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Joaquin Achucarro
Sunday, October 10, 2010 4:00 pm

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"I have only heard this sound from Rubinstein" - Zubin Mehta

"There is something special with Achucarro. Very few musicians can extract this kind of sound from the piano." - Sir Simon Rattle

In his home country, Joaquín Achúcarro has achieved the highest honors in the Arts. In 1992 the Spanish government awarded him the Premio Nacional de Musica, and in 1996 he was knighted by King Juan Carlos with the Gold Medal of Fine Arts. In 1997, he was awarded the Premio Larios for Musical Excellence and also performed at the inauguration of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. UNESCO named him “Artist for Peace” in recognition of his “extraordinary artistic achievement,” and in 2003, King Juan Carlos of Spain presented him with the Great Cross of Civil Merit honoring a lifetime of achievement. He is also Commendador of the Order of Isabel la Católica and member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Achúcarro is the subject of a DVD just released by Opus Arte. The film commemorates the 50th Anniversary of his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and features a performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis in St Luke's Hall, as well as a solo performance filmed amongst the paintings in the Goya Gallery of the Prado Museum in Madrid. This was so successful that a new DVD of Falla’s Nights in Gardens of Spain, with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, is planned. Other recent highlights include touring in Europe with performances of the Grieg piano concerto, several North American appearances of de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He was soloist at the Opening Gala in the Sydney Opera House performing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 and the Choral Fantasy in a recreation of the 1808 concert in Vienna. He gave two recitals in Paris – a live radio broadcast from Salle Messiaen over Radio France, and in the Musee D’Orsay series. His interpretation of the Ravel Concerto in G opened the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico and was also performed with Orchestre d’Auvergne in France, Orchestra National of Spain, Orchestra Sinfonica Ars Academy of Rome, Kaiserslautern of Germany, the symphony orchestras of Malaga, Bilbao and Baleares, as well as the Vancouver Symphony, Florida West Coast Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony. Since September of 1989, Mr. Achúcarro has held the specially endowed Joel Estes Tate Chair at Southern Methodist University, adjusting his teaching periods to his busy schedule. He is also Professor of the Summer International Accademia Chigiana of Siena, Italy. In 2008 a group of individuals and institutions created the Joaquin Achucarro Foundation, located in Dallas, “to perpetuate his artistic and teaching legacy” and to help young pianists at the outset of their careers.


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