Manuel López Jorge, Piano

Born in Santiago de Compostela and currently based in London, Manuel is very active both as a pianist and composer. A prizewinner in several competitions, he has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in London including St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Steinway Hall. His success in the 2011 edition of Jaques Samuel Pianos Competition led him to perform a solo piano recital at St. James-Piccadilly the following year.

Manuel is a very active chamber musician, performing regularly with different ensembles including duo, trio, quartet and vocal accompaniment. This activity has taken him to perform in different cities from Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. He is a former member of the successful Golden Piano Trio, an exciting up-and-coming ensemble who won 1st prize at the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition 2010. Manuel forms as well a successful duo with the English violinist Valtie Nunn. Together they won 1st prize in the Leonard Smith Duo Competition and have performed in prestigious venues such as Cheltenham Town Hall and Lincoln Drill Hall.

As a composer, his works, which include solo piano, chamber music and orchestral music, have been performed in different places of England and Spain by ensembles like the EAEM Orchestra and the TrinityLaban SCOW Orchestra. He premiered his own Sonata for piano in Depford (London) in March 2011, as part of the event Parallax 01. Manuel is a former student of the Spanish composer Antón García-Abril, and currently he is a student of the American composer Stephen Montague.

A student at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Manuel is currently pursuing a PhD degree working on a thesis entitled Musical Imagery and Composition under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Clarke and Stephen Montague. He obtained a Masters Degree in piano performance with merit at TrinityLaban in the class of Deniz Gelenbe, and a first class Bachelor Degree in piano performance in Spain. He is generously supported by the prestigious Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza scholarship from Galicia.