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CLAUDIO MARTINEZ-MEHNER

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Born in Germany in 1970, Claudio Martinez-Mehner began his music studies at an early age at the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid” with Amparo Fuster, Pedro Lerma and Joaquin Soriano. In addition to his piano studies, he participated in the Spanish National Youth Orchestra as a violist and in the Chamber Orchestra of the German School as a violinist, violist and harpsichord player.

Claudio Martinez-Mehner continued his studies at the “Tchaikovsky-Conservatory” in Moscow, the “Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia” in Madrid, the “Hochschule fur Musik” in Freiburg, the “Fondazione per il Pianoforte” in Como, Italy; and the “Peabody Conservatory” in Baltimore, US. His main professors were Dmitri Bashkirov, Vitalij Margulis and Leon Fleisher. He participated in masterclasses given by Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, Alexis Weissenberg, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Mstislav Rostropovich, among many others.

At the ages of 13 and 15 Claudio Martinez-Mehner won first prizes with special mention in the German competition “Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert”. He was a finalist in the International Piano Competition “Paloma O’Shea” in Santander (1990), Spain, and won first prizes in the international competitions “Pilar Bayona” in Zaragoza, Spain (1992), “Fondation Chimay” in Belgium (1993), and “Dino Ciani” in Milano, Italy (1993).

As a soloist he performed in all the major cities in Europe, United States, Russia, Central America and Japan, with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, Filarmonica of the Teatro Alla Scala, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, Italian Swiss Radio Orchestra, Norddeutsche Rundfunk, Filarmonia Hungarica and most of the major Spanish orchestras. Claudio Martinez-Mehner is an avid chamber music player and has performed with many ensembles in Europe, the U.S.A and Japan.

During a seven-year long rest due to an injury, he became interested in conducting, attending masterclasses with Robert Spano, Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink. He has been invited as a conductor with the “Orquesta Filarmonica de Santo Domingo” and has lead several ensembles of contemporary music. In 1998 he was Associate Music Coordinator and Assistant Conductor of the Spoleto Festival in Italy. During this time he also collaborated with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra on various projects. From 1999 ? 2003 he was Artistic Director of the Lucena Summer School and International Piano Festival.

Currently he is assistant piano teacher to Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov at the “Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia”. In addition, he holds a piano teaching position at the “Conservatorio Superior de Musica” in Salamanca, Spain. He teaches masterclasses throughout Spain and since 2002 has been performing as a soloist and chamber music player again.

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