PIANIST, composer and producer


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Born in 1997 (Albacete, Spain), Irene Cantos shows an original and multidisciplinary musical profile, combining her knowledge as a pianist, composer, and music producer.

She is currently a founding member of Novus Promusica, a classical music record label directed by the composer and music producer Manuel Ruiz del Corral, with whom she has developed skills in both composition and music production. Under this record label, she has recorded two solo piano albums, "Jeux" and "Reflets." One of the facets that characterizes her is her commitment to contemporary music. Her discography includes absolutely inspiring music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Manuel Ruiz del Corral, Miguel Bustamante, Ana Silva, José Buenagu, and Brian Field. She has also worked as a music producer for orchestral works by great composers such as José Buenagu and Nicolas Bacri.

As a composer, she has explored various genres of music for film. She composed the soundtrack for the promotional video of the new building for the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Malaga created by the architect Eduardo Pérez Gómez. She has also composed a piece for piano quintet for Lynn University (Florida), which will be premiered in both the USA and Italy.

She began her musical studies at the age of 7 at the Santa Cecilia Music School in her hometown. In 2005, she entered the Professional Conservatory of Music and Dance of Albacete under the direction of Llanos Díaz, with whom she completed her studies in the Professional Piano Program in 2015. In June 2019, she completed her "Bachelor's Degree in Musical Performance" with Leonel Morales at the Alfonso X el Sabio University in Madrid, obtaining the highest grades in the Final Bachelor's Recital. She has also received classes from pianist Josu De Solaun.

During her training, she received the Excellence Scholarship from the Community of Madrid in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, which helped her develop her musical skills by working with some of the best pianists and teachers such as Pavel Gililov, Jacques Rouvier, Alexander Kobrin, Pascal Nemirovski, Murray McLachlan, Pavel Nersessian, Boris Slutsky, José Ramón Méndez, Logan Skelton, Julian Martin, Jean Saulnier, James Giles, Amy Gustafson, Norma Fisher, among others. In the summer of 2018, she was admitted to participate in the "International Piano Festival of Ferrara", where she worked with Matti Raekallio, current professor at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York.

Since 2011, Irene has presented concerts and recitals in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Austria, and Germany, in venues such as the "Municipal Auditorium" and the "José Saramago Cultural Center" in Albacete, the "Sala de las Américas" in Santa Fe, the "Caja Rural Auditorium" in Granada, the "Medina Elvira Auditorium" in Atarfe, the "San Juan de los Caballeros" church in Segovia, the "Olivar del Castillejo Foundation" in Madrid, the Castellón Auditorium, the "Centre del Carme" in Valencia, the "Wiener Saal" and the "Mozarteum University" in Salzburg (Austria), the "Ramírez Máro Castle" in Hauset (Belgium), the "Palazzo Costabili" in Ferrara (Italy), among others. After winning the prize for "Best Performance of Spanish Music" at the "Santa Cecilia" International Piano Competition in 2012, she was invited to participate in the 37th International Music Festival of Segovia. In 2015, she performed Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music and Dance of Albacete at the "Teatro Circo" in Albacete.