Mexican pianist Juan Zurutuza has given concerts throughout Europe and North America. His musical education began at the age of 4 with Susana Avendaño and Gastón Lafourcade, with whom he studied piano and harpsichord. For two years he was a student of Guadalupe Parrondo in Mexico City. With the support of a major scholarship from Alejandro Nogués, Roalcom NEXTEL, Juan was able to continue his studies in the Netherlands, where he has been based since 2001. He obtained his Master’s degree in 2008 from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague under the tutelage of Rian de Waal. Subsequently he studied for a year with American pianist Edith Grosz-Lateiner.
Having followed masterclasses and worked with many of today’s eminent musicians, those who have deeply influenced Juan’s playing include Miroslav Brejcha, Ivan Moravec, Igor Roma, Leslie Howard, Godfried Hoogeveen, Charles Rosen and James McCray.
In addition to regular recitals in the Netherlands, Juan performs both solo and chamber music concerts annually at the Peter de Grote Festival, Groningen, where he is also a member of the teaching faculty. Juan’s career in Europe would not have been possible without the generous support he has received from Cora and Herman Labberté (Stichting Labberté-Hoedemaker Fonds). Since 2011 he has had a beautiful grand piano on loan to him from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds Amsterdam.
“This ‘above-board’ romantic places the notes in colourful waves with fantasy” De Telegraaf, the Netherlands
“Juan a toutes les qualités pour espérer en une grande carrière de pianiste, tant par ses ressources instrumentales -exceptionnelles- que par ses dons musicaux absolument surprenants”. Aldo Ciccolini