“ I have followed her musical career closely and I can assure you that the young pianist possesses exceptional talent and great musical sensitivity !"
- ALICIA DE LARROCHA -
Swiss-Spanish pianist Katia Michel performs extensively in Europe, the US, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central America, Colombia and in prestigious venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall, Bonn’s Beethoven Kammermusiksaal, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música and Auditori, Madrid’s Teatro Monumental and Sevilla’s Teatro de la Maestranza. She is praised by critics and audiences alike for her “great musicality and poetic elegance”, her “extremely communicative interpretation” as well as her “brilliant technique.”
She has been featured as soloist with many orchestras, including the Swiss and Spanish Radio and Television Orchestras, the Böhmische Kammerphilharmonie, the Orchestre Régional de Cannes, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, the San Salvador Symphony, the Simfònica del Vallès and the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla with conductors such us Philippe Bender, Philippe Béran, Juanjo Mena, Uwe Munt and Urs Schneider. Katia Michel is a regular guest at various festivals, including the Gstaad New Years Festival, the Antibes Génération Virtuoses, the Schubertiada de Vilabertrán, and the festivals Castell de Peralada, Suchitoto, Gijón and El Convent de Blanes.
Beginning with her first award at age 7 in Stresa, Italy, prizes in various competitions have made Katia Michel one of Spain’s best-known young pianists, leading to performances in most of the country’s renowned halls. Among many top awards, she has garnered first prizes at the Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España in 2004, the Andorra International Competition and the Rotary International Competition in Mallorca. She was the representative of Spain in the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY), and was a finalist of the 2000 Grand Prix Eurovision for young musicians in Lugano, Switzerland.
Katia studied with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Reina Sofia de Madrid and with Stanislav Pochekin at the Conservatori del Liceu de Barcelona. She has also received the guidance of Ilan Rogoff and the late Alicia de Larrocha, for whom she first played at age 8. Subsequently, she obtained a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma with Claude Frank at the Yale School of Music
Critical response to Katia’s interpretation of Spanish music has been particularly enthusiastic: “A masterly Albéniz,” (La Porta Clàssica) “It was luminous and full of fresh air,” (El Punt diari) and “played with magnificence” (Avui.) She received the Rosa Sabater prize for the interpretation of Spanish music in the 2010 Jaen International Competition. She recently released a solo CD featuring works of Isaac Albeniz for the label Columna Musica. On another Columna musica release, she performs music by the Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge. In 2011 she was featured together with violinist Josep Colomé on a Klassic Cat recording of the sonata for violin and piano by Pau Casals and in 2013 she released for the same label a recording of the pieces for cello and piano by Pau Casals together with cellist Peter Schmidt.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Katia Michel performs regularly in different chamber music ensembles. In addition to her activity as a performer, she teaches at the Conservatori del Liceu de Barcelona.