2018 Festival

    Alberto Urroz

    Spain | Festival Director 2004-2021

    Alberto Urroz is one of the most brilliant and multitalented Spanish pianists of his generation. Acclaimed pianist with an international career as soloist, he is also an active chamber music player, as well as accompanist of great singers, dancers and ballet companies in prestigious festivals. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Mendigorría International Music Festival in Spain and has produced and created successful multidisciplinary spectacles including music, art and dance. As a founder member of the European Piano Teachers Association, EPTA, in Spain, Urroz has served as secretary and Vice President and has been appointed President in 2018. He has earned a PhD “cum laude” (2017) in music from the Alfonso X University, with the thesis “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)”. Since 2015, Urroz is piano professor for bachelor, master and doctorate studies in piano performance at the Alfonso X University and since 2002, he holds a teaching position for undergraduate studies at Arturo Soria Conservatory, both in Madrid. 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 at the Mendigorría International Music Festival in Navarra. He is also cofounder and Artistic Director of the City of Madrid Shigeru Kawai Piano Competition whose aim is to develop and support careers of young pianists in Spain and Japan.

    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 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 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.

    Born in Pamplona in 1970, he began his musical education at home. In 1994, he graduated with honors in Joaquín Soriano’s Chair in Piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, furthering his training at the Rubin Academy (now renamed Buchman-Mehta Music School) in Tel-Aviv University with Pnina Salzman, then in New York with Oxana Yablonskaya. He won competitive grants from Madrid Juventudes Musicales (1993), from the Government of Navarra (1995-1998) and from Hartford University (1999).

    Alberto Urroz is an artist of IBS Classical label where he has recorded works by Scarlatti, Sánchez Allú, Albéniz, Granados, de Falla and Mompou.

      Alicia Griffiths

      Arpista / harpist | España / Spain Madrid

      Alicia Griffiths Turrillas was born in Pamplona, Northern Spain, into a musical family. She started to play classical guitar at the age of 7, and harp at the age of 13. Alicia completed her school and conservatoire studies in her home city and moved to Wales in 2006 to study harp in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she obtained her Bachelor degree. Alicia finished her Masters studies with Gabriella Dall’Olio, and with Frances Kelly on Baroque harp at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London in 2013, where she also taught harp and chamber music in the Junior Department. In 2011 she was awarded the John Marson Prize for Harp Studies which led to her debut recital at St.Martin in the Fields.
      She performs regularly with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and has also collaborated with orchestras such as Royal Orchestral Society, London Mahler Orchestra, Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra, Whitehall Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquesta Sinfónica of the Balearic Islands, Orquestra Fundación Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Norwegian National Youth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of the Basque Country among others. However, it is chamber music that she is most passionate about and enjoys working with various ensembles and interdisciplinary collaborations.

      Alicia now lives in Pamplona, where she also teaches the harp privately and at the Escuela de Música Orreaga in Artica, Navarra.

        Eloisa Cascio

        Piano | Italia / Italy

        After finishing the high school, she graduated with honors with the Diploma and the Master’s degree in Piano at the Conservatory of Benevento under the guidance of Tina Babuscio. He deepened the performance practice of the ancient repertoire with Andreina di Girolamo, graduating in harpsichord with honors from the Conservatory of Campobasso, and in Milan with Emilia Fadini, while with Giacomo Vitale she obtained a diploma in Choral Music and Choir Conducting at the Conservatory of Avellino. Afterwards, she studied with Massimo Bertucci in Naples, and she obtained a diploma in 2014 at the Fiesole School of Music with Pietro De Maria and then a degree in Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Naples with Valeria Lambiase. She has participated in master classes held by various masters, including Laura De Fusco, Bruno Canino, Pasquale Iannone, Silvia Rambaldi, Giorgio Carnini, Gustav Leonhardt, Peter Lang – at the Sommerakademie of Mozarteum in Salzburg – Gottlieb Jracek von Armin and Johannes Kropfitsch – at Wiener Musik Seminar, in which she obtained the Third Prize at the Dichler Competition – and at the Academia Internationale d’Eté in Nice with Domique Merlet, Prisca Benoit and Olivier Gardon, as well as Teppo Koivisto, Oleg Marshev, Joseph Paratore and Henri Sigfridsson.
        She made her young debut with the Orchestra del Conservatorio di Benevento; she played for the concerts of the Samnite University and was a continuist of the Ensemble Hortus Conclusus of the same Institute. She has given concerts in Italy, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Greece, Macedonia, Baltic Republics, Romania, the United States of America, Croatia and Montenegro, participating in various festivals including Salzburg Klassik, Interfest Bitola, Holland Music Session, Synthermia festival, XXIII Międzynarodowy Festiwal Muzyki Odnalezionej in Tarnow (Poland), La Grance aux Piano (France,) Eppstein Klavierfest, Timisoara Philharmonic, Portofino Classica, Armonie Meat, Piano City Naples, Festival of Vesuvian Villas. Recently, she played the Mendelssohn Concert with the Dinu Lipatti Romanian State Philharmonic of Satu Mare and Mihai Jora of Bacau. In April 2016, the University of Florida’s South of Tampa Music Faculty awarded her the “Steinway Piano Series Special Prize”, awarded annually to exceptional quality pianists to promote their career start; on that occasion she held a recital at the University on the Steinway Piano Series as well as in Texas (Dallas and Fort Worth). In the current academic year she is professor at the Francesco Cilea Conservatory of Reggio Calabria.

            Giacomo Serra

            Piano | Italia / Italy

            Giacomo Serra studied in Venezia and Milano Conservatorio where he graduated with Riccardo Risaliti. He perfected himself for many years with Dario De Rosa pianist of the famous “Trio di Trieste” performing a lot of piano four-hands and two pianos concerts.

            He played in Teatro Verdi Trieste, Foro Italico Roms, Accademia Chigiana Siena where he recorded Schubert music for italian television RAI1. He won piano competitions in Osimo Stresa and Albenga.

            Giacomo Serra graduated in musicology at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari with a study on Carlo Goldoni and the 18th century italian opera. He won an audition in Teatro San Carlo, Naples where he is since 1995 maestro sostituto and orchestra pianist. He has played with important conductors like Daniel Oren, Gustav Kuhn, Giuseppe Sino poli, Mitislav Rostropovich, Jeffrey Tate and many others in operas of italian and european repertoire (Strauss, Schostakovich, Wagner, Janacek).

            He gives many solo and chamber music concerts. Recently he played Mozart piano and orchestra concert K595 with Nuova Scarlatti orchestra in Naples; Mozart and Beethoven Quintets with first instruments of San Carlo orchestra. He has been maestro di sala in Wagner Parsifal performed in Academy of S.Cecilia, Rome, conducted by Daniele Gatti.

                Ilaria Iaquinta

                Soprano | Italia / Italy

                Ilaria Iaquinta, soprano, graduated as an opera singer at the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples. She also attended courses taught by Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig and Sherman Lowe. Additionally, she has specialized in “chamber music” under the tutelage of M° Antonio Florio and has performed at the Ancient Music Center “Pietà dei Turchini”, French and German repertoires.

                Ilaria Iaquinta won in 2002 first prize in “Chamber Music” at the “Don Matteo Colucci” competition and second place at the Napolinova Competition. She is winner of  “Francesco Albanese” (2004) and  “Tirindelli” (2009) in Conegliano-Venice competitions.

                She recorded a song in the “Enciclopedia italiana dei compositori contemporanei” (ed. Pagano) cd collection and she also recorded, in 2014, a cd “Les bouffes napolitains” with the pianist Giacomo Serra (Polosud records). In 2011 she sang live in Milan for the broadcast Channel Radio Rai.

                Ilaria Iaquinta has been very active in the musical concert scene. She sang in Scarlatti Hall, Ravello Festival, St Denis Festival, Kolner Philarmonie, Associazione Scarlatti of Naples, Teatro Coccia in Novara, Concerti del vespro in Milan, Festival Beethoven in Sutri, Rassegna “La Soffitta” in Bologna, Festival Piatti in Bergamo, Festival Offenbach and l’Eure poétique et musicale in Normandie.

                She has played main roles in comical operas such as V. Fioravanti’s “Le Cantatrici Villane” (Campobasso Opera), P. Auletta´s “La Locandiera” and D. Scarlatti´s “La Dirindina” (Capri Opera Festival).

                In 2000, she participated in the Film-Opera “Traviata a Paris” for World-Wide Television, which was directed by Zubin Metha and Patroni Griffi. Ilaria Iaquinta conducted several performances at the Rendano Theater in Cosenza, Verdi Theater in Trieste and La Fenice Theater in Venice.


                    Jazz vocal | Portugal

                    “There are very few singers in the jazz world with talent and languageJacinta’s jazz. “- Gudrun Endress, Publisher of Jazz Podium Magazine, Germany, Dec. 2011
                    The best young European jazz artist in 2007 under the initiative “The Best of Europe” conveys a great emotion and claw in the tone of her voice that is defined as warm, round and powerful, complemented by a solid and natural swing. Jacinta took her first artistic steps through the study of classical music in piano and composition, an unusual course in a jazz singer. However it is in this world of jazz that his musical energy finds expression. The first Portuguese artist to be published in the prestigious Blue Note Records, was to drink the Jazz in its essence when realizing the Masters in Jazz Performance in Manhattan School of Music, having acted several times with great names of the Jazz like Peter Eldridge, Jane Monheit, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Greg Osby, Jason Moran, among others. His first commercial recording, Tribute to Bessie Smith, holds the national record of sales, having been awarded a Gold record for sales of more than 25,000 copies, something that never happened before in the history of Portuguese jazz. Jacinta ventures into Portuguese music and produces her third album “Convexo” [the song of Zeca Afonso] in 2007. With this same project, in 2008, she holds the biggest Jazz Tour ever organized in Portugal. The tour included 20 concerts from north to south of the country, passing through large venues such as Teatro Circo, Teatro Gil Vicente, Olga Cadaval and CCB. In 2009, after completing 9 performances at the São Luiz Theater Winter Garden, Jacinta returns to the prestigious Blue Note label with the Songs of Freedom project – hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. “Jacinta has a very own voice and style in” Songs of Freedom “: She places her original brand in a diverse selection of classic pop and jazz standards.”- Bruce Lundvall, President of the Blue Note GroupAlready in 2011 in a German production, Jacinta publishes “Recycle Swing” Jazz Standards. This album was recorded in the mythical Bauer Studio and has the participation of great musicians from the four corners of the World. “In the voice of the renowned jazz singer Jacinta, lies velvet and silk, yin and yang, honey and salt.” Thomas Staiber, Jazz Critic (Germany)

                        Trío Argos

                        Adriaan Alexander RIJNHOUT DIAZ, violin

                        He finished the Professional Degree at the Professional Conservatory of Music Amaniel, Madrid, obtaining the Degree Honorary Prize, under Professor Alfredo García Serrano with whom he continued his studies at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts of the UAX (University “Alfonso X El Sabio “), currently studying the Bachelor Degree in Classical Music Performance. He has received master classes from Professors Jesus Reina, Noah Bendix Balgley, Grigory Kalinovski, Friederieke Saeijs, Raquel Castro, Yuval Gotlibovich, Oliver Wilde, Sergey Teslya, Olga Virkormiskaia, Amayak Dourgarian and Mariana Todorova. He has been Concertino with the Orquesta Joven de Extremadura (OJEX) and the Orchestra of the UAX, with which he has also performed as a soloist. He is currently a member of the JONDE (Young National Orchestra of Spain) and OJEX, having performed concerts with orchestras such as OPUS 23, the WJO (Wiener Jeunesse Orchester) and the Orquesta Joven de Soria. He is part of several chamber ensembles and has participated, together with Maestro Andreas Frolich, Professor of the Mozarteum, in several concerts during the cycle “Classics in Summer” of the Community of Madrid.

                        Alejandro Moro, clarinet

                        He comes from a family with a long musical tradition. The influence of his parents and his grandparents urge him to begin his studies with the clarinet under the tutelage of Professor Iván García Redondo at the Professional Conservatory of Music in Móstoles, his hometown. He finishes his professional studies with honors in the specialty of clarinet. He has received masterclasses from such prestigious professors as Cristo Barrios, Konrad von Abel or Yehuda Gilad, among others. In his orchestral role, he participates and collaborates with numerous orchestras, highlighting his solo debut at the age of 18 with the Atlántida Orchestra “Musi-k Proyect”. He has performed in renown halls such as the Teatros del Canal and the National Auditorium in Madrid, and the Room Mozart of the Auditorium of Saragossa. Currently he is finishing his Bachelor Degree in Musical Interpretation at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts of the University Alfonso X el Sabio with Professor Venancio Rius.

                        Javier Peña, piano

                        He began his official studies at the age of sixteen with Alberto Urroz at the Arturo Soria Professional Music Conservatory, where he graduated with the Honorary Prize in Piano and Honors in Chamber Music, in addition to obtaining the award Leos Janaceck Chamber Music in 2014. Later, in 2017, he receives the second prize in the contest IV turniej kameralny in Bydgoszcz (Poland). He has attended masterclasses with such prestigious Professors as Oxana Yablonskaya, Miguel Ituarte, Mariana Gurkova , Marta Zabaleta, Mauricio Vallina, Konrad von Abel, José Ramón Méndez, Artur Pizarro and Marie-Josèphe Jude. He has played in venues such as the National Auditorium, the Sala Eutherpe de León, the Centro Centro auditorium and the Teatros del Canal in Madrid, the Zaragoza Auditorium, as well as having played in countries such as France, Portugal and Poland. He is a member of JORCAM, and has participated in “Clásicos en verano de la Comunidad de Madrid” and the “Ibercaja de Música” concert series. He is currently completing his Bachelor Degree in Musical Interpretation at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts of the Alfonso X el Sabio University in Madrid, in Professor Alberto Urroz’s class.

                            Vadim Tchijik

                            Violin | Francia / France

                            Prize-winner of many prestigious international violin competitions such as N. Paganini Competition in Genoa, P.I.Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, R. Lipizer Competition in Gorizia and winner of Juventus Award (France). He has performed with Moscow Symphony Orchestra, North Nederland Symphony Orchestra, Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Teatro di Genova, Yaroslavl Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulianovsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra and many others.
                            He has performed in such great halls as Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theatre du Châtelet, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Concertgebow in Amsterdam, Dvorak Hall in Prague, Big Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscou, Suntory Hall and Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Philharmonie in Cologne and Konzerthaus in Freiburg. He is often invited to participate in Festival Radio France and Montpellier, Pablo Casals, Nancyphonies, Guebwiller, Festival of St-Riquier, Fetes Romantiques de Nohant, Young Artists Festival in Los Angeles, Semaines Musicales de Tours.
                            Vadim gives recitals all over the Europe, USA and Asia. He plays chamber music with Pieter Wispelwey, Emmanuel Pahud, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Marielle Nordmann, Philippe Bernold, David Geringas, Marielle Nordmann, Philippe Bernold, Cedric Tiberghien, Marc Coppey, Alexander Melnikov, Alban Gerhardt, Michel Lethiec, etc.
                            Born in November 1975, he started to study the violin at the age of six and gave his first concert at eight. He graduated from Tchaikovsky Central Music School in Moscow, National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon and High Conservatory of Music in Cologne, always with the highest honours.
                            He is also an Artistic Director of the International Music Festival in Hyeres, “Les Musicales de Saint-Martin” and gives master classes in Europe and in Asia.