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Josu De Solaun, New York 2006
Josu De Solaun
Born (1981-10-27) October 27, 1981 (age 32)
SpainValencia, Spain
Occupations Pianist
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Josu De Solaun (born October 27, 1981) is a Spanish classical music pianist and winner of both the First Prize at the I European Union Piano Competition held in Prague, and the First Grand Prize at the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition. 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 since moving there in 1999, at the age of 17, and is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, from which he holds a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctorate in Musical Arts, and where his main teachers were Nina Svetlanova and Horacio Gutiérrez.

He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, INSO - Lviv State Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly known as the Czech Radio Orchestra), Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquesta de Valencia, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari in Italy, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Monterey Symphony Orchestra of California, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and under conductors such as JoAnn Falletta, Constantine Orbelian, Ryan Haskins, Theodore Kuchar, Paul Daniel, Yaron Traub, Ormsby Wilkins, Francesco Angelico, Alexis Soriano, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Ramón Tébar, Max Bragado-Darman, and Yuri Krasnapolsky.

He has recorded for Naxos Records.

He currently studies conducting with Bruno Aprea.

Record of prizes
Year Competition Prize
2006 Spain XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition (Valencia, SPAIN) 1st Prize
2009 United States Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions (New York, USA) 2nd Prize
2009 Czech Republic I European Union Piano Competition (Prague/Ostrava, CZECH REPUBLIC) 1st Prize
2013 United States VII Iowa International Piano Competition (Sioux City, Iowa, USA) 2nd Prize

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