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Manuel López Jorge

Born in Santiago de Compostela in 1984, Manuel is a versatile musician, very active as a composer, solo pianist and collaborator with different ensembles. Trained as a pianist in his youth with the Armenian pianist Marina Shamagian (student of Viktor Merzhanov) and in his maturity with the pianist and chamber musician Deniz Arman Gelenbe (student of György Sándor), he has been awarded in several international competitions. He has given recitals in important halls such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Steinway Hall (London) or Royal Albert Hall - Elgar Room. Very active in chamber music, Manuel won first prize in the Leonard Smith and Cavatina competitions. In recognition of his work as a chamber pianist, he was awarded the John Thompson and Byram Jeejeebhoy prizes at the end of his Master's studies in London. As a composer, Manuel is a disciple of the master Antón García-Abril, from whom he received classes, advice and support from 2002 until his death in 2021. His training was also influenced by the American composer Stephen Montague, of whom he was a student for five years. The premiere of his work Montañas ao lonxe at the Fundación Juan March, performed by Mariana Todorova (soloist of the RTVE orchestra) and Mariana Gurkova, was broadcast live by Radio Nacional de España. His work Jakobsland was selected among more than 2000 candidates for its premiere in Los Angeles, USA, by the ensemble Kaleidoscope, an American premiere that was thwarted by the 2020 pandemic. Disciplines such as literature, physics or astronomy, for which Manuel feels a deep interest, have inspired many of his compositions. These concerns have led him to embark on a degree in Physics, which he is studying at the UNED in parallel to his musical activity. Manuel holds a PhD in Composition from the City University of London, a Master's degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) and a Bachelor's degree with honors from the Conservatorio Superior de A Coruña. Since 2019 he has been a piano teacher by competitive examination at the Professional Conservatory of Music of Santiago de Compostela.

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