Since his debut at just nine years old performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto in A Major (K.488), the Italian-Argentine pianist Iván Cítera has been recognized by the international press and audiences alike as a musician of outstanding artistic talent. His development as a pianist was guided in particular by the maestros Poldi Mildner (Austria) and Antonio De Raco (Argentina). He also studied under Andrzej Jasinski (Poland), finishing his training at the "Hochschule för Musik Frankfurt" and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany). The Mozarteum Argentino musical society also contributed to his artistic development, as did the figures of Pièrre Sancan (France), Nikita Magaloff (Switzerland), Alexis Golovin (Switzerland) and the conductor Sergiu Celibidache (Romania).
Cítera has been awarded numerous accolades at events such as Bordeaux’s International Music Festival, (France), the Buenos Aires Arts and Sciences Competition and the Teresa Carreño International Piano Competition in Caracas, (Venezuela). In 1999 he received the Konex Award for Best New Artist in Argentina in the last 10 years, and in 2001 he was appointed to the position of Member of the Argentine Academy of Music.
Iván Cítera has given concerts, recitals and performed chamber music all over Europe and America, at prestigious concert halls such as the Carnegie Recital Hall (Nueva York), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Steinway Hall (Los Angeles), Hartford University (Connecticut), Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Philarmonia - (Warsaw), Teatro Coliseo (Buenos Aires), Hochschule für Musik (Trossingen), Auditorio de Belgrano (Buenos Aires), Philarmonia Hall (Kiev), Teatro Simón Bolívar (Caracas), Staatstheater - (Mainz), Hochschule für Musik - (Frankfurt), Kurhaus - (Wiesbaden), Luxemburger Schloss (Königstein), Philarmonia - (Wroclaw), Maison de l’Amerique Latin (Paris), Philarmonia - (Katowice), Akademia Musyczna F. Chopin - (Warsaw), Palacio Wilanow - (Warsaw), Maison dErasme - (Brussel), Espace Culturel du Pin-Galant Merignac ( Bordeaux), Fundación Juan March - (Madrid), Teatro Monumental - (Madrid), amongst others.
Cítera has also performed alongside various European and American orchestras and artists including the following conductors and musicians: Reinhardt Peters, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, R. Georgescu, Joshard Daus, Jorge Rotter, Pedro I. Calderón, Antonio Tauriello, Javier Logioia, J. M. Florencio Junior, Luis Gorelik, Adrián Pagés, José A. Abreu, Reinaldo Zemba, Ricardo Sciammarella, Alan Kovacs, Mario Perusso and Carlos Calleja.
He performed the Witold Lutoslawski Piano Concerto at its Latin American premiere with the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra, and has recorded with the Tiimisoara Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania) for TVE (Spanish national television), as well as for the German television channel Südwestfunk. Cítera is signed to the German record label Melisma, and has received glowing reviews on the radio and in the press.
He has been invited to participate in many festivals and cycles including the following: The Bordeaux International Music Festival; Artists from the Americas Cycle in Washington DC; Duszniki Chopin Festival; Rachmaninoff Gesellschaft Wiesbaden; Seville International Piano Festival; Great Pianists Cycle in Bielsko Biala; Juventudes Musicales de España; Königsteiner Schloss Konzerte, Königstein; Amigos de la Música, Buenos Aires; Mozarteum Argentino, Buenos Aires; Heidelberger Klavierwoche, Heidelberg; 20th Century Music Cycle, Madrid; Asociación Wagneriana, Buenos Aires; Piano Series, Los Angeles, USA; Bunyola Music Festival, Mallorca.
His wide-ranging repertoire, which covers from the harpsichord composers to contemporary composers, includes the complete piano sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven and around twenty concertos as well as a repertoire of chamber music. Iván Cítera has been living in Spain since 1990, where he divides his time between his music activities and his intense pedagogic activities, teaching many piano performance courses at various centres. Iván Cítera is a well respected figure on the today’s piano scene for his keen interest in piano teaching, his professionalism and excellent methods, and he is invited to give many courses and master classes in Spain, Russia, Germany, Ukraine and Argentina.
“...Iván Cítera is without a doubt a huge talent, and his performance was the highlight of the Heidelberger Klavierwoche (Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung).”