VI INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION "CITY OF VIGO - GALICIA"

(Radu Lupu Edition)

15th to 16th of October, 2022

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  • INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
    "CITY OF VIGO"

Abraham Tena Manrique, Assistant

In April 2018, Abraham Tena Manrique is appointed President of the WPTA-SPAIN-COMPOSITION (World Piano Teachers Association). The WPTA is an association that exists in more than thirty countries around the world, in which it annually organizes conferences, piano competitions, composition, chamber music, as well as recitals and masterclasses. In May 2019, Abraham organizes, as president of the named association, a concert in the SGAE hall of Barcelona, in which the Galician pianist Isabel Pérez Dobarro interprets works by current Spanish composers, such as Julia Maria Dopico Vale, Benet Casablancas, Octavio Vázquez, Ana Vázquez Silva and Abraham Tena Manrique, among others great names.
 
Between the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, Abraham Tena Manrique offers several recitals in which he performs the eighteen piano works that make up the CD that the japanese publishing  house and CD label, Da Vinci publishes at the end of 2017, with several of his works, performed by Tena Manrique.
 
The Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona was the emblematic place chosen for this presentation, since its privileged location in the Pignatelli Palace, in the heart of Barcelona, together with the beauty of its concert hall and the prestige of the entity - one of the main bastions where Catalan modernism developed - make this institution founded in 1881 the ideal place for the musician's first concert in the 2017/2018 season. The classical digital music Magazine2 echoed this touring start, just as it has done so many times with its national and international achievements.
 
At the end of 2017, the Da Vinci publishing house, which also has a record label of great international recognition, publishes a CD with several of Abraham Tena Manrique's works, performed by himself and recorded at the Pau Casals Auditori.
 
Without neglecting its concert facet, it is also worth mentioning the Closing Concert offered at the III Edition of the Villa de Xàbia International Festival (Alicante), invited by Nati Ballarín, director and founder of it. Interested in the composer's piano works, she creates the “Abraham Tena Manrique” award for the VI Edition of the Villa de Xàbia International Piano Competition - of which she is also the founder and director - that took place in June 2018.
 
In 2017 Abraham Tena Manrique becomes a member of two major associations of composers of our country, such as the Federation of Associations of Iberian Composers (FAIC) and the Catalan Association of Compositors (ACC). The latter, scheduled in early 2018 a concert at the SGAE headquarters in Barcelona, in which the pianist Fedor Veselov plays Khárôn I Op. 32, from Tena Manrique and in 2019 schedules two concerts in which his lied Zarathustra for mezzo soprano and piano is interpreted.
 
In 2017, the Japanese publisher Da Vinci - directed by Edmondo Filippini, Director of the Mozart Foundation of Osaka, which has the support of the Italian Institute of Culture of Osaka - published eighteen piano works by Abraham Tena Manrique. A collaboration with this editorial was opened with which it will publish in the near future all its piano production, which amounts to almost fifty compositions. Currently that list of published works is already 29 titles.
 
In 2016 the soloists of the OCNE (National Orchestra and Choir of Spain) premiered his Octet Seneca Op. 31 in the National Auditorium of Madrid, after recording in Estudio 206, musical program of Radio Clasica (RNE).
However, currently the work of Tena Manrique is not limited only to its interpretative and editorial side, since the composer has just composed the Cantata Las Siete Palabras de Cristo en la Cruz Op. 40, commissioned by Sergio Espejo , pianist of the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain (OCNE), to be presented at one of the Satellite Concerts organized annually by the OCNE at the National Auditorium in Madrid. This will not be his first composition premiered at the Auditorium, since already on March 1, 2016 the soloists of the OCNE performed their Seneca Octet Op. 31, written by order of the mentioned pianist, after recording in Estudio 206, Radio's musical program Classic (RNE).
 
This work was published by the centenary Editorial Boileau, joining its compositions already published during the previous year: the Don Quijote String Quartet Op. 22a and the Don Quijote Op. 22b Piano, Violin and Cello Trio. One of them, the Trio, will be released in 2020.
 
The Japanese publisher Da Vinci - directed by Edmondo Filippini, Director of the Mozart Foundation of Osaka and with the collaboration of the Italian Institute of Culture of Osaka - has published twenty-nine piano works by Abraham Tena Manrique.
 
Very remarkable are the more than twenty musicians who are including their works in their repertoire offering recitals in the US (New York, Ohio), Germany (Munich, Münster), United Kingdom (London, Birmingham), Albania (Korçë), Switzerland (Laussane, Freiburg, Daillens), in addition to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Lugo, Mérida, Menorca, Tarragona, to name just a few points of geography. George Sand Piano Duo (formed by Laura Pérez and Mireia Frutos), is recording the integral of works for piano with four hands in this 2019, by the Japanese record label, Da Vinci.
 
Among those names mentioned, some of the piano works by Abraham, are being interpreted by Paula Coronas, Patricia García Gil, Isabel Pérez Dobarro, Riccardo Bozolo, Kiev Portella, Jenna Sung, Raquel del Val, Anna Sutyagina, Amy Jones, Luis Becerra, Anna Semkina, who is in charge of the last release of the 3 Fantasiestücke for piano, violin and clarinet op. 28b in January 2020, in three Swiss cities (Lausane, Friborg and Daillens), among other names, all interested in approaching the piano and musical literature of Tena Manrique.
 
Abraham Tena Manrique was a professor of piano and chamber music at the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Liceo in Barcelona for three years, just after finishing his studies of double degree, piano and musical language and returning from New York and obtaining from several professors with he worked intensely, letters of recommendation. Some of them are professors from the Manhattan School of Music, Hunter College, Juilliard School and Taubmann Piano Institute. Letters in which they emphasized their great potential and their high musical knowledge and intelligence.
 

International Piano Competition "City of Vigo"

The Galician Classical Music Association (AMCG) organizes the I International Piano Competition "City of Vigo".

Take place in:

Rúa de Manuel Olivié, 23, 36203 Vigo, Pontevedra

+34 651 109 095
info@vigopianocompetition.com