A native from Barcelona, Alex Alguacil has been recently acknowledged as “a pianist who enters his interpretative maturity” –Scherzo Magazine-. A musician with a considerable international exposure, his performances have taken him to important venues in the United States and Japan. He is praised by the critics as “a sensitive pianist, with a sharp musical sense” -El País- and an “intelligent musician, with a high-quality talent” -La Vanguardia-. On his orchestra-début in Spain, he was described as a “brilliant pianist” -El País- and his presentation recital at Carnegie Hall in New York was identified as “one of the most outstanding recitals of the season” -New York Concert Review Magazine-. His latest recording, dedicated to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, has received a number of enthusiastic reviews, praising it as “fully appealing, thrilling rhythmically and with a savage touch in Prokofiev’s 6th Sonata” as well as showing “an exquisite interpretation of the Visions Fugitives” –Scherzo Magazine-.
In Spain Alex Alguacil has been a guest artist at leading festivals such as Torroella de Montgrí Festival, the Otoño Musical Soriano, the Festival Internacional de Sitges, Nits de Clàssica de Girona and the Estío Musical Burgalés, among others, whilst he has been the soloist with orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona. In 2006 he was invited to give the first piano recital in the recently-opened Oriol Martorell concert hall of L’Auditori in Barcelona and in May of the following year he made his début with the “Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona” in a season concert, performing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto.
In 2008 he made his début in Carnegie Hall, where his recital was widely celebrated, paving the way for him to play in other established concert venues in the city, such as the Cami Hall and the Merkin Hall at the Lincoln Center. He later toured widely throughout the United States as a guest of orchestras such as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in cities including Chicago, Philadelphia and Portland, some of his performances were broadcast by major radio stations WQXR from New York and WFMT from Chicago.
In Barcelona he gave his first performance with orchestra in the Palau de la Música Catalana in 2003 playing Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès. Alicia de Larrocha, who attended this concert, was very impressed with his performance and agreed to advise the young pianist in his future career, thereby establishing an artistic relationship which would last for a number of years and which would provide him with the opportunity to work in depth on the repertory of Spanish composers.
With the commitment of the music of his own country, Alguacil has premiered several Spanish contemporary works, dedicated for/by him. Highlights include the Sonata para piano No. 1 by Salvador Brotons, premiered in Chicago; Fantasy in Red, by Jesús Rodríguez Picó, premiered in New York; Carícies cap al blanc by Hector Parra, premiered in Girona; or Echoes, Toccata for piano and orchestra, by Xavier Pagès, premiered in Tarragona with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. His recording, The complete piano works of Salvador Brotons, has been widely praised by reviewers and described it as “a real discovery for those who love music full of spirit and truth” -Andrés Ruiz Tarazona-.
Alex Alguacil graduated from the Conservatori Superior de Música in Barcelona in 2002, subsequently studying at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he would be based until 2012. In New York, his main teachers were the pianists Donn-Alexandre Feder and Miyoko Nakaya Lotto, both students of the famous Russian teacher Sascha Gorodnitzki - himself student of Josef Lhévinne - and with them he had the opportunity to study Russian repertory in greater depth. In chamber music he studied with the renowned cellist David Soyer (from the Guarneri Quartet) and the violinist Peter Winograd (American String Quartet).
As a teacher he has been invited to give Master classes at Universities such as the Columbia College in Chicago and the Tokyo College of Music in Japan, and he is regularly invited at Conservatories in Catalonia and Spain. Besides his concert activities he is currently a piano professor at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona.