José Menor is an artist who defies labels. Recognised as “the great ambassador of Spanish music” (Melómano Magazine) and as a “revolutionary of his instrument” (Hèctor Parra), he is both an acclaimed interpreter of core piano repertoire, and a sought-after performer of new music. His performance of ‘Goyescas’ by Granados was declared “magnificent” by Martha Argerich, and was released in July 2017 on the IBS Classical label.
2016 saw him on a worldwide tour to commemorate Granados’ 100th anniversary, with performances at Carnegie Hall, ‘Meet in Beijing’ Arts Festival in China, the ‘Progetto Martha Argerich’ in Switzerland and St John’s Smith Square in London amongst many others. He was also the Resident Pianist in Granados’ birthplace (Lleida), where he performed most of his solo and chamber works.
José is established as a prime interpreter of contemporary piano. His 2-CD set of the complete piano works of Joan Guinjoan was released to high critical acclaim, and he has premiered works by major composers including Hèctor Parra, whose solo piano works he performed at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele in Germany and Barcelona’s Palau de la Música.
His debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) in London performing Albéniz’s ‘Concierto Fantástico’ was highly acclaimed by the international press and launched a series of performance premieres. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with orchestras including the Wuhan Philharmonic (China); Montevideo Philharmonic (Uruguay); Redlands Symphony Orchestra (USA); Wroclaw and Bydgoszcz Philharmonics (Poland); Sinfónica de Xalapa (México); and major orchestras in Spain including RTVE, OBC, Simfònica del Vallès, JONDE and JONC. As a chamber musician, José has collaborated with artists including, amongst others, Philip Setzer (Emerson Quartet), Ransom Wilson and Alexander Sitkovetsky. His performances have been broadcast worldwide.
As a composer himself, his output includes orchestral works, chamber music, songs and piano music. In 2017, José was commissioned by the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical to compose and premiere a piano étude, New Crossroads, and then performed it in a live broadcast on Spanish national radio.
Forthcoming engagements include Messiaen’s ‘Vingt Regards’ at the Festival de Arte Sacro in Madrid; an appearance in the Orchestre Nationale de Lille 2018 concert season; ‘Goyescas’ at Klassik Festival Momentum in Germany; and the premiere of Hèctor Parra’s piano concerto in 2019. Further recording projects include the complete works by Parra (Aparté label, France), among others.