Born in 1997, Pedro is a Spanish pianist studying with Norma Fisher at the Royal College of Music, London, awarded with a full scholarship offered by Leverhulme Arts Scholarships. He is a member of “Talent Unlimited” of the United Kingdom. López Salas has recently completed his studies with Professor Mariana Gurkova at the CSKG (“Centro Superior Katarina Gurska”) in Madrid, receiving an Honours Degree in piano, an Extraordinary National Education Award and an Exemplary and Academic Merit Award from the Rotary Club.
Winner of a multitude of prizes in national and international competitions, including First Prizes in the International Piano Competitions: Malta International Piano Competition; International Piano Competition “Compositores de España CIPCE” of Madrid; International Piano Competition “César Franck” of Brussels; International Piano Competition “Ciudad de Leganés”; International Piano Competition of Granada “María Herrero”; International Piano Competition “Villa de Xábia”, International Music Competition of Panticosa “FIP”; International Piano Competition “Wiener Klassiker” of Hungary; International Piano Competition “Franz Liszt Center” of Spain, “Iscart” Lugano International Music Competition of Switzerland (also, the special “Iscart” prize), among others. Third Prize in the International Piano Competition of Valladolid “Frechilla-Zuloaga”,
Fourth Prize in the Chopin International Piano Competition of Hartford (Connecticut), Special Virtuoso Prize in the International Music Competition of Viena, Prize to the best Spanish pianist and also to the best performer of Spanish music in the International Piano Competition “Ciudad de Vigo”, Prize to the best Spanish pianist and the audience Prize in the “International Piano Competition of Campillos”, etc. In addition, he has recently received an official invitation to participate in the prestigious International Piano Competition “Vendome Prize” in New York which will take place in October 2021. or the First Prizes obtained in the National Competitions: “Ciudad de Albacete”, “Ciutat de Carlet”; “Ciudad de Linares, Marisa Montiel” or “Jacinto Guerrero” of Toledo, among others. Also, Prize for the best performance of Beethoven music, Prize for the best performance of Chopin music and Prize for the best performance of Spanish music in the “Ciudad de Albacete” National Piano Competition, Prize for the best performance of Spanish music in the “Ciutat de Carlet” National Piano Competition.
He has received masterclasses from internationally renowned masters such as Dimitri Baskirov, Dmitri Alexeev, Alexander Kobrin, Pavel Nerssesian, Pascal Nemirovsky, Pavel Gililov, Ludmil Angelov… He has taken numerous piano performance courses at the “Universität Mozarteum” in Salzburg, “Clavicologne” in Aachen (Germany), the International Music Festival in Malta, the International Piano Festival in Granada, the International Music Festival in Brescia (Italy) and the Valencia International Performance Academy (VIPA-Valencia).
He has performed all over Spain and Europe in auditoriums such as the “Manuel de Falla” in Granada, “Teatro Circo” in Albacete, Aachen Theatre, “Wiener Saal” in Salzburg and as soloist with the Valencia Orchestra (OV) in the “Palau de la Música” in Valencia and with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS) in the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, He has been praised by the critics as “More than an excellent pianist, he has the makings of a soloist and almost a conductor, judging by his stage performance” (Ritmo magazine) or “enormous confidence and great capacity of the young pianist to endow Liszt’s concerto number 2 with expressivity and poetry” (El correo de Sevilla). Also, in the “Miguel Delibes” of Valladolid, playing with the OSCYL (“Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León”); “Teatro Canónigos de la Granja” of Segovia and “Centro Cultural Nicolás Salmerón” of Madrid and with the CSKG orchestra, playing the second piano concertos of F. Chopin and F. Liszt, etc. Amongst his programmed performances, “Rhapsody in Blue” by G. Gershwin in the ADDA in Alicante and the “Auditorio Internacional de Torrevieja” with the OST (Orquesta Sinfónica de Torrevieja) stand out.
He has given numerous interviews for press, radio and television, such as La Tribuna, Cope, Vision 6 tv, Intereconomía tv, etc., and has received great reviews from national and international press (ritmo magazine, el diario de León, Eco de Teruel, La Voz de Almería, Cultura di Milano, Leonoticias, Suonare News, etc.). “Perfect blend of musicality, personality and brilliantly polished technique” (La Tribuna). “Three encores, a standing audience and a long queue of spectators to congratulate the young Spanish pianist. Pedro López Salas brightened up the evening in Milan” (Cultura di Milano).