Juan Carlos Garvayo. Biography

Juan Carlos Garvayo is one of the most active and sought after Spanish pianists of our days.

He has toured extensively more than 30 countries including the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, China, Japan, South America and has appeared at important international music festivals and concert halls such as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, Biennale di Venezia, Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires,  Carnegie Recital Hall of New York, National Auditorium of Madrid, Kuhmo Festival,Time of Music Festival of Viitasaari, Wittener Tage für neue Musik, Oslo ULTIMA, Singapore Arts Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto), Shanghai Festival, Nuova Consonanza of Rome, Festival MUSICA of Strasbourg, Quincena Musical of San Sebastian, Santander Festival, International Music Festival of Granada, Ensems of Valencia, etc. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Spain, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Symphony Orchestra of Santa Fe, Orchestra of Comunidad de Madrid, National Orchestra of Lithuania, Orchestra of Castilla-León, Gran Canaria Philarmonic, Royal Symphony of Seville, etc. Apart from his solo concerts, he enjoys a very active career as a chamber musician. Since 1996, he is a member of the piano trio Trio Arbós (Spain’s National Music Prize 2013), one of Spain’s leading chamber ensembles.

His interest in contemporary music has taken him to work closely with many renowned composers such as Hans Werner Henze, Pascal Dusapin, Jonathan Harvey, George Benjamin, Georges Aperghis, Toshio Hosokawa, Salvatore Sciarrino, Roberto Sierra, Cristóbal Halffter, Luis de Pablo and Beat Furrer, and to premiere more than two hundred works, many of them dedicated to him. 

He has recorded more than 30 CDs many of them including first recordings of Spanish contemporary music for piano. Among his recordings with the Trío Arbós, stand out the ones dedicated to the music of Luis de Pablo for the labels Col Legno and Verso, the complete piano trios by Joaquín Turina and Roberto Sierra for Naxos or the ones dedicated to Jesús Torres and César Camarero. For the label KAIROS of Vienna he has recorded as soloist with the National Orchestra of Spain, the DSO of Berlin and with Klangforum Wien. His last recording, “Ancora un segreto” is a collaboration with the great pianist Alfred Brendel. He presently teaches at the Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid.

He was born in Motril (Granada), Spain. He began his studies at the Royal Conservatory Victoria Eugenia of Granada. In 1988, he received a grant from the Spanish Gouvernement to continue his studies at Rutgers University (U.S.A.) from where he holds a B.A. He also holds a M.M. from the State University of New York at Binghamton where he studied with Walter Ponce and Diane Richardson.