que parlin els pianos!". Ara.cat (in Catalan). Retrieved 2020-05-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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