Venezuelan/Italian pianist Luis Parés is in much demand as a soloist and chamber musician having performed in many countries such as the USA, UK, Spain, Venezuela and Italy. He has appeared with some of the most distinguished orchestras in Venezuela including the Caracas Symphony Orchestra and Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra. In the UK he recently performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester as well as giving numerous recitals over the past years at venues such as St James’s Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Bolivar Hall.

Luis has won First Prize at the XI Ricard Viñes International Piano Competition (Lerida, Spain, 2005), First Prize at the Silvia Eisenstein National Piano Competition (Venezuela, 2001) a Special Mention at the Stefano Marizza Piano Competition (Italy, 1998), many RCM prizes and is one of the winners of the 2006 Making Music Young Concert Artists Awards. After winning the RCM Concerto Competition he was invited to perform Beethoven First Piano Concerto with the RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Neil Thomson. He has also received important chamber music prizes such as Third Prize at the Maria Canals International Music Competition, Duo Sonatas Category (Barcelona, 2004), the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Gwyneth George Prize (London, 2003) and First Prize at the XIV Paper de Musica Competition (Catalonia, 2003).

He started his musical studies with Juan Antúnez and also studied with Sergio Cimarosti, the Trio di Trieste and Igor Lavrov. He obtained a First Class BMus Degree from the Royal College of Music and is currently on a Masters Degree course at the RCM studying with Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Andrew Ball. He has held RCM awards supported by an Elsa and Leonard Cross Memorial Award and Charles Napper and Lucy Ann Jones Awards. He currently holds an RCM award supported by the Leverhulme Trust, a Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust Award and a Myra Hess Award administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Concerts this season include his solo debut in Catalonia performing Bartok Third Concerto with the Valles Symphony Orchestra at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona and at the Enric Granados Auditorium in Lerida, Shostakovich’s Second Concerto in Yorkshire and recitals in Croatia, Italy, Venezuela, England and Spain.