7.30 pm Wednesday 17 Jauzary 2018
Town Hall, King’s Lynn
Antonio Oyarzabal (piano)
Antonio Oyarzabal was born in Bilbao in 1989. He started studying piano with Sor
Cecilia Keller and continued with Guadalupe López completing high school with honors
and obtaining the highest grade in piano. Later, he entered in Musikene, in San Sebastian.
At this school he obtained his bachelor degree under the pianists Marta Zabaleta
and Miguel Borges, and trained in contemporary piano repertoire with Ricardo Descalzo.
Antonio also completed a harpsichord Diploma degree wit Honors, training with Loreto
F. Imaz. He assiduously recieves lessons from pianist Denis Pascal and the Armenian
master Anahit Simonian, with whom he works on piano improvisation.
Antonio is a Master Graduate as a piano soloist at the Guildhall School of Music
and Drama in London, where he is now part of the exclusive programme Artist Diploma,
studying with Caroline Palmer. Antonio is a versatile pianist that combines performing
as a soloist, as well as chamber music and orchestral piano.
As an orchestral pianist, Antonio has a lot of experience. He has worked on orchestral
repertoire with LSO Keyboards Liz Burley and John Alley. Recently, he has played
with Basque Country Symphony Orchestra in a programme including Petrushka by Stravinsky.
Antonio has been named Principal Keyboard of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in
2014 and 2015. He has also been the keyboard player for ULSO in London, Guildhall
School Symphony Orchestra, and the European Union Youth Orchestra 2014. Antonio is
the Principal Keyboard of the YMSO since 2012 and he has played several times with
JORCAM of Madrid, Basque Country Youth Orchestra, and with the various symphonic
groups of Musikene, etc. Antonio has worked with many conductors, such as Vasily
Petrenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Afkham, Jun Märkl, Peter Stark, John Wilson,
Leo McFall, James Blair, Juan José Ocón, Pierre Cao etc. With these different orchestras,
Antonio has performed in venues such as Royal Albert Hall PROMS 2014, Casino Kursaal
in Interlaken, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Fundaçao Gulbekian in Lisbon, Philarmonie
Gasteig in Munich, Philarmonie Kasel, Grafenegg Auditorium, Barbican Hall in London,
CERN in Geneva, and Musikverein in Vienna.
As a chamber pianist, Antonio is one of the founder members of Trisquel Arts Ensemble,
with which he had been playing in different recitals since 2013, both in the UK and
abroad. Together with Trisquel Arts, Antonio has taken part in a pedagogical proyect
with the DECODA Ensemble from the USA recently. His experience also includes playing
with different Spanish ensembles at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, Fundación Botín
in Santander, Kutxa Hall of San Sebastián, Quincena Musical Festival of San Sebastián
As a soloist, he recently played Mozart Piano Concerto nº23 with Aldwych Sinfonia
in London. He has also played Ravel Concerto in G and Mozart 9th Piano Concerto with
JOL in Spain. Other experiences include Bach Concerto for two harpsichords and orchestra
in C minor, and Poulenc Concerto for two pianos and orchestra with Musikene Symphony
Orchestra. Antonio has also performed Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with European Union
Youth Orchestra in Grafenegg, Austria.
As a singer accompanist, Antonio frequently works with different singers. He often
performs with mezzo Chlöe Schaaf, with whom he has performed at the Leeds Lieder
Festival, Song in the City Festival in London and in Academia Marshall, Barcelona,
among other venues.. With soprano Mirjam Mesak, Antonio has performed at the Westminster
Cathedral in London and they have been named finalists of the English Song Competition
at the GSMD. Antonio has been the accompanist of the Proms on the roof 2015. He also
had the opportunity to accompany Emily Magee and Christiane Karg at the GMJO Spring
Antonio is an active performer of solo recitals around London and abroad. He has
performed in Paxos International Festival in Greece, Pirineos Classic Festival, Aiara
Festival, Song in the City Festival, The Forge Camdem, Southwark Cathedral, St James
Paddington, St Stephen Walbrook, St John Baptist Church, St George Bloomsbury, Juventudes
Musicales Bilbao, Musitekton Barcelona, Academia Marshall Barcelona, etc.
Antonio has been awarded with the Guildhall School Trust from 2012/2014. He has also
been awarded with the Audience Special Prize and Finalist Prize in Campillos International
Competition 2015, 4th Prize at the Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition 2013 and
the 2nd prize at the “Concours International d’Ile de France” competition in Paris,
2008. He complements his training with masterclasses with pianists such as Émile
Naoumoff, Jerome Rose, Luis Fernando Pérez, Denis Pascal, Josep Colom, Vladimir Bronewetzky,
Bernard d’Ascoli, Paul Roberts, Noriko Ogawa, and Guigla Katsarava among others.
Antonio has recently been named the pianist of London Philharmonic Orchestra, Foyle
Future Firsts programme 2016/2017.