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Magí Garcías Frau

Pianist

Magí Garcías is an eclectic and active pianist born in Mallorca. He began his studies with Maria Tomàs and Iván Cítera in Palma de Mallorca and Madrid. In 2011 he was awarded the final degree prizes in Piano and Chamber Music, and Honorary Mention in Fundamentals of Composition. He studied in Spain with Enrique Bagaría and Lluís Rodríguez Salvà. He continued his Master's degree studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, Germany, with Professor Gerlinde Otto where he obtained the highest marks in Piano and Chamber Music. He receives masterclasses and advice from teachers such as Claudio Martínez-Mehner, Natalia Trull, Grigory Gruzman, Iván Martín, Josep Colom, Henry Bonamy, David Kayjken, Ruben Dalibaltayan, Aquilles Dellevigne, etc.


His chamber music training was led by Cuarteto Quiroga and influenced by teachers like Prof. Thomas Steinhöfel or Prof. Dirk Mommertz. He also delves into the piano and cello repertoire learning from masters such as T. Svane, Fernando Arias, J. Peter Maintz or W. E. Schmidt. 


In 2021 he was awarded the 2nd prize and the Special Prize Jardí dels Tarongers of the International Competition of Les Corts, in Barcelona. In 2018 he won the Young Art of Soloists competition unanimously, promoted by the Ministry of Culture of the Balearic Government. He receives several awards in various competitions, such as the prize for best resident performer in the Rottary-Palma International Piano Competition, Ravel Award at the 13th San Daniele PianoMeeting, 1st Prize in the Rafel Nadal Musical Contest, Scholarship Prize at the Paola Baschetti International Competition, and Diploma di Merito at the Concorso Internazionale Pianisitco Maria Giubilei, 3rd prize in the Gabriel Giubii Competition. 1st prize in the Ciutat de Felanitx competition, Finalist in the Permanente Juventudes Musicales Competition, Prize for the best classical concerto for piano and orchestra at the 15th San Daniele Piano Meeting (Italy), etc. 

 

 


He combines his solo activity with an intense activity in the world of chamber music. In 2019 he was awarded the 1st ex-aequo Prize at the prestigious Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition, with the cello and piano duo "Sosnowska-Garcías" with the renowned cellist Zuzanna Sosnowska, with whom he has performed in Spain, Germany, Poland or Italy. Within this field he has performed with musicians such as Dudu Carmel, Thomas Indermhülle, José Manuel Montero or Andreu Riera.


He performs in various countries as Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Austria or Spain, and in festivals of the Spanish musical scene such as the International Chopin Festival of Valldemossa, Festival of New Creation (Valencian Community), Jornadas de Música Contemporánea Española (Aragon) or Festival de Encuentros Sonoros (Andalusia), International Festival of Deià, Festival Inclàssic, etc.


He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras such as the JOL (Joven Orquesta Leonesa), the Orquesta Sinfónica Solidaria of the CSMA, or the OCM (Orquestra de Cambra de Mallorca) and worked with various conductors such as Fernando Marina, Jorge Manrique, Bernat Quetglas, Albert Gosálvez, Fernando L. Briones, etc. 


In 2018 his first album "Before you fall asleep" is released, paying homage to the composer Sergi Ramis (1990-2017), with the BLAU label (DISCMEDI). In 2020 he also published "Nuredduna", a concept album based on the poem by Costa i Llobera, which receives a special mention at the Ciutat de Palma Awards 2020 and is a finalist in the Enderrock Awards of Balearic Music. Refractio VOL is published in 2021. I (Music Column), a dialogue between interpretation and improvisation with jazz pianist Diego Hervalejo and the intervention of Clara Fiol.

He has been co-artistic director of the BTHVN2020 Festival and the MZRT2021 Festival in Pollença together with Bernat Quetglas.


He currently combines his artistic activity with teaching, as an associate professor at the Conservatorio Superior de les Illes Balears,and he has accompanied masterclasses by famous Oboe teachers like Ramón Ortega, Dudu Carmel or Thomas Indermhülle.