Juan de la Rubia (organ)
A native of La Vall d’Uixó (Castelló, Spain), organist Juan de la Rubia has performed on the principal stages of Europe, as well as in Latin America and Asia, to great acclaim from public and critics alike. In recent years, his concert activity has been non-stop, performing in over twenty countries in concert halls such as the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the cathedral in Cologne and the Mariinsky Theatre and Philharmonia in St. Petersburg.
He has appeared as a soloist with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, interpreting Händel organ concertos and Bach cantatas, and as continuo and/or director of various instrumental and vocal ensembles for early music.
He is currently a professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) and organist of the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
The press has said of him: “De la Rubia combines naturalness and spontaneity, which he exercises with exquisite technique” (Jorge de Persia, La Vanguardia, 2015); “Juan de la Rubia, with the mentality of a conductor, plays with the thousands of shades offered by a grand instrument such as the organ of the Palau” (Javier Pérez Senz, El País, 2015); “De la Rubia, who recently delighted the same Palau with a sensational concert accompanied by no less than the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, put into practice his genius as an improviser” (Jacobo Zabalo, Revista Musical Catalana, 2015).
After beginning his musical studies with his father and Ricardo Pitarch, he developed as an organist and pianist in Valencia, Barcelona, Berlin and Toulouse, garnering five Extraordinary Prizes in different specialties. Among his teachers are Óscar Candendo, Wolfgang Seifen, Michel Bouvard and Montserrat Torrent, who were a great support throughout his studies. He also took master classes from, among others, Olivier Latry and Ton Koopman.
His repertoire spans works from early music to contemporary. The highest recognition has come in four areas: keyboard music of the Renaissance and Spanish Baroque, the great works of Romanticism (including transcriptions of works by Wagner and Brahms, whose Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 he himself has fully transcribed), his improvisations, and his interpretations of Bach. The latter could be heard in places closely associated with the composer, such as Arnstadt and Naumburg, as well as his complete works for organ, programmed by the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid (2014-16) and Bachcelona Festival (Barcelona).
Since his first recording in 2003 he has published seven discs as soloist. Open to other artistic disciplines, de la Rubia has collaborated with other performing artists such as director Lluís Pasqual and choreographer Nacho Duato.
Juan de la Rubia is one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation. He has received numerous prizes, most notable among them are the award from the Permanent Competition of Juventudes Musicales de España, which marked a decisive turning point in his musical career, and the Primer Palau Prize granted by the Palau de la Música Catalana. In 2012, he was named a member of the Catalan Royal Academy of Fine Arts of St. Jordi.