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UTSA Department of Music hosts Spanish pianist Marta Espinos April 19

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(April 16, 2014) -- The UTSA Department of Music and La Casa de Espana of San Antonio will present Spanish pianist Marta Espinos for a concert performance, "Sorolla and America: A Musical Imagery," at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA Main Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature musical selections and commentary from Espinos centering on the artwork of Spanish painter Joaquin Sorilla. Espinos will provide a comprehensive aesthetic experience by revealing analogies between the Sorollian luminism and impressionism and nationalism in the music.

The program is comprised of a selection of piano works directly connected to exhibition topics including portraits, children's scenes, and beach and port vignettes. The evening will celebrate the universality of Spanish art and encompass the works of great Spanish composers including Granados, Falla, Turina, Esplia, Mompou and Rodrigo.

One of Spain's most promising young artists, Espinos graduated from the Valencia Music Institute and received the Chamber Music Degree Special Award. She continued post-graduate studies at the institute and focused on piano and chamber music in "L'Escola de Musica de Barcelona" under the direction of Albert Attenelle and Jordi Mora.

Espinos' musical repertoire spans from 17th century to contemporary music with a specialization in the Baroque, the period least explored in modern piano. Her keystone work in 2005, "Goldberg Variations by Bach," received praise from critics when she performed at the Barroc Space Dalmases Palace in Barcelona.

Her list of accomplishments includes receiving awards at the V International Music Competition of Cartagena, Jose Roca National Piano Competition, International Piano Competition of Berga and the Joan Massia Competition.

After completing her studies in Spain, Espinos relocated to Dallas and enrolled in the artist certificate and master's program at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University under the mentorship of Joaquin Achucarro.

At SMU, she won the Meadows School of the Arts Annual Concerto Competition and the Von Mickwitz Prize. In 2010, she was elected a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society for academic merit and professional excellence.

For more information, contact Cindy Solis at 210-458-5685 or visit the UTSA Department of Music website.

 

 

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