“He set off a firework on the 88 piano keys which excited the audience in the Kulturzentrum right from the start”
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung
“Everything is transparent, neatly executed with a dynamic spectrum from forte to piano."
“I was dazzled by this record: this Spanish pianist offers a pianism that is “rare”: all fingers flesh, a perfect homogeneity of registers: everything is timbre, everything is clear, singing, never harsh, it sometimes sounds like an organ… or Arrau!. A revelation!”
Musique classique & Co
Spanish-American pianist Juan Carlos Fernández-Nieto’s international career is rapidly flourishing after he stepped in last minute performing Mozart Piano Concerto Jeunehomme at Carnegie Hall with The Chamber Orchestra of New York, which resulted in a standing ovation and immediate reengagements.
Fernández-Nieto made his debut at the age of sixteen with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in d minor under the baton of Lutz Köhler to critical acclaim in a live broadcast on Spanish National Radio.
Fernández-Nieto has concertized throughout his native Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Ukraine, Central America, Puerto Rico, to name a few. He has collaborated with orchestras such as, Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española, The Chamber Orchestra of New York, Orquesta Nacional de Colombia, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta de Valencia, Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, Orquesta Nacional de El Salvador, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y León, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta de Extremadura, among others, and has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Schumann Haus in Zwickau, Steinway Hall in New York and London, St James’s Picadilly in London, Chicago Cultural Center, Royal Dublin Society, Kharkov National Opera House, Palau de la Música, Teatros del Canal, Teatro de la Maestranza, Auditorio Monumental, Teatro Nacional de El Salvador, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Fundación Juan March, Fundación Scherzo. He was featured on the Messiaen Centennial Celebration at Yale performing Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus. Also an advocate for contemporary music, he has premiered works by Fernando Buide, Jesús Rueda, among others.
He has performed in festivals in Europe and the US, such as Klavier-Festival Ruhr, The Holland Music Sessions, Norfolk Music at Yale, Stony Brook and Wintergreen Performing Arts. Past engagements include chamber music performances with the Tokyo String Quartet, Quiroga String Quartet, as well as performances with the Grammy-nominated "Yale Cellos" under the direction of Aldo Parisot.
Fernández-Nieto is a prize winner of many prestigious competitions internationally, such as XIX Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition, Iturbi International Piano Competition, 56 Jaen International Piano Competition, CSMTA Young Artists Competition, Chamber Music Society at Yale, Ciudad de Linares, National Piano Competition in Leon. He has also been the recipient of prizes and awards as the George Miles Fellowship, Linda & Alan Englander Fellowship, and the Yale Alumni Prize. He has been a featured guest in TV shows and radio, as in Deutschlandfunk, Radio Nacional de España, Estudio 206, Programa de Mano, Los Conciertos de La2, Televisión Castilla y León, Cadena Cope, Cadena Ser, Radio Nacional de El Salvador, Price-Rubin Radio, and has been featured as well in specialized magazines as Gramophone UK, Ritmo, Scherzo, and Melómano.
Juan Carlos’ debut album, Carnaval, a monographic of music of Schumann, features both his carnavals was recorded in 2016 on the Odradek Records label. The live recording of his debut in the Klavier-Festival Ruhr was published as "Vive la France! Debussy & Saint-Saint-Saëns (Edition Ruhr Piano Festival, Vol. 37)" in 2019 on the CAvi-music.
Juan Carlos holds degrees from the Yale School of Music (MM '09, AD '10) where he studied with Boris Berman. He previously studied in Spain under Julia Diaz-Yanes and Claudio Martinez- Mehner.
The season 2020-2021 will see Juan Carlos in the European and American stages, including performing the selection of Beethoven sonatas in a few cities in Spain for the 250 anniversary of Beethoven, debuts in Brazil and Mexico, and will return as a soloist to Orquesta Nacional de El Salvador among others. Also, he will make his debut as a conductor with the Orquesta de Cámara de Canarias.