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Magí Garcías Frau

Pianist

Magí Garcías is an eclectic and active pianist born in Mallorca. He studied in Spain with Enrique Bagaría and Lluís Rodríguez Salvà and Iván Cítera. 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 highly influential advice from teachers such as Claudio Martínez-Mehner, Natalia Trull, Grigory Gruzman, Iván Martín, Josep Colom, Henry Bonamy, David Kayjken, Ruben Dalibaltayan or Aquilles Dellevigne. Nowadays he is a "Meisterklasse" student in the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg in the class of Prof. Aurelia Visovan.


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 professors such as T. Svane, Fernando Arias, J. Peter Maintz or W. E. Schmidt. 


As solo pianist he's been awarded in several competitions. 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 Giubilei 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 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 combines his solo activity with an intense activity in the world of chamber music. Within this field he has performed with musicians such as Dudu Carmel, Thomas Indermhülle, José Manuel Montero, José Manuel ÁLvarez-Losada or Andreu Riera. He is member of the stable chamber music duo "Sosnowska-Garcías with the renowned cellist Zuzanna Sosnowska. In 2019 they were awarded the 1st ex-aequo Prize at the prestigious Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition. In 2022 they got awarded with the 2nd Prize in the International Swedish Duo Competition. The Sosnowska-Garcías Duo has performed in international Festivals like the J. Waldorff Festival in Radziejowice, the Linköpping Kammarmusicforening or the Festival Brahms 2022 Mallorca-Pollença. They have received advice from teachers like T. Svane, J. P. Maintz, Dirk Mommertz, T. Steinhofel, W. E. Schmidt, F. Arias, etc. and performed in many different countries like Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain or Poland.



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 (Columna Música), a dialogue between interpretation and improvisation with jazz pianist Diego Hervalejo and the featuring of Clara Fiol.

He has been co-artistic director of the BTHVN2020 Festival, MZRT2021 Festival and Festival BRAHMS 2022 in Pollença together with the conductor 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 teachers like Ramón Ortega, Dudu Carmel or Thomas Indermhülle.