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Mario Ahijado | Meet the Piano teacher Hampstead Piano Academy

Piano teacher at Hampstead Piano Academy

Passionate about music, Mario Ahijado is a classical and jazz piano teacher in Hampstead, where he has founded his own piano school.

Listen to him performing some Russian piano music.

 

Mario Ahijado. Bio

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.

Ahijado studied at the Royal College of Music, for an Artist Diploma and a Master in Performance under Dina Parakhina.

He received distinction for his Bachelor of Music at the High Conservatory of Badajoz (Spain) with Ángel Sanzo

Inmmersed in various musical styles, he holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano from the University of Évora (Portugal). Óscar M. De Graça, Filipe Melo and Juan G. Galiardo were some of his jazz teachers.

 

Awards

Mario has won prizes in several national and international competitions, including the International Chopin Piano Competition of Granada.

The First Prize and Best Pianist Prize at the National “Intercentros Melómano” Competition resulted in invitations from across Spain.

An RCM Award Holder, he was kindly supported by a George Stennett Award, an Olive Rees Prize and a Lee Abbey Award.

 

Performance experience

Since his debut as soloist, Mario has performed with orchestras including the Medellín Philarmonic Orchestra (Colombia) and Filarmonía Orchestra  (Spain).

He has performed 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).

 

Jazz piano

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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