Raúl Canosa is a Spanish pianist, a Master’s degree graduate from the Colburn School, who, at age twenty-three, has debuted at the iconic Musikverein of Vienna and has performed at Der Zentrum de Bayreuth at the Wagnerian Festival. He has played as a soloist with orchestras in Argentina and Spain, performing Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 Op. 11, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto Op. 23 and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 Op. 73 among others. He regularly plays at the National Auditorium of Madrid with the Andrés Segovia Orchestra thanks to A+Música.
Having won awards in more than a dozen national and international competitions, he has been described by the critics as commanding an
“overwhelming pianism, of great sound quality and true expressive delicacy" (Andres Ruiz Tarazona) and a “pianist of great technical skill and what is less frequent, of mature musicality” ( Codalario).
His performances at the Must Talent Festival and Celebration of Music have been televised in Spain and the United States and additionally, he has been interviewed on Classical Radio. His training has been generously supported by more than a dozen scholarships the most recent of which is for the Livien Foundation’s Piano Summer School in Vienna.
His creative spirit has led him to explore practices such as ornamentation, composition, preluding, and performance of basso continuo, especially in classical concertos. For his debut at sixteen, performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1, he composed the first movement Cadenza, a practice he later continued for Mozart’s Concerto No. 9 and Haydn’s D major Concerto.
His interest in Spanish music has drawn him to perform neglected works such as Turina’s Symphony Rhapsody for piano and orchestra. In his CD to be released this year through Shigeru Kawai entitled, “Spanish Serenades and Dances”, he juxtaposes various musical genres as treated by different composers including the well-known authors Albeniz, Turina and Granados, as well as lesser-known composers Rodrigo, Mompou and Monsalvaxe. Included will be two world premier by Miguel Vallés and Carlos Danés.
In addition to earning his Master’s degree at the Colburn School in Los Angeles at the age of only twenty-two, he previously, he completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Katarina Gurska Conservatory in Madrid, graduating with honors. The most important teachers in his musical development have been Bruno Gelber,
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jura Margulis and Nino Kerselidze.