Tomás Azcárate, Piano
- Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
Tomás Azcárate was born in Buenos Aires in 1995. He plays the piano since he was seven. At eight, he begun studying with Andrea Gallo following the Suzuki Method while attending the Collegium Musicum at the same time. He took several masterclasses with Caroline Fraser in Suzuki Festivals and in 2008 he was selected by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to take part of the Latin-American Ensamble in Minneapolis, MN, USA. He continued his studies with Pía Sebastiani and, in 2012, he obtained the first prize in the La Plata Cathedral Piano Competition. He took advice from Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio in
New York City and the next year he moved to Vienna, where he studied for six months with Han- Gyeol Lie and Stephan Möller. He was finalist in the Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition in Vienna, and after obtaining the Mozarteum Argentina’s scholarship for studies abroad, he continued his studies with Stephan Möller in Vienna for two years. In 2014 he won the María Rosa Oubiña de Castro Prize held by the Centro de estudios pianísticos of Barcelona. During the following year he took masterclasses with Lluís Rodríguez Salvà in this city, in Tarragona with Norah Doallo, in Brussels with Wolfgang Manz, in Löwen with Alan Weiss. He also had lessons with Birgitta Wollenweber in Berlin and offered recitals in cities of Austria, Belgium, Catalunya and The Netherlands. Once again in Buenos Aires, he continued his studies with Bruno-Leonardo Gelber, who was his teacher for two years. In that time, he also offered recitals in the Teatro Solís of Montevideo, Uruguay, Teatro Constantino and Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires. In 2017, thanks to the Carmen Scalcione Scholarship offered by the CEP he took a masterclass with Nelson Goerner. He had his debut in France, Mexico and Brazil where he offered recitals in cities of the São Paulo State. This year, he obtained a scholarship from the CEP which allowed him to have a pair of lessons with Ingrid Fliter. He won the second prize of the Scaramuzza Piano Competition of Buenos Aires and had a masterclass with María Cristina Viñes. In Córdoba he played recitals for the second time in the Chamber Music Season of Fundación ProArte as well as in the city of San Francisco and Alta Gracia, where he played in the Manuel de Falla House-Museum.
In 2019 he was admitted to the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal’s artist degree with pianist Louise Bessette. Since then he has been living in this city, where he also teaches at the Cooperative des professeurs de musique. In 2020 he won the Concours de Concerto held by the Conservatory, which allowed him to play Prokofiev’s third piano concerto’s 1st movement with the Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and in 2021 he started a 5e cycle de perfectionnement with pianist André Laplante in the same conservatory.