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Ferocious young talent delights with a spectacular piano repertoire in partnership with Spain’s Reina Sofia School of Music

Juan Perez Floristan 20th Mar 2017

Rising virtuoso Juan Pérez Floristán enchants Abu Dhabi Festival audience in his Arab World Debut

A beacon among the new generation of classical European musicians, Juan Pérez Floristán dazzled an Abu Dhabi Festival audience last night in the opening performance of the Abu Dhabi Festival Recital Series, presented in partnership with Reina Sofia School of Music and The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. Showcasing his extraordinary style and panache, the intimate performance included his first ever public performance of Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in b flat minor in addition to Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’.


The performance was attended by H.E. Huda Ebrahim Alkhamis, Founder of ADMAF and Abu Dhabi Festival, H.E. José Eugenio Salarich, Ambassador of Spain to the UAE; and Julia Sánchez Abeal, General Manager of Fundacion Albéniz of which the Reina Sofía School of Music is part. In 2015 a Letter of Cooperation was signed between the Reina Sofia School of Music and ADMAF, confirming that both parties would seek opportunities to work together in the fields of performance and education, upholding the principles of cross-cultural exchange and intercultural dialogue. Juan Pérez-Floristán is the second artist to represent the School’s work during the Abu Dhabi Festival, following the sublime recital performance of Ah Ruem Ahn in 2015.


In a fascinating post-concert discussion with the audience led by Assistant Professor of Music at NYUAD Matthew Quayle, Juan Pérez Floristán spoke of his life as a concert pianist, the demands of such a career on both mind and body as well as his approach to mastering new elements of his repertoire and the importance of raising children to love music.


The Abu Dhabi Festival recital is the latest in a long line of prestigious venues for Juan Pérez Floristán who has played in cultural capitals across the globe including Madrid, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Warsaw, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Malmo. The award-winning pianist has enjoyed numerous performances with revered ensembles such as the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony, Radio Televisión Española and Seville Royal Symphony and under the batons of Maestros Pablo González, Marc Soustrot, Adrian Leaper, Christian Arming, Pedro Halffter and Salvador Brotons.


Internationally recognised for his musical abilities, he has won many accolades during his short yet successful career. At only 24 years of age, the musician has been decorated with many awards including the First and Audience Prizes at the Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition (2015), the First Prize of the Steinway Competition in Berlin (2015) and the Honorific Prize Juventudes Musicales in Madrid.


Running until 31 March 2016, Abu Dhabi Festival is set to bring a line-up of globally renowned names as part of the headline offering, including US jazz icon, Wynton Marsalis; popular Portuguese fado singer, Mariza; and the multi-national Silk Road Ensemble with Chinese-American cellist, Yo-Yo Ma.

For further information on schedules, venues and performances please visit the Festival website Abu Dhabi Festival can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.