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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:
The alumnus Martín García has been awarded the Third Prize of the 18th Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world. Additionally, Martín has received the Special Prize from the Warsaw Philharmonic for the best performance of a concert. Martín was awarded earlier this year the First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.
Martín García García studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music with Professor Galina Eguiazarova between 2011 and 2019 and left us to continue his studies at the Mannes School of Music in New York.
Three alumni of Reina Sofía School of Music have successfully passed their Spanish National Orchestra (ONE) auditions this season.
Raquel Areal, a student of Zakhar Bron’s in the Telefónica Violin Chair between 2016 and June 2021, has joined the Spanish National Orchestra as tutti violin.
On the other hand, the viola section of the Spanish National Orchestra has welcomed both Joaquín Arias and Ewelina Bielarczyk.
Joaquín was a student of Professor Bron’s between 2016 and 2019 and studied at the BBVA Foundation Viola Chair with Professor Diemut Poppen between 2019 and 2021. Joaquín left the School to join the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra prior to his appointment at ONE.
Ewelina studied with Diemut Poppen between 2007 and 2011, and she has been a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Madrid until her most recent appointment at ONE.
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.
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.