In collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC and the Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation, The Phillips Collection presents a recital by internationally renowned pianist Joaquín Achúcarro, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year.
Federico Mompou (1893–1987)
Preludes: No. 1, No. 9, No. 7, Palmier d'etoiles
Enrique Granados (1867–1916)
Goyescas, Book 2
El Amor y La Muerte
Serenata del Espectro
Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
La Soirée dans Grenade, from Estampes
Manuel de Falla (1876–1946)
Hommage a Claude Debussy
Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909)
El Puerto, from Iberia, Book 1
Alborada del Gracioso, from Miroirs
–Sir Simon Rattle
Born in Bilbao in 1932, Joaquín Achúcarro studied at the Conservatory there under the maestros Castillo and Zubeldía. He made his debut at the age of 13 with the Bilbao Philharmonic Society performing Mozart. He completed his studies in Madrid and won numerous international prizes, in particular an international piano competition organized by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society in 1959.
Since then, Achúcarro has enjoyed an uninterrupted international career touring fifty-nine countries performing in venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Kennedy Center, Musikverein, Royal Albert Hall, Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel, Teatro alla Scala, Suntory Hall, Sydney Opera House, Teatro Colón and The Barbican. He has performed recitals and appeared as soloist with over two hundred different orchestras including, the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, La Scala of Milan, London Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Sta Cecilia di Roma, BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Scottish, City of Birmingham, Hallé, National de France, Yomiuri, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony. He has performed with more than 350 conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Sir Adrian Boult, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Zubin Mehta, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Simon Rattle.
UNESCO named him Artist for Peace in recognition of “his extraordinary artistic achievement.” In Spain he has received the highest honors in the arts: the gold medal of fine arts and the national award for music. King Juan Carlos of Spain bestowed upon him the great cross of civil merit.