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Concert Details

Title: St Leonard's Church Seaford Lunchtime Concert Antonio Oyarzabal, Piano
Promoted by: St. Leonard’s Church, Seaford
Time: Saturday, 14 April 2018, at 1:00pm
Place: St Leonard’s Church, Seaford
Description: Antonio Oyarzabal is a versatile concert pianist and sought-after musician living in London.
He was born in Bilbao in 1989. He started studying piano with Sor Cecilia Keller and continued with Guadalupe López completing high school with Honors and obtaining the highest grade in piano. Later, he entered at Musikene, in San Sebastian. At this school he obtained his Bachelor degree mentored by pianists Marta Zabaleta and Miguel Borges, and trained in contemporary piano repertoire with Ricardo Descalzo. Antonio also completed a harpsichord Diploma degree with Honors, training with Loreto F. Imaz. He also studied with pianist Denis Pascal and the Armenian master Anahit Simonian, with whom he has trained in piano improvisation.
Antonio is a Master Graduate as a piano soloist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he also recently graduated in the exclusive Artist Diploma programme, studying with Caroline Palmer. Antonio is a versatile pianist who combines performing as a soloist, as well as chamber music and orchestral piano.
As an orchestral pianist, Antonio is very experienced and was recently named the pianist for the London Philarmonic Orchestra, Foyle Future Firsts programme 2016/2017. He has worked on orchestral repertoire with LSO and LPO players, Catherine Edwards, Liz Burley and John Alley. Last year, he performed Mahler Symphony 4 (arranged by Klaus Simon) with LPO members at the RFH, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. He has also performed with Basque Country Symphony Orchestra in a programme including Petrushka by Stravinsky. Antonio has been named Principal Keyboard of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in 2014 and 2015. He has also performed with Southbank Sinfonia, ULSO in London, Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra; and the European Union Youth Orchestra (2014). Antonio was the Principal Keyboard of the YMSO 2012-2017. He has worked with many conductors, such as Vladimir Jurowski, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Afkham, Jun Märkl, Peter Stark, John Wilson, Leo McFall, James Blair, Juan José Ocón, Pierre Cao etc. As an orchestral pianist, Antonio has performed in venues such as Royal Albert Hall PROMS 2014, Casino Kursaal in Interlaken, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Fundaçao Gulbekian in Lisbon, Philarmonie Gasteig in Munich, Philarmonie Kasel, Grafenegg Auditorium, Barbican Hall, St John Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, CERN in Geneva, and Musikverein in Vienna.
As a chamber music pianist, Antonio made his debut in Barbican Hall performing Webern piano quintet last year for a pre-LSO performance. He is one of the founder members of Trisquel Arts Ensemble, with which he has been performing different recitals since 2013, both in the UK and abroad. Recently they had the chance to perform at the Festival Manuel de Falla in Cádiz (Spain). His experience also includes playing with different Spanish ensembles at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, Fundación Botín in Santander, Sala Kutxa in San Sebastián, and at the Quincena Musical Festival in San Sebastián, 2010. Antonio has recently performed Mozart Kegelstatt Trio together with LSO Principal clarinet Andrew Marriner in concert. He has also performed together with Allegri Quartet and Southbank Sinfonia.
As a soloist, he has recently performed Shostakovich Piano Concerto in F with London Euphonia Orchestra and Ravel Piano Concerto in G with YMSO at St John Smith Square. He has also performed Mozart Piano Concerto nº23 with Aldwych Sinfonia in London. In Spain, Antonio performed Ravel Concerto in G and Mozart 9th Piano Concerto with JOL, and Poulenc Concerto for two pianos and orchestra with Musikene Symphony Orchestra. Antonio has also performed Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with European Union Youth Orchestra in Grafenegg, Austria.
As an accompanist, Antonio works often with different singers. He often performs with mezzo Chlöe Schaaf, with whom he has performed at the Leeds Lieder Festival, Song in the City Festival in London and in Academia Marshall, Barcelona, among other venues. With soprano Mirjam Mesak, Antonio has performed at Westminster Cathedral in London and they have been named finalists of the English Song Competition at the GSMD. Antonio took part in a Spanish Song and Zarzuela Gala concert at the Cervantes Theatre last year. He also had the opportunity to play with acclaimed singers Emily Magee and Christiane Karg during GMJO Spring Tour 2014.
Antonio is an active performer of solo recitals around London and abroad. He has performed in Paxos International Festival in Greece; Festival ‘Las Edades del Hombre’ in Toro (Spain) 2016, Pirineos Classic Festival, Eutherpe Foundation in León, Aiara Festival, Fundación Botín in Santander, Toccatta en A (Madrid), Casa de Granada (Madrid), Ateneo de Madrid, Juventudes Musicales and Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Granados-Marshall Academy and in Casa Elizalde (Barcelona). His recitals in London include St Martin in the Fields, St James Piccadilly, the Foundling Museum, Milton Court Concert Hall, Charlton House, St Clement Danes, National Physical Laboratory, Song in the City Festival, The Forge Candem, Southwark Cathedral, St James Paddington, St Stephen Walbrook, St John Baptist Church, St George Bloomsbury, St Lawrence Jewry. Across UK, he has also performed in Brighton (Sussex), Newport Cathedral (Wales), Bourneville (Birmingham), in St John’s Peterborough (Cambridgeshire), in Hastings (East Sussex), in Grange Park Festival (Hertfordshire), in Harlow and in Maldon (Essex), in King’s Lynn Music Society (Norfolk), in Bury St Edmunds Cathedral and Lavenham Church (Suffolk), and in Stratford upon Avon (Warwickshire). Antonio has recently made his debut at the Arriaga Theatre (Bilbao).
Antonio was awarded the Guildhall School Trust from 2012/2014. He was also awarded the Audience Special Prize and Finalist Prize in Campillos International Competition 2015, 4th Prize at the Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition 2013 and the 2nd prize at the “Concours International d’Ile de France” competition in Paris, 2008. He complements his training with masterclasses with pianists such as Anne Quéffélec, Émile Naoumoff, Jerome Rose, Luis Fernando Pérez, Denis Pascal, Josep Colom, Vladimir Bronewetzky, Bernard d’Ascoli, Paul Roberts, and Guigla Katsarava among others.
Antonio has recently recorded his debut CD, The Inner Child, with Orpheus Classical international record label; including music by Schumann, Debussy, Ravel and Mompou. The CD has received many good reviews and it recently received the Gold Melomano Award by prestigious magazine Melomano.

The Inner Child

Schumann – Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood)
1. Of Foreign Lands and Peoples
2. A Curious Story
3. Blind Man's Buff
4. Pleading Child
5. Happy enough
6. An Important Event
7. Dreaming
8. At the fireside
9. Knight Of The Hobbyhorse
10. Almost Too Serious
11. Frightening
12. Child Falling Asleep
13. The Poet speaks

Debussy – Children’s Corner
1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
2. Jimbo's Lullaby
3. Serenade for the Doll
4. The Snow is Dancing
5. The Little Shepherd
6. Golliwogg's Cakewalk

Mompou - Scenes from Childhood
1. Cries dans la rue
2.Jeux dans la plage
3. Jeux II
3. Jeux III
4. Jeunes filles au jardin

Ravel – Ma mère l’oye (piano solo version)
Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty
Little Tom Thumb
Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas
Conversations between the Beauty and the Beast
The Fairy Garden

Concert lasts approximately an hour, has Free admission with a Retiring collection.
Tickets: Free admission with a Retiring collection.
Contact: John Baker

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