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Javier Otero Niera

Javier Otero Neira (1981) is part of a new generation of young Spanish pianists with national and international renown.

His musical vocation  began  at eight years old when he began his musical studies at the Conservatory of Music in A Estrada (Pontevedra), his hometown. Later, he moved to the Conservatory of Music of Santiago de Compostela, where he obtained the title of  professor in 1999, and later the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid to continue his studies with Professor Almudena Cano. Academic stage culminates with honors and Honorable Mention and completed his training with pianist So Young Moon.

 

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old debut solo concert and soon began to garner recognition of his talent by the public and juries of various regional, national and international piano competitions: in 1999 he was awarded the first prize in the Piano “Real Club Nautico de Vigo“, in 2004 he won the Piano Competition of the Galician Association of Classical Music Artists and the Blüthner Piano Prize (Germany), in 2005 he won second prize at the National Piano Competition “Composers of Spain” and in 2009 he achieved the “Gregorio Baudot” Prize of the International Piano Competition “Cidade de Ferrol”.

It is at this stage when he begins to show his own personality as a pianist, based on a deep theoretical knowledge and interpretive rigor perfecting artistically with teachers Joaquín Achúcarro, Josep Colom, Robert Levin, Andrej Jasinski, Vladmr Krpan, Christopher Elton, Boris Berman and especially with the pianists Ana Guijarro and Ludovica Mosca, who have had a decisive influence on his career.

A versatile pianist

With the passage of time he has managed to generate his own space in the market based on tenacity and perseverance to combine precision and impeccable technique with a character and a style that blends youth, freshness and vitality. Javier Otero Neira has become a versatile pianist with a miscellaneous repertoire covering all periods of music for piano and devotes special attention to Spanish composers such as José Luis Turina, Luis de Pablo. With Antón García Abril was working his compositions together.

Considered one of the rising stars of classical music Galician, extends its commitment to the dissemination of works by galician composers such as Juan Durán, Octavio Vázquez, Fernando Buide, Marcial del Adalid, Andrés Gaos among others. In addition, in 2007 became the first Galician pianist invited by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia to make a tour of several cities in the Region, playing the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 “Emperor ” by Ludwig van Beethoven, with the conductor Maximino Zumalave; and in 2011 would be the guest pianist for the presentation gives Xoven Orquestra de Vigo.

In recent years he has performed as a soloist in major Spanish cities, has performed live for Classical Radio (RNE) and has participated in recordings for Croatian Television,  Spanish Television (TVE) and Galician Television (TVG) . Especially notable was his performance in the March Foundation (Madrid) in January 2011 under the “Liszt Year” , whose performance earned her recognition from critics and an excellent reception from the audience. In addition, in September 2013, he served as executive director of the Musical Festival Pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela, with pianist Ilona Timchenko and violinist Daniel Kordubaylo.

Currently, Javier Otero Neira combines his concert activity with the preparation of its passage by recording studios to launch in 2014 his first album, with a clear challenge: stop being a revelation to emerge as one of the best Spanish pianists of the moment and achieve greater international projection.