XIX Competition



Joaquín Achúcarro

Joaquín Achúcarro

In October 2016 the French magazine Diapason included Joaquín Achúcarro's name among "Les 100 plus beaux disques de piano de tout les temps", together with pianists such as Rachmaninoff, Horowitz, Rubinstein, Cortot, Richter, Gould, Brendel, Argerich and Pollini.

Joaquín Achúcarro's impeccable and exemplary artistic career, described by the Chicago Sun Times as "The Consummate Artist", has earned him the highest national and international reputation.

Since his victory at the 1959 Liverpool Piano Competition (won a year earlier by Zubin Mehta as conductor) Achúcarro maintains an uninterrupted international concert activity that has taken him to 61 countries, performing in venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Kennedy Center, Musikverein, Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Barbican, Teatro alla Scala, Suntory Hall, Sydney Opera House, both in recitals and as a soloist with over two hundred different orchestras including Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, La Scala di Milano, Sydney Symphony, National de France, Yomiuri, Tokyo Philharmonic, RIAS Berlin, along with 400 directors such as Abbado, Mehta, Ozawa, Chailly, Davis and Rattle.

He is Artist for Peace by UNESCO Paris, Grand Cross of Civil Merit, Gold Medal for Fine Arts, National Music Prize, Bilbao's Favorite Son, Accademic ad Honorem of the Accademia Chigiana, Academician of the Academy of Fine Arts Arts of Granada and Correspondent of Cadiz's and of the Academy of San Fernando of Madrid.
In 2012 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) agreed to name the miniplanet 22191 after him, which since then is known as "Joaquín Achúcarro 22191" in recognition of its international artistic trajectory.

Since August 1989 he has held the Chair J.E. Tate of the Southern Methodist University in Dallas (USA), combining their teaching periods with their busy schedule of concerts.

In 2009, a group of people and institutions from Dallas created the "Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation" to perpetuate his artistic and educational legacy.

His recordings on DVD, Blue Ray and CD have been critically acclaimed, receiving awards such as Classical Choc, Diapason, Maestro Pianiste, 5 Stars and especially his DVD of Concert no. 2 of Brahms with the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis (Opus Arte) reached number 1 in the list of bestsellers of the giant Amazon.com. for weeks.


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