Aurelio Viribay (piano)

Biography

Aurelio Viribay

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The pianist Aurelio Viribay specializes in the accompaniment of singers. He completed his formation in this field with Norman Shetler in Vienna, with Dalton Baldwin in France and with Félix Lavilla in Madrid. Between 1995 and 1997 he worked as vocal coach at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts and the Konservatorium Wien University, and since 1998 he has been professor at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid. In addition he has collaborated in masterclasses given by Thomas Quasthoff in the Mozarteum University Salzburg, Walter Berry in the Cartusiana Internationale Sommerakademie Niederösterreich (Austria), and Teresa Berganza in the Escuela Superior de Müsica Reina Sofía in Madrid. He has collaborated as official pianist in various singing competitions such as Das Schubert Lied (Vienna), Joaquín Rodrigo of Madrid, Francisco Viñas of Barcelona, Julián Gayarre of Pamplona, Jacinto Guerrero of Madrid and International Singing Competition of Bilbao.

He has worked with many singers including Walter Berry, Carlos Álvarez, Aquiles Machado, Alicia Nafé, Ainhoa Arteta, María Bayo, Isabel Rey, Norma Fantini, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Ángeles Blancas, Ofelia Sala, Mariola Cantarero, Ruth Rosique, Silvia Tró Santafé, Ana María Sánchez, Ana Lucrecia García, Tatiana Melnychenko, Raquel Lojendio, Mercedes Arcuri, Lola Casariego, Saioa Hernández, Pilar Jurado, María Rey-Joly, Cristina Toledo, María Espada, Marta Knörr, Sonia de Munck, Enric Martínez-Castignani, David Alegret, Gabriel Bermúdez, Rodrigo Esteves, Eduardo Aladrén, Susana Cordón, Carmen Solís, Ruth Iniesta, Elena Sancho Pereg, María Zapata, Angélica Mansilla, Cecilia Lavilla, Milagros Poblador, José Manuel Montero, Pablo García-López, Rubén Amoretti, Reinaldo Macías, José Ferrero, Ignacio Encinas, Alejandro González del Cerro, Luis Cansino, César San Martín, José Julián Frontal, Carlos Cosías, Luis Dámaso, Alejandro Roy, Miguel Ángel Zapater, Alex Vicens, Arantza Ezenarro. He has also accompanied instrumentalists such as Asier Polo, Mariana Todorova, Beate Altenburg, Ángel García Jermann and John Stokes, Quartet Assai, Bretón Quartet, Vocal Quartet Cavatina, National Choir of Spain and the Choir of the Spanish Radio. He has appeared in most European countries and also in Mexico, Morocco and Japan, performing in venues such as the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Castello Sforzesco in Milano, Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, as well as in most of the important concert halls and music festivals in Spain.

He has taken part in premieres of works by the composers Benet Casablancas,David del Puerto, Hermes Luaces, Jorge Fernández Guerra, Juan Manuel Ruiz, Eduardo Morales-Caso, Miquel Ortega, Bernardino Cerrato, Nobel Sámano, María Luisa Ozaita, María José Arenas, Dolores Serrano, Diana Pérez Custodio and María Escribano and has made recordings for RNE, Catalunya Music and RTVE.

His discography, on labels like Columna Música and Stradivarius, includes Songs of the Madrid Group and Spanish Female Composers of the 20th Century — both with the mezzo-soprano Marta Knörr —, Songs with the soprano Lola Casariego, Aprè un rêve with the tenor Guzmán Hernando, Indianas of Guastavino with the Vocal Quartet Cavatina and the first recording of Retablo on Paul Klee's texts by Benet Casablancas.

Aurelio Viribay obtained his Ph.D. from the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid with a thesis on Art Song by the “Group of the Eight” in Madrid.