Achúcarro’s 90th Anniversary Tour with Raul Canosa in Seattle
On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Spanish pianist Maestro Achúcarro, Raul Canosa performs a concert at the Theatre At Meydenbauer Center.
This program is part of ¡Felicidades, Maestro!, a concert series performed in honor of Joaquín Achúcarro’s 90th birthday, and presented in partnership with the Embassy of Spain and Consulates of Spain throughout the U.S.
Joaquín Achúcarro is a world-renowned Spanish pianist who has won two of Spain’s most prestigious awards: National Music Award by the Spanish government and the Gold Medal of Fine Arts, awarded by King Juan Carlos I. The Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation was founded to showcase, educate, and benefit the careers of pianists, while developing and maintaining the legacy of Joaquín Achúcarro in perpetuity.
About the artist
Raul Canosa is a Master’s graduate from the Colburn School, currently pursuing Performance Diploma at SMU with Maestro Joaquín Achúcarro. He has been praised for his “great technical skill and what is less frequent, solid musicality” (Codalario, 2018). A. Ruiz Tarazona described him as the possessor of “an overwhelming pianism of great sound quality and true expressive delicacy.”
He has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Argentina and Spain with frequently appearances at the National Auditorium with the Andrés Segovia Orchestra. He has also played in Vienna Musikverein, Bayreuth der Zentrum, Sweden Trollhättan Cultural Center, Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall to mention a few. He has participated in classical musical TV and radio programs in Spain, Los Angeles and Argentina.
His studies have been supported by national and international scholarships as Excellence of the Community of Madrid, Juventudes Musicales Madrid, Wagner Association, Lieven Foundation, Alvargonzález Foundation, A Mas Música Association. He has also been awarded in several piano competitions: Tucuman’s International piano Competition, Ciudad de Linares Piano Competition, Esteban Sánchez, International Pedro Bote Competition, Shigueru Kawaii Spain, Mexico’s Villahermosa International Piano Competition among others. The most important teachers in his musical development have been Bruno Gelber, Joaquín Achúcarro, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jura Margulis and Nino Kereselizde.
Canosa’s interest in Spanish music has led him to recover and perform works like Turina’s Symphonic Rhapsody for piano and orchestra. As a result of his research and interest he recorded a CD entitled Spanish Serenade and Dances, where he juxtaposes various popular musical genres as treated by different Spanish composers; Albéniz, Granados, J. Rodrigo, Mompou, Montsalvatge and contemporaneous works from González Vallés, C. Danés and one of his own.