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Encounter of Santander
The success of the School is the success of its former students. Our more than 750 alumni, from 63 different nationalities, live and work in 200 cities of 41 countries.
These are some of their latest news:
Juan Pérez Floristán, student at the Reina Sofía School of Music with Professor Galina Eguiazarova, has received the First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition 2021, along with Best Performance of an Israeli Piece, Best Performance of a Beethoven Concerto, Best Chamber Music Performance and Audience Favourite.
He has previously received the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition 2015, First Prize at the Berlin Steinway Competition 2015 and the Medal of the City of Seville, and holds an intense career as a pianist, performing with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Radiotelevisión Española, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla o la Joven Orquesta Nacional de España. Floristán has participated in theVerbier Festival, the Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander and the Festival de Les Arcs, among others.
Olatz Ruiz de Gordejuela, student at the Reina Sofía School of Music with Professor Zakhar Bron from 2013 to 2016, has secured a position as first tutti violin at the Gewandhausorchester of Leipzig, Germany.
She was born in Mendaro (Gipuzkoa) in 1997. In 2007 she started her studies at the Conservatory of Vitoria, where she was concertmaster. She has also participated in the 26th Curso Internacional de Llanes, taught by the Quiroga Quartet, where she played as first violin in the quartet awarded with the Best Quartet prize. She has won several other awards, including First Prize in the 8th César Uceda Award.
After the departure from the Reina Sofía School, Olatz has studied at the Universität Mozarteum of Salzburg (2016 - 2019) and in 2019-2020 joined the Concertgebouworkest Academy in Amsterdam.
Giovanni Guzzo, former student at the Telefónica Violin Chair of the Reina Sofía School of Music, has secured a position as First Violin at the Camerata Salzburg of Austria.
Giovanni Guzzo has established himself as one of the most versatile and charismatic violinists of his generation. Born to parents of Italian and Venezuelan heritage, Giovanni studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music and, subsequently, at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Maurice Hasson. He performs regularly in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals worldwide and has being conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Ivan Fischer and Semyon Bychkov, among others. A keen recitalist and chamber musician, he has worked closely with artists such as Joshua Bell, Martha Argerich and Martin Fröst, among others. His latest recording of the complete Ysaye violin solo sonatas for Rubicon classics received worldwide acclaim.
Guzzo is Guest First Violin at the Budapest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Ivan Fischer. He is also a Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Guest Professor at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He recently returned to the Reina Sofía School to conduct the Viesgo Camerata.
Alexandre Da Costa, student at the Telefónica Violin Chair of the Reina Sofía School of Music from 1998 to 2001, has renewed his position a Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (Québec, Canada).
Born in Montreal in 1979, Da Costa also studied at the Conservatoire de Québec in Montreal with Professor Johanne Arel, where he obtained a Master's Degree in Violin cum laude.