Maite Aguirre is a versatile and imaginative, prize-wining pianist, Director of the Music Academy in the Spanish School in London and piano teacher at St Paul’s Cathedral School. She has toured all over Europe and has played in some of the most prestigious London venues including King’s Place, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin’s in the Fields and the Barbican Hall; also recording both for TV and radio.

She is currently undertaking her doctoral studies at Guildhall School of Music with Prof. Sir Barry Ife and Ronan O’Hora.

Aguirre enjoys curating original recitals where the music is accompanied by her own explanations, creating a much closer rapport with the audience. In this occasion, Debussy’s relationship with the music of Spain is put to the foreground.

Inspiration: The sounds and colours of Spain inspired Debussy to compose enchanting pieces such as La soirée dans Grenade or Puerta del vino. Moreover, Sérénade interrompue is a small tribute to Albéniz’s El Albaicín, both featured in this recital. Frienship: Debussy was a close friend of the young Manuel de Falla, composer of Cuatro Canciones Españolas, a selection of which is presented in the programme. Finally, Collaboration sees some of the works of Debussy that were first premiered by Ricardo Viñes, such as Pagodes, Jardins sous la pluie and L’isle joyeuse, at the time a young and very successful Spanish pianist who championed Debussy’s music around the world.

PROGRAMME to follow.