Since the beginning of his career, Spanish-born pianist Juan Lago has attained numerous prizes in the foremost piano competitions in Spain. Most recently, he has been awarded at the XXIII Concorso Internazionale “Valsesia-Musica” in Varallo, Italy; the XX “Cidade de Ferrol” Piano Competition; the IX Premio Internazionale Pianistico “A. Scriabin” in Grosseto, Italy; and the VI “Compositores de España” International Competition of Las Rozas de Madrid. As a consequence of these successes, Juan Lago performed his first European tour and his first recording of an album for “Radio Clásica,” Spanish National Radio, featuring works by Beethoven, Scriabin, and Bartók.
Juan Lago has performed in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, England, Russia, Latvia, Turkey, United States, China, South Korea and all major cities in Spain as a recitalist, chamber musician and as concerto soloist playing under conductors such as Ovidiu Balan, Emin Guven Yasliçam, José Ramón Encinar, Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, Joachim Jousse, José Luis Martínez and Francisco de Gálvez among others, as well with orchestras such as the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Italy), “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau (Rumania), Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), Istambul Chamber Orchestra (Turkey), and the Spanish Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta de Córdoba, Orquesta de Valencia and Orquesta Sinfónica de Málaga.
Lago has appeared as a master artist at the Washington International Piano Festival (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.); the Festival del Mediterráneo at the Palau de les Arts (Valencia, Spain), directed by Zubin Mehta; Talent Music Summer Courses (Brescia, Italy); Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany); Musical Krasnogorsk (Moscow, Russia); Schubertiaden Schnackenburg (Germany); Festival de Vila-seca (Spain); Alion Baltic International Music Festival or Semaine Internationale Piano et musique de chambre (Blonay, Switzerland).
As an avid chamber musician, Juan Lago has collaborated with violinists Vasco Vassilev, Alissa Margulis and Santiago Juan, violist Santiago Cantó, cellist Alexander Buzlov and Iván Balaguer and pianist Belén Navarro.
He has presented lectures at Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal), Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Germany), Hochschule für Musik Aachen (Germany), Gulangyu Conservatory of Xiamen (China), Latvian Academy of Music, Riga (Latvia) or Conservatorio José Iturbi of Valencia (Spain).
Juan Lago is the Founder and Artistic Director of Campillos International Piano Competition since 2007, Piano Department Director of Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (VIPA) and Artistic Director of Malaga International Piano Festival (FIPMA). In addition, he is the Artistic Director of the “Amadeus” piano concert series and Bancaja Foundation piano series organised by “Eutherpe Foundation” in Valencia.
He is often invited to serve as a jury member in competitions like Cantù (Italy), S. Rachmaninoff (Moscow, Russia), F. Chopin (Hartford, CT. USA), Parnassós (Monterrey, Mexico) and many others.
Since 1999, Juan Lago has served as professor of piano at the “José Iturbi” Conservatory of Valencia, where he became piano department Chair in 2010. He has also been teaching piano performance at the Talent Music Master Courses in Brescia, Italy, since 2017. Currently Juan Lago is teaching piano at the Qatar Music Academy by the Qatar Foundation. His students have been awarded numerous times in international and Spanish competitions.
Lago holds a Master’s degree in Performance and Musical Research from the Valencian International University; an Artist Diploma from the Amsterdam Conservatorium, where he studied under the tutelage of Professor Jan Wijn; a Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, where he studied with Professor Ana Guijarro, and a degree from the Conservatorio Superior de Málaga (Professional Degree), where he studied with Professor Juan J. Peralta. He has also been influenced by pianists Gyorgy Sebok, Eugen Indjic, Stanislav Pochekin, Imre Rohmann, Claudio Martínez Mehner and Leonel Morales.
Rafael Aznar - El Adelantado de Segovia: It's a mature pianist, musically speaking ... At the end, the presentation of a champion of competition is not pure firework ... There were musical concept in executions and not just empty artifice of technique ...
Luis Hidalgo - El Norte de Castilla: In Gaspard de la Nuit, Maurice Ravel's work of authentic pianistic substance, the interpretation of Juan Lago was a real boast, especially in the dynamic plasticity, achieving great clarity in the movement of the various sound levels making the instrument a true symphonic Orchestra. In the second part the great technical skills of Juan Lago played again its role in compositions of pure virtuosity as Mephisto Waltz and Hungarian Rhapsody 12 by Franz Liszt...
Sonata for viola and piano in E flat major, Op. 120 nº 2: Allegro amabile. Santiago Cantó, viola (8' 38'')
Allegro amabile (8' 38'')
Concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor, Op. 54: Allegro affettuoso. With the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid. Conductor: José Ramón Encinar. Live concert from the Auditorio Joaquín Rodrigo de Las Rozas, recorded by Radio Clásica, RNE (15')
Allegro affettuoso (15')
Sonata nº 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23
Drammatico (5' 57'')
Allegretto (2' 30'')
Andante (3' 50'')
Presto con fuoco (5' 45'')
Sonata for piano Sz. 80
Allegro moderato (4' 57'')
Sostenuto e pesante (4' 59'')
Allegro molto (3' 45'')