Jordi Masó (Spain) ← Back to list
Born in Granollers, he studied at the Granollers Conservatory with Josep M. Roger, with Albert Attenelle at the Escola de Música de Barcelona and with Christopher Elton and Nelly Akopian at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he graduated with the highest distinction (the DipRAM) in 1992.
He is the live Catalan pianist with the most extensive discography. Among the more than sixty discs he has recorded, the six CDs with the complete works for piano by Frederic Mompou (Naxos) and the thirteen of the complete works by Joaquín Turina (Naxos) stand out. He has also recorded —mostly on Naxos amb Marco Polo labels— the complete piano works of Robert Gerhard, Xavier Montsalvatge, Déodat de Sévérac, Joaquim Homs, José Antonio Donostia, Ricard Lamote de Grignon and Joan Massià, as well as discs dedicated to Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Josep M. Ruera, Salvador Brotons, Josep Soler and Benet Casablancas.
Qualified by the prestigious American critic Harold C. Schomberg as «a skilful and strong pianist», Jordi Masó's repertoire covers all periods and styles, with a special emphasis on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He has premiered many works that some prominent contemporary composers have dedicated to him.
He is a piano professor at the ESMUC (the High Music School of Catalonia) and at the Granollers Conservatory. Since 1996, he has been a member of the contemporary music ensemble BCN 216. In 2008, he was awarded the Associated Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in London, a distinction that this institution gives to the most outstanding former students.
He also writes fiction and has published seven collections of short stories and two novels (published mainly by Males Herbes).