7. Leonel Morales
Art. Director - "Spanish Composers" IPC
Professor at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at the University “Alfonso X el Sabio” (Madrid). Professor in the Sommerakademie Mozarteum of Salzburg and Professor for 13 years in the Conservatorio Superior of Castellón.
Academic Member of the “Academia de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hungría”, in Seville (Spain). He worked as “teacher in residence” in the University of Music in San Juan – Puerto Rico, advising the department of piano.
Born in Cuba, is a Spanish citizen and lives in Spain since 1991.
He graduated from the University of Havana under the tutelage of Frank Fernandez, a student of Victor Merzhanov, which itself was a disciple of Feinberg, so he follows the traditional Russian school.
First Prize in the Guerrero Foundation International Piano Competition (Madrid). Second Prize at Jaén International Piano Competition and Prizes to: “Best Interpretation Contemporary Music” and the “Best Interpretation of Spanish Music, Rosa Sabater Prize”.
First Prize in the International Piano Competition “Ciudad de Manresa” (Spain).
Second Prize at International Piano Competition “Cidade Do Porto” in Porto, Portugal. Grand Prize to the Best Concert Soloist of Korea, First Prize in the International Piano Competition “Teresa Carreño” in Venezuela. Prize whit Distinzione in the Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Aosta – Italy, Prize Sommerakademie Mozarteum of Salzburgo…
One of the pianists worldwide that has turned interpreting during two consecutive nights the integral of the concerts for piano and orchestra of Rachmaninov including the Rhapsody on a Paganini’s Theme.
Prize “Cabaion D’Oro 2013” (Verona) and Prize “Tasto D´Argento 2008” (Alexandria) in Italy because of his consolidate international career.
He is invited to be part of jury at major International Piano Competitions.
In Italy: CHOPIN (Rome), SALA GALLO (Monza), POZZOLI (Seregno), CITTÀ DE MARSALLA, AMA CALABRIA, MENDELSSOHN, LUCIANO GANTE. In Spain: CIUDAD DE FERROL, JOAQUÍN RODRIGO and A. GARCÍA ABRIL. In Germany: AMADEO (Aachen) and NEUE STERNE (Wernigerode). ANDORRA, OPORTO, PARNASSOS (Mexico) and JEAN FRANÇAIS (Paris).
He was President of the competitions CAMPILLOS (Málaga) and SCRIABIN (Grosseto), AMA CALABRIA, CANTÚ and VALSESIA in Italy.
He and his wife are the founders of International Piano Competition “Spanish Composers” held annually in Las Rozas de Madrid, International Piano Competition “Maria Herrero” has its annual meeting in July in Granada, International Piano Festival Masterclss “Leonel Morales” and International Piano Course for Children-Teenagers, which is also developed in July in Granada.
Morales offers Master Classes in Korea, Italy, Mexico… in the USA, in the Festival Steinway of the University of Florida and Houston (Texas).
He also runs successful courses in which he analyses and interprets the 32 Beethoven Sonatas.
Many of his pupils have been award winners at national and international competitions like Iturbi, Ferrol, Valsesia, Parnassós, Pretoria, Scriabin, Flechilla-Zuloaga, etc.