Albert Nieto

Albert Nieto

Piano Professor

23 - 29 of july

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Education

He accomplished his higher education in Music at the Advanced Conservatory of Barcelone and subsequently at the Antwerp Conservatory under the direction of professor Frédéric Gevers.

He has received classes from Rosa Sabater, Ramon Coll, Albert Atenelle, Manuel Carra, Christopher Elton and Maria Curcio, and he has had the opportunity of following masterclasses from Dimitri Bashkirov, Paul Badura-Skoda, György Sebök, György Sándor, Boris Berman, Ferenc Rados, Eric Heidsieck, Aquiles Delle-Vigne, Edith Fischer, Josep Colom, Guillermo González, Rita Wagner, Antonio Da Raco, Galina Eguiazarova, Jordi Mora, Rolland Pröll, Boyan Vodenitcharov, Jan Mitchiels, Imre Rohman, Almudena Cano, Elza Kolodin, Tibor Szász, Roy Howat, Anatoli Povzoun, Peter Bithell, Alfred Moulédous and David Kuyken. Additionally, he has attended some musical specialization courses with the professors Charles Rosen, William Kinderman, Paul Mast, Paul Roberts, Pascal Le Corre and Yvan Nommick.

Artistic activity

He has performed with many orchestras and played chamber music together with players of the stature of clarinetist Joan Enric Lluna, the flute players Jaime Martín and Salvador Brotons, the cellist Asier Polo, the violinists Santiago Juan and Víctor Parra… and he is founding member of the Gerhard Trio and Dúo en acción (Duet in action) with the lyric soprano Marta Estal.      

He has performed in festivals such as the San Sebastian Musical Fortnight, Santander, Granada, Peralada, Burdeos, Fundación March, Musée Marmottan Monet de París… He has performed for the first time more than eighty works from Spanish composers. To be emphasized, the premieres of “Recóndita Armonía” for quartet and piano by Xavier Montsalvatge and “Aulaga 1” by Juan Hidalgo.

He has participated in fifteen records. He has recorded piano and chamber music works from song writers such as Albéniz, Granados, Guridi, Blancafort, Gerhard, Montsalvatge, Luis de Pablo, Bernaola, Guinjoan, Josep Soler, José Luis Turina, Brotons (Comprehensive Sonatas for instrument and piano), comprehensive piano works by Ángel Oliver and Anna Cazurra, and up to thirty Spanish contemporary composers. Together with the Gerhard Trio he has recorded the comprehensive work for strings and piano by the composers Gerhard, Montsalvatge and Granados, being this the first recording based on the composer’s manuscripts. 

From his recent CD which contains 6 works from “Iberia” by Isaac Albéniz, the reviews have said:

La interpretación de estas piezas nos capta por lo que tiene de personal, sincera y verdadera. Las enormes dificultades se allanan por la suficiencia técnica y, así, puede brotar la esencia de esta música inefable y se hace posible el fraseo libre, poético y delectable, con momentos tan especialmente bellos como la copla (en trascendido aire de jota andaluza) de Almería.

José Luis García del Busto. DIVERDI

Nieto, pianista de larga y acreditada carrera, desembarca en estos pentagramas con criterio y suficiencia técnica. Lo hace sin recovecos, a través de un pianismo franco y natural que no por ello deja de ser riguroso y preciso.

Justo Romero. Scherzo

Nieto enfoca estos  siete pasajes de Iberia desde una compenetración  absoluta entre técnica, color, ritmo, melodía y armonía…. Una gran versión de la cual esperamos en un futuro la grabación de las obras que completan la suite.

Lluís Trullen. Revista Musical Catalana

…He de decir que me ha captado su sonido, su forma delicada y sugerente de delinear la melodía, su poesía alejada de cualquier ñoñería o edulcoramiento, su sobrio y sabio pedal y, sobre todo su romanticismo contenido y sin alardes vistosos o deslumbrantes.

P.S.J.D. Revista RITMO

Nieto afronta las enormes dificultades técnicas de Iberia con una gran seguridad, aparcando cualquier intento de exhibicionismo narcisista para concentrarse en la rica paleta de colores y atmósferas creadas por el compositor originario de Camprodón.

Xavier Cester. www.440CLASSICA.cat

En la ejecución se entrevé la herencia y el magisterio de la recordada Rosa Sabater. Para la colección de grabaciones que complementaba la enciclopedia Història de la Música Catalana, Valenciana i Balear, Albert Nieto ofrecía una memorable interpretación de la Serenata de Joaquín Malats.

Esteban Rey. www.classics.cat

Con Iberia se nos descubre como un pianista apasionado a la par que meticuloso, con temperamento pero refinado, diríamos impresionista y también jondo, características todas necesarias para poder enfrentarse a la obra del compositor de Camprodón.(…) ¿Se animará el maestro a grabar el resto de las piezas de la colección?

Juan Carlos Ferruz. Doce Notas

Teaching activity​

In Spain he usually teaches courses in higher conservatories and has been invited by the Paris Higher Conservatory. He also gives classes at teacher training centres such as Alcalá de Henares University and several at the autonomous regions of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Andalucía, Basque Country, Galicia, Murcia and Asturias. He has collaborated with Musikeon School in Valencia and Universal School in Jaén for candidate teachers’ training. Besides, he has given many conferences. He is currently part of the staff of the prestigious international summer courses Forum Musikae (Madrid), Pirineos Classic (Canfranc) and Vitoria Music (Vitoria-Gasteiz). 

He has worked for seventeen years as a teacher at Vitoria-Gasteiz Higher Conservatory (where he was the headmaster), and also at the conservatories of Castellón, Murcia and Alicante. At present he teaches as piano expert teacher at the Higher Conservatory of Castilla-La Mancha, in Albacete. 

His students have been awarded in many national and international competitions such as María Canals Junior (Barcelona), Infanta Cristina (Madrid), Ciudad de Albacete, Ciudad de San Sebastián, Ciutat de Manresa, Jean Françaix de Paris, Ciudad de Guernika, “Alter Musici” (Cartagena) and Gerardo Diego (Soria).  Among them stand out Alfonso Gómez (teacher at Freiburg and Stuttgart conservatories) and Rubén Fernández Aguirre (distinguished vocal repertoire performer).

Research activity

He is the author of the books “Piano fingering” (“La digitación pianística”); “Piano skill contents” (“Contenidos de la técnica pianística”); “The damper pedal: the soul of the piano” (“El pedal de resonancia: el alma del piano”); “The piano group class” (“La clase colectiva de piano”); “The musician’s gesture or how to enjoy a concert” (“El gesto expresivo del músico o cómo disfrutar de un concierto”); “The pianist’s gesture: the live spirit” (“El gesto expresivo del pianista: el espíritu del directo”).  

He is also the author of a pedagogic review on Iberia by Isaac Albéniz, dedicated to  Rosa Sabater, which goes with the recording of some of her works. 

He regularly writes articles for specialized publications as Quodlibet, Música y Educación,  Revista Musical Catalana, or Le Piano. Among these, stand out: “Piano alternative graphical symbols: a defense for the inclusion in the Conservatory” (“Las grafías alternativas pianísticas: Defensa para su inclusión en el conservatorio”); “The expression when performing at the piano” (“El gesto en el piano”); “A great romantic’s piano: Robert Schumann (“El piano de un gran romántico: Robert Schumann”); and “Strategies for the school department proper operation” (“Estrategias para el buen funcionamiento de un departamento”).

He has been scriptwriter and presenter of a series of 13 programs entitled “We’ve got a date” (“Tenemos una cita”), based on the musical quotation and broadcast in Radio Clásica between July and August 2016.

He is holder of PhD in Music, outstanding “cum laude” at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia for his dissertation on “Francisco Llácer Pla. His piano works”. 

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