Heralded as a pianist of mature and profound sensitivity, emotional temperament and performing intelligence, Lluís R. Salvà has established himself as one of Spain’s leading artists. His pianistic talent is endorsed by 25 awards, 14 of them first prizes, and he has captivated the audiences of four continents with a continuous and enthusiastic reception.
Born in Girona, Lluís Rodríguez-Salvà began his musical education at the “Isaac Albèniz” and Barcelona Conservatories in his native Catalonia where his teachers have included Luiz de Moura Castro and María Jesús Crespo. Graduate studies were pursued at the Manhattan School of Music in New York into the studio of the eminent pianist Byron Janis, student of Vladimir Horowitz, and Marc Silverman and he was the recipient of the “Harold Bauer Award”, the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating student. Later on, he started a long-term artistic relationship with NYU piano faculty Miyoko Nakaya Lotto.
The contact with world-famous artists like Alicia de Larrocha, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Joaquín Achúcarro, Galina Egyazarova, Ruth Laredo, Nina Svetlanova and Gábor Tákacs-Nagy has definitively contributed to his artistic development.
His musical qualities have always been effusively praised and he has become a 14-times 1st-prize winner in national and international Piano Competitions: “Frechilla-Zuloaga” (2003); “Bergen Philharmonic Competition” New Jersey, USA (2001); “Heida Hermanns” Connecticut, EUA (2000); “El Primer Palau” (2000); “Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España”(2000); “ Ciutat de Carlet” (2000); “Dora Zaslavsky Koch Concerto Competition” New York, USA (1999); “Vilafranca del Penedès” (1998); “Chopin Competition” New York, USA (1998); “Ciutat de Palmanyola” (1997); ”Joan Massià” (1996); “L’Arjau” (1996); “Ricard Viñes” (1995) and “World Piano Competition” Cincinnati, USA (1994). He has also received prizes from the “José Iturbi”, “5 Towns Competition”, “Pilar Bayona”, “Manuel Massotti Littel”, “Miszieslav Munz”, “Ciutat de Berga”, “Gregorio Baudot”, “Ciudad de Albacete” and “Maria Canals” competitions.
Particularly esteemed as a prominent performer and connoisseur of Spanish music, he enjoys an intense professional activity as a recitalist, chamber musician, soloist, accompanist and lecturer in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Romania, the United States, Japan, Argentina, Gabon and in the foremost Spanish concert halls, including the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Auditori of Barcelona, Teatro Monumental of Madrid, Teatro Maestranza of Seville and Palau de la Música of València.
He has appeared as a soloist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC), Banda Municipal de Barcelona, Orchestra of the Spanish Radio and Television (RTVE), Seville Symphony Orchestra, Vallès Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Sinfonietta, Orchestra of Castilla y León, GIOrquestra, Orquesta de Elche, Orquestra del Segle XXI, Orquestra de Cambra de Vic, MSM Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic (USA), Mar del Plata Symphony Orchestra and San Juan Symphony Orchestra (Argentina) under the batons of conductors such as Eiji Oue, Jerzy Semkow, Uwe Mund, Moshe Atzmon, David Gilbert, Salvador Brotons, Francesc Llongueres, Jordi Mora, David Giménez-Carreras, Marcel Sabaté, Alejandro Posada, José María Ulla and Alexei Izmirliev.
Prestigious musicians as cellist Lluís Claret and horn player Philip Myers have shared stage with him and he has performed in music festivals like Granada, Torroella de Montgrí, Cadaqués, Isola di San Giulio and Verbier.
In his quest for recovering unknown catalan piano repertoire, he has published two urtext editions of works by 18th-century composer Pau Marsal for Tritó Editions and is preparing a 3-volumen study on the literary writings of Isaac Albéniz.
He has served as piano faculty at the Aragón Superior Conservatory (CSMA) and is currently professor at the Liceu Superior Conservatory in Barcelona, besides being president of the Catalan Perfoming Artists Association (ACIMC), vice president of the non-profit institution “Centre of Pianistic Studies” (CEP), founder and artistic director of the Girona International Piano Summer Course, and chair of the board of the Catalan Academy of Music.