Biography

Paco Montalvo is the youngest violinist to make a 21st century debut in the main hall of Carnegie Hall in New York.

 

American and European critics have called him "A brilliant musician." In his home country, Spain, his passionate performances have garnered appearances in Melómano, Ritmo, Opus Música, Ibermúsica, and Opera Actual. He has been included in the Golden Book of Spanish Music since 2006. The famous composer and conductor Leo Brouwer wrote in 2009: "Paco Montalvo is a genius."

 

The 2012 Arthur Rubinstein Award for “excellence in musical interpretation and composition” stands tall among the numerous awards received by Paco Montalvo, along with his appointment as cultural ambassador for the city of Córdoba, Spain in 2006.

He completed his studies at the Córdoba Conservatory of Music with honors at age 16. At 18 years, he was one of the youngest European graduate university students.

 

In his short 22 years, Paco Montalvo has performed in over 20 countries with many prominent American, Asian, and European orchestras, including: the Israel Opera, the National Orchestra of Cuba, the New England Symphony, Orquesta de la RTVE de Madrid, the Budapest String Orchestra, Sinfónica de Bilbao, Filarmónica de Málaga, Sinfónica de Córdoba and Chamber Orchestra of the Prince of Asturias Foundation. He has collaborated with such notable conductors as Adrian Leaper, John Rutter, Eduardo Marturet and Günter Neuhold.

Paco Montalvo en el Carnegie Hall de Nueva York
Paco Montalvo | Carnegie Hall, New York.

Paco began studying the violin at a very early age with his father, a professional violinist. At the age of eight, he furthered his studies in Córdoba with Yuri Petrossian and with Nestor Eidler in Barcelona. Shortly thereafter he attended several prestigious schools of music from around the world: the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Salzburg Mozarteum, the University of North Carolina in Chalotte, Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, Fundación Barenboim-Said in Spain, the Prince of Asturias Foundation  and the Meadowmount School of Music in New York.


His lengthy list of instructors includes: Zakhar Bron, Jean Jacques Kantorow, David Russell, Victor Pikaizen, Salvatore Accardo and Sally Thomas.

 

Paco Montalvo continues the proud Spanish musical tradition of the violinist-composer with his extensive and prolific career. His first composition, Andalusia, was acclaimed by the famed Spanish poet, playwright, and novelist, Antonio Gala and by Daniel Barenboim by his foundation.

 

He performs on a Nicolo Amati violin from 1660.

Paco Montalvo in New York Carnegie hall main hall debut violin star


Critics

PACO MONTALVO DEBUT WITH THE ISRAEL OPERA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Paco Montalvo scored a great victory playing Paganini Concerto No. 1 with the Symphonic Orchestra of Israel. The orchestra loved him, the public loved him, and I loved him. The audience was very excited by Paco Montalvo’s extraordinary communicative capacity throughout the concert, and many ladies were left speechless in their enthusiasm for Paco… I have also received many calls from listeners wishing to share their admiration. -Critique: Amos Talmon

Paco Montalvo with the Israel Symphony Orchestra in Tel Aviv. Paganini violin star
Paco Montalvo with the Israel Opera Symphony Orchestra in Tel Aviv.


"THE YOUNGEST VIOLINIST TO MAKE A 21st CENTURY DEBUT IN CARNEGIE HALL"

“Violinist and composer Paco Montalvo achieved a great milestone on April 24, 2011 when he debuted in the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City at age 18. He was accompanied by the New England Symphonic Orchestra, which was conducted by British composer John Rutter. Montalvo performed Violin Concerto No.1 by Paganini. His technical mastery of the violin and his interpretive maturity were highlighted by American critics, which praised Montalvo as a “brilliant musician” and reported that “his solos resonated with the New York public.” He was rewarded with a standing ovation. He is the first soloist of the 21st century to debut in the Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage at such a young age. It was a legendary performance of one of the greatest works in the violin repertoire.” - Review: RITMO

Paco Montalvo violin music star nueva york
Paco Montalvo in the main hall of Carnegie Hall.


TWO HISTORIC DEBUT AT CARNEGIE HALL

Itzahk Perlman, 1963 & Paco Montalvo, 2011

“In 1963, Itzhak Perlman debuted in the mythical New York City auditorium, Carnegie Hall, at the age of 18. Last year, Paco Montalvo made a decisive leap ahead in his career as an international soloist with a debut on the same stage and at the same age. I think Leo Brouwer of the Córdoba Journal sums it up best, saying simply (yet accurately): “Paco Montalvo is a genius.” I could not agree more. This young man has accomplished more in his 18 years than many musicians dream of accomplishing in their entire careers. He is destined for greatness, that much is clear.” - Critique: John Walters

 



Awards and Honors

The Arthur Rubinstein Award for Excellence in Interpretation and Musical Composition, 2012/13.

• The “Andalusian Future” Award, 2011.

• Appointed cultural ambassador of Cordoba, Spain.

• Awarded Best Performer in the 11th Annual Pedro Bote International Competition, 2008.

• First place by the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Ministry of Education, 2007.

• First prize in the International Violin Competition of Torres, 2006.

• First place among all young soloists by the Stradivari Society in 2006.

• Ranked first in National Violin Contest of Valencia-Spain, in 2006.

• First prize for violin in the Competition for Young Musicians of  Spain,  in 2003.

• Award for best musicianship in the Competition for Young Musicians
 of Spain, in 2003.

• Grant from the Antonio Gala Foundation for “Young Creators.”,
In 2012.

• Received a grant as a “Young Professional of Culture”
 by the Ministry of Culture in Spain, 2009.

• Grant from the Prince of Asturias in 2006.

• Grant from the Barenboim-Said Foundation, in 2004 to 2010.

• Grant from the Albeniz Foundation, in 2010 and 2011.


Paco Montalvo at the Gala of Arthur Rubinstein international award 2012/13