Bio

Juan de la Rubia

Juan de la Rubia was born in Valencia in 1982. He studied organ, piano and harpsichord in Valencia, Barcelona, Berlin and Toulouse with Montserrat Torrent -who has been a great influence both for him and for organ music in Spain-, Óscar Candendo, Wolfgang Seifen and Michel Bouvard.

In 2002 he won first prize at the Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España and began his career as a concert musician. He has performed at the most prestigious music venues in Spain as well as in Andorra, Germany, Belgium, France, Monaco, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Palestine, the Philippines, Peru and Equatorial Guinea.

Juan de la Rubia has won prizes at many organ competitions like Santiago de Compostela, Valencia and Barcelona, and took first prize from the Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Granada.
His repertoire covers every era, but his own particular interest lies with Bach and the Romantic composers who wrote for symphony organ. Juan de la Rubia performed as an improviser at the inaugural ceremony for the organ at the Auditorio de Tenerife alongside the acclaimed German organist Wolfgang Seifen.

The organist’s repertoire also features contemporary music. He has given premiere performances of works by contemporary composers at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Cathedrals of León and San Sebastian and at the Ensems contemporary music festival in Valencia. Juan de la Rubia works with many acclaimed music ensembles, among them the Grup Instrumental de Valencia, the Spanish Radio and TV Chorus, the Chorus and Orchestra of Valencia, the Madrid Camerata, the National Chamber Orchestra of Andorra, the Royal Filarmonía de Galicia, the Kammerorchester Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach and the Joven Orquesta Nacional de Cataluña.

The organist’s performances have been broadcast by Radio Clásica, France Musique, RNE, Catalunya Música and RTV Slovenia. He has recorded five discs of organ music by Spanish and French composers from the Romantic era as well as works by contemporary composers.
Since 2005, Juan de la Rubia has taught improvisation at the Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña in Barcelona. He is organist of the Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona.