Joaquín Achúcarro (Bilbao, 1932) is a pianist who has held the Joel Estes Tate Chair in piano at Southern Methodist University in Dallas (United States) since 1989. He began his career as a soloist at age 13 accompanied by the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bilbao. He consolidated his professional career after winning the Liverpool International Competition in 1959, which led to his debut with London Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded the Harriet Cohen Medal for the best debut of the year.
He combines his career as a performer with that of a soloist-conductor. He has made over 25 recordings and has performed with the most presitigious international orchestras and award-winning musical directors. He is a recipient of the Premio Nacional de Música (1992), the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes (1996) and the Gran Cruz del Mérito Civil (2003).
He is a member of the Real Orden de Isabel la Católica and the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. He was named an UNESCO “Artist for the Peace” in 2000.
To conclude, Antonio San José will ask Achúcarro to come up with three proposals that, in his opinion, may help to improve society. The conversation will be accompanied by the projection of videos and images relating to our guest’s career.