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Juan Carlos Fernández Nieto wins second prize in Jaén International Piano Competition

YSM graduate plays Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto in final round
May 5, 2014

fernandez-nieto_juan_carlosJuan Carlos Fernández Nieto ’09 MM, ’10 AD won second prize in the prestigious 56th Jaén International Piano Competition. In the final round, Fernández Nieto performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, “Emperor.”

The competition featured forty-six pianists from sixteen countries across four continents. 

Spanish-born pianist Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto made his debut at the age of sixteen with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granad,a performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor under the baton of Lutz Köhler to critical acclaim. This performance was broadcast live.

Juan Carlos has concertized throughout Spain, Holland, Germany, Puerto Rico and the United States. He has collaborated with orchestras such as Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y León, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta de Extremadura, and Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española, among others. He made his New York debut at Steinway Hall in 2009, and was featured on the Messiaen Centennial Celebration at Yale performing Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus. This summer, he made his debut at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Spain. An advocate for contemporary music, he has premiered works by Fernando Buide and Sean Hickey.

As a chamber musician, Juan Carlos has performed in festivals in Europe and the U.S., such as the Holland Music Sessions, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music, and Wintergreen Performing Arts. Past engagements include chamber music performances with members of the Tokyo String Quartet, as well as with the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos under the direction of Aldo Parisot.

Fernandez-Nieto is a prizewinner of many competitions in Spain and the United States, including the CSMTA Young Artists Competition, Chamber Music Society at Yale, Infanta Cristina, Ciudad de Linares, and National Piano Competition in Leon. He has also been the recipient of prizes and awards as the George Miles Fellowship, Linda and Alan Englander Fellowship, and the Yale Alumni Prize. He has been a featured guest in TV shows and radio, as in Programa de Mano, Los Conciertos de La2, Televisión Castilla y León, and Radio Nacional de España.

Fernandez-Nieto holds the Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Boris Berman. He previously studied in Spain under Julia Diaz-Yanes and Claudio Martinez-Mehner.