Josu de Solaun Soto

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Josu De Solaun
Josu De Solaun, New York 2006
Background information
Born (1981-10-27) October 27, 1981 (age 37)
Valencia, Spain

Josu de Solaun (born October 27, 1981) is a Spanish-American classical music pianist. He hold citizenships from both Spain and the United States.


He is winner of the First Prize at the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition, 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 and only pianist from Spain to have ever been awarded the coveted prizes in the more than 30 and 50 years of their existence (the Iturbi and Enescu Competitions, founded in 1981 and 1958). 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.[1] In Spain, until the age of 17, his main teacher was Mexican pianist Maria Teresa Naranjo Ochoa.

He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Fenice, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Ploiești Philharmonic 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, Moldova State Philharmonic Orchestra, Banatul Philharmonic of Timișoara, Orquesta Sinfónica 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 Justus Frantz, Rumon Gamba, Gheorghe Costin, JoAnn Falletta, Constantine Orbelian, Ovidiu Bălan, Ilarion Ionescu-Galaţi, Robert Houlihan, Christian Badea, Horia Andreescu, 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.[2]


He has recorded for Naxos Records.[3]


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, United States) 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, United States) 2nd Prize
2014 Romania XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition (Bucharest, Romania) 1st Prize


  1. ^ "JOSU DE SOLAUN SOTO". Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  2. ^ "JOSU DE SOLAUN SOTO". Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  3. ^ "JOSU DE SOLAUN SOTO". Retrieved 2019-05-08.

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