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Versatile ‘piano musician’ Marco Mezquida in concert at ‘Sitgestiu’ festival

Born in Menorca in 1987, the versatile pianist, improviser and composer Marco Mezquida is performing a concert in Sitges on Wednesday 10 July as part of the ‘Sitgestiu’ festival.

The Sitges Museums’ summer festival, known as ‘Sitgestiu’, offers a total of 37 very diverse cultural activities for all tastes during the months of July and August, and with many events also in English.

Described as ‘the embodiment of musical passion’, Mezquida is considered one of the most lively figures on the Spanish jazz and clasical piano scene, with terms like ‘wunderkind’, ‘piano magician’ and ‘magnetic’ often used to describe the impressive range of his work.

Mezquida has won several awards, and has already enchanted the world’s great jazz festivals and important concert halls such as the Cologne Philharmonic, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Parco della Musica in Rome and Teatro Café des Arts in Paris, among many more.

After graduating from the ESMUC in Barcelona in 2009, he has since recorded 20 albums leading his own projects, plus 40 more as part of various projects with the best musicians in the country.

He presents himself and his music on stage full of musical joy, peppered with musical experiments, such as the inclusion of the sound of directly struck piano strings. His praised solo piano concerts have often been described as a ‘one-man orchestra’. With his spectacular mixture of melodious sounds, vitality, tangos, flamencos and buleras, Marco Mezquida succeeds in making every moment as intense and fresh as possible.

Marco Nezquida performs on Wednesday 10 July at the Racó de la Calma in Sitges. The performance lasts for 90 minutes and tickets are €12. Click here for tickets.

There are two more classical concerts at the Racó de la Calma in July:

Wednesday 17 July sees Anna Creixells and Lucia Garcia performing at the idyllic setting alongside the museums. Click here for tickets.

Anna Creixells was born in Barcelona and is the official pianist of the Amics de l’Òpera de Sabadell, of the Master of Opera Performance of the Lecio Conservatory, of the Mirabent or Magrans Contest, and of the Tenor Viñas International Competition. She has collaborated with the Teatre Calderón in Valladolid, the Campoamor Theatre, the Gran Teatro del Liceo.

She also collaborates in different orchestras such as the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Catalonia.

The Andalusian soprano Lucía García Guerrero began her musical career at the age of 3 participating as a chorister and soloist at the Escolania de Lucena. At the age of 6, she was a finalist in the National Contest Veo Veo Awards, which was a boost in her professional development, allowing her to participate in other contests for young talents, being winner and finalist on several occasions.

Despite her youth, she has been able to share the stage with great figures such as Ainhoa Arteta or Montserrat Caballé; in 2013, she was invited to sing as a child prodigy of lyrics, in the program Despierta América in Miami, United States; and, in 2018, she was proclaimed winner of the Iguazú International Competition in Concert, in Argentina.

Throughout her short but successful career, with an intense activity of concerts as a soloist both in Spain and in Europe, Lucía García Guerrero has achieved various recognitions, such as being named Honorary Godmother of Lucena’s candidacy for creative city of music, a title granted by Unesco.

Wednesday 31 July sees Tempus Trio performing at Racó de la Calma. Click here for tickets.

Tempus Trio – with Maria Tió (violin), Ferran Bardolet (cello) and Ricard Rovirosa (piano) – have cultivated important achievements in different international competitions, including the first prize of the International Music Competition ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso’ in Brussels, the Platinum Medal (first prize) of the ‘WPTA Singapore International Music Competition’, and the Silver Medal of the ‘Vienna International Competition’.

You can click here to download a PDF of the Sitgestiu full programme, or click here for the full programme in English on the website of the Sitges Museums, where you will also find a link in English to buy tickets for each event.

ALSO READ: Sitges Museums offer 37 cultural events for this year’s ‘Sitgestiu’ Summer Festival.

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