From 5 to 11 of July 2020
Born in Barcelona, Alba Ventura made her debut as a concert soloist at the age of thirteen with the Orquestra de Cadaqués conducted by Sir N. Marriner in San Sebastian and at the Auditorio Nacio- nal de Música in Madrid. Her career as an international soloist has since taken her to the grandest international stages such as the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Con- certgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Svetlanovsky Hall in Moscow and the most important Spanish concert halls. Her international ac- tivity has also taken her to perform in the USA, Colombia, Argentina, New Zealand and China. Ven- tura has collaborated with conductors such as Antonini, Harth-Bedoya, Hogwood, Mas, Oue, Pons, Ros Marbà and Vásary, and performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the Hallé, London Mozart Players, the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech National Symp- hony Orchestra, as well as the main Spanish orchestras.
Alba Ventura is in addition a devoted chamber musician and has worked together with Brodsky, Takacs and Casals quartets, violinists Boris Belkin, Gordan Nikolic, Leticia Moreno, Tai Murray and Lina Tur Bonet, violist Isabel Villanueva and cellists David Cohen and Astrig Siranossian.
Alba won the international auditions of the Young Concert Artist Trust (YCAT), was selected for the Rising Stars programme promoted by ECHO (European Concert Halls Organitzation) and has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Rosebowl by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the IM- PULSA prize by the Fundació Príncep de Girona and the Albéniz Medal by the Fundació Isaac Albéniz.
Her previous album, Études, is a selection of twenty études from Czerny to Rautavaara and was applauded by critics. In 2019 Alba Ventura started the recording of the Complete Mozart Piano So- natas.
Alba is professor at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona.
Graduated from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under prof. Michail Mezlumov, Lev Vlassenko and Mikhail Pletnev, Gennady Dzubenko entered headily into a concert life. In collaboration with national and international concert agencies he performs as a soloist and as a participant of different chamber groups. Among them are the internationally famous Romantic Trio, Trio Mediterrani, Piano Duo with composer and pianist Walter Civitareale (Luxembourg), Duo with Spanish flute – player Jordi Palau, Piano Duo with spanish pianist Joan Amils, Piano Duo “GUELAR” Dzubenko-Loginova with Larisa Loginova (piano) etc.
The geography of his numerous concert tours is extensive enough: Germany, France, Spain, USA, Australia, Japan, Luxembourg, Portugal, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Lietuva.
From 2001 Gennady Dzubenko combines concert activity with a professorship : as a Dean of Piano department in Music Academy name after A.Shnittke in Moscow (Russia), as a professor of International courses of interpretation “De Musica de Ripoll” (Spain), “Isaac Albeniz” in Camprodon (Spain), Cours International “Felipp Pedrell” Tortosa ,”Curs de la Musica de Vic” etc.
Actually he is a professor of piano at the Conservatory Issac Albeniz in Girona and professor of piano at the School of musical Arts “LUTHIER” in Barcelona (Spain).
The pianist records regularly for CDs and radio and TV transmissions. His discography includes: three solo CD,s “Russian Music of Art Nouveau”,”Liszt,Mussorgsky,Prokofiev’ (RCD D 30107 2001), “P.Tchaikowsky” (RCD 2002), with spanish pianist Joan Amils – “Music by Isaac Albeniz” ( ARS HARMONICA 2000.), CD “Duo Palau-Dzubenko”(RCD 30 307) and three CDs with Romantic Trio.
First two of the Romantic Trio CDs have had an excellent reviews in musical magazines: Diapason (Paris, France), Sept. 1995, and The Strad (London, UK), Dec. 1995 and Oct. 1996.
As ajudicator he regulaly participates in international piano competitions: International “Gina Bachauer Piano Competition” (Salt Lake City 2004,2010, 2018 USA), “Eugenie Berdet International piano competition”(2011,2012,2014, Barcelona,Spain), “Florestano Rossomandi International piano competition” (Foggia, 2007,Italy), Eastmann School Piano Competition (Rochester,2012,USA), Singapore piano Competition (2013), 2nd Steinway Youth Piano Competition(Singapore, 2014).
Gennady Dzubenko is a director of International Music Festival and artistic director of International music cours Isaac Albeniz, Camprodon, Spain.
Rafael Salinas was born in Valencia in 1971. He studied psychology and music in the University and piano with Adolfo Bueso. Later, he continued his post-graduate studies in the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory (Russia). There, he became a Doctor in Art Sciences (Ph. D.) and Doctor in Musical Arts (D.M.A) under the direction of Leonid Sintsev and Dr. Leonid Gákkel.
Especially interested in the pedagogy he studied the methodologies of Russian piano school analyzing specific materials published in the second half of the twentieth century. These experiences directed him to pursue the subject of highly gifted in music, meet other systems and institutions (such as the Purcell School of London or Barratt Due Akademy in Oslo) and participate in international conferences devoted to this subject. He was a member of the European Council for High Ability. Nowadays he is advising various programs on detection, evaluation and development of high ability.
Rafael Salinas has been a member of jury in different international competitions and has given master-classes and teacher training courses in various European countries. Also, his students have been awarded in international competitions. Currently he teaches Theory of Musical Performance and Piano at the Superior School of Music of Catalonia (www.esmuc.cat). He is also a assistant professor at the Valencian International University (www.viu.es). He has been director of the Sant Gregori School of Music in Barcelona and also head of academical studies in ESMUC.