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Spanish born pianist Julia Aguayo was one of the five candidates selected to begin their collegiate degree at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid in 2005. She was then 16 years old and placed among a total of 100 candidates.
Following her success in Spain, Julia moved on to The Netherlands to pursue her Master degree. In 2010 she placed in multiple competitions, one of them resulting in a seven-performance tour around The Netherlands that culminated with a performance in the De Doulen hall in Rotterdam – one of the country’s most prestigious performances venues.
The same year, she won the chance to participate in a professional recording with Peter Arts, which was then played on Radio 4 (the Dutch National Radio).
During the next two years she was invited to perform as a soloist and in ensemble in the Zaltbommel piano festival, sharing the program with renowned pianists Klara Wurtz and Martijn Van Den Hoek. And in 2012 she was selected to perform with the HKU chamber music orchestra.
After this she was offered a collaborative assistantship at the University of South Florida where she obtained her second Master degree and accompanied other instrument players, some of them winning awards in national and international competitions.
Ms. Aguayo is currently an A.B.D, completing her Doctorate of Musical Arts under Dr. Cathal Breslin at the University of Memphis where she was offered a full Teaching Assistantship and also completed a minor in Music Theory.
She won the third place at the Beethoven Club Competition in Memphis in 2016 and later the same year was also selected to perform as a soloist with the University’s Wind Ensemble under the direction of Kamran Ince.
She substituted her former teacher, Dr. Svetozar Ivanov, at the University of South Florida duringpart of the Fall semester in 2017 while he was on sabbatical.
- Price winner at the Codarts’ Chopin 200 th Anniversary piano competition (Rotterdam, 2010)
- Price winner at the Codarts’ Schumann 200 th Anniversary piano competition (Rotterdam, 2010)
- Second price in the concerto competition at HKU (Utrecht, 2012)
- Third price at the Beethoven Club Competition (Memphis, 2016)
- Awarded to play as a soloist with the Memphis University Wind Ensemble under Kamran Ince