Josep Puchades

Born in Valencia (Spain), Josep Puchades studied in Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, Yale University and Mozarteum Salzburg. Main teachers include Luis Llácer, Jesse Levine, Tokio String Quartet and Thomas Riebl.

Passionate Chamber Musician he is currently the violist of Cuarteto Quiroga, prizewinner of several of the most prestigious international competitions for String Quartet (Bordeaux,Geneva, Paolo Borciani, Beijing, Paris), Premio Nacional de Música 2018, the Spanish Radio Culture Prize (Ojo Crítico 2007) and the Gold Medal of the Palau in Barcelona. Cuarteto Quiroga tours regularly worldwide, performing at the most important venues and festivals of the international scene (Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Frick Collection and Lincoln Center New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Doelen Rotterdam, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Palau de la Música Barcelona, Beijing National Concert Hall, Teatro Solís Montevideo, etc.), has recently released five CD titles for Cobra and Harmonia Mundi which have won the unanimous applause from critics and audiences, as well as several awards.

Josep Puchades has been a member for ten years of Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Luzern Festival Orchestra and from 2006 till 2011 co-principal in Palau de les Arts Valencia under Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. He has also been invited to serve as guest principal violist in orchestras like Camerata Salzburg, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Camerata Bern, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española and Orchestra Sinfónica della RAI, and has worked with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, J.E Gardiner, Andris Nelsons, Pierre Boulez and Daniel Harding.

A very committed pedagogue, he has worked as viola professor in the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid and currently teaches viola and string quartet in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (Spain). He is also invited to teach in Youth Orchestras and Festivals. As a violist he has been awarded several prizes, such as 3rd Prize in the II internacional Viola Competition in Viena and 1st prize in the Woolsey hall Competition, New Haven (USA), and played as soloist with Orquesta de Cámara Reina Sofía, Viena Radio Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia and Jove Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana.

He has given recitals in Europe, USA and has played chamber music with artists like Martha Argerich, Veronika Hagen, Valentin Erben, Gary Hoffman, Kolja Blacher, Antje Weithass, Jerusalem String Quartet, Doric String Quartet, Quatour Voce and Nicolás Chumachenco.

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