FREE Lunchtime Concert: Manuel López Jorge (Piano)
Scriabin – Sonata for Piano in G minor ‘Sonata-Fantasy’
López Jorge – Sonata for Piano ‘Espiral Vermella’ (Red Spiral) (World Première)
Chopin – Sonata for Piano in B flat minor
Manuel López Jorge Piano
Born in Santiago de Compostela and currently based in London, Manuel is a successful inter-disciplinary musician, very active both as a concert pianist, composer and researcher. A prizewinner in several competitions, he has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in London including St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Steinway Hall and St. James-Piccadilly. Manuel has also performed as a soloist with Trinity Laban Sinfonia and conductor Andrew Sherwood. He is a piano student of Deniz Gelenbe, former Head of Keyboard at Trinity Laban, and has studied composition with Antón García Abril and Stephen Montague.
A very active chamber musician, he performs regularly with different ensembles including duo, trio, quartet and vocal accompaniment, and is first prize winner of both Leonard Smith Duo Competition and Cavatina Chamber Music Competition. He has performed in different cities from Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. Manuel is a member of the Golden Piano Trio, Quiroga Duo and Duo Stellae, with whom he has toured different countries and performed in venues such as Teatro Colón (Spain) or Royal Albert Hall – Elgar Room.
As a composer, his works are in increasing demand for performance and stand out for their variety of emotional frameworks, mixing extreme dramatism with deep lyricism, a style that comes from his extensive use of pre-compositional planning in the form of an imagery programme. His music has been performed by first class musicians such as Mariana Todorova, Fidelio Trio, Duo Finisterrae, Alma Duo, Austen Piano Trio and Trinity Laban SCOW Orchestra.
A former student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Manuel obtained his PhD in 2016 with a thesis entitled Musical Imagery and Composition under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Clarke and composer Stephen Montague.