“Javier Negrín’s realization of Goyescas has more character and digs deeper into the darkness feelings… his Fandango impresses us, and his Maiden and the Nightingale shivers under our skin… A very endearing version…” (Bertrand Boissard, Diapason)
Javier Negrín made his solo debut at the Wigmore Hall in London in 2004. Since then he has enjoyed a very distinguished career, performing as a soloist and chamber musician in important venues in Europe, America and Asia.
A major prizewinner at the Royal College of Music in London, where he also held a Junior Fellowship, Javier has been the recipient of many awards in his career, including the prizes for the best interpretations of Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Ravel and virtuoso studies. His main influences were Yonty Solomon – himself a pupil of Myra Hess-, Armando Alfonso – son of the famous Spanish pianist Javier Alfonso-, and most recently Howard Shelley and Joaquín Achúcarro.
Javier Negrín is one of the most outstanding performers of Enrique Granados of our days, having performed the complete “Goyescas” Suite in recital more than 30 times worldwide. He is currently recording Enrique Granados’ complete piano works for the North American label Odradek Records.
Since a very early age he has also been involved in playing the big Romantic repertoire for piano and orchestra, including performances of concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, collaborating with conductors such as Jukka Pekka Saraste, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Adrian Leaper, José Luis Novo, Alejandro Posadas, Neil Thomson, Claus Effland, Yaron Traub, John Neschling and Roberto Montenegro.
Highlights from recent seasons include performances at some of the major venues in Spain, such as Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Teatro Real, Tenerife Auditorium, Alfredo Kraus Auditorium and Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, ADDA Auditorium in Alicante, Centro Botín and Palacio de Festivales in Santander, Baluarte in Pamplona, Miguel Delibes Auditorium in Valladolid, in additon to his debut at The International Music and Dance Festival of Granada, and his acclaimed performance at the Canary Islands International Music Festival of Grieg’s Piano Concerto, with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and maestro Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
In the last years he has also performed in China, Japan, the Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Cuba, Greece, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Mexico, where he had a sensational success at the XX International Piano Festival “En Blanco y Negro”, performing Granados’ “Goyescas” Suite.
Javier Negrín was also one of the pianists selected in 2013 by the Spanish National Center for the Diffusion of Music (CNDM) to perform at the “Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas Series” in different cities all along Spain. Currently in its seventh edition, he had already played in Madrid, Salamanca, Valladolid, Soria, Burgos, Cuenca, Granada, Alicante, Sevilla, Pamplona, Badajoz, Murcia, etc.
Moreover, he frequently collaborates with Quantum Ensemble (ensemble- in- residence in Auditorio de Tenerife) and with the group Neopercusion.
Javier records exclusively for the American label Odradek Records. His most recent album “Traces”, includes his first recording of Granados’ Goyescas and Mompou’s Variations sur un thème de Chopin. For the critics this album is already becoming a true reference in the current record market. In 2013, he released his highly acclaimed album with Scriabin´s early Travel Preludes (op. 11, 13, 15, 16 & 16), which is still receiving excellent reviews worldwide and has become an international bestseller.
For the last fourteen years Javier Negrín has been a piano professor at the prestigious Centro Superior Katarina Gurska in Madrid, where he lives.
Manuel de Falla