Jorge luis prats
Born in Cuba, Jorge Louis Prats studied at the National School of Arts with Margot Rojas and later he was awarded a scholarship to study under Rudolf Kerer at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow. He continued his higher piano education in Paris in Vienna with Magda Tagliaferro and Paul Badura-Skoda. At the age of 21, Jorge Luis won the first prize at the prestigious Concours Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud in Paris as well as the special award of best interpretation of works by Ravel and Jolivet.
Ever since Jorge Luis Prats first recital at the Miami International Piano Festival in 2007, his career has undergone a dramatic ascent. His debut recital in 2010 at the at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was received with standing ovations, prompting his return to the series ‘Meister Pianisten’ for the third time consecutively, an honor previously bestowed only to the renowned pianists Alfred Brendel and Grigory Sokolov.
In May 2010 Mr. Prats replaced Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire at the Salle Pleyel
recital hall in Paris, to a tremendously enthusiastic response from the public. In
September of the same year he triumphed once again at the renowned piano
festival “Piano aux Jacobins” in Toulouse, France. Following these successes, he
has been invited to perform at a number of prestigious French series. In 2011
alone he performed at the Grand Interpretes in Lyon, at the Grand Theatre de Aix
en Provence, at the Piano 4 Etoiles series at Salle Pleyel. That same year he
performed Rachmaninov Concerto no. 2 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra with
the Orchestre de Paris under Maestro Paavo Järvi.
Jorge Luis Prats has toured Europe, Latin America, China, Japan and Korea and
has played with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, BBC Symphony
Orchestra, Dallas Symphony. In Mexico, he has performed with the Mexico City
Orchestra, the Ofunam Orchestra and the Jalapa Orchestra and in South America
with the Columbia Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and
Caracas Municipal Orchestra.
Jorge Louis is regularly invited to give masterclasses in respected institutions
such as the National University of Columbia in Bogota, the National School of
the Arts in Havana, the Arts Centre in Mexico, the Conservatory of Cordoba in
Spain and Royal Conservatory in Toronto, he was also named Artistic Director
of the National Orchestra of Cuba from 1985 to 2002.
Jorge Luis Prats was the first pianist ever to record Alexander Scriabin’s 24
Preludes. His discography includes concerti by Beethoven, Grieg, Rachmaninov
and Chopin as well as works by Cuban composers. His concert at Broward
Center for the Performing Arts for the Miami’s International Piano Festival was
recorded and released as DVD by VAI.
Jorge Luis has signed an exclusive recording contract with Decca and his first
recording of the ‘Goyescas’ by Granados was released in June 2011.
He has recorded for many major labels: Pathé Marconi (EMI France), Deutsche
Gramophone, ASV, IMP, and Musical Heritage. His discography includes the
first recording of Scriabin’s 24 Preludes, concerti by Beethoven, Grieg,
Rachmaninov and Chopin as well as works by Cuban composers. His concert at
Broward Center for the Performing Arts for the Miami’s International Piano
Festival was recorded and released as DVD by VAI.