BEATRIZ BOIZAN • biography
Considered “One of the brightest new lights in the classical world” (The Vancouver Sun), Cuban-Canadian pianist Beatriz Boizán is admired for her vibrant personality, charismatic stage presence, unique musicianship and innate talent to deliver breathtakingly authentic innovative performances of Spanish and Latin American music, for which she has been encouraged by her teacher and mentor, Mme. Alicia de Larrocha.
Her debut CD,"Pasión", Galano Records GLO-2813, features Boizán playing seventeen solo piano pieces written by some of her favorite Spanish and Latin American composers - Lecuona, Soler, Cervantes, Albéniz and Ginastera. Her stunning, scintillating, passionate, moving interpretations, delivered with deep maturity, understanding and respect are certain to make a tremendous, lasting impact on Classical and Latin music fans worldwide.
Born in Baracoa, Cuba, in the heart of a musical family, she began cultivating her gift as a child under the guidance of her grandmother Esclarecida Guilarte. After graduating in 1995 with honours from the National School of Music in Havana, she moved to Canada to further her musical training. She first attended Vancouver’s Community College King Edward Campus, followed by the University of British Columbia where she obtained her Bachelor of Music degree and studying principally under Professor Rena Sharon. She then received a Master in Music at the University of Alberta in 2004, studying under Dr. Jacques Després.
Ms. Boizán has perfected her craft with eminent personalities of the piano such as Leon Fleisher, Jerome Rose, James Parker and György Sandor, as well as with the great Alicia de Larrocha, who was an important influence on her.
She has performed on many concert stages around the world, including with orchestras such as Orquesta Sinfónica de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at Winspear Centre, Ateneo de Sevilla, Spain, Sala Auditorio Conde Duque and Sala Manuel de Falla of the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores, Madrid, among others.
As a recitalist, she has performed a vast repertoire including works by Scarlatti, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, and many others. She holds a special affinity for works by Spanish and Latin American composers and has been an important exponent of this repertoire. She is recognized for her brilliance and striking sensitivity in works by composers Soler, Granados, Albéniz, Falla, Turina, Ginastera, Lecuona, Saumell and Cervantes.
In a performance organized by the Fundación Autor of Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) in Madrid, as a tribute to composer Joaquín Turina on the 60th anniversary of his death, Ms. Boizán performed works by the prestigious composer and his grandson José Luis Turina, the most prominent composer of contemporary Spanish music. In reaction to Ms. Boizán’s playing, Mr. Turina stated, "She surprises by her sensitivity, her pianism and her incomparable and masterful sound."