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Fourteen pianists to star in new festival in Gran Canaria 

The Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria is preparing to open its first International Piano Festival.

The event, co-organised by La Isleta Factory, will take place from June 1st to 10th and will be attended by 14 pianists, from seven different countries, with the special presence of Canarian artists.

In addition, the programme is completed with three master classes, a talk-workshop and the exhibition of the work ‘Piano canario irregular’, 1997, by Juan Hidalgo, who will pay ho-mage to one of the concerts of the Festival.

The closing concert, which will take place on June 10th, at 8:00 pm, at the Symphonic Hall, will be performed by Gabriela Montero, who will perform works by Schumann and Schubert.

The Festival has a special subscription, with a single price of 60 euros, which includes seven concerts.

The Canary pianists include José Alberto Medina, Polo Ortí, Oliver and José María Curbelo, Hara Alonso, Isaac Martínez Mederos and Luis Sánchez.

Brazilian Fabio Torres, New Yorker Shai Maestro and Marcos Mezquida from Menorca will offer the inaugural concert of the Festival, which will take place on June 1st at 8pm, in the Chamber Room. In this event, each of these three pianists, specialised in jazz, will offer an individual recital and, finally, will perform a joint interpretation.

There are concerts on June 2nd, June 3rd, June 7th, June 8th and then June 9th with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria.

That same day, at 10:30 p.m., in the Chamber Room, the canarian pianists Isaac Martínez Mederos and Luis Sánchez will offer the Nocturnos Jóvenes Pianíssim-os recital. Martínez Mederos, winner of the International Bach Festival Soloists Contest, will play the well known Bach Chacona, in the transcription made by Busoni. For his part, Luis Sánchez, a student at Fábrica La Isleta, will focus his performance on the repertoire.