From the early stages of his piano studies, Spanish born pianist Juan Lago was awarded in the most prestigious youth national competitions and more recently, became a Laureate of the XXIII “Valsesia-Musica” International Music Competition in Varallo (Italy), XX “Cidade de Ferrol” International Piano Competition (Spain), IX “A. Scriabin” International Piano Competition in Grosseto (Italy) and VI “Spanish Composers” International Piano Competition in Las Rozas (Madrid, Spain). Consecuently, Juan Lago made his first European tour and his first CD recording released by “Radio Clásica” Spanish National Radio with sonatas by Beethoven, Scriabin and Bartók.
Juan Lago has performed in Portugal, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, 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.
Highlights of recent seasons include appareances as a performer and Master classes presenter at the Washington International Piano Festival in Washington DC, Festival del Mediterráneo at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia (Spain) directed by Zubin Mehta, Talent Music Summer Courses (Brescia, Italy), Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Germany), Musical Krasnogorsk (Moscow, Russia), Schubertiaden Schnackenburg (Germany), Vila-seca Festival (Spain) directed by Paul Badura-Skoda, and International Piano Festival in Italy (Pescara, Italy).
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) or Conservatorio José Iturbi of Valencia.
Juan Lago is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Campillos International Piano Competition since 2007, the Paterna Piano Prize in 2011 and the Director of the Piano Department of the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (VIPA) in Spain. In addition, he is the Artistic Director of the “Amadeus” piano concert series, the Fine Arts Museum and Bancaja Foundation piano series organised by “Eutherpe Foundation” in Valencia, and the Campillos Chamber Music Festival.
He is often invited to serve as a jury member in competitions like Cantù (Italy), ClaviCologne (Aachen, Germany), S. Rachmaninoff (Moscow, Russia), F. Chopin (Hartford, CT. USA), and many others.
From 1999 Juan Lago is a faculty member at the José Iturbi Conservatory in Valencia (Spain) where he became the Chair of the Piano Department since 2010. His students have been awarded more than 100 top prizes in national and international piano competitions.
Juan Lago is a graduate of the Valencian International University (Master in Performance and Musical Research), Amsterdam Conservatorium (Artistic Diploma U.M.) where he studied under Professor Jan Wijn, Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid (Bachelor of Music) with Professor Ana Guijarro and Conservatorio Superior de Málaga (Professional Degree) with Professor Juan J. Peralta. He has also been influenced by the pianists Gyorgy Sebok, Eugen Indjic, Stanislav Pochekin, Imre Rohmann, Claudio Martínez Mehner or 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'')