Costa Adeje Classics Eng

Juan Francisco Parra

Juan Francisco began his musical studies at the Conservatorio de la Música de Las Palmas de G.C., located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, under the guidance of professors Susa Mari Suárez Verona and Francisco Martínez Ramos. After completing his professional degree, he furthered his education at the Bern University of the Arts in collaboration with professor Michael Studer. He also attended classes in Chamber Music and Lied Accompaniment with professors Heinrich Foster, Kurt Weber and Tomasz Herburt. In 1992 he completed his higher studies in Switzerland. Then he participated in the “Pedro Espinoza” piano competition winning the first prize. In the same year he embarked on a concert tour, performing in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy. He focused his career on accompanying singers and chamber music, participating in various concerts and recitals.

In 1998 he was invited by the Auditorio Alfredro Kraus to inaugurate the Chamber Hall. At the same auditorium he performed as a pianist in the “Alfredo Kraus” and “Gran Canaria” singing competitions.

He has collaborated with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria in different concerts, and in 2000, he participated in a tour that took place in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, performing in some of Europe’s most important auditoriums. He has worked with notable conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Adrian Leaper, Guido Ajmone-Marsan, Marco Armiliato, Pedro Halffter, and Miquel Ortega, among others.

As a répétiteur pianist he has participated in various courses, including those led by Mirella Freni, Cristina Gallardo-Dômas, Suso Mariátegui, Tom Krause and María Orán.

He has recorded two chamber music albums (CD 711 and 722) with the clarinetist Radovan Cavallin, horn player José Zarzo, cellist Carlos Rivero and violinist Victor Parra under the American label “Crystal Records”. He has also made recordings for the labels Rals and Summit Records.

He has been an accompanist in various recitals in different countries such as Moscow, Cairo, Budapest and cities like Barcelona, Oviedo and Albacete among others. Notable singers he has collaborated with include Leo Nucci, Celso Albelo, Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Ana María Sánchez, Jorge de León Desireé Rancatore, Pancho Corujo, Roberto de Candia, Simón Orfila, Mariola Cantero and more.

In the present time he is a professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias and a répértiteur pianist at the Alfredo Kraus Opera Festival in Las Palmas.

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