Bagaría Villazán José Enrique, Spain, 2007

Tour Dates: 16 Aug - 1 Sept, 2007

José Enrique Bagaría Villazán

Born in Barcelona in 1978. In 1995 he received his Higher Certificate in Piano with distinction from the Barcelona Conservatoire. He began studying at the age of six with Rosa Masferrer and continued with Luiz de Moura Castro. From 1992 to 1993 he studied at the Ecole Normale in Paris with Aquiles delle Vigne. During his postgraduate degree, from 1995 until 1999, he was taught by Stanislav Pochekin at the Liceu Conservatoire in Barcelona. From 1999 until 2003, he completed his formal training at the Reina Sofia Music School in Madrid with Dimitry Bashkirov, where he was awarded the title of 'outstanding pupil'. He currently studies with V.Suchanov at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich.

He has attended several master classes, with teachers such as Alicia de Larrocha, Eliso Virsaladze, Leon Fleisher, Andrzej Jasinski, Ralph Gothoni, Bruno Canino, Vitaly Margulis, Andrew Watts, Edith Fischer, Boris Petrushansky, etc.

He has won first prize in many national and international competitions such as the "Ciutat de Manresa" Competition, the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the "Jeunesses Musicales" of Vilafranca del Penedès Competition (including the Mozart special prize), the Principat d'Andorra Competition, the Freichilla-Zuloaga Competition in Valladolid, the "Primer Palau" Competition in Barcelona, the Chamber Music "Jeunesses Musicales" of Spain Competition, and the "Maria Canals" Competition in Barcelona, as well the "audience's prize" from the same competition. After winning the Infanta Cristina National Competition in Madrid, he represented Spain in the Fifth Stenway International Festival. He has also won second prize at the "Jeunesses Musicales" of Spain Competition (as a soloist), has been given the Gregorio Baudot special award, the Chopin Prize in the "Vianna da Motta" International Competition, he was a finalist in the "José Iturbi" Competition where he recieved an award as the best Spanish participant, and was given the Spanish Music award in the Jaén Competition. In 2005 he was one of 20 participants who got to the final stages of the prestigious Paloma O'Shea International Competition in Santander.

He was also part of the jury at the Young Music Awards in Spain, held in Menorca in April 2000.

José Enrique Bagaría has performed extensively throughout Spain, France, Germany, and the U.S.A., and in several International Festivals, such as the "Castell de Peralada Festival", the "International Music Festival of Torroella de Montgrí", the "Santander International Festival", the "Granada Music & Dance International Festival", the 5th "Steinway International Festival", the "Young Talents Cicle" in Paris, the III and V edition of the "Segovia Festival", the "Vila de Rialp" Music Festival, the "Sitges International Festival", and the III edition of the "El Convent" Classical Music Festival in Blanes, just to name a few. He has performed in many different venues, including the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Auditorium in Barcelona, the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Manuel de Falla Concert Hall in Granada, the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid and the Alfred Cortot Hall in Paris. His performances have been recorded by National Radio and Televisio on several occasions. During 1999-2000 he also performed in the "Richard Viñas" concerts in numerous cities throughout Spain. He has performed as a soloist with the Galician Symphony Orchestra, the Valencian Symphony Orchestra, the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, the Vallès Symphony Orchestra and the Salzburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has also played in several chamber music groups, and at present he holds a stable duet with violinist Josep Colomé, and with cellist Pau Codina.