Hugh-Steinway Concert Series

Upcoming Performances

upcoming performances
St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series
2019-209 season

Friday, september 27th, 2019, 8 pm

jorge luis prats
, piano
plays lecuona and more

jorge luis prats, piano

Born in Cuba in 1956, Jorge Louis Prats studied at the National School of Arts with Margot Rojas and later he was awarded a scholarship to study under Rudolf Kerer at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow. He continued his higher piano education in Paris in Vienna with Magda Tagliaferro and Paul Badura-Skoda. At the age of 21, Jorge Luis won the first prize at the prestigious Concours Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud in Paris as well as the special award of best interpretation of works by Ravel and Jolivet.

Ever since Jorge Luis Prats first recital at the Miami International Piano Festival in 2007, his career has undergone a dramatic ascent. His debut recital in 2010 at the at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was received with standing ovations, prompting his return to the series ‘Meister Pianisten’ for the third time consecutively, an honor previously bestowed only to the renowned pianists Alfred Brendel and Grigory Sokolov.

In May 2010 Mr. Prats replaced Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire at the Salle Pleyel recital hall in Paris, to a tremendously enthusiastic response from the public. In September of the same year he triumphed once again at the renowned piano festival “Piano aux Jacobins” in Toulouse, France. Following these successes, hehas been invited to perform at a number of prestigious French series. In 2011 alone he performed at the Grand Interpretes in Lyon, at the Grand Theatre de Aix en Provence, at the Piano 4 Etoiles series at Salle Pleyel. That same year he performed Rachmaninov Concerto no. 2 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra withthe Orchestre de Paris under Maestro Paavo Järvi.

Jorge Luis Prats has toured Europe, Latin America, China, Japan and Korea and has played with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony. In Mexico, he has performed with the Mexico City Orchestra, the Ofunam Orchestra and the Jalapa Orchestra and in South America with the Columbia Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and Caracas Municipal Orchestra.

Jorge Luis is regularly invited to give masterclasses in respected institutions such as the National University of Columbia in Bogota, the National School of the Arts in Havana, the Arts Centre in Mexico, the Conservatory of Cordoba in Spain and Royal Conservatory in Toronto, he was also named Artistic Director of the National Orchestra of Cuba from 1985 to 2002. Jorge Luis Prats was the first pianist ever to record Alexander Scriabin’s 24 Preludes. His discography includes concerti by Beethoven, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Chopin as well as works by Cuban composers.