Joaquín Achúcarro Bio
Even though he made his debut at age 13, his professional career started after his victory at the 1959 Liverpool International Competition (one year after Zubin Mehta had won it as conductor) with Schumann's Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody, which led to his London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra.
He has since worked in 59 countries, performing in venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Kennedy Center, Musikverein, Royal Albert Hall, Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel, Teatro alla Scala, Suntory Hall, Sydney Opera House, Teatro Colón and The Barbican both playing recitals and as soloist with 206 orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, New Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, City of Birmingham, Royal Scottish, National de France, RTE Dublin, Yomiuri of Tokyo, Western Australia, RIAS Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Santa Cecilia Roma, La Scala Milano, La Fenice Venezia, Orquesta Nacional de Espana, etc. He has worked with 358 conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Sir Adrian Boult, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Zubin Mehta, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Simon Rattle.
As a conductor-soloist he has worked with orchestras in Great Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In his home country, Spain, he has achieved the two highest honors in the Arts: in 1992 the Spanish Government awarded him the Premio Nacional de Música, and in 1996 he was knighted by King Juan Carlos with the Gold Medal of Fine Arts. He is also Comendador of the Order of Isabel la Católica and Member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. In 1997 he was awarded the Premio Larios for Musical Excellence, and he played at the inauguration of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum in front of an audience of 25,000 and broadcast live in over 100 countries.
UNESCO named him "Artist for Peace 2000" in recognition of his "extraordinary artistic achievement", and in 2003 he received the Great Cross of Civil Merit from His Majesty King Juan Carlos.