Jose Andres Navarro at St James’s Piccadilly

Monday 24th October 2022 Lunchtime Recital Series – 1:10pm
Jose Andes Navarro (piano)

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An unexpected but much welcome visitor to St James’s today . Jose Navarro standing in at the last minute for a Covid stricken friend Julian Trevelyan.
Making his London debut this young Bolivian pianist who made many waves in the final rounds of the Tbilisi Competition just ten days ago we could finally hear live in London.
A just tribute and thank you to his sick colleague in the form of a performance of a very suggestive piece which José had learnt over night ‘La Javelière ‘.
A piece which suddenly awakened all the subtle colours and unexpected shapes ready for the scintillating intensity of Villa Lobos.
What ravishing colours he brought to the red hot vibrant throbbing rhythms and the deeply felt murmurings that are obviously embedded in José ‘s DNA .
The sensitivity and shape he had brought to the opening Scarlatti K 208 was contrasted with the lightweight brilliance and infectious vitality of it’s twin K 209.
What nobility with improvised changes of colour and mood he brought to C.P.E. Bach’s Fantasy in F sharp minor that was a lesson in keyboard skill and real academic study that could allow him such freedom.
Liszt’s rather overlong Pesther Karneval Hungarian rhapsody must have surely been improvised too by Liszt and its was a scintillating display of piano playing of another era.

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) – 2 Keyboard Sonatas in A major, K.208 & 209

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) – Free Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Wq. 67

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) – Hungarian Rhapsody in E-Flat major “Pesther Karneval”, S. 244/9

Julian Trevelyan (*1998) – La javelière 

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
1. Plantio do caboclo
2. Impressões seresteiras
3. Festa no sertão
4. Dança do índio branco


The young Bolivian pianist has performed in different countries in venues and festivals in Europe, USA, and South America. Halls include the Teatro Municipal “Alberto Saavedra Pérez” in his hometown La Paz till the Musikverein in Vienna. As a soloist, he has performed with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Georgian Philarmonic Orchestra, La Paz Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Jóvenes Musicos Bolivianos and Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Santa Cruz de la Sierra under the baton of Timothy Redmond, Markus L. Frank, Wojciech Rajski, Andreas Penninger among others. He is a prize winner at the Anton Rubinstein Piano Competition in Düsseldorf, 5th International Competition “Young Academy Award” in Rome, Tbilisi International Piano Competition in Georgia and Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition in Chile. In Bolivia he gave masterclasses in La Paz Conservatory, Sucre Conservatory Santa Cruz Fine Arts College and Laredo School in Cochabamba. He served as a jury member in national music competitions. He was mentored by Paul Badura Skoda, from whom he became a particular interest for period instruments. He studied with Balasz Szokolay at the Franz Liszt University in Weimar and with Claudio Martínez Mehner at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne. At the moment he is at the Artist Diploma programme at the Royal College of Music in London under the guidance of Norma Fisher and Ian Jones. He recives scholarships from RCM, Theo and Petra Lieven Foundation of Hamburg and the Herrmann Foundaiton Liechtenstein-Bolivia.

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