Urroz´s performances are uncompromisingly in the service of the music. The legendary Pnina Salzman wrote about him: “Alberto Urroz is a very fine pianist. His playing is extremely musical, his technique impressive and his interpretations are always interesting, full of character and authority. I recommend him with all my heart”.
Alberto Urroz is one of the most brilliant and multitalented Spanish pianists of his generation. Acclaimed pianist with an international career as soloist, he is also an active chamber music player, as well as accompanist of great singers, dancers and ballet companies in prestigious festivals and halls. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Mendigorría International Music Festival in Spain and has produced and created successful multidisciplinary spectacles including music, art and dance. As a founder member of the European Piano Teachers Association, EPTA, in Spain, Urroz has served as secretary and Vice President and has been appointed President in 2018. Dr. Urroz was granted an honorary award, in 2017, to the best Doctoral Thesis in Arts and Humanities by the Alfonso X el Sabio University for his dissertation “Optimization of the didactic-learning process of piano technique: models to develop eficiency in the performance of the piano studies Op. 299 by C. Czerny (1791-1857).” Since 2015, Urroz is piano professor for bachelor, master and doctorate studies in piano performance at the Alfonso X University and since 2002, he holds a teaching position for undergraduate studies at Arturo Soria Conservatory, both in Madrid. As a renown pedagogue, he has been invited to various prestigious international festivals and universities in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Norway, South Korea and USA. Concerned about the new generations, he has organized the presentation of young talents in auditoriums and festivals such as the Conde Duque, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Pons Foundation and Auditorio CentroCentro, in Madrid, and the Mendigorría International Music Festival, in Navarra. He is also cofounder and Artistic Director of the City of Madrid Shigeru Kawai Piano Competition whose aim is to develop and support careers of young pianists in Spain and Japan.
Alberto Urroz has performed throughout Europe, Asia and America. A successful debut in 2008 at New York’s Carnegie Hall boosted his international career, following recitals in Seoul (South Korea), Strasburg (France), Atlanta (USA), London (UK) and Naples (Italy), among others. Since first performing with the Navarre Symphony Orchestra in 1999, Urroz has been sought by important cultural institutions such as the Prado Museum, Madrid National Auditorium, Conde Duque Auditorium, the Santander and Peralada International Festivals, the Royal San Fernando Fine Arts Academy, the Juan March Foundation, Gayarre Theater, Baluarte Auditorium, the Cervantes Institute in Berlin, Lisbon and Manila; Festival Percusos in Ponte de Lima and Festival Terras See Sombra, both in Portugal; the Music Talent Festival in Brescia, Italy; the German Embassy in Madrid; the Las Canals, Binic and Hyères Festivals in France; the Iberian Foundation for Spanish Music in NYC, the Georgia State University in USA, the German Embassy in Madrid; the Italian Culture Institute in Madrid, Lisbon and Strasburg, etc. He has played in such halls as the Madrid National Auditorium and Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Museo del Prado Auditorium, the Gayarre Theatre, the Baluarte Auditorium, the Weill Recital Hall and Elebash Recital Hall (NY), Salle du Munsterhof (Strasburg), Bolivar Hall (London), the Sejong Center (Seoul), Kopleff Recital Hall (Atlanta), Villa Floridiana (Naples), the Oslo Music Academy, the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Tel Aviv Philarmonie, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (Manila), etc.
Urroz frequently performs with internationally renown artists in chamber music, voice and dance such as pianist Oxana Yablonskaya, violinists Pedro León and Vadim Tchijik, cellist Luc Tooten, sopranos Andión Fernández and Raquel Andueza, mezzo Laure de Marcellus, composer Jeffrey Ching, the State Choir from Azerbaijan, the American company Dance Theatre of Harlem, and many other musicians of his generation.
In 2004, Urroz founded the Mendigorría International Music Festival, receiving enormous attention from the media and excellent reviews from the outset. As Artistic Director of the festival, he has programmed more than a hundred concerts, always boasting a very careful programming, with a focus on educating the public as much as being independent and genuine, keeping activities away from commercial interests.
Born in Pamplona in 1970, he began his musical education at home. In 1994, he graduated with honors at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid as a piano student of Joaquín Soriano, furthering his training at the Rubin Academy (now renamed Buchman-Mehta Music School) in the Tel-Aviv University (1994-1996) with Pnina Salzman, then in New York (1996-1999) with Oxana Yablonskaya and at Manhattan School of Music. Other maestros include György Sándor, Fanny Waterman, Solomon Mikowsky, Donn-Alexander Feder, Ena Bronstein and Ana María Trenchi. He won competitive grants from Madrid Juventudes Musicales (1993), from the Government of Navarra (1995-1998) and from Hartford University (1999).
In March 2019, an all Scarlatti Sonatas recording will be released on Its Classical. In 2015, his first recording, “Spain Envisioned”, was released for the same label, featuring masterpieces by Albéniz, Granados, Mompou, Falla and the world premiere recording of “Fantasía sobre Beatrice di Tenda”, composed in 1851 by Sánchez Allú, a masterwork of the Spanish piano repertoire that remained forgotten over 150 years. According to Fanfare Magazine, this “intelligently-planned, elegantly executed album” offers in Urroz’s hands “sensitively colored versions of Almería and El Albaicín which are among their best modern recordings: relaxed, easy-going, effortlessly idiomatic. If they don’t efface the memory of the classic versions by Alicia de Larrocha, then they can still almost be mentioned in the same breath.” For Piano Journal Magazine, Urroz’s style conveys “great depth of tone, tasteful use of rubato, and dramatic musical contrasts of alternating power and lyricism”, and it has praised this album as a compelling selection “all pianists should familiarize themselves with, (…) where Alberto Urroz shows his pianistic qualities to the full. He draws the Spanish spirit out of every work with intrinsic drama and innate heartfelt lyricism. (…) his brilliant exuberance and assured touch enable him to bring these works to life with true authority and Spanish flavour.”