|José Menor’s musical talents were recognized in his early teens, when he gained attention as the First Prize winner in consecutive years at the World Piano Competition (youth divisions) in Cincinnati (USA), performing as a winner at the Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) in New York, at the age of fifteen. In 2004 he was a Finalist of the Young Concert Artist Trust (YCAT) audition series in London, performing at the Wigmore Hall.
José made his debut in 1996 at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, which awarded him with First Prize in the series 'El Primer Palau'. Since then he has given solo recitals throughout Spain, the UK, Netherlands, Germany and Italy, performing in prestigious Spanish International Festivals, such as the 'Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada', the 'Festival Internacional de Música' in Torroella de Montgrí, etc. London appearances include Steinway Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St James’ Piccadilly, St John´s Smith Square, etc., including a recent performance of Rachmaninov´s second piano concerto (St John´s Smith Square).
Highlights of the coming season include subscription concerts with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for three performances of Lizst’s First Piano Concerto under the baton of Eiji Oue, and two performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5 at the Palau de la Musica with the Orquestra Simfonica del Vallès under Uwe Mund. Forthcoming recitals also include a Wigmore Hall formal debut and other commitments in the UK and Europe. His performances have been recorded by RNE ('Radio Nacional de España') and Catalunya Musica, and the Spanish TV.
José was born in Sabadell, Spain, and he studied at the Conservatorio Superior Municipal de Música de Barcelona, from where he graduated in Piano, Chamber Music, Composition and Conducting. He was awarded a full scholarship by the Royal College of Music in London, where he obtained the ‘Postgraduate Diploma’ and then the ‘Master Degree in Advanced Performance’ with Distinction, working with pianists Yonty Solomon and Kevin Kenner. José is currently following an Artist Diploma course at the Yale University School of Music (USA), with Peter Frankl. José has also participated in masterclasses and has been coached by renowned musicians like Cristina Ortiz, Claude Frank, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Joaquin Achúcarro, Emanuel Ax, etc.
José has been awarded with different prizes in piano competitions, both nationally and internationally. These include: the 'Ricard Viñes' Competition in Lleida, Spain; the 'Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España' -JJMM Spain-; the 'Premi Ciutat de Berga' competition (Barcelona), in all the categories; 'Ciutat de Carlet' competition; International Competition 'Maria Canals' (Piano-Juniors division), in Barcelona, etc. As well as performing as a solo pianist, he has been member of several chamber music groups such as the 'Trio Guinjoan', giving a number of recitals in Spain.
As a composer, he had several premieres, including the string quartet 'Limits', performed in Barcelona, by the 'Quartet Homs' (April 2001). He also created the show Para Neruda, homage to the chilean poet, recently performed at L’Auditori (Barcelona), participating as a pianist as well. Jose also developed an interest in music for theatre, working in different shows and becoming musical director and pianist of chamber-opera shows at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (recording for TV3 and a commercial DVD).
José is grateful for the support obtained through the awards and fellowships by the British Council/Pedro Barrié de la Maza Foundation, the Myra Hess Trust, the Tillett Trust, the Generalitat de Catalunya, and Fundació ‘La Caixa’.