GFA Piano Masterclass 1st Period

11 - 22 July 2022

GÜLSİN ONAY (Piano) Turkey | JUAN LAGO (Piano) Spain | BELEN NAVARRO (Piano) Spain |


Gülsin Onay’s truly international career has spanned 80 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. She has given concerts in the major musical centres such as Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art and Miller Theater. Onay has performed as a soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony. Conductors with which she has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Jorg Faerber, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Neeme Jarvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jose Serebrier and Stanislaw Wislocki.

Cambridge-based Turkish State Artist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, in high demand for her unique and sensuous Chopin, Saygun and Rachmaninoff interpretations. Onay was in 2007 honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation. She is also acknowledged worldwide as the finest interpreter of the music of A.Adnan Saygun, whose works feature prominently in her concerts and recordings, and whose 2nd Piano Concerto was dedicated to her.



Juan Lago has performed in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, England, Russia, Latvia, Turkey, United States, China, South Korea and all major cities in Spain as a recitalist, chamber musician and as concerto soloist playing under conductors such as Ovidiu Balan, Emin Guven Yasliçam, José Ramón Encinar, Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, Joachim Jousse, José Luis Martínez and Francisco de Gálvez among others, as well with orchestras such as the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Italy), “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau (Rumania), Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), Istanbul Chamber Orchestra (Turkey), and the Spanish Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta de Córdoba, Orquesta de Valencia and Orquesta Sinfónica de Málaga.

As an avid chamber musician, Juan Lago has collaborated with violinists Vasco Vassilev, Alissa Margulis and Santiago Juan, violist Santiago Cantó, cellist Alexander Buzlov and Iván Balaguer and pianist Belén Navarro.

Juan Lago is the Founder and Artistic Director of Campillos International Piano Competition since 2007, Piano Department Director of Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (VIPA) and Artistic Director of Malaga International Piano Festival (FIPMA). In addition, he is the Artistic Director of the “Amadeus” piano concert series and Bancaja Foundation piano series organised by “Eutherpe Foundation” in Valencia.

He is often invited to serve as a jury member in competitions like Cantù (Italy), S. Rachmaninoff (Moscow, Russia), F. Chopin (Hartford, CT. USA), Parnassós (Monterrey, Mexico) and many others.

Since 1999, Juan Lago has served as professor of piano at the “José Iturbi” Conservatory of Valencia, where he became piano department Chair in 2010. He has also been teaching piano performance at the Talent Music Master Courses in Brescia, Italy, since 2017. Currently Juan Lago is teaching piano at the Qatar Music Academy by the Qatar Foundation. His students have been awarded numerous times in international and Spanish competitions.




The pianist Belén Navarro, winner of competitions such as Cox, Xàtiva or the Alicante Concert Society, makes her debut as a soloist with the Alicante Symphony Orchestra after unanimously obtaining the End of Higher Degree Honor Award. Her professional commitments have taken her to stages such as the Palau de la Música in Valencia, Sala Magdalena in Monza, Italy, the Great Organ Hall in Krasnogorsk, Moscow, Lincoln Center in Washington DC and Katara Opera Theater, Qatar. She has also been invited to perform at the Mediterranean Festival, directed by Zubin Metha, Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Vila-seca International Piano Festival, Festival Montjoie Musicale de Monschau, Germany and Semaine Internationale de Piano et Musique de Chambre de Blonay, Switzerland. 

She has collaborated on numerous occasions with the Valencia Orchestra with conductors such as Yaron Traub, Walter Weller, Michel Plasson, Josep Pons, etc. Since 2007 she has been part of the Organizing Committee of the Campillos International Piano Competition, of which she is its artistic advisor. 

 As an educator, she has trained several of the most promising young musicians in Spain. She has been a piano and chamber music teacher at the José Iturbi Conservatory in Valencia and has offered master classes in Spain, Italy and England, taking part in Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists and Málaga International Piano Festival, among others. Chamber music has been a fundamental pillar in her training and professional activity, having been a student of D. Dechenne, pianist of the Guarneri Trio. 

She graduated from the Superior Conservatory of Music of Alicante and Sweelinck Conservatorium of Amsterdam with the highest marks, and carried out postgraduate studies at L’Escola de Música de Barcelona, Liceo de Barcelona and Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. She obtains the University Master in Musical Interpretation and Research at the Valencian International University. Her teachers have been H. Austbö, I. Rohmann, A. Attenelle, and A. Flori, as well as having been influenced by G. Sandor, S. Pochekin, and M. Voskresensky.