Mario Ahijado | Meet the Piano teachers | Hampstead Piano Academy

Mario Ahijado teaches classical and jazz piano lessons at Hampstead Piano Academy. Listen to him performing some Russian piano music.


Spanish pianist Mario Ahijado made his concerto debut with RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Gourlay in 2013. He has since performed in numerous concert halls across Europe and South America.

He studied at the Royal College of Music, for an Artist Diploma and a Master in Performance under Dina Parakhina, as an RCM Award Holder supported by a George Stennett Award, an Olive Rees Prize and a Lee Abbey Award. He received distinction for his Bachelor of Music at the High Conservatory of Badajoz (Spain) with Ángel Sanzo and for his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano from the University of Évora (Portugal), where he was taught by Óscar M. De Graça, Filipe Melo and Juan G. Galiardo.

Mario has won prizes in several national and international competitions, including the International Chopin Piano Competition of Granada, and First Prize and Best Pianist Prize at the National “Intercentros Melómano” Competition, resulting in invitations from across Spain.

Since his debut as soloist, Mario has performed with orchestras including the Medellín Philarmonic Orchestra (Colombia) and Filarmonía Orchestra  (Spain), appearing at venues such as the Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Monumental in Madrid, the Rachmaninov Hall at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Grand Theatre of Shandong (China) and the Royal Albert Hall (London).

He has also given piano recitals at music festivals such as the Spanish Music Festival of Cádiz and the International Festival of Santander. His performances has been broadcast on Spanish National Radio (RNE) and Spanish National Television (RTVE).

An active jazz musician, Mario has also appeared at festivals such as the International Jazz Festival of Badajoz (Spain) and Festa do Jazz do São Luiz (Portugal). His personal jazz project The Chopin Nights brings us original arrangements on Chopin’s nocturnes for jazz piano trio.

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