Institut Ramon LLull

Alba Ventura: Tribute to Alicia de Larrocha, piano concert in New York

Music.  New York, 09/11/2023

Alicia de Larrocha is considered one of the most important pianists of the 20th century. Her artistic career spanned five continents and, with over 74 years on stage, she performed more than 4,000 concerts and recitals in the most important halls, with the most prestigious orchestras and conductors. The recital offered by Catalan pianist Alba Ventura is the last one of a series of concerts organized by the Institut Ramon Llull in celebration of the Centennial of Alicia de Larrocha in New York.

Alicia de Larrocha was one of the main ambassadors of the music of Catalan and Spanish composers to the world. However, due to her modesty and desire to appear as little as possible in the media, her recognition has been limited to the field of classical music and she is a veritable unknown to most people not involved in or fans of classical music. The commemoration of the Centennial of Alicia de Larrocha's is a great opportunity for new generations to learn about who she was and what she represented, in Catalonia, Spain, and abroad.

The works of Antoni Soler, Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, Enric Granados, Joaquín Turina, Xavier Montsalvatge, Frederic Mompou, and others were a regular part of Larrocha's performances, but also those of Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Grieg, Debussy, Ravel, Rakhmàninov, and others. To categorize her, as is often done, as a pianist "specializing in Spanish music" is to ignore her extensive repertoire, which must be extolled as well through this celebration.


December 4th Concert Program:

Alba Ventura, piano

Mozart, Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 / 300d


Andante cantabile con espressione


Albéniz, Suite Iberia, Books 1-2

Book 1: Evocación – El Puerto – El Corpus en Sevilla

Book 2: Rondeña – Almería – Triana


Born in Barcelona, Alba Ventura made her debut as a concert soloist at the age of thirteen with the Orquestra de Cadaqués conducted by Sir N. Marriner in San Sebastian and at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid. Her career as an international soloist has since taken her to the grandest international stages such as the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Svetlanovsky Hall in Moscow and the most important Spanish concert halls. Her activity has also taken her to perform in the USA, Colombia, Argentina, New Zealand and China. Alba has collaborated with conductors such as Albiach, Antonini, Diakun, Harth-Bedoya, Hogwood, Mas, Mena, Oue, Pons, Ros Marbà and Vásary, and performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the Hallé, London Mozart Players, the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the National Norwegian Youth Orchestra as well as the main Spanish orchestras.

Alba Ventura is in addition a devoted chamber musician and has worked together with pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, Brodsky, Takacs and Casals quartets, violinists Boris Belkin, Gordan Nikolic, Leticia Moreno, Tai Murray, Lina Tur Bonet, and Francisco Fullana, violist Isabel Villanueva and cellists David Cohen and Astrig Siranossian. She is currently a member of the Trio Freixas.

Alba won the international auditions of the Young Concert Artist Trust (YCAT), was selected for the Rising Stars programme promoted by ECHO (European Concert Halls Organitzation) and has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Rosebowl by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the IMPULSA prize by the Fundació Princesa de Girona and the Albéniz Medal by the Fundació Isaac Albéniz.

Notable recordings include a monographic album dedicated to Rachmaninov or the disc, "Études", a selection of twenty studies from Czerny to Rautavaara which was very well received by the public and critics. In 2019 Alba Ventura started the recording of the Complete Mozart Piano Sonatas. June 2023 saw the release of the album "Spanish Light", alongside violinist Francisco Fullana.

Alba is a professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo, and director of the prestigious Academia Marshall, once led by Alicia de Larrocha.

Alba Ventura: Tribute to Alicia de Larrocha, piano concert

Monday, December 4, 2023, at 7:00pm


790 11th Ave, New York

Talk with Joseph Patrych, Alba Ventura and Alicia Torra, daughter of Alicia de Larrocha, after the concert

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