Hailed by legendary conductor Valery Gergiev as “someone who can talk to me at the piano”, pianist Ignasi Cambra was a Jacobs Scholar and recipient of a 2010 scholarship from Juventudes Musicales de Madrid. He was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree and artist diploma from Indiana University while simultaneously taking classes in finance, economics and mathematics. Subsequently awarded a prestigious fellowship from Spain’s La Caixa Foundation, he has amassed a singular collection of competition wins, concert appearances and fellowships in short order.
Born in Barcelona (Spain) Ignasi Cambra was educated at the French Lycée in that city, where he became fluent in English and French, in addition to his native Catalan and Spanish. A first price winner at the Verga International Piano Competition, Vilafranca Piano Competition, Ciudad de Murcia International Piano Competition, Ciudad de Toledo International Piano Competition, Barcelona Piano Competition and Barcelona Chamber Music Competition, he began musical studies at age six at the Escola de Música de Barcelona with Mª Lluïsa Alegre and Albert Attenelle, and started playing concerts and participating in both solo and chamber music competitions at an early age. He also received awards at the Carlet international piano competition and at the Infanta Cristina piano competition in Spain, and had his orchestral debut in Barcelona at age 15 with conductor Jordi Mora and the Vic chamber orchestra while also appearing at Minato Mirai hall in Yokohama that same year.
A student of Edward Auer, Menahem Pressler and Alexander Toradze at Indiana University, he is currently working with Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio and Choong Mo Kang at the Juilliard School. A fellow at the Music Academy of the West in 2012 and a participant at the Cincinnati Conservatory’s international piano institute in Prague in 2011, Ignasi has worked in masterclasses with Arnaldo Cohen, Ingrid Flitter, Joseph Kalichstein, Emanuel Krasovsky, Robert Levin, Seymor Lipkin, Robert McDonald and others. An avid chamber musician he has received coachings from Alon Goldstein, Franz Helmerson, Alexander Kerr, Mihaela Martin, Anton Nel, Peter Salaff, and members of the Miró string quartet.
Cambra’s performances have taken him to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington DC, the United Nations in New York City, the Auditori and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, as well as the Ravinia Festival’s Bennet Gordon hall in Chicago, the Mariinsky concert hall in Saint Petersburg, and other venues in Zaragoza, Madrid, Miami, Santa Barbara, Toronto and Indianapolis. He has collaborated with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Tsung Yeh, Jordi Mora and Daniel Endai, performing and with the Mariinsky Theatre symphony orchestra, the South Bend and Miami symphony orchestras, the Vic chamber orchestra and the Orquesta de Cámara Andrés Segovia in Madrid.
In 2014 Ignasi was artist in residence at La Pedrera in Barcelona, where he presented a solo recital and also invited other musicians to collaborate with him in chamber music recitals. A fellow at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute in 2014, he has been invited to return in 2015. Cambra has also been featured on radio and television in Spain, the United States and Canada, including National Public Radio’s Prairie Home Companion. Ignasi Cambra is planning to release his first solo CD in 2016.