Aurelio Viribay (piano)

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Aurelio Viribay

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The pianist Aurelio Viribay specializes in the accompaniment of singers. He has worked with many singers including Walter Berry, Alicia Nafé, Annalisa Stroppa, Ainhoa Arteta,María Bayo, Ángeles Blancas, Saioa Hernández, Ofelia Sala, Ruth Rosique, Ana María Sánchez, Ruth Iniesta, Ana Lucrecia García, Tatiana Melnychenko, Raquel Lojendio, Mercedes Arcuri, Lola Casariego, María Rey-Joly, Elena Sancho Pereg, Sandra Ferrández, Arantza Ezenarro, Cristina Toledo, María Espada, Sonia de Munck, Marta Knörr, Susana Cordón, Enric Martínez-Castignani, David Alegret, Pablo García-López, Alejandro Roy, Rodrigo Esteves, Javier Franco, Eduardo Aladrén, Alejandro del Cerro, José Manuel Montero, Carmen Solís and Naroa Intxausti.

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, and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Castello Sforzesco in Milano, Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as in most of the important concert halls and music festivals in Spain.

He has taken part in premieres of works by numerous composers 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.

Between 1995 and 1997 he worked as vocal coach at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts and the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, 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 Austria, and Teresa Berganza in the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. 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.