Alberto Urroz (Spain)
Piano Professor - Alfonso X el Sabio University, Madrid
Soria Conservatory, Madrid
Alberto Urroz is one of the most renown Spanish pianists of his generation. Acclaimed pianist with an international career as soloist, chamber music player, accompanist of great singers, dancers and ballet companies in prestigious festivals and halls, Dr. Urroz was granted an honorary award in 2017 to the best Doctoral Thesis in Arts and Humanities by the Alfonso X el Sabio University for his dissertation “Optimization of the didactic-learning process of piano technique: models to develop eficiency in the performance of the piano studies Op. 299 by C. Czerny (1791-1857).” Urroz is piano professor for bachelor, master and doctorate studies in piano performance at the Alfonso X el Sabio University in Madrid and Musical Arts Madrid. He also holds a piano teaching position for undergraduate studies at Madrid Arturo Soria Conservatory. As a renown pedagogue, he has been invited to various prestigious international festivals and universities in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Norway, South Korea and USA. Concerned about the new generations, he has organized the presentation of young talents in auditoriums and festivals such as the Conde Duque, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Pons Foundation and Auditorio CentroCentro, in Madrid, and the Mendigorría International Music Festival, in Navarra. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the prestigious Mendigorria International Music Festival and cofounder and Artistic Director of the City of Madrid Shigeru Kawai Piano Competition. In 2018, Urroz was appointed President of the European Piano Teachers Association EPTA in Spain and is responsible for the first ever Annual EPTA International Conference in Spain which will be held in Madrid in September 2021.
Alberto Urroz has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and America. A successful debut in 2008 at New York’s Carnegie Hall boosted his international career, following recitals in Seoul (South Korea), Strasburg (France), Atlanta (USA), London (UK) and Naples (Italy), among others. Since first performing in his hometown with the Navarre Symphony Orchestra in 1999, Urroz has been sought by important cultural institutions such as the Prado Museum, Madrid National Auditorium, Conde Duque Auditorium, the Santander and Peralada International Festivals, the Royal San Fernando Fine Arts Academy, the Juan March Foundation, Gayarre Theater, Baluarte Auditorium, the Cervantes Institute in Berlin, Lisbon and Manila; Festival Percusos in Ponte de Lima and Festival Terras See Sombra, both in Portugal; the Music Talent Festival in Brescia, Italy; the German Embassy in Madrid; the Las Canals, Binic and Hyères Festivals in France; the Iberian Foundation for Spanish Music in NYC, the Georgia State University in the USA, the German Embassy in Madrid; the Italian Culture Institute in Madrid, Lisbon, and Strasburg, etc. He has played in such halls as the Madrid National Auditorium and Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Museo del Prado Auditorium, the Gayarre Theatre, the Baluarte Auditorium, the Weill Recital Hall and Elebash Recital Hall (NY), Salle du Munsterhof (Strasburg), Bolivar Hall (London), the Sejong Center (Seoul), Kopleff Recital Hall (Atlanta), Villa Floridiana (Naples), the Oslo Music Academy, the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Tel Aviv Philarmonie, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (Manila), etc.
In 2004, Urroz founded the Mendigorría International Music Festival, receiving enormous attention
from the media and excellent reviews from the outset.