Arkaitz Mendoza

Collaborative pianist | Orchestra conducting

Born in 1983, Arkaitz Mendoza Rodríguez takes his higher studies of piano and organ in the Higher Music Schools of San Sebastián and Bayonne with the teachers L. Gómez, C. Navajas, B. Carrau and E. Landart; finishing both with highest honours. He graduates in “Music History and Sciences” in the University of La Rioja (Spain) and obtains his postgraduate in “Piano advanced class and musical specialization” at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona with master Miquel Farré. He has taken piano Masterclasses with Boris Bloch, Russell Sherman, Paul Badura Skoda and Alicia de Larrocha, as well as organ Masterclasses with Daniel Roth. In 1998, he was awarded the “Recital Certificate” of the Guildhall School in London.

 

He has been awarded with several prices, national and international, such as «Ciudad de San Sebastián», «Ciutat de Carlet» and «Ciutat de Xátiva» in Valencia, «Luciem Wurmser» in París, «Marisa Montiel» in Linares, «Nuevas Estrellas» in Bilbao, «Eugenia Verdet» in Barcelona, «Gerardo Diego» in Soria or «Veguellina de Órbigo» in León.

 

He has performed as a soloist with OSE (Basque National Symphony Orchestra) during a series of didactic concerts, with the Symphony Accordion Orchestra and with the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory in San Sebastián, playing concertos by W. A. Mozart or E. Grieg. Besides, he has played the role of the great basque composer J. M. Usandizaga on a doccumentary produced by Euskal Telebista (Basque Television Station) and Sincro Producciones entitled: “Usandizaga and Ravel. Connected by a river”. He has been permanent pianist of EGO (Basque Youth Orchestra) and nowadays he is a contributor pianist for BOS (Bilbao Symphony Orchestra). As a chamber musician, he founded Trio Easo alongside with soprano Miren Urbieta and trumpetist Erlantz Fernández.

 

He has given piano recitals in many spanish cities as Barcelona or his hometown San Sebastián, where he has performed several times in venues such as the theatre “Victoria Eugenia” or the music hall “Kursaal”. In 2007 he gave in the latter a piano recital very much appreciated by both the audience and the critics. The same year, he was selected by the Basque Administration so as to make a tour of 12 concerts in Argentina and Uruguay. A year later he made a tour of recitals in Japan, performing in Tokio, Kawagoe and Kobe. Moreover, he has participated in the last editions of the festival “Quincena Musical”, being specially relevant his interpretation of all the Basque Preludes by Aita Donostia on the 50th anniversary of his death.

 

As an organist, he has participated in the acts celebrating the Centenary of the Cavaillé-Coll organ in Azkoitia and he has performed also in Durango, Baigorri, Fitero, Boucau (Bayonne) and Lescar (Pau); aside from numerous editions of “Aita Donostia! Music Week in San Sebastián.

 

In the choir field, he was part of the “Coral San Ignacio” and the “Orfeón Donostiarra”. He worked as an accompanist with the latter in concerts and in the recording of a disc entitled “La Bella Lola”, which was produced by Radio Televisión Española (Spanish Broadcasting Corporation). He conducted the “Coral Aita Garayoa” in San Sebastián, with whom he recorded a Christmas Concert for Euskal Telebista. Besides, they were awarded a prize in the “Certamen Nacional de Habaneras” in Totana (Murcia) and they made a national tour with A. Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Guridi’s zarzuela “El Caserío”. Nowadays, he is a member of the choir Hondore, specialized in sacred music.

 

He took his higher studies on conducting with Mr. Enrique García Asensio in Musikene (Higher School of Music of the Basque Country) and with Mr. Pehlivanian in Madrid and he made his debut conducting the lyrical association “Sasibil” and performing F. Chueca’s zarzuela “Gran Vía” in the aforementioned theatre Victoria Eugenia. Afterwards, he has conducted the same association Arrieta’s opera “Marina” and the all zarzuelas since 2010’ season.

 

Since 2006 to 2019 he was the classical music critic of the newspaper “Berria”, covering the OSE season and the festival “Quincena Musical”.

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