JOSÉ RAMÓN MÉNDEZ
Hailed by the Hoja del Lunes de Madrid, as "the Spanish pianist of his generation," JOSÉ RAMÓN MÉNDEZ is one of the most exciting Spanish pianists of today. Recent performances include solo recitals at Porto Pianofest, Palmetto International Piano Festival, as well as numerous solo and chamber music performances in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Méndez studied at the Manhattan School of Music with renowned pedagogue Solomon Mikowsky and later under the tutelage of Byron Janis and Miyoko Lotto. During his stay in New York, he won top prizes in many international competitions, including Hilton Head Island International Piano Competition and the Frederick Chopin Competition in New York, among others.
He has given masterclasses at Oberlin Conservatory, The Yehudi Menuhin School of Music, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music among others. He is the Artistic Director and on the faculty of the Gijon International Piano Festival in Gijon, Spain, and is frequently invited to perform and teach at various festivals.
He has served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin, New York University,
Pennsylvania State University, and the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. He currently serves on the piano faculty in the Kitt School of Music at Northern Arizona University.