Humberto Quagliata, pianist.
1995, he was decorated by H.M. Juan Carlos I, King of Spain,
for his work in service of contemporary Spanish music in concerts
and recordings over a period of many years and all over the world,
awarding him with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Civil Merit
he received this decoration, the famous pianist Alicia de
Larrocha sent him the following message: "Humberto: If there is
anyone who should be recognised and admired, it is you! It was
Ricardo Viñes who, in his time, brought the piano works of Debussy,
Ravel, Falla, etc., to the general audience, and it is you, with
your unique enthusiasm and talent, who have done –and continue to
do- the same for the music of our compatriots around the world! All
of your colleagues (most especially myself) are exceedingly proud of
the distinction which has been bestowed upon you."
Humberto Quagliata has performed in the most important concert
halls of 5 continents, in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras.
The concerts he has performed in already number more than 2000. Some
of the most important venues he has appeared in include: Teatro
Alla Scala (Milan), Carnegie Hall (New York), Théâtre des
Champes-Elysées (Paris), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Mozarteum
(Salzburg), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Chuo Kaikan Hall
(Tokyo), Hochschule für Musik (Wien), Gaudeamus Foundation
(Amsterdam) Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), Saint Petersburg
Philharmonic, Teatro Real y Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid),
Ernest Ansermet Hall (Geneva), Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Berlin),
Accademia Musical Chigiana (Sienna), Beijing Concert Hall (Pekin),
Sala "Cecilia Meireles" (Rio de Janeiro), Old Mutual Hall Unisa
(Pretoria, 1996), The Opera House (Sydney), India International
Centre Auditorium (New Delhi)...
International critics regard him as one of the leading
representatives of his generation of Spanish-American pianists, a
worthy successor of the great South American musicians, such as the
brilliant Claudio Arrau, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Bruno
Leonardo Gelber, Nelson Freire, and Roberto Szidon.
pianist Humberto Quagliata was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) on 16
July 1955, and died in Alicante, Spain, on May, 26th, 2017.
a pupil of Delia Martini, Nybia Mariño, Hugo Balzo, Fanny Ingold,
who in turn worked with world-famous figures such as Ravel,
Stravinsky, Falla, Katchaturian, Rubinstein, Cortot, Arrau...
made his debut at the age of 10 on Uruguayan Television, arousing
the admiration and amazement of critics and public alike. It was the
beginning of a brilliant international career. When he was 17, he
won First Prize in the Young Musicians' Competition and when he was
just 18, he qualified as Master of the Piano.
Quagliata has also studied the works of Alberto Ginastera and
Federico Mompou under the direction of the composers themselves.
made several recordings, either solo or accompanied by orchestras,
which are regularly played on the world's leading broadcasting
constantly invited to give Master Classes and Courses in
Conservatories, Universities and Educational Centers, such as:
Frederick Chopin Academy in Warsaw, University of Los Angeles (USA),
University of New York (USA), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
(Brazil), University of Pittsburg (USA), Autonomous University of
Madrid, University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, Cursos Etruria in
Rome, National Conservatory of Buenos Aires, Academy of Music of the
University of Zagreb, Cuban Institute of Music, Metropolitan
University of Santiago de Chile, etc.