One of the foremost Spanish pianists of his generation, Gustavo Díaz-Jerez has gained an international following among audiences as well as unanimous critical acclaim for his performances of both contemporary music and the time-honoured repertoire. Born in the Spanish Canary Islands, Gustavo Díaz-Jerez studied piano with J. A. Rodriguez at the Conservatorio Superior of Santa Cruz (Tenerife), and subsequently with Solomon Mikowsky at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he was awarded the prestigious Harold Bauer Award and won the first prize in the conservatory’s concerto competition with his performance Bartók’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Gustavo Díaz-Jerez has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, the UK and the USA, in many of the world’s most renowned halls, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, Sydney Opera House in Sydney and numerous other eminent venues. He has performed as soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras, such as the Berlin Symphoniker, The Budapest Festival Orchestra, The Turin Symphony, The Northern Sinfonia, as well as the major Spanish orchestras (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Galicia, Nacional de Cataluña, Castilla y León, Sinfónica de Madrid and others). He has collaborated with such conductors as Iván Fischer, Victor Pablo, Cristian Mandeal, Matthias Bamert, Gunther Herbig, Adrian Leaper, José R. Encinar, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and others. He has been invited to play at various international music festivals, including the Festival Internacional de Canarias, La Roque d’Anthéron, Quincena Musical Donostiarra, Festival Internacional de Santander, Lucena, Granada, Úbeda. His forthcoming engagements include an extensive tour of Europe where he will present Albéniz’s “Iberia” in its entirety, in commemoration of the centenary of its composition.
Gustavo Díaz-Jerez has recorded a significant portion of his native country’s repertoire for piano, including Albéniz´s “Iberia”; the complete works of Manuel de Falla; the music of Carlos Surinach for piano solo and piano with orchestra with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife under the baton of Victor Pablo; the major works of Canary Island composer Teobaldo Power (RALS); music of Oscar Esplá for violin and piano with Margherita Marseglia (RTVE Música); and a CD of his own works for various chamber ensembles (RALS). Since 2002, Gustavo Díaz-Jerez has taught piano at the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco, Musikene.
As of January 2016