Josu de SolaunVisiting Artist

    As a First Prize winner of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest (founded in 1958 and won by legendary pianists such as Radu Lupu, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and Dmitri Alexeev), the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition and the First European Union Piano Competition, held in Prague, Spanish pianist Josu De Solaun has been invited to perform in distinguished concert series throughout the world.

    He is the only pianist from Spain to win the Enescu and Iturbi competitions in their respective histories, and was recently invited to a private reception with the King and Queen of Spain at the Royal Palace after winning the coveted Bucharest prize.

    He played as soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, Orchestra Filarmonica la Fenice of Venice, George Enescu Philharmonic of Bucharest, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Radio Orchestra, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra of New York, Bari Philharmonic Orchestra of Italy, Roma Sinfonietta, and all major orchestras of Spain and Romania.

    In 2016, the NAXOS label released his recording of Stravinsky’s Les Noces under JoAnn Falletta and members of the Virginia Symphony and Chorus, and a 3-CD Box Set of the complete works for piano of George Enescu.

    Josu De Solaun is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where his two main teachers and main musical influences have been pianists Nina Svetlanova and Horacio Gutierrez.

    He now combines his performing career with a teaching position at S. Houston State University, and lives between New York City and Houston.